Archinect - News 2017-08-23T11:56:17-04:00 Hollywood movies are influencing LA's newest crop of buildings Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-08-11T15:44:00-04:00 >2017-08-11T15:44:29-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>L.A. now boasts the tallest building west of Chicago&mdash;the Wilshire Grand Center in the Downtown district. &ldquo;If you watch the opening sequence of Blade Runner from 1982 and look at how it imagines L.A.&rsquo;s skyline in 2019, you can&rsquo;t help sense life emulating art" Meanwhile, the creators of the sumptuous new Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills traveled back in time for inspiration...&ldquo;We studied everything from the decor of the movie sets to the style of leading Hollywood actresses&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Back in the day, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hollywood</a> movies used to draw their inspiration from the city of Angels as many of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA</a>'s most iconic buildings played starring roles in Tinseltown. Today, the tables have turned and the cities architecture has begun taking a note or two from Hollywood.&nbsp;<em></em>Proving that the expression "life imitates art" has some weight to it,&nbsp;<em>Architectural Digest&nbsp;</em>examines how LA's newest crop of buildings looks like they walked off a Hollywood set.</p> L.A. Mayor Garcetti proposes gondola lift to the Hollywood sign Julia Ingalls 2017-05-09T19:36:00-04:00 >2017-05-10T09:25:33-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>To snap a photo of the Hollywood sign, tourists have clogged hillside streets and hiking paths, spurring battles in Hollywood Hills neighborhoods and in court over how people should be able to access the iconic landmark. Now Mayor Eric Garcetti has floated an alternative: Building a gondola to ferry visitors to the beloved sign.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Instead of having to evade trespassing laws (or take the long way around), those who want to visit the Hollywood sign up close may be able to simply take an aerial gondola lift if Mayor Eric Garcetti's recent remarks become a reality. As this article notes:</p><p><em>Garcetti spokesman George Kivork said in a written statement Monday that the mayor was "open to exploring ideas that ease congestion and encourages creative thinking when looking at ways to give Angelenos and tourists better access to the Hollywood sign and other iconic landmarks and destinations.&rdquo;</em></p> LA has a housing crisis – but the problem isn't those fancy new towers Nicholas Korody 2016-05-17T14:11:00-04:00 >2016-05-17T14:11:47-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="435" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>What&rsquo;s the root cause of Los Angeles&rsquo; affordable housing crisis? Many blame the new luxury housing developments springing up... driving up interest in the neighborhood and attracting hipsters. Landlords take notice and soon rents start climbing. That&rsquo;s the story anyway. But here&rsquo;s the thing: If booming development in hot markets like Hollywood and downtown is why rents keep going up... why have the same price increases hit locales with extremely limited development?</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"Because our problems aren&rsquo;t driven by a local phenomenon but by a regional one: low residential vacancy rates. Nothing is more important, and data from the American Community Survey confirm this. Zooming out to look at the 20 largest U.S. cities rather than local ZIP codes, the correlation between prices and vacancies is four times stronger than the correlation between prices and new development."</em></p><p>According to experts, 5% vacancy is the magic number defining the landlord-renter relationship. Above it, the landlord is forced to lower rents or offer incentives to attract renters. Below it, expect to pay exorbitant rates for that roach-infested closet.</p><p>So in other words, it's a paucity of housing stock in general driving the city's housing crisis, rather than a few flashy towers.</p><p>In related news:</p><ul><li><a href="" target="_blank">LA's homeless population has increased by 11% in a single year</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Meditating on the "Past Future Housing" of Los Angeles with Morgan Fisher and Karina Nimmerfall at the MAK Center</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">As housing crisis pe...</a></li></ul> Nation's first combined housing complex for LGBT youth and seniors coming to Hollywood Alexander Walter 2016-03-30T16:45:00-04:00 >2016-04-08T23:45:47-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="322" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A first-in-the-nation complex to be built in Hollywood would house about 200 LGBT seniors and young adults on the same campus. Lorrie Jean, CEO of the the Los Angeles LGBT Center, which is building the $100 million complex, calls the two generation groups "the two most vulnerable parts of our community."</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">As "gayborhoods" gentrify, LGBTQ people move into conservative America</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Homes of the homeless, seized: L.A. cracks down on free housing</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Toilets for everyone: the politics of inclusive design</a></li></ul> Homeowners fight to block access to the Hollywood sign Nicholas Korody 2015-07-08T14:07:00-04:00 >2015-07-08T13:39:31-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The pull of the Hollywood sign has...generated anger along the winding roads in those hills as homeowners have complained of a crush of motorists clogging roads, hikers in the middle of narrow streets and smokers flicking cigarettes into flammable brush... Now some homeowners are taking their battle to court, demanding that the city close a popular path into Griffith Park used to view the famed sign until the effects on the neighborhood have been fully evaluated.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The residents of Beachwood Canyon, a very affluent neighborhood, argue that traffic to one of the only public trails leading to the iconic Hollywood sign is a public safety issue. Claiming that the city has failed to properly address environmental concerns, they've formed a group, Homeowners on Beachwood Drive United, and sued the city.&nbsp;</p><p>As reported by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CurbedLA</a>, this isn't the first time that the neighborhood has raged against the public access point. And, in the past, the city has gone to pretty great lengths to address their concerns, such as putting up permit-only parking and allocating a personal police patrol.&nbsp;</p><p>While the LA Times takes a more-neutral stance, both Curbed and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LAist</a> seem pretty confident it's a case of NIMBYism.