Archinect - News 2015-08-27T19:00:01-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/133743642/christopher-hawthorne-on-repairing-l-a-s-long-broken-relationship-with-its-freeways Christopher Hawthorne on repairing L.A.'s long-broken relationship with its freeways Justine Testado 2015-08-07T20:27:00-04:00 >2015-08-09T10:28:46-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lb/lbfrnuzg2j11o8j0.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The truth is that Los Angeles, once a pioneer in defining the freeway&rsquo;s place in urban life, has fallen behind other cities. From Dallas to Paris to Seoul, the most innovative ideas about freeways and how they can be redesigned are coming from places far from Southern California. It&rsquo;s time for L.A. to catch up...</p></em><br /><br /><p>Following his recent review of the 405 Freeway expansion through the Sepulveda Pass, Christopher Hawthorne sums up why the time is ripe for Angelenos to refresh their perspectives on the city's freeways.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Archinect's critical round-up: the week's best architectural critiques so far" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133655328/archinect-s-critical-round-up-the-week-s-best-architectural-critiques-so-far" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's critical round-up: the week's best architectural critiques so far</a></li><li><a title="Ode to the Stack, Los Angeles's iconic infrastructure" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125364007/ode-to-the-stack-los-angeles-s-iconic-infrastructure" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ode to the Stack, Los Angeles's iconic infrastructure</a></li><li><a title="LA's Unbuilt Freeways" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/112437604/la-s-unbuilt-freeways" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA's Unbuilt Freeways</a></li><li><a title="Like It or Not, Most Urban Freeways Are Here to Stay" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/93984981/like-it-or-not-most-urban-freeways-are-here-to-stay" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Like It or Not, Most Urban Freeways Are Here to Stay</a></li><li><a title="405 Freeway closure exposes the limits of Los Angeles' mobility" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/13066137/405-freeway-closure-exposes-the-limits-of-los-angeles-mobility" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">405 Freeway closure exposes the limits of Los Angeles' mobility</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/133655328/archinect-s-critical-round-up-the-week-s-best-architectural-critiques-so-far Archinect's critical round-up: the week's best architectural critiques so far Julia Ingalls 2015-08-06T17:48:00-04:00 >2015-08-09T10:32:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5m/5m82619o83ots5q0.jpg" width="514" height="334" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Over at the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/la-et-cm-hawthorne-405-freeway-design-20150730-column.html#page=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles Times</a>, Christopher Hawthorne eloquently pans the new addition to the 405 freeway, noting that "The expanded 405 might be the first L.A. freeway project to look haggard and disjointed the day it opened." His review comes at a time when infrastructure, especially in California, is starting to (violently) show signs of its age: last year, the University of California Los Angeles briefly flooded thanks to an aged <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105398405/water-main-breaks-on-sunset-blvd-floods-ucla" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">water main</a>&nbsp;breaking, and in July a freak thunderstorm collapsed a portion of interstate 10. Hawthorne's displeasure is focused primarily on the 405's haphazard design to please multiple neighborhoods, its tacky soil-nail construction retaining walls ("This technique is something like the comb-over of freeway design"), and its simple underwhelming-ness as a public works project.</p><p>Meanwhile, James S. Russell's thoughtful examination of Thomas Heatherwick in the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/02/arts/design/the-price-of-thomas-heatherwicks-imagination.html?partner=rssnyt&amp;emc=rss&amp;_r=2&amp;utm_content=bufferb2c3c&amp;utm_medium=social&amp;utm_source=twitter.com&amp;utm_campaign=buffer" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New York Times</a> delves into one of the perennially feisty debates of the architectural realm: just ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127176127/christopher-hawthorne-on-chris-burden-s-architectural-intelligence Christopher Hawthorne on Chris Burden's 'architectural intelligence' Nicholas Korody 2015-05-12T14:04:00-04:00 >2015-05-18T20:45:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/55/556d1b149c6938bdf20888a2ea8d0ea5.