Archinect - News 2018-05-22T15:37:37-04:00 Winners Announced for LA County's Yes to ADU Design Competition Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-05-04T12:00:00-04:00 >2018-05-09T06:29:32-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Hot-market cities grappling with a dearth of housing, like those along the coast of California, are increasingly looking at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">accessory dwelling units</a> (ADUs)&mdash;commonly known as "granny flats&mdash;to help abate the statewide shortage. In 2016, California passed three laws aimed at facilitating in-law unit production; following the legalizations, the city of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles</a> received <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">1,980 applications</a> for secondary units in 2017 alone.&nbsp;</p> <p>The County has also launched a number of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">adjacent initiatives</a> with the goal of making sure that some of these new homes are affordable. One of such pilot programs comes through the LA County Board of Supervisors' Homeless Initiative and sets out to catalyze the community of architects, designers, planners and creative strategists to re-imagine the potential of ADUs as a housing typology that can work in conjunction with other strategies to help alleviate the County's housing pressure.</p> <p>Working with the Art Commission Civic Art Program, the first phase of <em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Part of th...</a></em></p> Plans announced for a gondola to connect LA's Dodger Stadium with Union Station Hope Daley 2018-04-26T17:37:00-04:00 >2018-04-27T14:00:39-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Aerial Rapid Transit Technologies, LLC has announced plans to construct a gondola system that could ferry passengers between Union Station and Dodger Stadium in a five-minute end-to-end ride.&nbsp; Each cabin would be capable of accommodating 30 to 40 passengers, according to an official website, with capacity for up to 5,000 passengers per hour at peak frequencies.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Currently, the only <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">transit</a> service to Dodger Stadium is a bus line operated by the Metro. The new <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">gondola</a> system would be cheaper than stadium parking and would help alleviate traffic congestion in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles</a> on game days.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering of proposed gondola system. Image: ARTT LLC.</figcaption></figure><p>The next steps are seeking approval for the project, including an environmental impact report, and pursuing a lease for the stop at Union Station. Public outreach may begin later this year with a possible route set in 2019 or 2020 and the potential to open in 2022.&nbsp;<br></p> SPF:architects to begin construction on LA River Bridge in 2019 Hope Daley 2018-04-25T19:28:00-04:00 >2018-04-27T14:01:39-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SPF:architects</a> (SPF:a) has just released new renderings for&nbsp;Rumblefish, a 400-foot pedestrian bridge spanning across the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA River</a> and connecting Elysian Valley (Frogtown) to Taylor Yard, a 42-acre industrial parcel and former rail yard site at the center of the city&rsquo;s river <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">revitalization plans</a>.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rumblefish bridge rendering over the Los Angeles River. &copy; SPF:architects</figcaption></figure><p>The name Rumblefish refers to the 1983 Coppola film about rival gangs which the firm chose as a symbolic gesture to the area&rsquo;s own history of gang violence. SPF:a envisions the officially-named&nbsp;Taylor Yard Bikeway &amp; Pedestrian Bridge&nbsp;as a peaceful community collision.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rumblefish bridge rendering over the Los Angeles River. &copy; SPF:architects</figcaption></figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>Rumblefish bridge rendering over the Los Angeles River. &copy; SPF:architects</figcaption></figure><p>Influenced by classic railway bridges and the mid-20th&nbsp;century Los Angeles Case Study Houses, the simple geometric design and deliberate choice to employ the lightest structural elements possible (tube steel, wide f...</p> Studio Gang's first LA project will be a wavy high-rise in Chinatown Hope Daley 2018-04-19T14:39:00-04:00 >2018-04-19T14:39:05-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Chicago-based architecture firm Studio Gang has signed on to design an eye-catching 26-story apartment and hotel tower in Chinatown. The widely-respected firm has designed numerous projects in Chicago, San Francisco, and New York, including the expansion of the American Museum of Natural History. This would be its first in Los Angeles.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Studio Gang</a> has released plans to design a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">high-rise</a> in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles</a>' Chinatown, a space near the rapidly evolving Arts District downtown. The developer Compagnie de Phalsbourg, a French real estate investment company, brought on the firm to design the mixed-use building.