Archinect - News 2018-08-14T02:37:33-04:00 Brady Bunch house sold to HGTV for undisclosed amount Alexander Walter 2018-08-07T16:15:00-04:00 >2018-08-08T00:16:03-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Discovery Inc.'s HGTV network has won the bidding for the California house that served as the exterior for the home of the family in&nbsp;The&nbsp;Brady Bunch, Discovery CEO David Zaslav said Tuesday. "I am excited to share that HGTV is the winning bidder and will restore the Brady Bunch home to its 1970s glory as only HGTV can," he said on the company's second-quarter earnings conference call [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p>The midcentury house in Studio City,&nbsp;CA served as the make-believe exterior&nbsp;of the Brady TV family's home from 1969 to 1974. It was <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">listed for $1.885M last month</a>, and for a brief moment it appeared that 'N Sync star Lance Bass had placed the winning bid&mdash;only to wake up to the news that <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">HGTV</a>&nbsp;had in fact become the new owner with the declared intent to get the house "at any cost" and "outperform any bid" (<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">according to Bass</a>).</p> Johnston Marklee, Live from the LA Design Festival Paul Petrunia 2018-07-27T12:58:00-04:00 >2018-07-28T17:57:19-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Earlier this summer I sat down with Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee to discuss their practice, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Johnston Marklee</a>, in front of a live audience at this year's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA Design Festival</a>. We discuss the origin of their practice, their relationship to LA, the eclectic group of collaborators they have worked with over the years, and their unique approach to telling the story of their work in their recently published <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">monograph</a>.</p> <p>Listen to&nbsp;episode 126 of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Sessions</a>, &ldquo;Johnston Marklee, Live from the LA Design Festival&rdquo;.</p> <ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen</a>, and click the "Subscribe" button below the logo to automatically download new episodes.</li><li><strong>Apple Podcast App (iOS)</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="http://pcast//" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to subscribe</a></li><li><strong>SoundCloud</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to follow Archinect</a></li><li><strong>RSS</strong>:&nbsp;subscribe&nbsp;with any of your favorite podcasting apps via our RSS feed:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></li><li><strong>Download</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this episode</a></li></ul><p> </p><p></p> The Brady Bunch home could be yours for $1.885M Alexander Walter 2018-07-23T13:39:00-04:00 >2018-07-23T13:39:50-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Now on the market for the first time since 1973 is the Studio City residence known the world over as the Brady Bunch house. Built in 1959, the property was discovered by location scouts a decade later and appeared in every episode of the hit TV show except the first. [...] Sited on a .29-acre lot that abuts the LA River, the cultural icon is listed with an asking price of $1.885 million. Due to the intense interest expected, no open houses will be scheduled.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>Curbed LA</em> quotes the show's creator, Sherwood Schwartz, explaining in an 1994 interview why this particular house was chosen for the Brady Bunch exterior shots from 1969 to 1974: "We didn&rsquo;t want it to be too affluent, we didn&rsquo;t want it to be too blue-collar. We wanted it to look like it would fit a place an architect would live."</p> <p>Interested? Dig into the listing <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> Will the Los Angeles Times Mirror Square complex become a historic monument? Hope Daley 2018-07-18T15:11:00-04:00 >2018-07-21T13:14:05-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The 378-page recommendation report filed by a group of preservationists, including preservationist Richard Schave and architect and 20th century architectural historian Alan Hess, calls on the city to protect the three most iconic structures of the Los Angeles Times complex [...] Purely from a design perspective, preserving The Times complex &mdash; once known as Times Mirror Square &mdash; is a difficult proposition.