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The fundamentally architectural character of "Urban Light" -- the artist called it "a building with a roof of light" -- was no anomaly for Burden, who grew up in France and Italy and studied at Pomona College and UC Irvine. Themes connected to architecture and urbanism run through his work, typically with the same wry attitude about the relationship between structure and art-making that the lampposts suggest. &ldquo;Originally I was going to study architecture,&rdquo; Burden said at a&nbsp;lecture...in 2003.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The conceptual artist Chris Burden <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127084952/conceptual-artist-chris-burden-dies-at-69" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">died</a> two days ago at the age of 69.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/125447647/christopher-hawthorne-remembers-the-lacma-that-once-was Christopher Hawthorne remembers the LACMA that once was Alexander Walter 2015-04-16T17:42:00-04:00 >2015-04-20T20:31:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/05/056dqu8x77zqcvua.jpg" width="514" height="243" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As the museum turns 50 this year and debate continues about LACMA Director Michael Govan's plan to replace the Pereira buildings (and a later addition by Hugh Hardy) with a giant new wing by Swiss architect Peter Zumthor, it's worth remembering how the original LACMA campus was greeted &mdash; as well as a few things about the Los Angeles into which it was born.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123916644/christopher-hawthorne-dissects-zumthor-s-inkblot-with-lacma-director-michael-govan" target="_blank">Christopher Hawthorne dissects Zumthor's inkblot with LACMA Director Michael Govan</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/123916644/christopher-hawthorne-dissects-zumthor-s-inkblot-with-lacma-director-michael-govan Christopher Hawthorne dissects Zumthor's inkblot with LACMA Director Michael Govan Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-03-28T09:02:00-04:00 >2015-05-12T09:32:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/h7/h7n29tlrpiua5mr2.jpg" width="514" height="685" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Since opening the doors of its original William Pereira buildings in 1965, the Los Angele County Museum of Art has grown along with its home. The version of the city beloved by Reyner Banham and Pereira was alive then on the historic Miracle Mile, proselytizing megasized car-infrastructure and New Suburban models of living. From the 1980s through the 2000s, the museum expanded and reorganized, adding Bruce Goff&rsquo;s Japanese Pavilion and Renzo Piano&rsquo;s additions. Now, the entire conglomerate is slated for a redesign, into a singular swath by famed museum architect Peter Zumthor, with new attention paid to an incoming Metro station. And according to the <em>Los Angeles Times&rsquo;</em> architecture critic, Christopher Hawthorne, this is distinctly on track with where the megaregion as a whole is going &ndash; part of his so-called &ldquo;Third Los Angeles&rdquo;.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/v9/v9mcgcj2evjrd34l.jpg"></p><p>This third stage of Los Angeles is &ldquo;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122585949/the-days-of-infinite-thinking-what-city-of-quartz-means-for-los-angeles-25-years-later" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">an altogether more integrated, metropolitan-oriented</a>&rdquo; place, and is the namesake for Hawthorne&rsquo;s ongoing lecture series exp...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/123839523/christoper-hawthorne-on-the-recovery-of-public-space-in-los-angeles Christoper Hawthorne on the recovery of public space in Los Angeles Alexander Walter 2015-03-26T21:12:00-04:00 >2015-04-05T00:03:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lu/luxt7au51zi2kyzf.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"The public sector stopped making public space a long time ago," Los Angeles architect Jon Jerde told Wired magazine rather matter-of-factly in 1999. [...] A little more than two decades later, there is something quaintly fatalistic about Jerde's attitude toward the frail state of public space. In Los Angeles, at least, it has returned pretty dramatically to health.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/123660296/lacma-latest-zumthor-reins-in-his-inkblot-redesign LACMA latest: Zumthor reins in his inkblot redesign Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-03-24T13:54:00-04:00 >2015-04-04T23:03:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/22/227710a0510cce73bc2a63fd375d915d.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Once a free-flowing, biomorphic design inspired by the La Brea Tar Pits and the work of the Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, the design has become noticeably more angular and muscular in recent weeks. It now features double-height galleries made of white or light-gray concrete and poking up above the roofline of the rest of the museum [...] "No one will call it a blob anymore," LACMA Director Michael Govan said ... "Peter hasn't given up the curve. But he's really, really reined it in."