Archinect - News 2017-08-20T00:20:44-04:00 Get Lectured: SCI-Arc, Fall '17 Justine Testado 2017-08-17T13:13:00-04:00 >2017-08-17T13:19:37-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="975" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Fall 2017</a></strong></p> <p>Ready or not, the start of the school year is coming up. Back for Fall 2017 is Archinect's&nbsp;<em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Get Lectured</a>,</em>&nbsp;an ongoing series where we feature a school's lecture series&mdash;and their snazzy posters&mdash;for the current term. Check back regularly to keep track of any upcoming lectures you don't want to miss. Mark those calendars!</p> <p><strong><em>Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to&nbsp;</em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em></em></a><em>.</em></strong></p> <p>Here's a preview of some of the upcoming lecture events at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SCI-Arc</a> for Fall '17.</p> <p>Sept 15<br><strong>Selected Thesis&nbsp;</strong>Exhibition Opening Reception</p> <p>Sept 22<br><strong><em>Tu Casa es mi Casa</em>&nbsp;</strong>A Roundtable Discussion</p> <p>Sept 27<br><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mark Wigley</a>&nbsp;</strong>Lecture</p> <p>Oct 2<br><strong>Hernan Diaz Alonso and Peter Testa</strong>&nbsp;Conversation&nbsp;</p> <p>Oct 4<br><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Oana Stanescu</a></strong>&nbsp;Lecture</p> <p>Oct 11<br><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Monica Ponce de Leon</a>&nbsp;</strong>Lecture</p> <p>Oct 18<br><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lisa Iwamoto</a></strong>&nbsp;Lecture</p> <p>Oct 20<br><strong>Ruy Klein&nbsp;</strong>(<strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">David Ruy</a> &amp; Karel Klein):</strong>&nbsp;<strong><em>Apophenia</em></strong>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Exhibition Opening Reception</p> <p>Oct 25&nbsp;<br><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">David Benjamin</a></strong>&nbsp;...</p> Frank Gehry's Grand Avenue Project files for construction permits with City of Los Angeles Justine Testado 2017-08-14T14:42:00-04:00 >2017-08-15T16:03:39-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="407" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Frank Gehry-designed project has taken a smaller, but important step forward this summer, by filing for building permits with the City of Los Angeles...The latest iteration of the Grand Avenue Project, which has been proposed for well over a decade, calls for the construction of two high-rise buildings at 100 S. Grand Avenue, replacing an infamous "tinker-toy" parking structure...Related has set a 2018 groundbreaking date for the project, with completion targeted in 2022.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Hollywood movies are influencing LA's newest crop of buildings Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-08-11T15:44:00-04:00 >2017-08-11T15:44:29-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>L.A. now boasts the tallest building west of Chicago&mdash;the Wilshire Grand Center in the Downtown district. &ldquo;If you watch the opening sequence of Blade Runner from 1982 and look at how it imagines L.A.&rsquo;s skyline in 2019, you can&rsquo;t help sense life emulating art" Meanwhile, the creators of the sumptuous new Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills traveled back in time for inspiration...&ldquo;We studied everything from the decor of the movie sets to the style of leading Hollywood actresses&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Back in the day, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hollywood</a> movies used to draw their inspiration from the city of Angels as many of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA</a>'s most iconic buildings played starring roles in Tinseltown. Today, the tables have turned and the cities architecture has begun taking a note or two from Hollywood.&nbsp;<em></em>Proving that the expression "life imitates art" has some weight to it,&nbsp;<em>Architectural Digest&nbsp;</em>examines how LA's newest crop of buildings looks like they walked off a Hollywood set.</p> Los Angeles to host 2028 Summer Olympics; hopes to cut costs by using existing venues Alexander Walter 2017-08-01T13:40:00-04:00 >2017-08-01T13:45:43-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After weeks of negotiations with the International Olympic Committee, Los Angeles officials have reached a deal to host the 2028 Summer Games under terms they hope will generate hundreds of millions in savings and additional revenues. The agreement will bring the Olympics back to Southern California for a third time, after Los Angeles hosted in 1984 and 1932. It also opens the door for the 2024 Games to be held in Paris.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Spiraling costs and notorious budget overruns have discouraged other cities from pushing towards being a host to the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2024/28 Summer Olympics</a>, but Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti thinks otherwise and hopes to avoid unpredictable spending by reusing existing venues and infrastructure.&nbsp;</p> <p>As the <em>Los Angeles Times</em> reports, "Olympic experts have said that L.A. could be different because its plan relies on existing venues such as Staples Center, Pauley Pavilion and the Coliseum. It avoids spending billions to construct new stadiums and arenas. Further savings would arise from housing athletes and the media at UCLA and USC rather than building expensive villages."