Archinect - News 2015-11-29T18:06:07-05:00 Is Waze to blame for heavy traffic on L.A. residential side streets? Justine Testado 2015-11-24T15:00:00-05:00 >2015-11-24T18:01:53-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="353" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Waze sometimes sends drivers through little-used side streets such as Cody Road [in Sherman Oaks, Calif]...Some people try to beat Waze at its own game by sending misinformation about traffic jams and accidents so it will steer commuters elsewhere. Others log in and leave their devices in their cars, hoping Waze will interpret that as a traffic standstill and suggest alternate routes.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More about Waze on Archinect:</p><p><a title='Throwback Throughway: when GPS fails, these gorgeous "mental maps" help you navigate' href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Throwback Throughway: when GPS fails, these gorgeous "mental maps" help you navigate</a></p><p><a title="Waze takes on the ride-sharing market with new carpooling app" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Waze takes on the ride-sharing market with new carpooling app</a></p><p><a title="Arnold Schwarzenegger voices Waze app" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Arnold Schwarzenegger voices Waze app</a></p><p><a title="Waze and its new uneasy bedfellows" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Waze and its new uneasy bedfellows</a></p> "Take the 10 to the 110 to the 101": Why Southern Californians say "the" before freeway numbers Justine Testado 2015-11-11T13:14:00-05:00 >2015-11-18T00:13:11-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="348" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Southern Californians have a distinctive &mdash; 'Saturday Night Live's' Fred Armisen and Kristen Wiig might say funny &mdash; way of giving directions. To get from Santa Monica to Hollywood, take the 10 to the 110 to the 101. Burbank to San Diego? The 134 to the 5. And, if you can, always avoid the 405. Why the definite articles?...Most of North America, in fact, omits the 'the' before route numbers.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More about L.A. freeways on Archinect:</p><p><a title="Christopher Hawthorne on repairing L.A.'s long-broken relationship with its freeways" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Christopher Hawthorne on repairing L.A.'s long-broken relationship with its freeways</a></p><p><a title="Largest wildlife overpass in U.S. proposed for L.A.'s 101 Freeway, could ease area's roadkill problem" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Largest wildlife overpass in U.S. proposed for L.A.'s 101 Freeway, could ease area's roadkill problem</a></p><p><a title="Ode to the Stack, Los Angeles's iconic infrastructure" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ode to the Stack, Los Angeles's iconic infrastructure</a></p><p><a title="Southern California not so sprawling after all" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Southern California not so sprawling after all</a></p><p><a title="LA's Unbuilt Freeways" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA's Unbuilt Freeways</a></p> Benjamin Ball, of Ball-Nogues Studio, shares some of his favorite Downtown Los Angeles destinations Justine Testado 2015-11-06T19:25:00-05:00 >2015-11-17T21:33:01-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>How do designers experience their cities as locals? No two people, let alone architects, perceive even the most frequented cities in the same way. There's no city that embodies that like the way Los Angeles does it. Beyond the ample sunshine and smog, juice diets, drought consciousness (or not), and the traffic jams that make up parts of present-day L.A., this jigsaw puzzle of a city perpetually intrigues and confuses both tourists and locals alike.</p><p>To get a fresh perspective on what to do around town, in addition to seeing the most obvious L.A. landmarks, Archinect got in touch with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ball-Nogues Studio</a> co-founder Benjamin Ball to share some of his own travel tips. Give his suggestions below a shot and experience the City of Angels with some devilish fun.</p><p><strong>Night Gallery and Francois Ghebaly Gallery</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Night Gallery used to open at 10 pm when it occupied a&nbsp; dilapidated mini-mall in Lincoln Heights. Today, it has regular hours and is located behind a strip club in the vast industrial territor...</p> Largest wildlife overpass in U.S. proposed for L.A.'s 101 Freeway, could ease area's roadkill problem Justine Testado 2015-09-03T18:28:00-04:00 >2015-09-21T08:07:06-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Mountain lions, bobcats and other wildlife would have less chance of becoming roadkill if [California] adopts a plan to build a [165-foot-wide, 200-foot-long] landscaped bridge over the 101 Freeway in Agoura Hills...Urbanization has taken a toll on Southern California&rsquo;s mountain lion population, spurring battles over shrinking territory and a depletion of genetic diversity because of inbreeding.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:<img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">33-story endangered species picture show</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fancy $48M animal terminal to open in JFK Airport next year</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chinese sinkhole develops its own eco-system</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Our infrastructure is expanding to include animals</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hummingbird Drones and other Bio-inspired Robotics</a></p> 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="" 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="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ode to the Stack, Los Angeles's iconic infrastructure</a></li><li><a title="LA's Unbuilt Freeways" href="" 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="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">405 Freeway closure exposes the limits of Los Angeles' mobility</a></li></ul> "Man of Steel" Donald Wexler, desert modern icon, dies at 89 Justine Testado 2015-06-29T15:31:00-04:00 >2015-07-05T09:55:56-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="653" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>'His signature style helped bring Palm Springs to the international stage and his body of work is still as fresh today as when first created...'