LA has a housing crisis – but the problem isn't those fancy new towers
What’s the root cause of Los Angeles’ affordable housing crisis? Many blame the new luxury housing developments springing up... driving up interest in the neighborhood and attracting hipsters. Landlords take notice and soon rents start climbing. That’s the story anyway.
But here’s the thing: If booming development in hot markets like Hollywood and downtown is why rents keep going up... why have the same price increases hit locales with extremely limited development?
— LA Times
"Because our problems aren’t driven by a local phenomenon but by a regional one: low residential vacancy rates. Nothing is more important, and data from the American Community Survey confirm this. Zooming out to look at the 20 largest U.S. cities rather than local ZIP codes, the... View full entry
Nation's first combined housing complex for LGBT youth and seniors coming to Hollywood
A first-in-the-nation complex to be built in Hollywood would house about 200 LGBT seniors and young adults on the same campus.
Lorrie Jean, CEO of the the Los Angeles LGBT Center, which is building the $100 million complex, calls the two generation groups "the two most vulnerable parts of our community."
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Homeowners fight to block access to the Hollywood sign
The pull of the Hollywood sign has...generated anger along the winding roads in those hills as homeowners have complained of a crush of motorists clogging roads, hikers in the middle of narrow streets and smokers flicking cigarettes into flammable brush... Now some homeowners are taking their battle to court, demanding that the city close a popular path into Griffith Park used to view the famed sign until the effects on the neighborhood have been fully evaluated.
The residents of Beachwood Canyon, a very affluent neighborhood, argue that traffic to one of the only public trails leading to the iconic Hollywood sign is a public safety issue. Claiming that the city has failed to properly address environmental concerns, they've formed a group, Homeowners on... View full entry
Hélène Binet celebrates first U.S. exhibit at WUHO with the 2015 Julius Shulman Institute Photography Award
The WUHO Gallery in Hollywood was abuzz on the opening night of “Hélène Binet: Fragments of Light” this past Saturday, in celebration of Binet as the 2015 recipient of the Julius Shulman Institute Excellence in Photography Award. Co-curated by JSI Managing Director Emily Bills and Binet... View full entry
Frank Lloyd Wright's Hollyhock House to reopen once again in February
In the heart of Hollywood's Barnsdall Park, Frank Lloyd Wright's Hollyhock House will officially reopen on February 13, as recently announced by L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell, and the Barnsdall Park Art Foundation. This isn't the first time the iconic house has been... View full entry
"The Long Goodbye" Apartment is Available to Rent for Only $2800
At the end of a cul de sac near the Hollywood Bowl, park your car in a garage carved into the hill. Walk through a gated tunnel to a private elevator where you'll be taken up 6 stories through the hill to the top of a Tuscan tower. Nestled in a quiet walk street enclave high above the bustle of Hollywood Blvd.
1bed, 1 bath includes the aforementioned private parking garage (remote door opener). Washer/Dryer, hardwood floors and terrace.
The apartment was featured in Robert Altman's 1973 "The Long Goodbye." In the neo-noir film, Elliot Gould plays Phillip Marlowe, a private eye living in a tower high up in the Hollywood Hills. The apartment was also featured in Kenneth Branagh's Dead Again. According to the craigslist ad... View full entry
Hollywood Target building shut down during construction due to established height limits
A judge has called for retail giant Target Corp. to stop work on a partly built shopping center in Hollywood, handing a stinging setback to a project championed by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. Superior Court Judge Richard L. Fruin Jr. sided with two community groups who said in separate lawsuits that the City Council should not have allowed Target to build a 74-foot-tall structure in a location where such projects cannot exceed 35 feet.
— LA Times
Architectural installations to pop-up on Hollywood sign hiking trail this weekend
On May 17, the yearlong series' final event, inspired by L.A.'s most prominent icon, the Hollywood sign, is being staged. Six projects will be installed on the Hollywood sign trail, where all of Los Angeles is laid out before hikers. Details are still being finalized, but the event could feature imaginary viewfinders designed by Elly Ward and mini-monuments erected by Elizabeth Timme, co-director of design office LA-Más.
Trek to the Hollywood signWhat: Installations along a trail near the Hollywood signWhere: Hollywood sign trail. Park in the Greek Theatre Parking Lot G in Griffith Park or at Griffith Observatory and take the shuttle to the Hollywood sign viewing area.When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May... View full entry
MAD founder Ma Yansong celebrates opening of LA office with lecture in Hollywood
Co-presented by Hennessey + Ingalls, the A+D Museum and the Cal Poly LA Metro Program, Ma Yansong lectured last night on MAD's history and the trials of Chinese architecture. Now with offices in Los Angeles and Beijing, MAD is poised to fulfill the high expectations bestowed on it as a Chinese... View full entry
Worlds of Cityvision coming to Los Angeles this March
Most readers may be very familiar with Italian architecture lab Cityvision for its thought-provoking architectural ideas competitions [...]. Now Cityvision goes traveling and pitches its tent in Los Angeles this March. For the first time abroad, the exhibition Worlds of Cityvision will be on display at Woodbury University's WUHO Gallery from March 6-23.
Worlds of Cityvisions will also see the launch of the new international competition Evolution: the architecture of future mankind, about the future of Beijing featuring a special jury panel comprised of Sou Fujimoto, Greg Lynn, Sanford Kwinter, Eric de Broche des Combes and Ai Weiwei. View full entry
Welton Becket-designed Hollywood Cinerama Dome Marks 50 Years
The only geodesic dome movie theater in the world, Becket’s design was inspired by Buckminster Fuller—and the nation’s midcentury obsession with landing on the moon. Built to resemble a giant spacecraft, the Dome boasted futuristic floating stairways—a first for any movie theater at the time. Simultaneously projected images using three 35mm cameras were so cutting-edge, the Dome’s own original projector—the Norelco Universal—would win a Technical Academy Award in 1963 [...].
— Los Angeles Confidential Magazine
Launch event tonight! "Shaping the City" refreshes case studies of contemporary urbanism
Drop by Hollywood’s finest art and architecture bookstore, Hennessey + Ingalls, tonight for a special event launching Shaping the City, a newly revised edition of contemporary urbanism case studies. The event will also feature a conversation with University of Toronto’s Director of... View full entry
"On the Fence": A colorful collaboration at Citizens of the World Hollywood
It's hard to miss the vibrant 3-D mural at the front entrance of the Citizens of the World Charter School - Hollywood. The mural, known as "On the Fence", was created by students, teachers, staff, and parents of CWC-H and Le Conte Middle School as a collaborative project. Both communities... View full entry
Massive mixed-use project in Hollywood clears a hurdle
A proposal for two skyscrapers that would flank the Capitol Records tower in Hollywood gained the approval of the city's planning department Tuesday despite push-back from dozens of disgruntled residents.
The Millennium Hollywood plans are the most ambitious in a string of revitalization projects in the area, including the W Hotel and the Hollywood & Highland Center. The $664-million mixed-use development could include more than 1 million square feet of apartment, office and retail space.
Previously: First Plans Released For Huge Towers Next to Capitol Records View full entry
First Plans Released For Huge Towers Next to Capitol Records
The new buildings will be designed by Gary Handel Architects and Roschen Van Cleve Architects, but these renderings, like the rest of it, are conceptual. Landscape starchitect James Corner Field Operations (of New York's High Line and Santa Monica's Civic Center Parks) will design "extensive open space, street-level plazas, and enhanced pedestrian circulation encompassing approximately 25 percent of the entire site."
View more from the Millennium Hollywood website. UPDATE: Massive mixed-use project in Hollywood clears a hurdle View full entry