</p> <p>LA officials aren't only hoping to cover the cost of the games but actually generate a surplus&nbsp;&mdash; emulating the success of the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Olympics.</p> Los Angeles and Honolulu are the toughest cities to build in Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-07-27T17:15:00-04:00 >2017-07-27T17:15:16-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Last week,&nbsp;<em>The Wall Street Journal</em> reported on the housing shortage in&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Venice Beach</a>. As one of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles</a>' hottest neighborhoods&mdash;in large part due to the influx of tech companies that have made it their home and lent it the new nickname, Silicon Beach&mdash;it might come as a surprise to learn that the zip code has not added a single new housing unit in 15 years. In fact, Venice Beach had roughly 700 fewer housing units in 2015 than it did in 2000 and despite adding 4,000 new jobs, lost 3,800 residents.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">According to Issi Romem</a>, a chief economist at&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BuildZoom</a>&nbsp;who conducted the analysis of data for the publication, the lack of new housing accommodations is a result of overly strict building and zoning restrictions as well as stiff community opposition that has caused the precinct to become the "Toughest Zip Code in America to Build In." When we expand from zip code to city limit, Romem's data found that Los Angeles, in general, sits right behind Honolulu to take second place in terms of t...</p> LA's Union Station is getting a multi-billion dollar makeover Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-07-25T15:16:00-04:00 >2017-07-25T15:16:43-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="363" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>When built, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Union Station</a> was called the "Last of the Great Railway Stations." Designed by&nbsp;father and son team John and Donald B. Parkinson, the landmark opened in 1939 at a time when railway service was already beginning to wane. Combining Art Deco, Spanish Colonial, and Mission Revival styles, the site has perhaps become better known for its beauty as an architectural gem&mdash;it has starred in movies such as&nbsp;<em>Blade Runner</em>&mdash;than for being a site of major transport despite its designation as the largest railroad passenger terminal in the Western United States.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p></figure><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p></figure><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p></figure><p>However, Los Angeles' population continues to grow, more and more people are ditching cars, and a high-speed rail line is potentially on the horizon, all of which are expected to cause patronage of the station to explode by 2040. In preparation for the expected growth, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA Metro has been working on a massive master plan</a> alongside <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gruen Associates</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Grimshaw Architects</a> for the 78-year old transit hub. Visions for its future include...</p> Paris and Los Angeles to host the Summer Olympics in 2024 and 2028 Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-11T16:53:00-04:00 >2017-07-11T16:54:01-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="390" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&#8203;The rare decision to name the hosts of separate Games simultaneously &mdash; established with a unanimous vote of I.O.C. members on Tuesday &mdash; is an effort by the organization to counter diminished interest shown by democratic nations in hosting the Olympics amid exorbitant costs, white-elephant stadiums, widespread corruption, rampant doping and limited appeal to the youth audience.&#8203;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Delegates of International Olympic Committee will vote on future hosting cities on Sept. 13 in Lima, Peru. "Paris is favored to hold the Games in 2024, the centenary of the last time it hosted the Olympics, while Los Angeles is expected to hold the Summer Games for a third time in 2028." Paris and Los Angeles remain the only cities bidding to host the 2024 Olympics&nbsp;after withdrawals of Boston, Rome, Budapest and Hamburg, Germany.</p> <p>The cities are also expected to demonstrate efforts in reforming the Olympics in reducing prohibitive costs in staging the Games by&nbsp;using mostly existing and temporary facilities.&nbsp;</p> L.A.'s Skid Row Housing Trust C.E.O. Mike Alvidrez will step down in 2018 Julia Ingalls 2017-07-06T17:29:00-04:00 >2017-07-06T17:29:26-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>After nearly three decades of involvement with the L.A. Skid Row Housing Trust (and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">working relationships with architects including Michael Maltzan and Brooks + Scarpa</a>), C.E.O. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mike Alvidrez</a> has announced his plans to step down next year.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Brooks + Scarpa's homeless housing "The Six" developed in conjunction with the Skid Row Housing Trust. Image: Brooks + Scarpa</figcaption></figure><p>He will remain in an "ambassador"&nbsp;role to help the new leadership, although applicants for that position will not be formally reviewed until later this year. In a statement to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Architect's Newspaper</a>, Alvidrez noted that "the public perception of supportive housing has forever changed thanks to our partnerships with renowned architects to design beautiful residential and community spaces that foster reconnection, healing, and dignity.