</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related news:&nbsp;</p><ul><li><a title="Peter Zumthor pushes LACMA redesign to the curb to make room for tar pits" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/102705026/peter-zumthor-pushes-lacma-redesign-to-the-curb-to-make-room-for-tar-pits" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Peter Zumthor pushes LACMA redesign to the curb to make room for tar pits</a></li><li><a title="L.A. County supervisors approve initial funding for new LACMA building" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/113033373/l-a-county-supervisors-approve-initial-funding-for-new-lacma-building" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">L.A. County supervisors approve initial funding for new LACMA building</a></li><li><a title="Peter Zumthor's $450,000,000 'Black Flower' for LACMA" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/74507137/peter-zumthor-s-450-000-000-black-flower-for-lacma" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Peter Zumthor's $450,000,000 'Black Flower' for LACMA</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/123582308/christopher-hawthorne-s-infatuation-with-toyo-ito Christopher Hawthorne's "infatuation" with Toyo Ito Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-03-23T13:16:00-04:00 >2015-04-04T22:25:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0e/0e9524011f22cf0405f781bd02db6b86.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In an era when many architects are acclaimed for impressive rhetoric or jaw-dropping computer renderings &mdash; or both &mdash; [Ito] has earned his following in purely architectural terms. He knows how to build, to shape space in a way that respects traditional craftsmanship and seems utterly contemporary. [...] That odd and productive co-dependence of design and place, architect and site, is a relationship that doesn't really exist in any other art form.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/122585949/the-days-of-infinite-thinking-what-city-of-quartz-means-for-los-angeles-25-years-later The Days of Infinite Thinking: What "City of Quartz" means for Los Angeles 25 years later Julia Ingalls 2015-03-10T20:19:00-04:00 >2015-03-12T02:12:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lz/lz6vm4gs33od5ngb.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>If you conceive of Los Angeles as having three distinct historical periods &ndash; as <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/4359/christopher-hawthorne" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Christopher Hawthorne</a>, architecture critic for the<em> L.A. Times</em> and the driving force behind <a href="http://www.oxy.edu/third-los-angeles-project" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Third L.A.</a> series, does &ndash; then the first period encapsulated the 1880s to the 1940s, the second the 1940s to the new millennium, and the third from 2000 to now. It is this current period which The Third L.A. series situates itself. It's also the era which fascinates Hawthorne: specifically, his series investigates how the city's denizens are conceiving of and working toward creating an altogether more integrated, metropolitan-oriented Los Angeles. In partnership with southern California public radio station <a href="http://www.scpr.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">KPCC</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/schools/cover/44447917/occidental-college" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Occidental College</a>, Hawthorne assembled Los Angeles Deputy Mayor Rick Cole, Occidental Art History Professor Amy Lyford, and fellow <em>L.A. Times</em> book critic David Ulin to discuss the influence on city politics and culture of Mike Davis' frothy, passionate, anti-booster classic<em> <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/City_of_Quartz" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">City of Quartz</a></em>, a book w...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/116345046/the-future-is-in-the-past-christopher-hawthorne-looks-at-architecture-trends-in-2014 "The future is in the past" – Christopher Hawthorne looks at Architecture trends in 2014 Alexander Walter 2014-12-19T13:23:00-05:00 >2014-12-27T22:25:24-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/du/dugzzqf7vqdk9vmq.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>These were the words of the year in architecture: Basic. Fundamental. Primitive. Ancient. If fashion had normcore &mdash; the flaunting of a bland, practical and Gap-like aesthetic, the plain sweatshirt as statement of principles &mdash; architecture reset itself this year in an even more fascinating (if occasionally desperate) way. In a culture and an economy being dizzyingly remade by technology, architecture chose to embrace not the future, where architects [...] can seem superfluous, but the past.