&nbsp;</p> <p>The new project will house 300 apartments, 149 hotel rooms, as well as shops and open public spaces. The site is planned for&nbsp;643 North Spring Street with the building rising 26 stories, yet only measuring 55 feet wide. This narrow design allows for each unit to receive air and sunlight, as well as preventing the building from feeling like a wall.&nbsp;</p> Get Lectured: East LA College, Spring '18 Justine Testado 2018-04-13T15:43:00-04:00 >2018-04-13T15:43:33-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Winter/Spring 2018</a></strong></p> <p>Archinect's&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Get Lectured</em></a>&nbsp;is 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.</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>Offering 50 courses to an average of 300 students per semester, the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">East Los Angeles College</a>&nbsp;in Monterey Park has the only separate Department of Architecture in the Los Angeles Community College District. Here's their upcoming Spring '18 lecture series.</p> <p><strong>Apr 20&nbsp;</strong><br>Gerard Smulevich<br>Architectural Photography Legacy of Julius Shulman&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>May 4 </strong><br>Wendy Gilmartin&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>May 18 </strong><br>Glen Small <br>Visionary &amp; Futuristic Architecture<strong></strong></p> <p>All lectures begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Vincent Price Museum Auditorium.&nbsp;Learn more about ELAC Architecture&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p>Check out previous posters on the Get Lectured&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pinterest</a>&nbsp;pag...</p> Hollywood Center towers proposed near Capitol Records Building Alexander Walter 2018-04-12T14:02:00-04:00 >2018-04-12T14:14:53-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Developer MP Los Angeles has announced plans to construct Hollywood Center, a $1-billion mixed-use complex near the Capitol Records Building in Hollywood. According to MP Los Angeles, the project - which was filed today with the City of Los Angeles - will feature the largest on-site affordable housing component of any market-rate development in the history of the city.&nbsp;</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>The landmark Capitol Records building sits right adjacent to the proposed Hollywood Center development. Image: MP Los Angeles.</figcaption></figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Handel Architects</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">James Corner Field Operations</a> will be in charge of designing the two 35 and 46-story high-rise towers, two 11-story mid-rise buildings, and two civic plazas on either side of Vine Street.&nbsp;</p> <p>Of the 1005 residential units, 133 will be dedicated for very-low and extremely-low income seniors, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">project website</a> points out.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Hollywood Center, site plan. Image: MP Los Angeles.</figcaption></figure><p>Readers familiar with previously proposed developments near the Capitol Records Building may remember the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Millennium Hollywood</a> project and the issues of earthquake safety it ran into. Hollywood Center's website is quick to emphasize that geologists had conducted "multiple cone penetrometer tests and soil borings, as well as excavated a 30-foot deep and 134-foot long trench" and found that there was in fact no active fault line beneath the project site.</p> First glimpse: OMA's Audrey Irmas Pavilion design for the Wilshire Boulevard Temple Justine Testado 2018-04-02T13:31:00-04:00 >2018-04-03T16:17:44-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Late last week, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wilshire Boulevard Temple</a> in Los Angeles revealed one rendering so far of the new Audrey Irmas Pavilion by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OMA</a> New York, who won the design competition for the building back in 2015.&nbsp;&nbsp;As an addition to the Temple's Erika J. Glazer Family Campus, the&nbsp;Pavilion is OMA's first commission from a religious institution and their first cultural building in California.&nbsp;</p> <p>Designed by OMA Partner Shohei Shigematsu with Associate Jake Forster and Executive Architect Gruen Associates, the Pavilion was named after its lead donor Audrey Irmas, a longtime congregant who gave $30 million to the Wilshire Boulevard Temple&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">after she auctioned off a Cy Twombly painting in November 2015</a>.</p> <p>Expected to break ground later this year, the slanted building will include a main event space, a smaller multi-purpose room, and a sunken garden. The three spaces are interlocked and stacked on top of each other to create vantage points and framed views.</p> <p>&ldquo;We wanted to focus on communicating the energy...</p> Estimated cost for L.A.'s football stadium project climbs to $5 billion Alexander Walter 2018-03-28T14:19:00-04:00 >2018-03-29T04:34:35-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The cost of Stan Kroenke's stadium in Inglewood is climbing [...]. Owners approved raising the debt waiver to $4.963 billion for the first phase of the project, which includes the football stadium where the Rams and Chargers will play, the neighboring 6,000-seat performance venue, the 200,000 square feet of office space for NFL Media, the parking lots surrounding the stadium, and the cost of the entire 300-acre parcel.