&rdquo;</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Brooks + Scarpa's homeless housing "The Six" developed in conjunction with the Skid Row Housing Trust. Image: Brooks + Scarpa</figcaption></figure> Lloyd Wright's Sowden House gets a cameo in The xx's new music video Justine Testado 2017-07-05T15:29:00-04:00 >2017-07-06T15:19:24-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="323" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Lloyd Wright's concrete-block John Sowden House in Los Angeles makes a special appearance in &ldquo;I Dare You&rdquo;, the latest music video from British indie-pop band The xx as their &ldquo;love letter to Los Angeles&rdquo;.</p> <p>Directed by fashion photographer Alasdair McLellan in collaboration with Raf Simons, the saccharine music video playfully alludes to the infamous Black Dahlia murder that took place at the house in the 1940s. In the video, a group of mischievous, lovey-dovey teenagers &mdash; featuring &ldquo;Moonlight&rdquo; actor Ashton Sanders, actress Millie Bobby Brown from &ldquo;Stranger Things&rdquo;, and Michael Jackson's daughter Paris, among others &mdash; dare each other to enter the haunted Wrightian home.&nbsp;</p> <p>What ensues when the teenagers step foot into the house? Watch the full video below to find out.</p> <p><em>h/t <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Phaidon</a></em></p> New renderings released of the George Lucas Museum of Narrative Art Nicholas Korody 2017-07-03T12:10:00-04:00 >2017-07-03T12:10:59-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="304" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>It&rsquo;s full speed ahead for the George Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, the $1B museum sited in Exposition Park in Los Angeles and designed by Ma Yansong. Rising four stories, the 115-ft. tall building will house some 300,00 square feet of floor area containing exhibition space, a library, two theaters, classrooms, offices and a library. New renderings have been <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">released</a>. Take a gander below.</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Image credit the George Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, via NBC</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Image credit the George Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, via NBC</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Image credit the George Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, via NBC</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Image credit the George Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, via NBC</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Image credit the George Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, via NBC</figcaption></figure><p><br></p> LA's lessons in decriminalizing street vending Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-06-27T20:18:00-04:00 >2017-06-27T20:19:37-04:00 <img src="" width="640" height="480" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The decision was a long time coming for both immigrant- and small-business advocates, who for decades had been pushing for legalization, but the presidential election was a clear galvanizing factor. In L.A., a sanctuary city, the majority of vendors are Central American immigrants who, if they&rsquo;re undocumented, could face deportation for a misdemeanor charge under President Trump.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Los Angeles was the last of the 10 largest American cities&nbsp;to decriminalize vending in February of 2017. There are, however, still many questions to resolve&mdash;finer points of vending, such as how much control neighborhoods will have over local vendors, the cost of permits, and staff to enforce them, among other concerns, have still not been determined.</p> <p>The city's previous attempts at regulating street vending have failed due to not just business interests or safety, but also anti-immigrant sentiment. Another issue that was often raised by some council members in the 90's was the potential of alienating brick-and-mortar business owners, who unlike vendors, have to pay rent. The zoning regulations that followed those concerns attempted restricting vending to a single district&mdash;like&nbsp;MacArthur Park, which ultimately failed the program due to inefficiency. <br>The hope is those examples from Los Angeles' history will help shape a successful street vending policy that in the future might guide o...</p> The George Lucas Museum has (finally) been given the green-light Nicholas Korody 2017-06-27T19:13:00-04:00 >2017-06-28T05:01:56-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="325" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>If the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">George Lucas Museum of Narrative Art</a> is any indicator, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bilbao effect</a> is fast receding into distant memory. For a while, no city seemed to want it. The $1B project flirted with Chicago and San Francisco before finally finding a home in Los Angeles, which, in retrospect, seems perfectly fitting for a museum dedicated to &ldquo;narrative art.&rdquo; Now, at long last, the Los Angeles City Council has given final approval of the project and construction will proceed.