</p></em><br /><br /><p>For more Christopher Hawthorne listen to <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115666803/powers-of-10-with-christopher-hawthorne-architecture-critic-at-the-la-times-on-archinect-sessions-10" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">episode 10 of Archinect Sessions</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/115666803/powers-of-10-with-christopher-hawthorne-architecture-critic-at-the-la-times-on-archinect-sessions-10 Powers of 10 with Christopher Hawthorne, architecture critic at the LA Times, on Archinect Sessions #10! Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-12-11T17:39:00-05:00 >2014-12-17T18:55:57-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rx/rxz6s6dg1ryqf7xj.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>How far we've come: this week, we're thrilled to have <a href="http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/la-bio-christopher-hawthorne-staff.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Christopher Hawthorne</a> on the podcast, architecture critic for the <em>Los Angeles Times</em>. Paul, Amelia, Donna and Ken talk with Christopher about his recent 3-part series on <a href="http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/la-et-cm-immigration-architecture-full-coverage-htmlstory.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">architecture and immigration in southern California</a>, the role of the architecture critic at a major national newspaper, and his take on new media journalism.</p><p>We're also proud to introduce our inaugural bit with Archinect's lawyer-correspondent, <a href="http://www.dykema.com/professionals-brian_newman.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brian Newman</a> at <a href="http://www.dykema.com/offices-los-angeles-california.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dykema Gossett PLLC</a>, where we submit our architectural legal queries to an <em>actual lawyer. </em>And per usual, we check in on recent news, discussing the stormy marketing campaign for a <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115279170/this-new-steampunk-luxury-apartment-building-for-new-york-should-fill-you-with-unbearable-shame" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Steampunk luxury condo building</a>.</p><p>And has it really already been ten episodes? To celebrate <strong>Archinect Sessions</strong>' rite-of-passage into double digits, we reflect on how it's been going so far &ndash; what we'd like to change, criticism we've received, and our favorite episodes.</p><p>Send your architectural legal questions, comments or questions abou...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/115038324/building-an-identity-immigration-and-architecture-in-southern-california Building an identity: Immigration and architecture in Southern California Alexander Walter 2014-12-02T14:25:00-05:00 >2014-12-03T22:06:31-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fb/fb3481550741ad98df2389c5c3976d5d.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne looks at L.A., he sees the city shaped by immigrants. Landmark buildings in Koreatown that adapt and evolve with a new generation. Houses in Arcadia that allow Chinese homeowners a proud, conspicuous place in a new country. Street life across the region that takes its cue from the way Latino neighborhoods blur the line between public and private.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/112513103/editor-s-picks-391 Editor's Picks #391 Nam Henderson 2014-10-30T23:30:00-04:00 >2014-12-03T11:59:28-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/eh/eh8jkpazna3vslj6.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In <strong>Screen/Print #26:</strong>&nbsp;an interview with&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/111514086/screen-print-26-intern-magazine-interview-with-jessica-walsh-of-sagmeister-walsh" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jessica Walsh, currently half of design firm</a><a href="http://www.sagmeisterwalsh.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> Sagmeister &amp; Walsh</a><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/111514086/screen-print-26-intern-magazine-interview-with-jessica-walsh-of-sagmeister-walsh" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">,</a><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/111514086/screen-print-26-intern-magazine-interview-with-jessica-walsh-of-sagmeister-walsh" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&nbsp;was excerpted</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/111514086/screen-print-26-intern-magazine-interview-with-jessica-walsh-of-sagmeister-walsh" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">from the 2nd issue of&nbsp;</a><a href="http://intern-mag.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Intern Magazine</a>&nbsp;(devoted to "intern culture" in the creative industries).