Archinect - News 2014-10-25T22:15:20-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/109717512/wild-architecture-makes-german-cinema-come-alive-at-lacma Wild architecture makes German cinema come alive at LACMA Alexander Walter 2014-09-24T14:05:00-04:00 >2014-09-24T14:05:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fa/fa30a6fa1e80710db955a65ccaf39198.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Movies can be great. Art can be great. But put them together in a museum exhibition, and the combination can be not-so-great. [...] A new exhibition of early 20th-century cinema at the L.A. County Museum of Art (LACMA), however, rethinks that equation. [...] Designed by Amy Murphy, a professor of architecture at USC, and Michael Maltzan of Michael Maltzan Architecture, the exhibition design is the antithesis of the traditional framed-stuff-on-a-wall model.</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/104246142/in-praise-of-lacma-s-vulgar-architecture In Praise of LACMA’s Vulgar Architecture Alexander Walter 2014-07-15T13:43:00-04:00 >2014-07-16T19:01:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qb/qbsut8kg1xlczd3b.jpg" width="514" height="353" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It would be better to reconsider this wholesale demolition. Especially as the proposed replacement, designed by the Swiss architect Peter Zumthor, leaves much to be desired. [...] Or maybe it&rsquo;s the quintessential Angeleno building? After all, replacing an aging faithful spouse with a younger, more stylish trophy wife is an established Hollywood custom.</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/103264159/editor-s-picks-374 Editor's Picks #374 Nam Henderson 2014-07-02T19:47:00-04:00 >2014-07-07T17:05:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/z5/z51wh4g9c8r9dydi.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/nicholaskorody" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicholas Korody</a>&nbsp;penned a review - <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/102872267/the-trouble-with-a-bird-s-eye-view-la-forum-s-exhibition-looks-at-los-angeles-from-afar" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Trouble with a Bird&rsquo;s Eye View</a>.&nbsp;The piece dissects a summer exhibition of the <a href="http://laforum.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Design</a>. He concludes the pairing of aerial photographs by Los Angeles-based <a href="http://www.lanebarden.com/en/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lane Barden</a> with a geo-mapping project by the German-American duo <a href="http://benedikt-gross.de/log/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Benedikt Gro&szlig;</a> and <a href="http://jk-lee.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Joseph K. Lee</a>, is proof that &nbsp;"<em>For Barden, Gro&szlig; and Lee, the position and involvement of humans in a greater ecology is only clear from high above</em>".</p><p><strong>citizen</strong> shared <em>"This reminds me of that story of the 1933 CIAM meeting. &nbsp;Participants compared scale plan/maps of major cities around the world. &nbsp;Neutra's graphic of LA covered a wall and then some</em>".</p><p>Plus, for the fifth edition of <strong>Cutting Room</strong>,&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/AmeliaTH" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amelia</a> interviewed <a href="http://www.mehruss.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mehruss Jon Ahi</a><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/102327403/cutting-room-interiors-takes-classic-films-back-to-the-drawing-board#" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> and </a><a href="http://www.armenkaraoghlanian.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Armen Karaoghlanian</a>,<a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/102327403/cutting-room-interiors-takes-classic-films-back-to-the-drawing-board#" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> the architect and filmmaker behind </a><a href="http://intjournal.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Interiors</a>.&nbsp;The project is a journal in which the authors reconstruct sections taken from famous scenes in classic films.</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/22610164/eric-chavkin" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eric Chavkin</a>&nbsp;suggested "<em>The interest for me is not the reproduction of arch...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/102705026/peter-zumthor-pushes-lacma-redesign-to-the-curb-to-make-room-for-tar-pits Peter Zumthor pushes LACMA redesign to the curb to make room for tar pits Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-06-25T13:03:00-04:00 >2014-07-02T17:48:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9c/9c1e0d355389eeb45990c5de19e4348f.