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The price tag for the stadium itself was originally estimated at $2.6 billion but is now closer to $3 billion &mdash; eye-wateringly higher than the most expensive NFL venues to date: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MetLife Stadium</a>, the shared home of the New York Giants and Jets, and the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Atlanta Falcons</a>' Mercedes-Benz Stadium, both clocking in at 'only' $1.6 billion.</p> Materials & Applications to move out of Silver Lake home and expand programming into other LA neighborhoods Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-03-27T19:49:00-04:00 >2018-03-28T11:16:53-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Materials &amp; Applications</a>&mdash;the part gallery, part research space, and part pocket park, that has been a cultural center for the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles</a> architecture community since 2003&mdash;will be moving out of its Silver Lake home.&nbsp;</p> <p>"Our mission is to bring creative experimentation into public space and public dialogue and we will continue to do so by expanding into new spaces and new audiences throughout Los Angeles" the group stated in an e-mail sent out today with the news.<br></p> <p>The non-profit cultural organization's expansion will include the launch of two new spaces&mdash;a new office headquarters in Chinatown and a tiny storefront/satellite space on Sunset Blvd that will host intimate events and displays. In lieu of their permanent space, Materials &amp; Applications will broaden their programming into various neighborhoods throughout the Los Angeles area with temporary projects and multi-sited exhibitions.</p> <p>The organization tested out this process in 2016, with their<em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">TURF: A Mini-Golf Project</a></em>, which transfor...</p> Two California fake civil engineers face up to 257 years in prison Alexander Walter 2018-03-20T14:27:00-04:00 >2018-03-20T23:10:29-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Two men were hit with 487 counts on Wednesday in a complaint alleging they spent years running a scam that has potentially left hundreds of homeowners across Southern California with homes that may not be structurally sound. [...] Huntington Beach resident Ruben Gutierrez, 43, and 46-year-old Wilfrido Rodriguez of Downey each face numerous counts of forgery, identity theft and grand theft in a scheme involving falsified documents and fraudulent engineering services [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p>"Rodriguez was an engineering drafter and Gutierrez was an architectural designer at Palos Verdes Engineering. Neither Rodriguez nor Gutierrez were licensed architects or civil engineers,"&nbsp;a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">news release</a> published by&nbsp;the Los Angeles County District Attorney&rsquo;s Office said.&nbsp;</p> <p>"Investigators estimate that there were more than 700 residential and commercial properties where fraud allegedly occurred in more than 50 cities in Southern California. If convicted as charged, Rodriguez faces up to 152 years in state prison, while Gutierrez faces a possible maximum sentence of 105 years in prison."</p> <p>The prison sentences Rodriguez&nbsp;and&nbsp;Gutierrez may face are far more drastic than the&nbsp;2 1/3-7 years&nbsp;NY State's&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paul J. Newman</a>&mdash;another highly prominent case of a&nbsp;fake architect&mdash;received in the fall of last year.</p> New LA River renderings reveal potential designs for the massive revitalization project Hope Daley 2018-03-20T00:31:00-04:00 >2018-03-22T13:23:21-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>A wide array of projects big and small are now moving forward alongside all 51 miles of the Los Angeles River, and some of the most comprehensive planning is taking place along the river&rsquo;s southern portion, from Vernon to Long Beach.</p></em><br /><br /><p>As part of the ongoing <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles River Revitalization</a> Plan, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Perkins + Will</a> have recently released renderings of what their contribution could look like. The overall <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles</a> River plan includes proposals varying in size and location. The largest proposals include revitalizing expansive sections along the river to create public spaces with trails, bridges, bike and walking paths, landscaping, and seating areas.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>A new rendering features terraced seating and access to the river bed itself. Image: Perkins + Will.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering of a shared street concept by the river in Cudahy.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering of a trail near the Rio Hondo confluence.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering of a boardwalk near Willow Street in Long Beach.</figcaption></figure><p>Catch up on all the news around the Los Angeles River Revitalization Projects&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.