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles Times</a> complex consists of three iconic structures which <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">preservationists</a> are pushing to make historic monuments. There is the 1935 building by Gordon B. Kaufmann featuring&nbsp;&ldquo;The Times&rdquo; neon sign and the grand Globe Lobby, Rowland Crawford&rsquo;s late moderne style Mirror Building built in&nbsp;1948, and the luxe Times Mirror corporate headquarters&nbsp;designed by William Pereira in 1973. Old enough to be out of date but not enough to necessarily be revered as historic, these structures hang in limbo with an undermined fate in&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles history</a>.&nbsp;</p> First crane goes up at Lucas Museum of Narrative Art construction site Alexander Walter 2018-07-16T13:16:00-04:00 >2018-07-16T20:38:59-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Four months ago, ground was broken for the $1-billion Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in Exposition Park.&nbsp; Construction has now gone vertical, with a tower crane soaring above Vermont Avenue. The 300,000-square-foot facility, which is being built as a legacy project by Star Wars creator George Lucas, replaces two former parking lots with a four-story, 115,000-square-foot structure that will serve as the permanent home for the filmmaker's 10,000-piece collection.&nbsp;</p></em><br /><br /><p>&nbsp;</p> Will the Los Angeles 2028 Olympics truly be low-impact? Hope Daley 2018-07-12T16:04:00-04:00 >2018-07-12T16:04:22-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The only profitable games in modern Olympic history, LA 1984 was a case study in public&ndash;private partnerships, corporate sponsorship, and municipal storytelling [...] It&rsquo;s proof, say LA 2028 organizers, that the city can do it again: re-use the city&rsquo;s wealth of existing and under-construction stadiums and athletic facilities, house athletes and the media at local universities, and host an Olympics that won&rsquo;t require new publicly-funded infrastructure...</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Olympics have been promoted to cities as a vehicle for ushering in investment, attention, and urban growth. The reality, however, is often contradicting with failed developments and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">infrastructure</a>&nbsp;left in the aftermath. As <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles</a> prepares to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">host the 2028 games</a>, large questions remain on how this will impact the city with an affordable housing and a homelessness crisis.&nbsp;</p> Warner Brothers proposes aerial tramway to the Hollywood Sign Alexander Walter 2018-07-12T13:53:00-04:00 >2018-07-15T16:07:11-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>[Warner Bros.] would foot the bill for an aerial tramway to transport visitors to and from the Hollywood sign, starting from a parking structure next to its Burbank lot. The effort, dubbed the Hollywood Skyway, would cost the studio an estimated $100 million, according to a person close to the company who was not authorized to comment. The tramway would take visitors on a 6-minute ride more than 1 mile up the back of Mt. Lee to a new visitors center near the sign [...]</p></em><br /><br /><p>Several cable transport solutions are being proposed for popular Los Angeles landmarks right now: besides the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">gondola system</a> that could connect Dodger Stadium with Union Station, the idea of an <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">aerial tramway</a> carrying visitors up to the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hollywood Sign</a> has been brought back to life by media giant Warner Brothers and pitched to city officials.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Artist impression of the proposed Hollywood Skyway. Image: Warner Bros.</figcaption></figure><p>"Similar solutions in the past have been shot down over concerns that they would lead to the commercial exploitation of Griffith Park," reports the <em>LA Times</em>. "The Warner Bros. proposal will surely face tough questions from locals and a lengthy review process to assess the effects on the environment. Many have also voiced concerns about how such a project would affect wildlife in the area."<br></p> The LA Forum Reader Traces 30 Years of LA's Architectural Discourse Paul Petrunia 2018-07-06T17:40:00-04:00 >2018-07-06T17:51:39-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA Forum for Architecture and Urban Design</a> has offered a critical look at the city of Los Angeles since the late 80's. The nonprofit has been providing public programming, exhibitions, and publications through its ever-shifting board of directors and volunteer contributors. To celebrate this 30-year milestone, the Forum has carefully selected a collection of pieces published from its origin to today, and has published these in a book under the themes of Experiments, Detours,&nbsp;Hunches, and Santa Anas.