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Architect Peter Zumthor has dramatically revised his design for a new Los Angeles County Museum of Art, creating a new bridge-like section of the building that would span Wilshire Boulevard. The new design is meant to address concerns that the original plan would encroach on, and potentially damage, the La Brea Tar Pits at the neighboring Page Museum, casting a shadow over the largest pit.</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/93393291/billy-al-bengston-and-frank-gehry-discuss-their-1968-collaboration-at-lacma Billy Al Bengston and Frank Gehry discuss their 1968 collaboration at LACMA Metropolitan Monk 2014-02-11T18:54:00-05:00 >2014-02-17T20:23:42-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/id/idawhzgdx4298i02.jpg" width="514" height="372" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In 1968, artist Billy Al Bengston enlisted the help of Frank Gehry to design the LACMA exhibition&rsquo;s scenography [...] East of Borneo publishes a conversation between the two: FG: I was a hanger-on to the art scene because the architects that I was collegiate with at the time thought I was nuts. Even my friends at the time and those who are still my friends thought I was weird, but I didn&rsquo;t know I was weird. And when the art guys embraced me, I was declared weird by association probably.</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/88985154/frank-gehry-designs-new-alexander-calder-show-at-lacma Frank Gehry designs new Alexander Calder show at LACMA Archinect 2013-12-16T13:55:00-05:00 >2013-12-23T18:41:33-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/df/df1ddf611a3375c17ff912e7bef1db9a.jpg" width="514" height="372" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;I always remember the Calder show at the Guggenheim in New York,&rdquo; Gehry told LA Confidential, &ldquo;and how the work responded to the curves of the museum. It was spectacular. LACMA didn&rsquo;t have such a space for the show, so we designed one. I hope to at least give the art its individual space and let the architecture help reveal the dynamism of each piece.&rdquo;</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/75825120/light-perception-manipulation-the-future-of-architecture Light Perception Manipulation: The Future of Architecture Cameron Picardi 2013-06-25T14:33:00-04:00 >2013-08-14T20:55:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cu/cuke2jjppx79m9xl.jpg" width="390" height="594" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"Turrell has continued to develop a series of works that address architecture and the space of the viewer. As part of his evolving practice, he has utilized architectural interventions, created immersive environments, designed and erected autonomous outdoor spaces, and continues to build structures within Roden Crater-an extinct volcano in Arizona."</p></em><br /><br /><p> As the world is transitioning to a more sustainable lifestyle the implications of such a shift have already permeated the architecture &amp; design realm. From the Starbucks prototype-cafe in Tukwilla, Washington, to the establishment of Masdar City in Abu Dhabi, it is evident that a change towards ecologically friendly construction &amp; design is upon us. The future of net zero energy and waste is now rapidly approaching.&nbsp; By the advent of human determination and perseverance it is highly likely that functioning at net zero energy and waste will be the norm in the future. This design ideal may very well be the quotidian for Gen-Y's descendants, but what will the future hold for their grandchildren? Without relying on clairvoyance abilities, one can posit that the future of design may rely heavily on perception manipulation. With inspiration from world-renowned artist, James Turrell, the distant future of design may utilize light &amp; perception illusion to bring spaces to life.</p> <p> James Tur...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/75004861/editor-s-picks-319 Editor's Picks # 319 Nam Henderson 2013-06-11T11:52:00-04:00 >2013-06-11T18:51:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cn/cnf963f139lii3pv.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rh/rh9wiiui4vhkvwt3.jpg"></p> <p> <a href="http://archinect.com/paul" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paul Petrunia</a>&nbsp;spoke with Ali Jeevanjee and Ben Anderson from the <a href="http://fluxfoundation.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Flux Foundation</a>, an Oakland based organization dedicated to producing large scale public art via a collaborative process. To this end they installed <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/73629983/the-sidewalk-s-end-by-flux-foundation-for-coachella-2013" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sidewalk's End at this year&rsquo;s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, California, back in April 2013</a>.