&nbsp;</p> Luxury apartment towers aren't just for NYC Hope Daley 2018-03-16T19:58:00-04:00 >2018-03-16T19:59:07-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The Manhattan skyline is one of the world&rsquo;s most iconic, but it wouldn&rsquo;t be complete without the city&rsquo;s famed residential supertalls. Luxury buildings like&nbsp;432 Park Ave and One57 have set a high bar in the era of tower living, but the past decade has seen the vertical lifestyle catching on across the globe&mdash;from Boston to Monaco to New Orleans.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Check out these luxury residential skyscrapers outside of NYC:</p> <p><strong>Boston, MA</strong></p> <p>Designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kohn Pedersen Fox</a>, Echelon Seaport is Boston's latest project located in the Seaport District. This new luxury condo and apartment development is currently under construction with a completion date of 2020.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Echelon Seaport by Image: Warren Residential. </figcaption></figure><p><strong>San Francisco, CA</strong><br></p> <p>181 Fremont Street&nbsp;was designed by Heller Manus Architects with interiors by&nbsp;Orlando Diaz-Azcuy. Reaching 70-stories high it is the tallest residential building in San Francisco. Prices range from $3.24 million to $42 million for an enormous penthouse.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>181 Fremont Street by Heller Manus Architects, located in San Francisco. Image: 181 Fremont. </figcaption></figure><p><strong>Monaco&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Designed by architect Alexandre Giraldi with&nbsp;interior designer Alberto Pinto, Tour Od&eacute;on is&nbsp;the tallest building in the city-state. It is also home to the&nbsp;world&rsquo;s most expensive apartment, a&nbsp;$335 million penthouse that takes up the top five floors of the tower.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Tour Od&eacute;on by architect...</figcaption></figure> Axis of Gehry: Colburn School in Downtown L.A. reveals architect for campus expansion Alexander Walter 2018-03-14T21:44:00-04:00 >2018-03-14T21:52:15-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry</a>'s impact on the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Grand Avenue cultural corridor</a> in Downtown Los Angeles keeps growing: 15 years after completing the iconic <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Walt Disney Concert Hall</a>, and with the enormous <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Grand</a> mixed-use development right across the street finally coming to realization, Gehry was today also selected to design the campus expansion of the Colburn School, an internationally renowned institution teaching music, dance, and drama.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Colburn School campus. Photo: Philip Pirolo</figcaption></figure><p>The existing Colburn School campus, built by&nbsp;Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates in 1998, is located at the corner of Grand Avenue and 2nd Street, flanked by the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Arata Isozaki</a>-designed Museum of Contemporary Art building and The Broad by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">DS+R</a>. <br></p><p>The campus expansion site, only a stone's throw away on 2nd Street&nbsp;between South Olive and Hill Streets, will be transformed from a parking lot on a hill side into a new state-of-the-art multi-venue building. Featuring a 1,100-seat concert hall, a 700-seat studio theater, and a 100-s...</p> Lucas Museum of Narrative Art breaks ground in Los Angeles Alexander Walter 2018-03-14T15:37:00-04:00 >2018-03-15T14:03:51-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>After several years of planning and proposals in different cities, the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, funded by the &ldquo;Star Wars&rdquo; filmmaker George Lucas, is breaking ground today on a new building here that its leaders predict will take about four years to complete. Designed by Ma Yansong of MAD Architects, the museum will occupy a corner of Exposition Park, an urban hub near the University of Southern California that already contains three museums [...].</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image courtesy of Lucas Museum of Narrative Art.</figcaption></figure><p>After protective fencing went up <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">last month</a> at its <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Exposition Park</a> site in South Los Angeles, the $1-billion&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lucas Museum of Narrative Art</a>, designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MAD Architects</a>, finally broke ground today.<br></p> AUX Architecture redesigns the Hollyridge Home, once owned by Red Hot Chili Peppers singer Anthony Kiedis Justine Testado 2018-03-12T14:45:00-04:00 >2018-03-13T13:42:57-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Overlooking the Hollywood Hills of Los Angeles, the Hollyridge Home&nbsp; completed a well-deserved makeover this past January by L.A.-based <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AUX Architecture</a>. Originally built in 1989 and previously owned by Red Hot Chili Peppers lead singer Anthony Kiedis from 1990-1997, the 2,849 square-foot home is currently on sale for about $3.29 million through the John Galich Group real estate firm.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Before the renovation. Photo courtesy AUX Architecture.