</p> <p>George Lucas and his wife Melody Hobson spoke in-person to the council, which gave unanimous support to the project. Groundbreaking is set for early next year, with a 36-month construction timeline and an opening in 2021. Alongside it&rsquo;s (incredibly) steep price tag, the museum comes with a $400M endowment.</p> <p>The museum is designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ma Yansong</a> and will take up seven acres in Exposition Park.</p> Paul discusses Archinect, Pasadena and last weekend's Archinect Sessions event for the Arroyo Seco Weekend music festival Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-06-26T20:26:00-04:00 >2017-06-27T00:16:18-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="322" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The first ever Arroyo Seco music festival took place this past weekend in Pasadena. Put on by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Goldenvoice</a>, the entertainment group behind Coachella and FYF among others, this inaugural two-day event saw the likes of Tom Petty and the Alabama Shakes take the stage. Amidst the music, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect teamed up</a> with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jimenez Lai/Bureau Spectacular</a>, to host a series of podcast interviews inside Lai's "Field House" installation. To honor this collaboration and Archinect's presence at the event, Goldenvoice flipped the switch and interviewed Paul Petrunia for <em>their&nbsp;</em>podcast. Take a listen and hear Paul discuss the architectural legacy of Pasadena and our presence at the festival over the weekend.</p> Wilshire Grand, the tallest building in Los Angeles, lights up over the weekend Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-06-26T15:57:00-04:00 >2017-06-26T19:51:07-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="359" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Nearly a fifth of a mile up in the sky atop Los Angeles&rsquo; tallest building, two massive LED displays &mdash; each 42 by 60 feet &mdash; sit dormant, ready to beam messages out across the city. The screens consist of 250 million pixels, each no bigger than a pea, ready to explode with vibrant oranges, blues and greens once the sun sets and the building begins to glow.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Los Angeles's tallest building, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the Wilshire Grand</a>, finally opened it's doors this past Friday. Standing at 1,100 feet, it is the tallest building in the U.S. west of the Mississippi. Beyond it's height, the tower is bringing something else new to the downtown skyline with two massive LED displays and roughly 2.5 miles of LEDS running up and down its spine.&nbsp;</p> <p>In 2011, the LA City Council approved a plan to designate the area of Wilshire Grand and its surroundings as a sign district which would allow buildings to have LED Displays, including some for elaborate advertising. Though it had its opponents, backers claim this will bring an energy to the area akin to Times Square or Tokyo. The display screen atop will flash the logo for Korean Airlines, who owns the building, and for the InterContinental Hotel, which is a key tenant. It is also envisioned to have special displays for key events like holidays or a hypothetical Lakers Champion win. At street-level, a sign with static advertise...</p> Archinect Sessions & Bureau Spectacular team up at the Arroyo Seco Weekend festival this Saturday in Pasadena Paul Petrunia 2017-06-22T17:45:00-04:00 >2017-06-22T19:24:19-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="902" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For those of you in the Los Angeles area, you are already aware of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Arroyo Seco Weekend</a> music festival, taking place in Pasadena this weekend. The festival is a new event hosted by the same people that run <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Coachella</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Desert Trip</a>, and other amazing art/music/culture events.&nbsp;</p> <p>For this inaugural festival, Archinect has teamed up with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jimenez Lai/Bureau Spectacular</a>.&nbsp;Hosted by Archinect's Paul Petrunia and Nicholas Korody, we will&nbsp;be running our 5th Next Up podcasting event inside of Bureau Spectacular's project "Field House."&nbsp;</p> <p>If you're coming to the&nbsp;festival, come by and say hi, or pull up a blanket and stick around for a few to listen to our conversations.&nbsp;<br></p> Lineup &amp; Schedule <ul><li><strong>Mimi Zeiger</strong>: 1 PM<br>Mimi Zeiger is a Los Angeles-based&nbsp;critic, editor and curator that has covered art, architecture, urbanism&nbsp;and design for a number of publications including <em>The New York Times</em>, Domus<em></em>, <em>Architectural Review</em>, and <em>Architect. </em>She&nbsp;is also author of <em>New Museums, Tiny Houses,</em>&nbsp;<em>Micro Green: Tiny&nbsp;Houses i...</em></li></ul> Watch a century of downtown L.A.'s development in 2 minutes of 3D animated renderings Julia Ingalls 2017-06-20T12:40:00-04:00 >2017-06-20T12:42:15-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="395" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Ever wondered when the high-rises in downtown Los Angeles were built?