</p></em><br /><br /><p>Aptly nicknamed a "man of steel", <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Desert Modern</a>-style architect Donald Wexler was known for his affordable sleek steel homes and was one of the principal figures who influenced Palm Springs' iconic modernist aesthetic that has increased in popularity in the last 15 years or so, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">attracting thousands of visitors</a> from around the world. Described by close colleagues as a modest and insightful man, Wexler passed away at the age of 89 this past Friday, June 26 in his Palm Desert home. <em>The Desert Sun</em> reports that he died after dealing with an undisclosed brief illness.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Born on Jan. 23, 1926 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Wexler made his way to Southern California after graduating from the University of Minnesota. In California, Wexler worked as an apprentice for Richard Neutra for nine months before moving to Palm Springs when he landed a job in William Francis Cody's firm. In 1952, Wexler established Wexler &amp; Harrison with Richard Harrison, a colleague he met at Cody's firm, but the two wen...</p> Monterey Park City Council adopts tougher penalties for landlords of illegal boarding homes Justine Testado 2015-05-12T16:06:00-04:00 >2015-05-13T16:01:06-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Landlords of illegal boarding homes could face $1,000 fines and six months in jail under tougher enforcement regulations adopted this week by the City Council...The city has staffed a volunteer in the code enforcement office and plans to add more of them. The council unanimously voted to update regulations to say it could prosecute landlords of illegal boarding homes with an infraction or misdemeanor charge and shut the 'public nuisance' down.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"These renters said <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">in previous interviews</a> that they try to stay out of the limelight and cannot afford other living arrangements as they work for below minimum wage and send a large chunk of their earnings back to family in China."</p><p>Related:</p><ul><li><a title="Honolulu Law Criminalizes Homelessness" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Honolulu Law Criminalizes Homelessness</a></li><li><a title="Airbnb faces opposition from NYC affordable housing group" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Airbnb faces opposition from NYC affordable housing group</a></li><li><a title="Looser Rules on Illegal Housing Sought" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Looser Rules on Illegal Housing Sought</a></li><li><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Another case of "poor door" for proposed Vancouver high-rise</a></p></li></ul> Get Lectured: SCI-Arc, Spring '15 Justine Testado 2015-01-06T13:34:00-05:00 >2015-01-22T19:04:35-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="881" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Winter-Spring 2015</strong></a></p><p>Archinect's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Get Lectured</em></a> is back in session! <em>Get Lectured</em> is an ongoing series where we feature a school's lecture series&mdash;and their snazzy posters&mdash;for the current term. Check back frequently to keep track of any upcoming lectures you don't want to miss.</p><p>The next featured poster comes from SCI-Arc. Their Spring '15 lecture series kicks off on January 14 with Todd Williams and Billie Tsien. Other speakers include Craig Dykers of Sn&oslash;hetta, CJ Lim, Henk Ovink, Henry N. Cobb, Eric Owen Moss, and Frank Gehry.</p><p><em>Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to </em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em></em></a><em>.</em></p><p>All events start at 7 p.m., unless noted. Lectures will take place at the W.M. Keck Lecture Hall. The lecture series will also be broadcast live on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>.</p><p><strong>JANUARY</strong></p><p><em>Jan 14</em><br>TOD WILLIAMS AND BILLIE TSIEN / Todd Williams Billie Tsien Architects<br>"Being Specific"</p><p><em>Jan 21</em><br>JOSE SANCHEZ / Bloom Games<br>"Ga...</p> 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="" 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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Long Beach Moves Forward on Southern California’s First Freeway Removal Project Alexander Walter 2014-07-29T15:27:00-04:00 >2014-08-04T21:56:36-04:00 <img src="" width="510" height="587" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It&rsquo;s been named one of the top &ldquo;Freeways Without Futures&rdquo; in the nation and described as a &ldquo;perfect example of obsolete infrastructure.&rdquo; [...] Now, nearly half a decade later, the project to remove a large portion of the Terminal Island (TI) Freeway in West Long Beach has officially gone out to bid in an RFP with an estimated bid value of $225K. It marks a major event in Southern California&rsquo;s urban design history, being the first freeway removal project [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Forgotten History of L.A.'s Failed Freeway Revolt</a></p> Morphosis’ Emerson College Los Angeles takes Grand Prize at 2014 Los Angeles Architectural Awards Justine Testado 2014-06-05T13:54:00-04:00 >2014-06-10T19:30:30-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Three dozen of L.A.'s most cutting-edge architecture and design were celebrated yesterday at the 44th annual Los Angeles Architectural Awards in the Beverly Hilton Hotel. A jury of 25 notable design professionals honored entire project teams whose projects exhibit design excellence, commitment to sustainability, and community impact in a multitude of award categories.