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>After the renovation. Photo courtesy John Galich Group.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Before. Photo courtesy AUX Architecture.</figcaption></figure><p>Without structurally changing its roofline, AUX Architecture transformed the Hollyridge Home into a modern, light-filled space that takes full advantage of its views of the nearby Hollywood sign.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>After. Photo courtesy AUX Architecture + John Galich Group.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Before. Photo courtesy AUX Architecture.</figcaption></figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><br></figure><figure><figcaption>After. Photo courtesy John Galich Group.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Before. Photo courtesy AUX Architecture.</figcaption></figure><p>In renovating the home, AUX Architecture emphasized indoor-outdoor living, giving th...</p> Christopher Hawthorne leaves LA Times to become Chief Design Officer for the City of Los Angeles Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-03-12T14:15:00-04:00 >2018-03-13T11:54:08-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>After 14 years as the&nbsp;<em>Los Angeles Times'&nbsp;</em>resident architecture critic, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Christopher Hawthorne</a> is moving on to become chief design officer for the city of Los Angeles. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Announced this morning</a>, Hawthorne explained that "beginning next month, [he'll] be working in the mayor's office to raise the quality of public architecture and urban design across the city&mdash;and the level of civic conversation about those subjects." His position will be housed in the city's Office of Economic Development.</p> <p>Created by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti</a>, the position has been something he has openly proposed over the years as he's discussed the future of the city. In a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">story</a> for the&nbsp;<em>New York Times</em> last year, Garcetti described the role as "a guru who can marshal the forces of the city and look at every bus stop, curb, utility box, every facade, every subway portal.&rdquo; Beyond bus stops and subway portals, Hawthorne will collaborate on a wide range of public projects, oversee design competitions, and enlist talent...</p> The half-billion-dollar Bel Air giga-mansion is still looking for a buyer Alexander Walter 2018-03-05T14:14:00-05:00 >2018-03-05T20:19:24-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The construction of this and other so-called giga-mansions underscores a new gilded age in the United States and especially in LA. [...] The splurge comes amid a housing shortage that has fuelled a homelessness crisis, with 57,000 people without permanent shelter in LA county [...]. The Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez compared the city&rsquo;s hilltop mansions to giant tombstones marking the death of humility.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>The Guardian</em> takes a peek into the world of ultra-luxury real estate developer Niles Niami whose latest endeavor&mdash;the sprawling Bel Air hilltop giga-mansion with its four swimming pools, 20 bedrooms, movie theater, and nightly club aptly called The One&mdash;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">frequently makes the news</a> for being America's priciest home. Clocking in at $500m, the property is still waiting for a billionaire buyer.</p> Sylvia Lavin appointed as Professor of Architecture at Princeton University Hope Daley 2018-03-02T16:26:00-05:00 >2018-03-10T00:16:33-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Princeton University School of Architecture</a> announced today that Sylvia Lavin will be joining their faculty effective July 1, 2018. Lavin is currently a Professor&nbsp;in the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Department of Architecture and Urban Design at UCLA</a>, where she was Chairperson from 1996 to 2006 and the Director of the Critical Studies M.A. and Ph.D. program from 2007 to 2017.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>Lavin received her Ph.D. from the Department of Art and Archaeology at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Columbia University</a> in 1990 after having received fellowships from the Getty Center, the Kress Foundation, and the Social Science Research Council.&nbsp;Her most recent books include,&nbsp;<em>Kissing Architecture</em>, published by Princeton University Press in 2011 and&nbsp;<em>Flash in the Pan</em>, an AA publication from 2015.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>Professor Lavin is also a curator: a recent exhibition,&nbsp;<em>Everything Loose Will Land: Art and Architecture in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles</a> in the 1970s</em>, was a principal component of the Pacific Standard Time series supported by the Getty Foundation and traveled from Los Angeles to New Haven ...