&nbsp;This two-minute video of animated renderings by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Commercial Cafe</a> provides a brief history and date for most of the skyscrapers downtown, from City Hall to the Wilshire Grand, concluding with a color-coded erection sequence by decade. As the towers sprout from the soil, it's interesting to note that development has slowed considerably since its late 20th century zenith, although the tallest building west of the Mississippi did top out earlier this year:</p> Seven firms release new renderings for LA River restoration projects Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-06-19T19:49:00-04:00 >2017-06-20T12:39:40-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="413" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The City of Los Angeles and its Bureau of Engineering recently worked with seven design firms to reenvision seven sections of the L.A. River through Downtown Los Angeles. The conceptual images that resulted from this process have reimagined the river banks with open space, play areas, public art, new connections and development.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In partnership with the City of Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering and the Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti's office, seven firms have released preliminary visioning plans for a segment of the Los Angeles river. Running through downtown, the seven-mile stretch begins at the southern tip of the Frogtown neighborhood and ends at Redondo Junction. Each firm was given a different segment to plan and was asked to consider river-adjacent projects already in plan as well as anticipated development along the stretch such as a potential extension of the Red Line subway.&nbsp;</p> <p>Working on the stretch from Barclay to Spring Street between I-110 and the northern border of Chinatown, <strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gruen Associates</a></strong>&nbsp;proposed reconfiguring the existing rail yard with a meadow and public paths.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p> <p><strong>WSP's&nbsp;</strong>proposal of the stretch starting at Spring Street and continuing on to Cesar Chavez Avenue, involves a series of stepped terraces that gradually meet at the existing river bottom. &nbsp;</p> <figure><figure><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></figure></figure><p><strong>CH2M</strong>'s proposal continues on from Cesar...</p> Tomorrow — Art Share L.A. to unveil their redesign by Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects Justine Testado 2017-06-14T13:56:00-04:00 >2017-06-14T14:01:08-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="390" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects</a> teamed up with notable non-profit <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Art Share L.A.</a> to redesign the group's creative art space at the corner of 4th Street and Hewitt, in Downtown Los Angeles' Arts District. Art Share L.A. will officially reveal the new design during an open house tomorrow night, June 15 from 7-10 p.m.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><em>Photo via Art Share L.A.</em></p><p>The open house event will feature a talk by<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> Lorcan O'Herlihy</a>, exhibitions, poetry, and performances. Event is free, but space is limited. RSVP&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>Here's a quick peek of LOHA's redesign.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><em>Entrance. Rendering courtesy Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects.</em></p><p>The redesign for the colorful 28,000 square-foot building features a more flexible, open reconfiguration of&nbsp;galleries, classrooms, a theater, and other multi-functional spaces with live-work studios.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><em>Galleries.&nbsp;Renderings courtesy Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects.</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><em>Theater.&nbsp;Rendering courtesy Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects.</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><em>Proposed plan. Courtesy Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects.</em></p><p>In case you missed it, listen to Archinect's&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">recent...</a></p> This week's picks for LA architecture and design events Justine Testado 2017-06-12T15:25:00-04:00 >2017-06-12T15:25:14-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="439" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>It's the start of another week in Los Angeles. If you're curious about where design-inclined folks are gathering&nbsp;around town, Archinect and&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>&nbsp;have compiled a snappy list of local architecture and design&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">events</a>&nbsp;that are worth checking out.&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Check back regularly</a>&nbsp;so you don't miss our latest recommendations.</p><p>Our latest LA event picks put a spotlight on designers and artists&nbsp;re-examining the notion of domestic space and &ldquo;home&rdquo;&nbsp;&mdash; from midcentury&nbsp;Latino and Latino American artists&nbsp;to&nbsp;present-day landscape architects. Read on for more.</p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lush | Opening on June 17</a></strong></p><p><img alt="" src=""><em>Photo via MAK Center for Art and Architecture/Facebook.</em></p><p>&ldquo;In partnership with Mia Lehrer &amp; Associates, the MAK Center selected a group of landscape architects, designers, and collectives to propose interrogations into the history of SoCal domestic design and crucial experimentations toward the sustainability of its future.