Archinect - News 2017-10-20T08:38:23-04:00 Want to live in Thom Mayne's iconic Sixth Street House? Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-05-10T19:38:00-04:00 >2017-08-29T18:33:16-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Then we have good news for you, that is, if you have $7,600 a month to spare on rent. The LA-based architect's Santa Monica home has been put up for lease following his recent re-location to Cheviot Hills. Two years ago, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Thom Mayne</a> and his wife, Blythe Mayne, bought beloved science-fiction author <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ray Brabury's old home</a> and have since, spent the past two years rebuilding on the site. Now that they have made the move, their old residence is up for grabs.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Some might recognize the home from its prominent role in Michael Mann's 1995 crime movie,&nbsp;<em>Heat,&nbsp;</em>in which Al Pacino famously rants about the "dead-tech post-modernistic bullshit house." Quick aside: the restaurant Kate Mantilini, also designed by his firm <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Morphosis</a>, makes an appearance in the film as well.</p><p></p><p>Beyond its legacy in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hollywood</a>, the home has received plenty of acclaim in the world of architecture. It was the recipient of the 1987 AIA Los Angeles Honor Award and the architectural drawings of the home have been displayed at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MOMA</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Y...</p> Swiping right (or left!) on the architectural future of the city of Santa Monica Julia Ingalls 2017-01-24T19:54:00-05:00 >2017-02-05T21:29:26-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Combining the swiftness of contemporary dating with the decades-long process of urban planning, the city of Santa Monica has introduced "CitySwipe," an app that allows you to comment on everything from transportation to building design to the availability of fine dining in Santa Monica's downtown.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>You don't even have to live in Santa Monica to weigh-in (<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">there's a swipe for that</a>). As civic data gathering goes, it is definitely more fun than the census, and more pictorially honest than most hook-up apps.&nbsp;</p> Santa Monica's 'impossibly green' building dreams: the challenging path to Living Building certification Alexander Walter 2016-11-30T14:57:00-05:00 >2016-11-30T17:31:24-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>On a small and skinny lot wedged behind its historic city hall, Santa Monica is trying to accomplish something that has never been done before in California. By 2020, the city hopes to construct a 50,000-square-foot city services building that will meet the requirements of the International Living Future Institute&rsquo;s &ldquo;Living Building Challenge&rdquo; &mdash; the most stringent environmental building standard in the world.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"Should the city succeed it will prove that net-zero water is possible in our arid climate, even in a drought &mdash;&nbsp;and that if we&rsquo;re serious about staving off the effects of drought and climate change, we should settle for no less. It will also familiarize code officials with new innovations, making it easier for developers to build sustainably."</em></p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Say goodbye to clunky solar panels, and hello to Tesla's sleek new glass solar roof tiles</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Dean Poh says reduction in energy savings is not enough: "I am for net zero."</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Seattle&rsquo;s Super-Green Bullitt Center Opened on Earth Day</a></li></ul> With opening of Expo Line to Santa Monica, L.A.'s dream of a "subway to the sea" finally comes true (again) Alexander Walter 2016-05-20T20:32:00-04:00 >2016-05-21T20:10:50-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The $1.5-billion second leg of the Expo Line, which opened Friday from Culver City to Santa Monica, adds seven light-rail stations and more than six miles of track to the growing Los Angeles County transit network. [...] In the immediate context of L.A.'s attempts to turn its public-transit network from national punch line to something that increasingly resembles a mature system, 13 new Metro stations in less than three months qualifies as a pretty dramatic upgrade.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The aggressively expanding LA Metro system in recent Archinect news stories:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How LA is changing, one rail line at a time</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Will LA's new metro extension bring growth to the city's peripheries?</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">L.A. seeks to accelerate infrastructure projects in advance of potential Olympics</a></li></ul> The unexpected survival story of the last "shotgun" house in Santa Monica Nicholas Korody 2016-01-26T14:42:00-05:00 >2016-02-10T23:02:24-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>"Small houses can tell big stories," read the apt white words on the pamphlet's blue cover. The shotgun house's Ocean Park neighborhood had once been full of such modest dwellings. It was a working-class place &mdash; home to carpenters and painters and people who washed other people's laundry. But that kind of history most often is erased over time, as little houses make way for bigger ones. Ordinary people often don't chronicle their lives &mdash; and when they leave, their stories do too.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>Related:</strong></p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Stop the unpermitted demolition": Roche Dinkeloo's shiny UN Plaza Hotel lobby might be remodeled</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">It's easier now to tear down "historic homes" in Beverly Hills than before &ndash; is this progress or folly?