</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fm/fmqe7c6as953giff.jpg"></p><p><strong>&nbsp;Darkman</strong>&nbsp;was confused "<em>Strange choice to interview the most hated designer in the world for Intern magazine...She almost brags about not paying interns...Reads like PR I've already read</em>". Similarly&nbsp;<strong>Mr_Wiggin</strong>&nbsp;wrote "s<em>eems, to me, diametric to the message Intern Magazine should be publishing</em>".</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6w/6w5gc751ddct0zi4.jpg"><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/111720239/working-out-of-the-box-daniel-dorall-architect-turned-maze-artist" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Malaysia-born Melbourne-based sculptor </a><a href="http://www.danieldorall.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Daniel Dorall</a><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/111720239/working-out-of-the-box-daniel-dorall-architect-turned-maze-artist" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> spoke with Archinect</a> for the latest installment of <strong>Working out of the Box</strong>. He finished up his Bachelor of Architecture at the University of Melbourne in 2005, as he explains that now</p><p>"<em>In a nutshell, I make miniature objects out of cardboard &ndash; it usually takes the form of the maze...creating walk through maze-installations</em>". <strong>midlander</strong> felt the work was "<em>Fantastic! Witty and meticulous</em>".<br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong><br><a href="http://archinect.com/Ynotworkshop" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Anthony Morey</a>&nbsp;attended Acadia Conference of 20...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/111184419/michael-maltzan-s-one-santa-fe-tries-to-make-density-appealing-in-los-angeles Michael Maltzan's One Santa Fe tries to make density appealing in Los Angeles Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-10-13T14:45:00-04:00 >2014-10-15T23:18:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ba/baae44aca1a9035297357bd86617bd17.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It is a fractal of contemporary Los Angeles architecture, the fragment that both contains and helps explain the whole. [...] What gives the $165-million project its unusual symbolic power is that it takes the generic stuff of a typical L.A. apartment building &mdash; a wood frame slathered in white stucco and lifted above a concrete parking deck &mdash; and expands it dramatically to urban scale. [...] The design takes banality and stretches it like taffy in the direction of monumentality.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/110868931/renzo-piano-admits-he-s-struggling-to-do-something-good-for-the-la-academy-of-motion-picture-arts-and-sciences-project Renzo Piano admits he's "struggling to do something good" for the LA Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences project Archinect 2014-10-09T12:16:00-04:00 >2014-10-16T23:39:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/02/021b996c70ad0c24f11d33acdb409691.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A few minutes after sitting down to talk with Renzo Piano in his large, airy Paris studio Tuesday, I asked the architect about the progress of the film museum he is designing for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Wilshire Boulevard. "The academy?" he asked. "Ha. The academy is a good story. "Look, I know you don't like that scheme," referring to my recent coverage of the design. "I don't think it will be that bad. Actually, I'm struggling to do something good."</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/103857482/frank-gehry-being-considered-for-art-tower-across-from-zumthor-s-lacma Frank Gehry being considered for art-tower across from Zumthor's LACMA Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-07-10T13:42:00-04:00 >2014-09-24T14:35:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vu/vu6uyq9ye5ppt8li.jpg" width="514" height="291" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"We're working with the other owners of the property and with Metro," said LACMA Director Michael Govan. "There's good reason to build a major development there. You've got subway access and density on Wilshire. My dream is some beautiful piece of architecture with an architecture and design museum at the base, which would add to Museum Row." If built, the tower would offer a dramatic vertical complement to the relentlessly horizontal LACMA gallery building by Swiss architect Peter Zumthor</p></em><br /><br /><p>How's this for a yin-yang in the new Los Angeles: if this goes through, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) would be responsible for two majorly different impositions on Wilshire Blvd., the city's foremost thoroughfare and itself an icon. One: a street-straddling horizontal art institution, aligning contemporary culture and Zumthor's sleek Swiss aesthetics with the form and culture of driving. Two: a relentless residential skyscraper, designed by another LA-icon, Gehry, positioned for density and to maximize access to public transportation.