&rdquo;</p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Moholy-Nagy: Future Present | Closing on June 18</a></strong></p><p><img alt="" src=""><em>'UNTITLED' by L&aacute;szl&oacute; Moholy-Nagy, 1923, watercolor, ink &amp; penci...</em></p> Designer Trina Turk turns 'forgotten' John Lautner house into midcentury jewel box Alexander Walter 2017-06-07T18:42:00-04:00 >2017-06-13T19:31:05-04:00 <img src="" width="638" height="425" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>News of the &ldquo;long-lost&rdquo; Lautner echoed around Los Angeles and the world. The architecture community marveled at how a home designed by a modernist genius could go unnoticed for decades. [...] Somehow, the Salkin Residence, which was completed around the same time as more acclaimed Lautner projects like the Desert Hot Springs Motel, was left out of the architect&rsquo;s list of works when it was assembled by his devotees years later.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The <em>NY Times</em> portraits the 'long-lost' John Lautner-designed Salkin Residence, built in 1948 in LA's Echo Park neighborhood and, over the last three years, painstakingly restored to renewed beauty by designer/business woman Trina Turk and her husband, Jonathan Skow.</p> Archinect LAX >< DET Mini Sessions; A Conversation With Architect Lorcan O'Herlihy About His Approach to Architecture and Urban Design in LA and Detroit Paul Petrunia 2017-06-06T15:57:00-04:00 >2017-06-06T21:45:48-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Today we finish off our series of conversations, or "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mini-Sessions</a>", with architects and designers in&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Detroit</a>, sharing our conversation with Lorcan O'Herlihy. Lorcan is an Irish-American architect, with offices in Los Angeles and Detroit. His recently published book, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amplified Urbanism, was recently reviewed on Archinect</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Where did you grow up?</strong></p> <p>I was born in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dublin Ireland</a> and I came here at a very young age to Los Angeles. I was two years old. My family was in the film business. My dad was a film actor so my early years was traveling extensively between the United States and Europe. I went back to Ireland at the age of eight and went to school there through 15, my formative years were spent in Dublin. I came back here at the age of 15 and began studying architecture in university when I was 16.</p> <p><strong>Sixteen is so young to be starting architecture!</strong></p> <p>I was 16 years old as a freshman at University. I was extremely green.</p> <p><strong>Where was that?</strong></p> <p>I have an MA in History and Theory from the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ar...</a></p> This week's picks for LA architecture and design events Justine Testado 2017-06-05T14:35:00-04:00 >2017-06-05T20:25:00-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="422" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>It's the start of another week in Los Angeles. If you're curious about where design-inclined folks are gathering&nbsp;around town, Archinect and&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>&nbsp;have compiled a snappy list of local architecture and design&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">events</a>&nbsp;that are worth checking out.&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Check back regularly</a>&nbsp;so you don't miss our latest recommendations.</p><p>Kicking off this Thursday night, the 2017&nbsp;Los Angeles Design Festival has a range of events in store that are happening throughout the city, from tours, studio visits, workshops, exhibits and more. And with&nbsp;summer just around the corner, schools are already&nbsp;finishing up another academic year with student shows. Read on for more of Archinect's latest event recommendations.</p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA Design Festival | June 8-11</a></strong></p><p><img alt="" src=""><em>Photo credit: Chalk, via Los Angeles Design Festival/Facebook.</em></p><p>Putting LA's diverse design culture in the spotlight, the Los Angeles Design Festival will host a variety of&nbsp;events related to architecture, urban design,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">crafting</a>,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">graphic design</a>, and everything in between. Kick off the...</p> Archinect LAX >< DET Mini Sessions; A Conversation with Architect/Academic Andrew Zago Paul Petrunia 2017-05-31T16:03:00-04:00 >2017-06-01T13:42:05-04:00 <img src="" width="2000" height="2000" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This week we are releasing a series of conversations, or "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mini-Sessions</a>", with architects and designers in&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Detroit</a>, in partnership with the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles Design Festival</a>. The festival will be taking place in Downtown LA from June 8 to 11th. Today we're sharing my conversation with&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Andrew Zago</a>, LA-based architect and educator. We talk about growing up in Detroit, early inspirations, working on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Thom Mayne&rsquo;s iconic Sixth Street House</a>, his so-called unusual early work in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jeff Kipnis</a>, and his approach and thoughts on the current state of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">architectural education</a>.