Archinect - News 2017-09-25T20:27:33-04:00 The Getty completes major renovation project of Kahn's Salk Institute Nicholas Korody 2017-06-29T12:22:00-04:00 >2017-06-29T20:57:35-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>It&rsquo;s heralded as one of the major masterpieces of American modernism, but its ocean-adjacent location has made conservation difficult. Today, the Getty Conservation Institute announced that a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">major renovation project</a> of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Louis Kahn</a> &rsquo;s <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Salk Institute</a> in La Jolla has been completed.</p> <p>The project centered primarily around restoring the complex&rsquo;s teak window walls. Set within the monolithic concrete walls of the study towers and offices, they had weathered to a non-uniform appearance and were deteriorating. While prefabricated, the windows have a &ldquo;hand-crafted quality&rdquo; due to the detailing. Over the years, they suffered surface erosion and had accumulated a fungal biofilm.</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Salk Institute for Biological Studies, photos by Elizabeth Daniels</figcaption></figure><p>&ldquo;Restoration of the teak wood presented a number of challenges,&rdquo; says Kyle Normandin, Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. project manager and associate principal. &ldquo;The success of the project is that we were able to save so much of the original materia...</p> Getty Research Institute acquires massive Frank Gehry archives Justine Testado 2017-03-29T17:50:00-04:00 >2017-03-30T09:03:42-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>The Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles acquired a seriously massive archive directly from the studio of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank O. Gehry</a> today. Dubbed <em>The Frank Gehry Papers</em>, the archives &mdash; which were granted as part gift and part purchase &mdash; reveal a comprehensive overview of the first 30 years of the architect's career, from his&nbsp;early graduate studies to his milestone 1988 competition entry for the Walt Disney Concert Hall that launched him into global fame.</p><p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m honored by the attention of the Getty Research Institute delving into the history of my work, my beginnings, and other things that I never thought anybody would be interested in,&rdquo; Frank Gehry said in a statement. &ldquo;I&rsquo;m very moved that this great institution, with its resources to search for the best examples of creativity in our world, has found me an interesting party.&rdquo;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><em>Frank Gehry, Greber Studio, Sketch1967, unbuilt, Beverly Glen, California, Frank Gehry Papers at the Getty Research Institute, &copy; Frank O. Gehry.</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><em>Frank Gehry, Sirmai-Peters...</em></p> Over 150 Years of Architectural Photography in upcoming Getty exhibition Justine Testado 2013-09-30T19:04:00-04:00 >2013-10-01T15:07:35-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p> The long historical relationship between architecture and photography comes to focus once again in the Getty Center's "In Focus: Architecture" exhibition beginning Oct. 15 until March 2, 2014.</p> <p> Curated by Amanda Maddox, assistant curator of photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum, "In Focus: Architecture" will look into the beginnings of architectural photography when 19th-century photographers documented historical sites and structures. As the cityscape modernized in the 20th century, so did architectural photography as inventive uses of the medium emerged -- and continue to do so in contemporary times.</p> <p> The upcoming exhibition will showcase more than 20 works from the Getty's permanent collection including recently acquired photos from Andreas Feininger, Ryuji Miyamoto, and Peter Wegner.</p> <p> Other additions to the exhibit are an accompanying book, "Architecture in Photographs," with an essay by Gordon Baldwin and a lecture by Dietrich Neumann, Royce Family Professor of History o...</p> MOCA architecture show, funded by Getty, could face cancellation Archinect 2013-05-02T12:46:00-04:00 >2013-05-02T12:46:10-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The exhibition was planned as an exploration of the last 25 years of Los Angeles architecture, with work by Frank Gehry, Thom Mayne, Michael Maltzan, Barbara Bestor and many younger architects. It was funded in part by a Getty Foundation grant of $445,000. No other single show in the PSTP series received a grant as large, according to a Getty press release. A 272-page catalog, co-published by Rizzoli, is already complete.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Facing delays in finishing the installation of the show, the show will be canceled, or, at best, delayed.</p> Getty Announces Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A. Archinect 2012-09-28T20:30:00-04:00 >2012-09-28T20:31:05-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Designed to continue the momentum of Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945&ndash;1980, last year&rsquo;s sweeping initiative that included exhibitions and programs at 60 arts institutions across Southern California, Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A., will be smaller in scope, comprising nine exhibitions and accompanying programs and events in and around Los Angeles slated for April&ndash;July 2013.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 405 Freeway closure exposes the limits of Los Angeles' mobility mantaray 2011-07-12T02:37:04-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>...doesn't the general freakout over the shutdown suggest, in and of itself, its fundamental folly? It hurts to lose the 405 even for a weekend not because freeways are so valuable or because we love them so much but because we've painted ourselves in a corner in terms of mobility. We have left ourselves no escape hatches or viable alternatives.</p></em><br /><br /><p> LA Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne eyes impending automotive doom.</p> <p> Follow the link for a thoughtful piece on "the city's great synecdoche" and how its future might impact architectural landmarks.</p>