</p> Christopher Hawthorne's Frank Lloyd Wright documentary “That Far Corner: Frank Lloyd Wright in Los Angeles” to air next week Hope Daley 2018-03-01T19:19:00-05:00 >2018-03-05T14:25:01-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Why focus on Wright, American architecture&rsquo;s equivalent of Abraham Lincoln, the giant who casts a shadow over his field big enough to blot out smaller and underrepresented figures? [...] Because the architect&rsquo;s brilliant if forbidding Southern California houses, the most important of which were designed in a burst of creative energy during the first few months of 1923, remain mysterious, their meaning and inspiration as opaque as their heavy, richly patterned concrete-block facades.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Christopher Hawthorne</a>'s <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">documentary</a>,&nbsp;&ldquo;That Far Corner: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Lloyd Wright</a> in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles</a>&rdquo;, focuses on aspects of the infamous architect's work which remain&nbsp;enigmatic. Filming inside eight Wright buildings, the project interviews around 20 people to present new insights around these mysterious works.&nbsp;</p> <p>Hawthorne explains, "My overarching goal was to bring some new, sustained attention to a group of houses that have lingered too long, given their importance to the American architectural canon, in the relative shadows."&nbsp;The title &ldquo;That Far Corner" originates from a phrase Wright used to describe Southern California in his autobiography.&nbsp;</p> <p>As part of a new ARTBOUND season, the documentary airs next Tuesday&nbsp;March 6, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on KCET-TV. The episode will also stream online at&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">KCET</a>, as well as on Amazon, YouTube, Roku, and Apple TV following its broadcast.&nbsp;Tune in and decide what you make of Hawthorne's theory. As a bonus, several of the interviews occur inside residential designs by ...</p> Hammer Museum releases new renderings by Michael Maltzan for multi-year expansion Hope Daley 2018-02-23T19:45:00-05:00 >2018-02-23T19:45:41-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hammer Museum</a>, housing <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles</a>' 3rd largest collection of artistic innovation, has announced a public launch of a $180 million capital campaign in their multiyear expansion plan. A masterplan to improve every facet of the museum has been underway since 2000 lead by&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Maltzan</a>. Renovations <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">began last summer with preliminary renderings</a> of his designs for transforming the space.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Elevated bookstore rendering. Image: Michael Maltzan Architecture.</figcaption></figure><p>With a $30 million lead gift from L.A. philanthropists Lynda and Stewart Resnick (the largest in the museum's history), the facade design will now reflect the building's name dedicated to the Resnicks. Additional renderings have also been released along with a timeline of phases to be completed in 2020.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>New contemporary gallery interior rendering. Image: Michael Maltzan Architecture.</figcaption></figure><p>Construction began in 2017 on renovating the third-floor exhibition spaces, now featuring a 10,000-square-foot contiguous gallery that accommodates ma...</p> Los Angeles keeps expanding its freeway "Autopia" Alexander Walter 2018-02-23T17:42:00-05:00 >2018-02-23T17:42:34-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>If no one in 2018 would argue, as a young writer named David Brodsly did in 1981, that the "L.A. freeway is the cathedral of its time and place," or that it's the spot where Angelenos "spend the two calmest and most rewarding hours of their daily lives," as British architectural historian Reyner Banham put it with almost laughable enthusiasm a decade earlier, there's no doubt that both the practical and metaphorical meanings of the freeway continue to preoccupy Southern Californians.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>Los Angeles Times</em> architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne reflects on Southern California's ongoing love-hate relationship with its freeways.</p> Could L.A. be getting a second Hollywood Sign? Alexander Walter 2018-02-20T15:37:00-05:00 >2018-02-21T14:39:57-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Community leaders and affected homeowners have mixed reactions regarding a consultant&rsquo;s recently released recommendations on how to best provide relief for residential communities besieged with Hollywood Sign tourists. The recommendations, released in January and commissioned by Los Angeles City Councilmember David Ryu, ranged in impact from the jaw-dropping, like the idea of installing a second Hollywood sign, to the mundane, like improving signage for lost tourists.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The <em>Los Feliz Ledger</em> gives a detailed account of various recommendations currently being discussed among community leaders to drastically improve access to L.A.'s iconic landmark sign while also easing the traffic burden on locals in the adjacent Hollywood Hills neighborhoods.&nbsp;</p> <p>One idea from a 65-page report commissioned by Los Angeles City Councilmember David Ryu&nbsp;is to install a replica Hollywood Sign on Griffith Park's north side facing the San Fernando Valley: "Some said that it was an interesting, out-of-the-box idea that could satiate at least some tourists&rsquo; desire to see the sign, albeit a replica, and would therefore lessen traffic in Los Feliz and the Hollywood Hills. Others however, said they did not see a duplicate&rsquo;s sign value."