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>If you&rsquo;re able to attend the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA Design Festival</a>, make sure to check out the&nbsp;live panel, titled&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LAX &gt;&lt; DET</a>, discussing the connection between LA and Detroit, a collaboration with the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Detroit Design Festival</a>&nbsp;and the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">L.A. Forum for Architecture and Design</a>. The event will be taking place on June 10th, from 2-4pm at&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ROW DTLA</a>&nbsp;777 Alameda Street, and will include Edwin Chan, Chris Denson,&nbsp;Lorcan O&rsquo;Herlihy, and Eileen Lee.</p>... Archinect LAX >< DET Mini Sessions; A Conversation with LA Architect and Gehry Alumnus Edwin Chan Paul Petrunia 2017-05-30T18:13:00-04:00 >2017-06-01T12:17:56-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="650" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This week, starting today, we are releasing a series of conversations, or "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mini-Sessions</a>", with architects and designers in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Detroit</a>, in partnership with the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles Design Festival</a>. The festival will be taking place in Downtown LA from June 8 to 11th. First up is with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Edwin Chan of the LA-based EC3</a>. Edwin began his career, immediately after graduating in the mid-80&rsquo;s from <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Harvard&rsquo;s GSD program</a>, at the office of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank O. Gehry &amp; Associates</a>. While at Gehry&rsquo;s office he worked as design partner on numerous iconic projects including the Vitra International Factory &amp; Design Museum, Venice Gateway, Foundation Louis Vuitton, and the Guggenheim Bilbao. Since 2012 he has been working on projects at a variety of scales from his own office EC3 in Venice Beach. I spoke with him about this work, and as it relates to two cities that he&rsquo;s currently active in - Los Angeles and Detroit.</p><p></p><p>If you&rsquo;re able to attend the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA Design Festival</a>, Edwin will be on a live panel, titled&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LAX &gt;&lt; DET</a>, discus...</p> This week's picks for LA architecture and design events Justine Testado 2017-05-30T14:34:00-04:00 >2017-05-30T14:34:34-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>It's the start of another (shorter) week in Los Angeles. If you're curious about where design-inclined folks are gathering&nbsp;around town, Archinect and&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>&nbsp;have compiled a snappy list of local architecture and design&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">events</a>&nbsp;that are worth checking out.&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Check back regularly</a>&nbsp;so you don't miss our latest recommendations.</p><p>The MAK Center will host a book launch and discussion panel&nbsp;about the lasting influence of&nbsp;Frederick Kiesler, while the Hammer Museum will debut the first U.S. survey of notable&nbsp;artist Marisa Merz, the only woman accepted in Turin's&nbsp;Arte Povera movement. Over in Newport Beach, the Orange County Museum of Art is currently exhibiting works by Pacific Rim-region artists in the 2017 California-Pacific Triennial.&nbsp;</p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Elastic Architecture: Book Launch MAK Center for Art and Architecture |&nbsp;June 3</a></strong></p><p><img alt="" src=""><em>Elastic Architecture: Frederick Kiesler and Design Research in the First Age of Robotic Culture (MIT Press)</em></p><p>Join a&nbsp;discussion about the interdisciplinary approaches and the lasting influe...</p> Take a look at the renderings for First and Broadway Park in Los Angeles Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-05-30T13:56:00-04:00 >2017-06-01T04:43:26-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Back in June of 2016, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mia Lehrer + Associates</a>&nbsp;won <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the competition</a>, beating out <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eric Owen Moss Architects</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brooks + Scarpa</a>, and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AECOM</a>,&nbsp;to design the two-acre park at First Street and Broadway. After winning the competition, the firm has taken suggestions from the Downtown community, altering their plans for the design. Settling on a greener approach, the new plan reserves roughly 10,000 square feet as green "meadow" space.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The original plan featured a two-story structure, designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OMA</a>, that would host a restaurant on the second floor and below, an outdoor amphitheater and cafe. While the structure will remain, the new designs include a rooftop deck and shade structure.