&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Today, Los Angeles is a major architectural and urban player, but for decades the city was dismissed&nbsp;suburban and centerless. In republishing three decades of material on architecture and design in Los&nbsp;Angeles, the LA Forum Reader reclaims and reconsiders the city&rsquo;s architectural and discursive&nbsp;histories. It establishes, or reestablishes, a textual context for critical experimentation and urban&nbsp;investigation. This anthological volume includes essays, interviews, and reproductions of...</em></p> MAD's quirky Beverly Hills 'Gardenhouse' tops out Alexander Walter 2018-07-05T18:33:00-04:00 >2018-07-05T18:37:27-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MAD Architects</a>, headquartered in Beijing, is making progress on its first U.S. project, Gardenhouse in Beverly Hills (<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">first announced</a> on Archinect in 2015). The playful 18-unit residential project along Wilshire Boulevard just topped out and aims for completion before the end of the year&mdash;then expected to sport an enormous wrap-around outdoor living wall facade with native, drought-tolerant succulents and vines.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: MAD Architects</figcaption></figure><p>"The 'hillside village' offers a variety of different housing typologies &ndash; three townhouses, two studios, five villas and eight condominiums &ndash; that are arranged to cultivate a private neighborhood feeling in the middle of the city," reads the project description. <br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: MAD Architects</figcaption></figure><p>"Individual balconies and patios extend out over an inner courtyard that allows villa residents to at once, enjoy the nature and independence from neighbors. There is also a balance between public and private as the housing appears opaque from the street but reveals a transp...</p> California cities have nation's highest density of homes worth over $1M Alexander Walter 2018-07-03T14:19:00-04:00 >2018-07-03T14:23:29-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Perhaps it&rsquo;s not a surprise in a city where residential prices can reach into the stratosphere, but in Los Angeles, more than 17 percent of all homes are valued at over $1 million. What may be more shocking is that L.A. doesn&rsquo;t have the highest share of million-dollar homes. [...] San Jose and San Francisco were No. 1 and No. 2, respectively. In San Jose, homes valued over $1 million made up 53 percent of the market. San Francisco&rsquo;s million-dollar-share was at 40 percent.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Other major cities ranked in the new LendingTree survey are New York (4th place with 12 percent market share), Miami (9th, 4 percent), and Chicago (18th, 1.3 percent).</p> Los Angeles-based artist turns concrete ruins into luxury handbags Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-06-27T19:16:00-04:00 >2018-07-02T14:19:59-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Out in the deserts of Lime, Oregon, an unexpected site of boulder-sized luxury handbags has taken over the arid landscape. The gigantic purses, which sport the designs of Louis Vuitton, Givenchy, Prada, Gucci, Chanel and McQueen, are part of Thrashbird's latest project titled 'Valley of Secret Values." Known for his cheeky sense of humor with which he subverts mainstream culture, the LA-based <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">street artist</a> has transformed the concrete ruins of an <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">abandoned</a> power plant into new art.</p> <p>The boulders have been spray painted to suggest the iconic patterns of various luxury designer handbags, and in some cases, with found materials to look like straps, handles, and other accessories&mdash;gold painted tires are made into chains and rocks, into beads. Stuck into the absurd, crumbling landscape, the works appear as a graveyard for the cult status symbols. Part cautionary tale, part beautification project, the bags, in Thrashbird's own words, "continue the important discourse surrounding society&rsquo;s d...</p> Frank Lloyd Wright's Mayan Revival-style Ennis House on sale for $23 million Justine Testado 2018-06-27T15:31:00-04:00 >2018-06-27T15:31:26-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Located in Los Feliz, the 5,500-square-foot house was built from 27,000 concrete blocks, with some blocks featuring intricate geometric patterns. [...] Ron Burkle purchased the home from the nonprofit Ennis House Foundation for $4.5 million in 2011, property records show. After purchasing, he then restored it, adding an extra $10 million to improve the home after it had suffered major damage from a previous earthquake and heavy rains.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> A+D Museum presents 'The Assembly' Anthony Morey 2018-06-26T13:01:00-04:00 >2018-06-26T13:04:17-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>This <strong>Saturday, June 30, 2018</strong> from <strong>6:30-10pm</strong> the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A+D Museum</a> will unveil The Assembly. The Assembly is a new tradition; it is a gathering. This approach to exhibition openings is an expression of the museum's mission to join together a diverse group in celebration of different disciplines of design and points of view.