</p> <p> <br><strong>News</strong><br><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/74507137/peter-zumthor-s-450-000-000-black-flower-for-lacma" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Over at the LA Times Christopher Hawthorne reported on LACMA's unfurled Peter Zumthor's design</a>. Mr. Hawthorne wrote "<em>Still a work in progress, the design is full of gestures that are more speculative, even searching, than fully formed. One crucial element that remains under-developed is how it will feel to walk beneath the museum's raised main floor &mdash; and how the underside of the building will be clad or look as seen from the ground. (In such a large, dark piece of architecture it will be important to keep that space from feeling cave-like.) The plan so far has little to say about landscape architecture</em>".&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/2532608/gregory-walker" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gregory Walker</a>&nbsp;had a few questions "<em>is this really any ...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/74507137/peter-zumthor-s-450-000-000-black-flower-for-lacma Peter Zumthor's $450,000,000 'Black Flower' for LACMA Gregory Walker 2013-06-03T14:10:00-04:00 >2014-09-24T14:36:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ss/ss8h44u1e87746op.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"Bracingly forward-looking, Zumthor's design for LACMA would give the city a much-needed jolt of architectural energy."</p></em><br /><br /><p>Zumthor's design, which obliterates the original campus of LACMA, would cost an estimated $450M to construct, with another $200M in soft and operating costs built in.</p><p>A few questions abound: is this really any different (in overall approach) than OMA's ill-fated masterplan from roughly 10 years ago? Will this truly solve LACMA's core collections questions? And would the money raised be much better allocated towards improving those, the existing facilities and creating a long term operations fund to help stabilize the institution?</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/72632485/editor-s-picks-314 Editor's Picks #314 Nam Henderson 2013-05-07T13:14:00-04:00 >2013-05-09T20:05:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8c/8cf77sgbcvp5r8ep.jpg" width="514" height="197" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Over at the LA Times, Christopher Hawthorne reported on LACMA Director Michael Govan&rsquo;s plan&rsquo;s for $650-million new building by Swiss architect Peter Zumthor...Eric Chavkin commented "New construction has always been fundraising tail that wags the museum dog. Big names to draw bigger money...Now that AMPAS is leveraging it's Oscar prestige to be a part of LACMA, a new name to entice donor dollars is Zumthor, a name that means absolutely nothing to most.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <strong>News</strong><br><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/72101910/hitler-s-words-into-stone-can-architecture-itself-be-fascist" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Z Wise reviewed the newest edition of Albert Speer, Architecture by L&eacute;on Krier for the Wall Street Journal</a>.&nbsp;Mr. Wise concluded his review "<em>Though he is again bemoaning a contemporary inability to regard classicism in a detached manner, it is L&eacute;on Krier who is in a delirious thrall to a malevolent aesthetic</em>".</p> <p> <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/1970535/will-galloway" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Will Galloway</a>&nbsp;was surprised "<em>wow, i didn't need another reason to dislike krier, but this one certainly seems more than enough to set aside any other complaint about the guy and never revisit them.&nbsp; its amazing that someone could hate modernism so much that even hitler's vision for the world seems palatable to him. nasty</em>". For his part <a href="http://archinect.com/stevenward" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Steven Ward</a><br> argued "<em>I'd rather see the swastika redeemed for its original associations (<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swastika" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swastika</a>) than see any redemption of Speer's work. It's not that the style(s) from which he borrowed were bad so much as his intentional bombastic over-scaling of everything. These buildings were meant to communicat...</em></p> 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/71780583/editor-s-picks-312 Editor's Picks #312 Nam Henderson 2013-04-23T12:37:00-04:00 >2013-05-15T16:41:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/np/nps33fbv64q8xaq7.