Archinect - News 2014-10-21T11:18:28-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/84300873/gehry-and-salonen-discuss-ten-years-of-music-at-disney-concert-hall Gehry and Salonen discuss ten years of music at Disney Concert Hall Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-10-16T16:15:00-04:00 >2013-10-23T18:29:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cj/cjtn7inbcq8037k1.jpg" width="514" height="255" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> To celebrate Disney Hall&rsquo;s tenth anniversary, architect Frank Gehry and Conductor Laureate for the Los Angeles Philharmonic Esa-Pekka Salonen reminisced on the building&rsquo;s inspiration last night, at a <a href="http://hammer.ucla.edu/programs/detail/program_id/1918" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">discussion held at the Hammer Museum</a>. Co-hosted by the LA Phil, far from the actual concert hall and its spotty downtown L.A. environs, the discussion&rsquo;s moderator Nicolai Ouroussoff (former architecture critic for the <em>New York Times</em>) tried to tease out the relationship between architecture and music. While Salonen touched upon questions of classical music&rsquo;s relevance, Gehry didn&rsquo;t delve too deeply into the particulars of his design.</p> <p> As Music Director for the LA Philharmonic from 1992-2009, Salonen oversaw the orchestra during its transition from the slightly-stuffy Dorothy Chandler Pavilion over to Disney Hall, and is highly regarded for whipping the Philharmonic into shape as a progressive and formidable cultural institution. The trajectory of the LA Phil is largely wrapped up in b...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/79619807/a-quincy-jones-la-retrospective-at-the-hammer-museum A. Quincy Jones' LA retrospective at the Hammer Museum Justine Testado 2013-08-16T19:41:00-04:00 >2013-08-19T23:11:30-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kj/kjb7v54t890w0nzg.jpg" width="514" height="410" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> "A. Quincy Jones: Building for Better Living" is the LA-based architect's first major museum retrospective happening now until Sept. 8 at the Hammer Museum.<br><br><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9b/9bmi3d44yxakoiyn.jpg" title=""><br> &nbsp;</p> <p> Practicing architecture in Los Angeles from 1939 to his death in 1979, Jones -- or Quincy, as he was known -- is described as a quiet modernist who constantly emphasized the concept of "better living" and collaboration in his work. In addition to Jones' more glamorous projects for higher-status clients like actor Gary Cooper and art collectors Frances and Sidney Brody, Jones also made major contributions to middle-class housing in the post-war period.<br><br><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/30/303hi5vijgbvozfq.jpg" title=""><br><br> A dedicated architecture professor at USC, Jones was just as committed to raising the housing design standards for a growing middle class by implementing cost-effective, sustainable, and inventive methods. He was also the first to see such developments as communal spaces through shared green spaces, non-grid site planning, and various home models.<br><br><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nn/nnte4lpppskn4f50.jpg" title=""></p> <p> Jones is credited to ove...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/79539420/housing-values-the-dream-house-resource-center-exhibit Housing Values: The "Dream House Resource Center" exhibit Justine Testado 2013-08-15T19:37:00-04:00 >2013-08-15T19:37:46-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/x7/x7b56bihvxm8icl8.jpg" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As for what she wants visitors to get out of the exhibit, Koumoundouros just hopes it will help them think about -- even question -- how much our economy is based on the housing market. 'Ownership and consumption are linked to how much our economy is consumed based," she argues. "[This view of housing] is so specifically American. And I love digging that out, and I think questioning it is part of maybe a shift.'</p></em><br /><br /><p> The phrase "a place to call home" rings loud and clear in the "Dream House Resource Center" exhibit by artist <a href="http://olgakoumoundouros.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Olga Koumoundouros</a> currently at the <a href="http://hammer.ucla.edu/exhibitions/detail/exhibition_id/237" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hammer Museum</a> in Los Angeles until August 18. Her exhibit focuses on the commodification of the home in America through the context of America's struggling housing industry and its widespread consequences. The idea came from Koumoundouros' own housing hardships, when her partner was laid off from his architecture job right after they purchased a house in the same week.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hj/hjenzy1gj0wl120f.jpg" title=""></p> <p> Visitors are welcomed in by the giant colorful McMansion doors that Koumoundouros refurbished surrounded by transparent walls. A white board on one side displays the latest headlines and stats in housing. A rainbow-colored timeline of 20th-century American housing on the walls wraps around the exhibit, each strand of the rainbow explaining the different factors leading up to the current state of the U.S. housing industry -- from the idealistic outlook of achieving The...</p>