</p> <p>The inaugural event opens five exhibits open for the summer season. The Room gallery houses <strong>Cycle &amp; Pattern,</strong> a fashion exhibition in collaboration with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Otis College</a>. A+D premiers its first outing with GCP, the museum&rsquo;s curatorial lab, in The Alcove gallery with <strong>3-Ways</strong>, a projection-based show exploring themes of scale and communication. <strong>Sunset 2050</strong>, in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Alley</a> gallery, is a breathtaking retrospective and futuristic interpretation of Sunset Blvd in Los Angeles with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UCLA</a>. <strong>Doppelg&auml;ngers,</strong> in The Lane gallery, offers a view into the architectural mind of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Patrick Tighe Architecture</a>. The Island features <strong>Back to Front</strong>, an outdoor installation by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">StereoBot</a> &amp; Oasys taking on the...</p> Plans proposed for supertall Downtown LA tower that could be the city's tallest Alexander Walter 2018-06-25T14:36:00-04:00 >2018-06-27T10:31:04-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Move over Wilshire Grand: A planned 77-story skyscraper wants to be the tallest building in Los Angeles and west of the Mississippi. That&rsquo;s no accident. Unlike the Wilshire Grand&mdash;which was, purportedly, not intentionally planned to be the tallest tower in the city or beyond&mdash;this skyscraper was definitely intended to a record-holder, says Jeff DiMarzio, whose firm DiMarzio Kato Architects is designing the project at Figueroa and Third in Bunker Hill.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Downtown Los Angeles is reaching for new heights: last week, the $1-billion, 88-story <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Angels Landing Development</a> submitted plans to the city, and now another (potentially) supertall tower vis-&agrave;-vis the iconic Bonaventure Hotel has been proposed by Chinese developer Shenzhen New World Group.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: LADCP, via</figcaption></figure><p>Designed by LA-based&nbsp;DiMarzio | Kato Architecture, the redevelopment of an existing 13-story hotel at 333 South Figueroa Street plans to become the tallest structure in the city, and west of the Mississippi River, by surpassing the current record holder, the 1,100-foot-tall <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wilshire Grand Tower</a>, by a mere seven feet.</p> Plans submitted for $1 billion Angels Landing mixed-use in L.A. Justine Testado 2018-06-20T16:06:00-04:00 >2018-06-21T15:23:24-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The 1.26-million-square-foot project, which would rise at the northwest corner of 4th and Hill Streets in Downtown Los Angeles, will feature 120 condos, 450 apartments, 480 hotel rooms, a 45,000-square-foot charter school, and 50,000 square feet of commercial space, according to a case filing with the Planning Department. Handel Architects is designing the $1-billion project.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Win a copy of “Making LA Modern: Craig Ellwood—Myth, Man, Designer”! Justine Testado 2018-06-14T11:58:00-04:00 >2018-07-05T19:52:27-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>An icon of California midcentury modernism, architect Craig Ellwood exemplified refined decadence &mdash; whether it was his lifestyle or the luxurious spaces he designed throughout Southern California in the 1950s and '60s.&nbsp;&ldquo;MAKING L.A. MODERN: Craig Ellwood&mdash;Myth, Man, Designer&rdquo;, edited by designer Michael Boyd, is the first book in over a decade to examine the architect's glamorous life and design legacy. Thanks to publisher <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rizzoli New York</a>, Archinect is giving away five copies to our readers!</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&copy; Making L.A. Modern: Craig Ellwood edited by Michael Boyd, Rizzoli New York, 2018. Photograph &copy; Richard Powers.</figcaption></figure><p>Featuring Ellwood's photographic collaborations with Julius Shulman and others, this hardcover, 240-page book explores the architect's brand of &ldquo;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">playboy architecture</a>&rdquo;, depicted in the nostalgic, dreamy paradise of midcentury Los Angeles &mdash;&nbsp;palm trees, Herman Miller furniture, the Pacific Ocean, fashion models.&nbsp;His minimalist, glamorous designs&nbsp;suggested the coveted laidback lifestyle of ...