</p> MAD's Lucas Museum of Narrative Art prepares to break ground in Los Angeles Alexander Walter 2018-02-12T15:11:00-05:00 >2018-02-12T15:12:41-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>One year after Los Angeles unexpectedly won the right to host the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, the spaceship-like project is now ready to push dirt in Exposition Park. Protective fencing now encircles the site of filmmaker George Lucas' $1-billion legacy project, which replaces two parking lots at the intersection of 39th Street and Vermont Avenue. The eventual four-story, 115-foot-tall building will feature[...] Lucas' 10,000-piece collection, a library, two theaters, classrooms, and offices.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image courtesy of Lucas Museum of Narrative Art.</figcaption></figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Exposition Park</a> in South Los Angeles has already a number of high-profile construction projects going on (new MLS soccer stadium and Coliseum makeover to host the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2028 Summer Olympics</a>) or <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">on the books</a>, and the $1-billion&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lucas Museum of Narrative Art</a>, designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ma Yansong</a>'s <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MAD Architects</a>, appears to be breaking ground soon as well.</p> L.A.'s homeless count nearly doubled in six years Alexander Walter 2018-02-10T09:00:00-05:00 >2018-02-09T21:15:37-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The number of those living in the streets and shelters of the city of L.A. and most of the county surged 75% &mdash; to roughly 55,000 from about 32,000 &mdash; in the last six years. But the crisis has been decades in the making. If homelessness continues to escalate at current rates, it will swamp even the best efforts.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Despite <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">declaring homelessness in the city an 'emergency'</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">committing drastically increased funds</a> to housing and services, Los Angeles is failing to improve the lives of its unsheltered citizens.</p> Anthony Morey named Executive Director and Curator at Los Angeles' a+d museum Paul Petrunia 2018-02-07T18:44:00-05:00 >2018-02-08T08:22:05-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Anthony Morey</a>, who many here on Archinect will recognize as Archinect's editor-at-large, starting editorial columns such as <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cross-Talk</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fellow Fellows</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">From the Ground Up</a>, has been just announced as the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a+d museum</a>'s new&nbsp;Executive Director and Curator.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>Prior to this announcement, Anthony served as the Assistant Director &amp; Curator under the direction of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dora Epstein Jones</a>. In addition to his roles at the a+d and Archinect, Anthony&nbsp;is a discussion moderator at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Harvard University Graduate School of Design</a> and Design Studio Faculty at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">USC</a> in Los Angeles. His work and research focus on the tensions between text, psychology and image and their relationship to architecture and design.</p> The diversity and trajectories of architecture and design are at an all-time high and as important as ever, if not more and the role of the museum - our museum - is to produce a platform to present and promote progressive architecture and design equal to the rigor, enthusiasm, and diversity that exists wit... Famed Bradbury Building stars in Justin Timberlake's new video for "Say Something" Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-02-06T13:49:00-05:00 >2018-02-06T13:52:02-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Justin Timberlake may have just completed his halftime performance at the Super Bowl, but before that, he was busy roaming around the historic Bradbury Building in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles</a> with his good friend and country star, Chris Stapleton. The duo have a song together on Timberlake's new album&nbsp;<em>Man of the Woods, </em>released over the weekend. Titled "Say Something," the music video for the pop-country duet features the two playing on acoustic guitars while they tour the historic structure; seventeen musicians and a sixty-person choir also showed up to lend their help.&nbsp;</p> <p>Shot by the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paris</a>-based collection of filmmakers known as La Blogoth&eacute;que, the music video, including the audio, was recorded live, rather remarkably, in a single take. Though the team rehearsed a few times, they had only a 10-minute window in which the lighting through the windows was just right. Additionally, Arturo Perez Jr., who directed the video, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">told&nbsp;<em>Esquire</em></a><em></em> that the whole thing "was a reverb challenge. The building was all ...