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Check out photos of this year's winners</p><p><strong>(Pictured above) Grand Prize: Emerson College Los Angeles</strong><br>Architect: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Morphosis</a></p><p><strong>Community Impact Award: Los Angeles River </strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>Beyond L.A. Award: Ion Luxury Adventure Hotel</strong><br>Architect: Minarc</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>City of Los Angeles Green Building Award: Step Up on Vine</strong><br>Architect: EGAN | SIMON architecture</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>Civic Award: Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts </strong><br>Architect: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Studio Pali Fekete Architects [SPF:a]</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>Commercial Office Building &amp; Headquarters Award: Red Building</strong><br>Executive Architect: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gruen Associates</a><br>Design Architect: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects</a><br>&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>Design Concept Award: 9300 Culver Blvd. Mixed Use Development</strong><br>Architect: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ehrlich Architects</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>Education Award: Los Angeles City College Student Union</strong><br>Architect: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Harley Ellis Devereaux</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>Hospitality: Ace Hotel </strong><br>Design Architect: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">GREC Architects</a><br>Executive Architect: Killefer Flammang Architects</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>Housing Award: Multi-family (Affordable): 2802 Pico</strong><br>Architect: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Moore Ruble Yudell Architects &amp; Planners</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>Interiors Award: United Talent Agency</strong><br>Archite...</p> Southern California not so sprawling after all Alexander Walter 2014-04-02T18:46:00-04:00 >2014-04-02T18:50:47-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It may not seem like it when you&rsquo;re stuck in traffic on the 110 Freeway, but Southern California is home to some of the least-sprawling metro areas in the country. That&rsquo;s according to a study out today from Smart Growth America, which attempted to measure the concept of urban sprawl in 221 metro areas nationwide. The study ranked the Los Angeles, Orange County and Santa Barbara regions in the 25 least-sprawling.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Big Trouble For Little Chinatown House Christopher Sison 2013-07-09T13:08:00-04:00 >2013-07-15T18:38:14-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"It was a place where you got your information, and served as a post office -- it had an integral role in the community," Moy said of the building, as well as other similar sites. "It's a unique structure, even though architecturally it's very utilitarian and doesn't represent any high style of architecture. It's more about the people and the work they did."</p></em><br /><br /><p> The National Trust for Historic Preservation released its list of the 11 most endangered buildings in the country and making that list is Southern California&rsquo;s very own Rancho Cucamonga Chinatown House. No, the Chinatown House is not a restaurant at Victoria Gardens Shopping Center. Yes, Chinese immigrants made it to Rancho Cucamonga long before Ice Cube and cousin Day-Day ever did. Unbeknownst to most local residents, Rancho Cucamonga once housed a significant Chinese immigrant population that was vital to developing the agricultural economy of the Cucamonga Valley. However, in a similar fashion to other, small Chinatowns across California, this community eventually faded into obscurity. The Chinatown House is the last remnant of the role Chinese Americans played in the development of Rancho Cucamonga and much of the Inland Empire.</p> <p> Located on the Southwest corner of San Bernardino Road and Klusman Ave, from 1919 to 1940 this two-story brick building housed Chinese Americans wor...</p> Solar Decathlon Relocates to Southern California Archinect 2012-01-26T17:14:00-05:00 >2012-01-29T18:43:37-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>At an event today in Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced the 20 collegiate teams selected to compete in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013 and unveiled the competition&rsquo;s location, the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, California.</p></em><br /><br /><p> The following teams have been selected from around the world to compete in Solar Decathlon 2013:</p> <ul><li> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Arizona State University</a> and the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">University of New Mexico</a> (Tempe, Ariz., and Albuquerque, N.M.)</li> <li> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Czech Technical University</a> (Prague, Czech Republic)</li> <li> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hampton University</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Old Dominion University </a>(Hampton and Norfolk, Va.)</li> <li> Middlebury College (Middlebury, Vt.)</li> <li> Missouri University of Science and Technology (Rolla, Mo.)</li> <li> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Norwich University</a> (Northfield, Vt.)</li> <li> Queens University, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Carleton University</a>, and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Algonquin College</a> (Kingston and Ottawa, Ontario, Canada)</li> <li> Santa Clara University (Santa Clara, Calif.)</li> <li> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Southern California Institute of Architecture</a> and California Institute of Technology (Los Angeles, Calif.)</li> <li> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Stanford University</a> (Palo Alto, Calif.)</li> <li> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Stevens Institute of Technology</a> (Hoboken, N.J.)</li> <li> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Catholic University of America</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">George Washington University</a>, and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">American University</a> (Washington, DC)</li> <li> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The University of North Carolina at Charlott...</a></li></ul>