</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Preserving a Home in All Its Marred Glory</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Selective memory: Old Penn Station, ruined before it was ruined</a></li></ul> Historic Santa Monica home served as a refuge for intellectuals fleeing Nazi Germany Nicholas Korody 2015-06-23T16:06:00-04:00 >2015-07-04T22:13:09-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>In the 1930s and '40s, the Mabery Road house in Santa Monica Canyon belonged to Hollywood screenwriter Salka Viertel, who made her house a home not only for her family but for hundreds of refugees, some very famous and others unknown... While anti-Fascist volunteers were spiriting people out of Europe, Viertel in Santa Monica was taking them in... She helped to rescue, among many others, the German Expressionist writer Leonhard Frank, the Dadaist poet Walter Mehring, and Alfred D&ouml;blin...</p></em><br /><br /><p>The historic home is currently on the market, with an asking price of $4.5 million. It was also the childhood home of noted author <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Peter Viertel</a>.&nbsp;</p> 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 srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> KCRW radio station breaks ground on new Media Center in Santa Monica Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-06-12T17:33:00-04:00 >2014-06-17T17:41:04-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">KCRW</a>, the NPR-affiliated public radio darling of Southern California, broke ground yesterday on its new 35,000 square-foot Media Center, located on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Santa Monica College</a>'s Academy of Entertainment &amp; Technology campus. For the past thirty years, KCRW was run out of a basement underneath the campus, while producing top-notch music and journalism programming that balances local flavor with international news. Now they'll have much more room to breathe, with spaces devoted to community socializing and performance alongside expanded operations.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Home to such popular podcasts as "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">DnA: Design and Architecture</a>" and news digest "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">To the Point</a>", KCRW also produces content outside of the studio, by hosting events around Los Angeles. With the Media Center, the station will have a homespace for its own events, to concretize its role in the local culture.</p><p>Designed by Clive Wilkinson Architects, the Media Center&nbsp;also meets LEED Silver Certification standards, and is slated to open by early 2016.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> Oren Safdie's play "False Solution" finishes up its 3-week run this weekend in Santa Monica Paul Petrunia 2014-05-07T17:36:00-04:00 >2017-01-11T01:31:38-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Oren Safdie, architecture-turned-playwright (and son of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Moshe Safdie</a>), has taken his play <em>False Solution</em> to Santa Monica, after a run in NYC last year. <em>False Solution</em>, Safdie's 3rd architecture-themed play, following <em>Private Jokes, Public Places</em> and <em>The Bilbao Effect</em>, follows German-Jewish architect Anton Seligman (played by Daniel J. Travanti) as he designs a new Holocaust museum in Poland. Linda Johansson (played by Amanda Saunders), a first-year architecture student, brings sexual tension as she challenges his work.</p><p>I met up with Oren at his home in Venice Beach to talk about his work as a playwright. You can listen to our conversation below...</p><p></p><p>I also had a chance to record a read-through between leads Daniel J. Travanti, whom you may recognize as <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the captain from <em>Hill Street Blues</em>,</a> and Amanda Saunders.</p><p></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tickets to False Solution can still be purchased for the final four performances this Thursday to Sunday.</a></p> Net Neutrality lives on in Santa Monica, California Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-04-30T18:40:00-04:00 >2014-05-06T22:38:55-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>[Santa Monica will] be able to offer its residents real net neutrality, which the [FCC] is working on rolling back for just about everyone else in the US. [...] Santa Monica has cleverly and quietly been installing its own network of city-owned fiber-optic cables for years, and they intend to keep the net neutral. [...] Santa Monica has also made about $5 million providing internet service and leasing out the cables to other providers, and their competition has driven down rates.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Federal Communications Commission&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">recently proposed</a> that internet service providers (like Verizon, AT&amp;T, and Time Warner Cable) should be able to charge companies extra for faster service -- so for example, Netflix could pay AT&amp;T more to ensure faster download speeds for its viewers. This would violate <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">net neutrality</a>, the concept that aims to ensure that every companies' data on the internet is treated (and delivered) equally. Under the FCC's proposal, larger companies would be able to make their content more accessible to users, handicapping smaller companies from the get-go.</p><p>But what if your internet service provider wasn't AT&amp;T or Verizon, but your own city? Should city governments hold the reins of internet service, and ultimately net neutrality? It's not only a question of download speeds for the user, but of how local governments could use internet traffic data to change their city.&nbsp;If the internet were treated like a local utility, then perhaps city governments could more ...</p> OMA's winning Santa Monica design is rejected by city council members Archinect 2013-09-04T15:38:00-04:00 >2013-09-09T18:50:45-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The design called for a series of rectangular buildings skewed on an axis comprised of ground-floor retail, office development and proposed residential and flex office space and the upper section would be a hotel, according to city officials. &ldquo;I have to say that the Metro Pacific is a beautiful project and you look at it and it&rsquo;s stunning architecturally,&rdquo; Davis said. &ldquo;The affordable housing is kind of an afterthought &hellip; . It&rsquo;s a little unclear of how many units we are going to get.