</p> Los Angeles has worst traffic congestion (again) Alexander Walter 2018-02-06T12:17:00-05:00 >2018-02-06T12:34:07-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The Los Angeles region once again topped the list of areas with the worst traffic congestion for the sixth year in a row, according to a report by INRIX, a company that specializes in car services and transportation analytics. Drivers in and around Los Angeles spent 102 hours battling traffic congestion during peak hours in 2017, INRIX's said. By contrast, New York City motorists spent 91 hours battling peak-hour congestion. New York was No. 3 on the INRIX list. No. 2 was Moscow.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Congrats <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">L.A.</a> &mdash; you lived up to your reputation as America's most <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">congested</a> city once again!&nbsp;</p> <p>Among the metro areas surveyed, "the U.S. accounted for 10 of the top 25 cities worldwide with the worst traffic congestion in the INRIX study," the <em>LA Times </em>reports.</p> <p>Help us <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Elon</a>, or we'll start taking <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">public transportation</a>.</p> Get Lectured: Woodbury University, Spring '18 Justine Testado 2018-01-30T13:58:00-05:00 >2018-02-05T13:16:45-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Winter/Spring 2018</a></strong></p> <p>Archinect's&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Get Lectured</em></a>&nbsp;is 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.</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>Check out the Woodbury University School of Architecture's Spring 2018 events at their Burbank/Los Angeles and San Diego campuses, as well as at the WUHO Gallery and WEDGE Gallery.</p> <p>&ldquo;Recognizing the act of building as the core to architecture, this series investigates the current status of construction from various aspects; material innovation, fabrication technology, structural engineering, and communication. Building starts as an idea, and it has always been a collaborative endeavor to move the idea&nbsp;from the realm of the unknown to the known, from abstract to concrete. Explo...</p> Frank Gehry's Grand Avenue project presents latest design updates Alexander Walter 2018-01-26T18:39:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Gehry has completed new &mdash; and nearly final &mdash; designs for the Grand, an open-air complex of apartments, condominiums, movie theaters, restaurants and shops that promises to enliven a city block that has been mostly dead for half a century. [...] The delay helped improve the project, Himmel insisted. Five years ago, there was a "disconnect" between what Gehry wanted to build and what Related could pay for [...] Since then, Gehry has found ways to reconcile his vision with costs</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: Gehry Partners/Related Cos.</figcaption></figure><p>But wait, there's more: the <em>LA Times</em> writes that developing the block on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Grand Avenue</a> would finally unlock a design feature <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gehry</a> himself "baked into his design for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Disney Hall</a>" a long time ago &mdash; the ability of the concert hall's curvy metallic facade to receive light and video projections from across the street could open up the opportunity to show live concerts happening inside also outside and entertain people in The Grand.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: Gehry Partners/Related Cos.</figcaption></figure><p>"We selected the metal surface that tested best for projection," the article quotes Gehry talking about his landmark Walt Disney Concert Hall. "You close that piece of Grand Avenue, put some chairs out there and you've got something special. We're not just building buildings, we're building places."</p><p>Bring on the food trucks.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: Gehry Partners/Related Cos.</figcaption></figure> Twenty-four years after the Northridge quake, Los Angeles still has thousands of 'soft-story' buildings to retrofit Alexander Walter 2018-01-18T14:08:00-05:00 >2018-01-18T14:08:59-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Los Angeles city officials and property owners are making progress on retrofitting the types of apartment buildings that proved especially vulnerable in the 1994 Northridge earthquake. [...] As of this month, retrofits on 608 &ldquo;soft-story&rdquo; buildings are complete and another almost 4,000 retrofits are in progress, according to the mayor&rsquo;s office. More than 13,000 of an estimated 13,500 soft-story buildings have been issued orders to comply, the first step on the road to retrofitting.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Commemorating the 24-year anniversary&nbsp;of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">1994 Northridge Earthquake</a> which devastated the greater Los Angeles area on January 17, <em>Curbed LA</em> reports about the status of LA Mayor Eric Garcetti's effort to retrofit all of the city's 13,500 "soft-story" buildings &mdash;&nbsp;like the ubiquitous, and extremely vulnerable, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">dingbat-style apartment buildings</a>.</p>