</p><p>Wilshire becomes a looking glass, where the old and new romances of LA can look back and forth at each another.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d7/d7ac4ay9rzf5sq2d.jpg"></p><p>No final word on any of this yet, but according to the&nbsp;<em>Los Angeles Times</em>&nbsp;piece, Govan is considering the possibility of including Gehry's archive at the base of the new tower as well, as part of a potential architecture and design wing for LACMA. The site in question currently houses, ironically enough, the <a href="http://aplusd.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture + Design ...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/93502802/la-mayor-talks-urbanism-and-mass-transit-with-architecture-critic-christopher-hawthorne LA Mayor talks urbanism and mass transit with architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-02-14T18:06:00-05:00 >2014-02-17T19:53:01-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6h/6hcw380ewv5k92mz.jpg" width="514" height="396" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Last night on the bucolic hilltop campus of Occidental College, Los Angeles Mayor&nbsp;Eric Garcetti spoke with the Los Angeles <em>Times</em> architecture critic, Christopher Hawthorne, about the state of L.A. urbanism. This broad topical platform positioned Hawthorne's interview not as a political interrogation, nor as a staged public appearance, but as a relaxed discourse for Garcetti to mention policy while riffing on the kind of place he believes L.A. is becoming. You can review Archinect's live-tweets of the event <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23oxyurbanism&amp;src=typd&amp;f=realtime" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>The discourse of L.A. urbanism is often bogged down by insufficient comparisons and false dichotomies -- sprawl vs. density, cyclists vs. drivers, liberals vs. libertarians, east vs. west, etc. -- that doggedly try to force the region into the conventions of other, completely incomparable cities. Early on, Hawthorne made clear that "Los Angeles" has to be thought of on the "regional scale", and shouldn't copy the developmental models of radically different cities. Garcetti ce...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/91367784/christopher-hawthorne-interviews-elizabeth-diller-regarding-moma-plans Christopher Hawthorne interviews Elizabeth Diller regarding MoMA plans Nam Henderson 2014-01-16T11:42:00-05:00 >2014-01-17T17:03:22-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dh/dhyxpkp25a9idkq7.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"I think that the press has been too fast to reduce the conversation to heroes and villains and martyrs, and to suggest that what MoMA is doing is necessarily bad. We want to get more information out. We want to share the problem with others and invite them to really take a hard look" - Elizabeth Diller</p></em><br /><br /><p> They discuss the almost uniformly negative reaction to the announcement as well as the details of DS+R&rsquo;s proposal for MoMA, which is still in an early design phase.</p> <p> In response&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/kimmelman" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Kimmelman</a>&nbsp;tweeted "<a href="https://twitter.com/kimmelman/status/423839859946430464" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Her answers are deeply unsatisfying</a>".&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/90633842/editor-s-picks-349 Editor's Picks #349 Nam Henderson 2014-01-07T14:37:00-05:00 >2014-01-13T19:09:06-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o6/o6qbslnljfeowbp6.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> For the latest edition in <strong>The Deans List</strong> interview series,&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/AmeliaTH" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amelia Taylor-Hochberg</a>&nbsp;spoke with Sarah Whiting, Dean of the Rice School of Architecture in Houston, Texas.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1200x/ur/ur3iitxjq4d4mq0r.jpg"><br><br><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/89831244/the-deans-list-sarah-whiting-of-rice-university" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Therein</a>, Dean Whiting discussed her belief that one of "<em>the biggest challenge faced by any architect today is how not to get squelched by ridiculously low budgets and a lack of understanding of architecture&rsquo;s value</em>", the unique Preceptorship year a signature part of RSA&rsquo;s undergraduate program and their new one-year Master of Arts in Architecture program called Present Future.</p> <p> <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/1906872/donna-sink" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Donna Sink</a> was super-impressed "<em>Wow, awesome interview and program sounds so great. It sounds like an intense and focused community yet one that respects each individual's passions and small areas if interest. Plus I LOVE that it offers a BArch with a year of internship! Great model</em>".