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The park is expected to cost $28 million, and will be fully funded through Quimby fees, fees imposed on developers for the creation of public parks. The landscape architecture firm&nbsp;known for being one of the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">driving forces behind the 2007 Los Angeles River Revitalization Master Plan</a>&nbsp;will continue to work on plans fo...</p> The Parker Center is set for demolition, what other midcentury icons are next? Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-05-22T20:12:00-04:00 >2017-05-22T20:12:20-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="529" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Parker Center, depending on who you ask, is either a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">midcentury</a> icon, or a powerful symbol of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles</a>' racist past. Located downtown, the building was home to the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LAPD</a> up until 2009 when they relocated due to expensive retrofits needed on the site. Designed by Welton Becket&mdash;the architect behind some of LA's greatest identifiers such as the Capitol Records Building, the Theme Building and the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cinerama Dome</a>&mdash;the former LAPD headquarters is seen by historic preservationists, particularly the LA Conservancy, as a historical landmark due to its midcentury stylings. However, beyond being an architectural landmark, the building, as home to the LAPD during an era of racist policing, also serves as a sobering reminder of LA's troubling past. The land upon which the center was constructed had been seized from Japanese property owners less than a decade after Japanese Internment and William H. Parker himself, whom the building was named after, was associated with ushering in policies of...</p> Elon Musk confirms Boring Tunnels are for Hyperloop Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-05-22T17:10:00-04:00 >2017-05-30T13:35:16-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="412" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Since the company&rsquo;s introduction, many (including Futurism) have speculated that the tunnels&rsquo; true purpose was to work in tandem with the Hyperloop. This is the real clincher here. It seems like The Boring Company isn&rsquo;t just going to be for cars. &ldquo;The electric skate can transport automobiles, goods, and/or people. And if one adds a vacuum shell, it is now a Hyperloop Pod which can travel at 600+ miles per hour,&rdquo; the site explains.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Back in December, the business magnate Elon Musk tweeted his frustration of being stuck in LA traffic along with a half-joking suggestion of building a tunnel to fix his gridlocked woes.</p><p></p><p>Well as it turns out, this simple musing <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">has become a full-blown startup</a>. The Boring Company, it is called, hopes to build a series of underground tunnels that will save Angelenos from such "soul-destroying traffic." The company has already found a way to dig tunnels at a much more cost effective and efficient rate and is now revealing the tunnel's potential to work in tandem with the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hyperloop</a>.</p> Brooks + Scarpa's “The Six” offers a home to veterans in need Justine Testado 2017-05-22T13:40:00-04:00 >2017-05-22T13:41:00-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Located in Los Angeles' highly dense MacArthur Park neighborhood, "The Six" is a hard-to-miss, 52-unit housing complex for veterans who are disabled and/or were previously homeless. Designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brooks + Scarpa</a> for the Skid Row Housing Trust, the building gets its name from the ubiquitous military expression &ldquo;I got your six&rdquo; &mdash; which basically means &ldquo;I've got your back&rdquo;.</p><p>Brooks + Scarpa designed the 40,250 square-foot building with public and private &ldquo;zones&rdquo; with more emphasis on creating a community-oriented and social space, as opposed to a reclusive, isolating scheme.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><em>Photos:&nbsp;Tara Wucjik. Last photo: Brooks + Scarpa.</em></p><p>The ground level contains offices, support spaces for veterans, bike storage and parking, while the second level features a large public courtyard. The courtyard is surrounded by four levels of housing units with balconies and green roofs to let residents share a secured, open space and connect with the larger community. The highest level features a growing edible garden...</p> High School Students Interpret Neutra's VDL House with Art Archinect 2017-05-19T19:31:00-04:00 >2017-05-19T19:31:57-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="1005" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Tomorrow evening the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Neutra VDL House</a> will host an exhibition of work by high school students (age 16-18) from the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ramon C. Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts</a>, curated by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">VAPA</a>&nbsp;high school student Avery Wilcox. Each artwork offers new interpretations of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Neutra VDL House</a> expressed in a variety of mediums - film, ceramic, painting and photography. More importantly these artistic expressions, given the age of the makers, will allow all of us to see this historic house with fresh eyes.</p><p>The exhibition will take place tomorrow, May 20, from&nbsp;5-8pm.</p>