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The LA Times reported that Renzo Piano, Los Angeles architect Zoltan Pali and officials from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences unveiled preliminary designs for a $300-million film museum. Eric Chavkin concluded "A toy chest of architectures related only by location. From the Bruce Goff Japanese Pavilion to the black box Mies bookstore to Hugh Hardy's disco streamlined moderne to Luckmans sorry start. Renzo Piano's 'back-to-the-future cinema spheres just continues the trajectory"</p></em><br /><br /><p> In an essay titled <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/71339262/unexpected-costs-big-ticket-design-software-versus-alternate-methodologies" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UNEXPECTED COSTS ~ Big ticket design software versus alternate methodologies</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/7473497/ann-lui" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ann Lui</a> a designer and freelance writer reflected on the fact that "<em>Not twenty years ago, if you wanted to start your own firm, you could do so on a Mayline drafting board in your basement...Today, my partner and I sit on our couch as we write up a wishlist of basic softwares we might need for a fledgling practice...tally the price tags, and the bottom line drops like an anvil: just over $15,000</em>".</p> <p> <strong>mfischer3387</strong> echoed <strong>curtkram</strong>, "<em>its much tougher to start an architecture business than most other fields, because yes, the start up costs are enormous, as outlined in the article. I would argue that software package costs are not necessarily always for the benefit of design, but for liability purposes</em>". Other commentator's like <a href="http://archinect.com/jmiller" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jeremy Miller</a> offered advice "<em>You could get the Revit LT suite for&nbsp; about $1,800...Also, Archicad has a rental model...Be creative</em>" and <a href="http://archinect.com/stevesanderson" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Steve Sanderson</a> (founding par...</p> 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/39778723/heizer-s-rock-n-roll-on-the-road Heizer's Rock 'n' Roll: on the Road Orhan Ayyüce 2012-02-29T12:32:00-05:00 >2014-09-24T14:37:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/u0/u0qvdj8s665np42q.jpg" width="514" height="305" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I&rsquo;m just happier than heck to see this thing go.- logistical superintendent Rick Albrecht</p></em><br /><br /><p><img alt="" src="http://www.lacma.org/sites/default/files/imagecache/Exhibition_Main/image/LEVMASS%20dwg%20color%20copy.jpg"></p><p><em>As the rock&rsquo;s massive, centipede-like transporter inched onto Granite Hill Drive, lit by over 300 string lights, the mood was less public art project and more engineering-feat-meets-the-Rose Parade. More than 100 people &ndash;- truckers, police escorts, media and museum workers, as well as art lovers and general looky-loos -&ndash; gathered to see the rock off.&nbsp; A helicopter hovered above, cutting the crisp night sky, and nearby parked cars honked in celebration.</em></p><p><em>Noticeably missing was the reclusive artist himself, who lives in Nevada.</em></p><p><em>&ldquo;There&rsquo;s nothing he can really do to help now,&rdquo; said LACMA Director Michael Govan. &ldquo;But he&rsquo;s excited.&rdquo;</em></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/28985655/heizer-s-rock-n-roll" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Previously</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/13066137/405-freeway-closure-exposes-the-limits-of-los-angeles-mobility 405 Freeway closure exposes the limits of Los Angeles' mobility mantaray 2011-07-12T02:37:04-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jj/jj7e8m3ou8t58717.jpg" width="514" height="240" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>...doesn't the general freakout over the shutdown suggest, in and of itself, its fundamental folly? It hurts to lose the 405 even for a weekend not because freeways are so valuable or because we love them so much but because we've painted ourselves in a corner in terms of mobility. We have left ourselves no escape hatches or viable alternatives.</p></em><br /><br /><p> LA Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne eyes impending automotive doom.</p> <p> Follow the link for a thoughtful piece on "the city's great synecdoche" and how its future might impact architectural landmarks.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/5983034/john-lautner-1911-1994-turns-100 John Lautner (1911-1994) Turns 100 Paul Petrunia 2011-05-11T13:38:30-04:00 >2011-05-11T13:38:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/92/92acbdc9301585672b4534a0ff6c84d8.jpg" width="292" height="189" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The John Lautner Foundation is pleased to present the John Lautner Turns 100 series this July 16-November 13, 2011. In celebration of what would have been John Lautner&rsquo;s 100th birthday on July 16, 2011, the series will showcase Lautner&rsquo;s extraordinary body of work while informing and inspiring the public about the importance of preserving it.</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>