</p> <p> <br><strong>News</strong><br><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/90315283/a-new-l-a-identity-takes-shape-in-2013-as-city-embraces-urban-life" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Looking back on 2013, Christopher Hawthorne architecture critic for the Los Angeles Times wrote</a> "<em>it suggests that the idea around which I organized my r...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/76247749/la-times-christopher-hawthorne-calls-moca-s-revamped-architecture-show-a-model-of-insularity LA Times' Christopher Hawthorne calls MOCA's revamped architecture show "a model of insularity" Archinect 2013-07-01T17:26:00-04:00 >2013-07-08T20:56:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c9/c9fe8dccaeeab0218a02e61062062791.jpg" width="514" height="339" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Now that the exhibition has opened at the museum's Geffen Contemporary branch in Little Tokyo, where it will limp along through the middle of September as part of the Getty's Pacific Standard Time Presents series, it's clear that it is the product of an architectural ruling class in Los Angeles that is not so much dysfunctional as increasingly insular.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/72295165/lacma-taps-zumthor-for-650-million-new-look LACMA taps Zumthor for $650-million new look Archinect 2013-05-01T14:08:00-04:00 >2013-05-24T00:50:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d2/d2e234c1451d31586ce49605e120d804.jpg" width="514" height="329" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>At the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, an acclaimed Swiss architect is hoping to pull off what an acclaimed Dutch one could not. Next month LACMA will publicly unveil a $650-million plan by Pritzker Prize winner Peter Zumthor for a dramatic new museum building along Wilshire Boulevard.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/71840398/the-la-times-christopher-hawthorne-reviews-the-fittingly-blunt-bush-presidential-library The LA Times' Christopher Hawthorne reviews the "fittingly blunt" Bush presidential library Archinect 2013-04-23T20:41:00-04:00 >2013-07-24T04:32:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5f/5fc0c08f7509a853289d85a76af0dbb2.jpg" width="514" height="353" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Stern's architecture is always steeped in strategic references to past landmarks; there is no doubt he knows how to send, and shape, an architectural message. And the message the front entrance to the Bush Library delivers is clear: This is a building meant to honor a particularly blunt and plain-spoken kind of political power.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/70491432/editor-s-picks-309 Editor's Picks #309 Nam Henderson 2013-04-02T11:00:00-04:00 >2013-04-07T15:27:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ns/nsvng3i8m5dgfn7t.jpg" width="514" height="720" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/70178032/announcing-the-2013-la-film-festival-director-s-lounge-design-competition-co-hosted-by-archinect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect was excited to announce a competition we're co-hosting with Designer Pages and the LA Film Festival. This competition seeks proposals for the interior design/layout of the VIP Director's Lounge for this year's LA Film Festival</a>. The winner will have their design executed, with a cash prize and an "Industry Badge" pass to the LA Film Festival in June. The winner's designs will also be on display in the director's lounge throughout the festival.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/16/16cpanwfbo8cao3b.png"><br><br><strong>News</strong><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/70068172/call-for-denise-scott-brown-to-be-given-pritzker-recognition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><br> The Architect&rsquo;s Journal reported that Denise Scott Brown has called for her role in Robert Venturi&rsquo;s 1991 win to be acknowledged retrospectively as a salute to "<em>the notion of joint creativity</em><em>"</em> and retrospectively acknowledge her role in Robert Venturi&rsquo;s 1991 Pritzker Prize during an AJ Women in Architecture luncheon in late March</a>. Since, nearly 2,000 advocates have passionately rallied in Brown&rsquo;s support by signing an online petition created by Harvard&rsquo;s GSD Woman in Design Group. Among the signatures include architects Zaha...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/70132194/the-la-time-s-christopher-hawthorne-holds-no-punches-in-his-review-of-morphosis-perot-museum The LA Time's Christopher Hawthorne holds no punches in his review of Morphosis' Perot Museum Archinect 2013-03-26T19:47:00-04:00 >2013-04-10T00:12:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cc/cc258708b83761898ce166bc90ec4b0d.jpg" width="514" height="332" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It is a thoroughly cynical piece of work, a building that uses a frenzy of architectural forms to endorse the idea that architecture, in the end, is mere decoration. Mayne's design appears to put innovative architecture on a literal pedestal &mdash; or a plinth, to be exact &mdash; while actually allowing it to become peripheral, noticeably separate from the heart of the museum and its galleries.