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> OMA’s Winning “The Plaza at Santa Monica” Entry Alexander Walter 2013-07-23T21:10:00-04:00 >2017-01-11T23:04:41-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>OMA is on a winning spree on both American coasts right now: we reported last week that the team consisting of OMA, Tishman Realty and UIA Management had won the Miami Beach Convention Center Master Plan competition, and just earlier this month, OMA's New York office was also declared winner of a major competition for a mixed use development in Santa Monica, California. In both cases, OMA's submissions prevailed over entries by fellow finalists Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG).</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously: <a href="" target="_blank">OMA Wins Miami Beach Convention Center Competition</a></p> Frank Gehry designing new tower in Santa Monica Archinect 2013-03-04T11:52:00-05:00 >2013-12-25T13:01:22-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Frank Gehry is designing a new 22-story tower that developers want to build in downtown Santa Monica, near the intersection of Ocean Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard, according to the official website for the project. The structure will feature space for a hotel and condominiums, as well as restaurant and retail space.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Santa Monica Complete Green Street Breaks Ground Alexander Walter 2012-01-23T15:20:00-05:00 >2012-01-25T10:19:28-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Designed by John Kaliski Architects, in conjunction with Lawrence Moss &amp; Associates, Landscape Architects, and Kimley-Horn &amp; Associates, Civil Engineers, the Ocean Park Boulevard Complete Green Street recently broke ground on December 12, 2011. When completed in early 2013, it will be the longest complete green street in the City of Santa Monica, and one of the longest in Southern California.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Gehry’s Santa Monica Residence Wins AIA Twenty-Five Year Award Alexander Walter 2012-01-11T17:51:00-05:00 >2017-10-02T01:20:02-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has selected the Gehry Residence in Santa Monica, California for the 2012 AIA Twenty-five Year Award. [...] A seemingly ad hoc collection of raw, workmanlike materials wrapped around an unassuming two-story clapboard bungalow, Frank Gehry&rsquo;s, FAIA, home for his wife, Berta, and two sons found a literal, but unexpected, answer to the question of neighborhood context, and used it to forever re-shape the formal and material boundaries of architecture.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> The covert birth of Apple's next Santa Monica store Archinect 2011-12-09T13:58:00-05:00 >2012-11-16T18:04:23-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>... according to a person familiar with the plans who is bound by a nondisclosure agreement, Apple has already begun work on such a store in Santa Monica. Like the Peter Bohlin-designed Apple Store on New York's Upper West Side, it will have a tall, striking glass storefront...</p></em><br /><br /><p> The Santa Monica store episode also illustrates Apple's unusually covert way of doing business. Interviews with almost two dozen people familiar with Apple Store negotiations say the Cupertino, California, company sometimes employs uncommon legal tactics, refuses to name itself in public documents and hearings, and has sworn city government officials to secrecy.</p> Ground Level: One more good-looking garage in Santa Monica Archinect 2011-07-06T16:39:00-04:00 >2012-10-05T13:41:40-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>But the real show is outside, where the garage includes a number of large-scale public-art installations, including pieces by Anne Marie Karlsen (along 2nd Street) and L.A. firm Ball-Nogues Studio (along 4th Street). The Ball-Nogues piece, called &ldquo;Cradle,&rdquo; features hundreds of stainless-steel spheres suspended from one of the garage&rsquo;s exterior walls. The design is open-ended enough to suggest both sea foam and a Newton&rsquo;s Cradle...</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Santa Monica's Field Operations Orhan Ayyüce 2011-06-15T18:59:53-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Santa Monica&rsquo;s $46.1 Mil Park Moves Forward. A crowd of about 200 Santa Monicans were on hand at the June 14 Santa Monica City Council&rsquo;s consideration of the planned public parks to be placed in front of city hall. After a presentation by designer James Corner followed by a lovefest of public comment, the council proceeded with overall design plans and construction documents for Palisades Garden Walk, despite its $46.1 million price tag.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Now, I will quote myself when I said this to the journalist friend who asked my opinion on the proposal.</p> <p> <em>"The real critique of this park is not only the physical aspects of the complicated site but the "consumerist development" Santa Monica had adopted since the 80's on.<br> James Corner's park could be real useful if he understands this development policy that changed the personality of Santa Monica and somehow pairs its "gin fizz urbanism" with the real community "DNA" of Santa Monica as the "people's city." &nbsp;In short, if he can negotiate and balance it with consuming tourists and wealthy gentrification, then, perhaps, we would see a really good park for the money.<br> Without being nostalgic, Santa Monica could use a little inspiration from the old negative propaganda of intrepid developers, where it was regarded as "Peoples Republic of Santa Monica." &nbsp;Within the context of the late shiny developments, the city could now own this old misplaced adage and be proud of its progressive ...</em></p> Venice vs. Santa Monica: Is the Architecture Different? Paul Petrunia 2011-05-23T19:57:25-04:00 >2011-05-23T19:57:25-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Those homeboys over at the American Institute of Architects, Los Angeles (AIA|LA) are so bad, drumming up biz for their May 15 architectural home tour called "Ve &ne; SaMo (Venice is not Santa Monica)" by asking if the two locales drove different architecture -- say, Santa Monica soccer mom versus Venice Bohemian daddy. Everyone knows Venice is dead, cemented over by gentrification, and the emerging artist crew has moved onto Inglewood.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>