Archinect - News 2015-12-01T20:57:51-05:00 Sale of Twombly painting to help fund OMA-designed addition to the Wilshire Boulevard Temple Nicholas Korody 2015-09-16T20:59:00-04:00 >2015-09-17T10:17:37-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>It's something like cultural alchemy: the sale of a single painting is set to pay for half of a new OMA-designed annex space for the Wilshire Boulevard Temple, according to an announcement made today by the congregation. Donated by the philanthropist&nbsp;Audrey Irmas, the painting is a 1968 "blackboard"&nbsp;painting by the artist Cy Twombly.</p><p>Actually, according to predicted figures, the sale of the&nbsp;eight-foot-wide, grey-and-white painting would just about cover the $60 million price tag of the new building. As reported by&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the New York Times</a>, the sale of a similar, but smaller, painting last year at Christie's brought in $69.9 million.<br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>Irmas is a long-time congregant at the Wilshire Boulevard Temple, the oldest in Lost Angeles and a historic center for the Jewish community.<br><br>&ldquo;I am thrilled and honored to be a part of the new addition designed by the world renowned Rem Koolhaas and the Office for Metropolitan Architecture&nbsp;at Wilshire Boulevard Temple," Irmas stated.&nbsp;<br><br>According to the press release...</p> Rem Koolhaas tapped to design Los Angeles Temple expansion Alexander Walter 2015-04-24T12:54:00-04:00 >2015-09-17T00:36:05-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Wilshire Boulevard Temple, famous for its ornate 1929 synagogue, is trying to create another Los Angeles landmark, negotiating with the Pritzker Prize-winning Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas to design a building next door for special events. It would be open for use by the public as well as by congregants. &ldquo;Architecture is a form of prayer,&rdquo; said Rabbi Steven Z. Leder of the Reform congregation, which is in Koreatown.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> L.A. County supervisors approve initial funding for new LACMA building Alexander Walter 2014-11-06T13:22:00-05:00 >2014-11-06T13:29:40-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Board of Supervisors has approved a road map for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art as it plans a $600-million makeover that would tear down and rebuild most of its Miracle Mile campus [...]. If there are no serious bumps in the road ahead, the plan would yield a streamlined, curving 410,000-square-foot new museum building designed by Swiss architect Peter Zumthor that would open in 2023, spanning Wilshire Boulevard with an enclosed bridge that doubles as gallery space.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Previously</a></p> Urban Operations: Wilshire Star Maps Paul Petrunia 2011-09-14T19:45:00-04:00 >2015-10-30T19:51:53-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="304" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>No other place in the world has such a fantastic collection of underecognized and underappreciated vertical architecture as in Los Angeles. In a city of mostly low-density avenues and sprawling suburban tracts, no other street in L.A. contains as many of these Modernicus Erectus as Wilshire Boulevard.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Since 2006, the annual pamphlet on skyscrapers is published as an ongoing research project by the office of Los Angeles architect John Southern, Urban Operations. This year's issue, "Wilshire Star Maps" is a limited edition of 100 prints and a digital edition you are about to enjoy. It also features an essay by Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce, "Wilshire Boulevard: A Drive-By Family".</p><p>Digital copies of Urban Operations' previous pamphlets, Slopscraper, Sumoscraper and Skyscrapers of the Dead are also available at their website.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wilshire Star Maps</a> by Urban Operations</p>