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/58228939/stedelijk-museum-s-bathtub-awash-in-awkwardness-review-latimes-com Stedelijk Museum's 'bathtub' awash in awkwardness: Review - latimes.com Archinect 2012-09-28T19:57:00-04:00 >2012-10-01T08:45:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/87/8704824420c886d35e8d83e23f892e9d.jpg" width="514" height="284" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>An overscaled monument flagrantly aloof from its surroundings, the addition is a laggard symbol of an era when the Netherlands, like this country, was awash in capital for boldly sculptural new projects. As such it's a reminder of how slow architecture can be. The $159-million extension is the architectural personification of boom-time thinking.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/53231645/at-lacma-art-on-a-grand-scale At LACMA, art on a grand scale Archinect 2012-07-09T12:22:00-04:00 >2012-07-09T12:45:25-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4b/4b32149d977158eb6f6667b1df08de18.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Its character is determined not just by the color and texture of the boulder itself but also by the detailing and proportions of the ramp. To experience the piece, you descend the ramp, you stand in the shadow of the rock and then you ascend. That trajectory is an architectural one; in fact, Heizer has been upfront that he takes cues in his work directly from architecture.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/51165954/christopher-hawthorne-la-times-architecture-critic-put-his-home-on-the-market Christopher Hawthorne, LA Times Architecture Critic, put his home on the market Archinect 2012-06-12T17:42:00-04:00 >2012-06-12T22:15:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/p4/p4j8sgbma8u8hta0.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Although as a preservation-minded fellow, he probably wouldn't suggest that the two-bedroom, one-bathroom house off Colorado Boulevard is a teardown: "Now is your chance to live in the cottage and oversee construction, or you can just move in, enjoy the charm, the seclusion, the views--and write that novel."</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/47064913/review-lackluster-expo-line-reflects-metro-s-weak-grasp-of-design Review: Lackluster Expo Line reflects Metro's weak grasp of design Archinect 2012-05-02T15:46:00-04:00 >2012-05-02T18:57:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/99/9935a0a0a11629da83a719d1a29c6a35.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Designed primarily by Roland Genick, chief architect for rail and transit systems at Parsons, the huge Pasadena-based construction conglomerate, the new stations are topped by undulating light-blue canopies of perforated metal panels that are not only dated &mdash; bringing a public-art project from the early 1990s to mind &mdash; but provide almost no shade or rain protection. Or solar power, for that matter, though from certain angles the stations look a bit like they're covered with photovoltaic panels.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/31163142/an-esther-mccoy-revival-tells-story-of-l-a-s-modern-architecture An Esther McCoy revival tells story of L.A.'s modern architecture Archinect 2011-12-16T17:37:30-05:00 >2011-12-20T11:16:03-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6f/6f68e10d0f7d986aa97bbf8eade404d6.jpg" width="361" height="510" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Esther McCoy is having a moment. The architecture critic and historian, who died in 1989 at age 85, is the subject of a smart Pacific Standard Time exhibition at the Schindler House in West Hollywood, building on McCoy's deep connections with Rudolph Schindler himself. The show is accompanied by a Getty-funded catalog, and early next year East of Borneo Press will publish "Piecing Together Los Angeles," an anthology of McCoy's essays on architecture.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/31161939/2011-year-in-review-best-in-architecture 2011 year in review: Best in architecture Archinect 2011-12-16T17:31:22-05:00 >2011-12-16T17:31:44-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ve/ve8gwsj8ys0rnzld.jpg" width="514" height="474" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It was a year in which American architects despaired that the economy might never really recover. It was also a year in which they produced a few small gems. And the profession as a whole continued to move past the flashy formalism of the last decade to seek new, genuine kinds of engagement with cities and people.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html>