</p> LAX announces consortium to build its new $4.9bn monorail system Alexander Walter 2018-06-13T14:03:00-04:00 >2018-06-14T18:17:48-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Bombardier Rail Technologies, ACS Infrastructure Development, Balfour Beatty, Fluor Enterprises and HOCHTIEF PPP Solutions North America have all been chosen to deliver a $4.9bn project to design, build and install an automated people mover system at Los Angeles International Airport. [...] The system will run on a 3.6km elevated dual-lane guideway and will serve six newly-built stations, creating connections between the airport, public and private transportation, and a new car rental facility.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> FreelandBuck's LA edition of the world-traveling MINI LIVING Urban Cabin just opened on a Downtown Los Angeles rooftop Alexander Walter 2018-06-07T17:49:00-04:00 >2018-06-07T23:31:04-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The 8th <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles Design Festival</a> kicked off today with a plethora of events happening throughout the city over the next four days. One of the featured attractions appears to have fallen out of the sky and landed on the rooftop of the ROW DTLA building: MINI LIVING Urban Cabin is a site-specific installation designed by LA/NYC-based studio <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FreelandBuck</a> in cooperation with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MINI LIVING</a> and will be open to visitors by day and welcome overnight guests after 10pm. The LA edition of this traveling urban cabin is the third stop around the world since its launch in 2017.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Laurian Ghinitoiu</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Laurian Ghinitoiu</figcaption></figure><p>"The Urban Cabin is a continuous installation project, a small living unit that travels to various locations across the world, adapted for each city by local architects," the project description explains. "Each variation is designed with limited space and inspired by local surroundings, demonstrating creative approaches to the challenge of saving space while creating unique ...</p> Brooks + Scarpa completes bright yellow campus building for South Los Angeles high school Justine Testado 2018-05-31T16:47:00-04:00 >2018-06-05T11:02:08-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Clad in a vivid yellow aluminum facade that perfectly complements L.A.'s typically sunny blue skies,&nbsp;Animo South Los Angeles High School's newest building signals a fresh start. After a massive fire in 2014 destroyed half of the campus, which has been around since the 1950s, locally based architecture firm <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brooks +&nbsp;Scarpa</a> took on the task of designing a new building for the school.</p> <p>The public charter high school is known for its collaborative curriculum and strong connections to the surrounding community in South Central L.A.&nbsp;Located in a historically troubled area that was also a central spot in the 1964 Watts and 1992 Rodney King Riots,&nbsp;the new building&nbsp;has a visually open but secure design for the school's 630&nbsp;students and faculty, the architects describe. </p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Tara Wujcik.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Tara Wujcik.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Tara Wujcik.</figcaption></figure><p>Brooks +&nbsp;Scarpa wanted to create a&nbsp;flexible teaching environment that supports parental involvement and puts student life at the center of the school.&nbsp;Completed this yea...</p> Ai Weiwei to launch three new exhibitions in Los Angeles this fall Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-05-22T16:28:00-04:00 >2018-05-22T17:46:51-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The Chinese contemporary artist <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ai Weiwei</a> will have three new exhibitions coming to Los Angeles this fall. In what will be his first substantial showing in the city, Weiwei will be taking over the Marciano Art Foundation, The Jeffrey Deitch Gallery, and the UTA Artist Space on Sept 28th, Sept. 29th and Oct. 4th, respectively.</p> <p>Known for his work motivated by social justice issues, the activist will inherit the massive ground-floor of the Marciano Art Foundation&mdash;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">currently showing the work of Olafur Eliasson</a>&mdash;to display three large-scale installations, one of which is a response to the refugee crisis.&nbsp;</p> <p>At the Jeffrey Deitch Gallery, where Weiwei's work will mark the opening of the new Hollywood space, a reprise of his&nbsp;installation from the Gropius Bau in Berlin will be shown alongside a new series depicting the Chinese zodiac made from LEGOs, according to&nbsp;<em></em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>the New York Times</em></a>.</p> <p>In the last of his three shows, Weiwei will do a complete architectural overhaul of a&nbsp;4,000-square-foot former di...</p> 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>