</p> Hélène Binet celebrates first U.S. exhibit at WUHO with the 2015 Julius Shulman Institute Photography Award Justine Testado 2015-03-03T14:14:00-05:00 >2015-03-05T21:00:47-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="867" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The WUHO Gallery in Hollywood was abuzz on the opening night of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&ldquo;H&eacute;l&egrave;ne Binet: Fragments of Light&rdquo;</a> this past Saturday, in celebration of Binet as the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2015 recipient</a> of the Julius Shulman Institute Excellence in Photography Award. Co-curated by JSI Managing Director Emily Bills and Binet, &ldquo;Fragments of Light&rdquo; is the photographer&rsquo;s first U.S. exhibition featuring around 20 photos out of her vast body of work from 25 years of working in the field.</p><p>Treating light as if it were a building material, Binet&rsquo;s signature style renders the buildings of architects like Peter Zumthor, Zaha Hadid, and Le Corbusier into black and white atmospheric compositions of light, shadow, and sharp details that Binet masterfully captures all through a film camera.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The crowd slowly trickled into the narrow but long gallery space, which was soon full of friends, associates, Woodbury architecture students and alumni, and photography and arts enthusiasts chattering away over light refreshments.</p><p>Notable attendees in...</p> Frank Lloyd Wright's Hollyhock House to reopen once again in February Justine Testado 2015-01-23T14:22:00-05:00 >2015-02-02T21:20:54-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In the heart of Hollywood's Barnsdall Park, Frank Lloyd Wright's Hollyhock House will officially reopen on February 13, as recently announced by L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell, and the Barnsdall Park Art Foundation. This isn't the first time the iconic house has been restored, but the latest renovation focused on bringing back the house, and all its decorative details, to its original early 20th century state. The conservation effort took place from 2008 to 2014 and cost $4,359,000.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The Hollyhock House was Frank Lloyd Wright's first residence in Los Angeles. Pennsylvanian oil heiress and arts enthusiast Aline Barnsdall commissioned Wright to build the house -- which was named after her favorite flower -- as her own venue for producing avant-garde plays. It later became a performing arts complex including Barnsdall's private residence. Construction began in 1919 but came to a halt in 1921 when Barnsdall fired Wright, primarily due to costs.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Nonetheless, the hou...</p> "The Long Goodbye" Apartment is Available to Rent for Only $2800 Nicholas Korody 2014-12-01T18:23:00-05:00 >2014-12-03T22:20:06-05:00 <img src="" width="337" height="450" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>At the end of a cul de sac near the Hollywood Bowl, park your car in a garage carved into the hill. Walk through a gated tunnel to a private elevator where you'll be taken up 6 stories through the hill to the top of a Tuscan tower. Nestled in a quiet walk street enclave high above the bustle of Hollywood Blvd. 1bed, 1 bath includes the aforementioned private parking garage (remote door opener). Washer/Dryer, hardwood floors and terrace.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The apartment was featured in Robert Altman's 1973 "The Long Goodbye." In the neo-noir&nbsp;film, Elliot Gould plays Phillip Marlowe, a private eye living in a tower high up in the Hollywood Hills. The apartment was also featured in&nbsp;Kenneth Branagh's&nbsp;<em>Dead Again.&nbsp;</em>According to the craigslist ad, Michael Connelly &ndash; author of <em>the Lincoln Lawyer &ndash;&nbsp;</em>was a former resident as was&nbsp;David Copperfield.</p><p>The apartment is close to the Hollywood Bowl. Moreover: it's "quiet, no freeway noise, beautiful views yet a short walk to Hollywood and Highland and the subway." No word on whether or not it's&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">cat-friendly</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> Hollywood Target building shut down during construction due to established height limits Nicholas Korody 2014-08-22T19:09:00-04:00 >2014-08-27T18:15:21-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="438" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A judge has called for retail giant Target Corp. to stop work on a partly built shopping center in Hollywood, handing a stinging setback to a project championed by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. Superior Court Judge Richard L. Fruin Jr. sided with two community groups who said in separate lawsuits that the City Council should not have allowed Target to build a 74-foot-tall structure in a location where such projects cannot exceed 35 feet.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Architectural installations to pop-up on Hollywood sign hiking trail this weekend Archinect 2014-05-14T20:43:00-04:00 >2014-05-19T21:58:02-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>On May 17, the yearlong series' final event, inspired by L.A.'s most prominent icon, the Hollywood sign, is being staged. Six projects will be installed on the Hollywood sign trail, where all of Los Angeles is laid out before hikers. Details are still being finalized, but the event could feature imaginary viewfinders designed by Elly Ward and mini-monuments erected by Elizabeth Timme, co-director of design office LA-M&aacute;s.</p></em><br /><br /><p><strong>Trek to the Hollywood sign</strong></p><p><strong>What:</strong>&nbsp;Installations along a trail near the Hollywood sign</p><p><strong>Where:</strong>&nbsp;Hollywood sign trail. Park in the Greek Theatre Parking Lot G in Griffith Park or at Griffith Observatory and take the shuttle to the Hollywood sign viewing area.</p><p><strong>When:</strong>&nbsp;10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 17</p><p><strong>Price:</strong>&nbsp;Self-guided tour is free. Shuttle to the site, $7; free for 2 and younger.</p><p><em><strong>Information:</strong>&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"></a>,&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"></a></em></p> MAD founder Ma Yansong celebrates opening of LA office with lecture in Hollywood Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-04-11T15:43:00-04:00 >2014-04-14T19:27:19-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Co-presented by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hennessey + Ingalls, the A+D Museum and the Cal Poly LA Metro Program</a>, Ma Yansong lectured last night on MAD's history and the trials of Chinese architecture. Now with offices in Los Angeles and Beijing, MAD is poised to fulfill the high expectations bestowed on it as a Chinese firm cultivating a style unique from any western exceptionalism, while also building outside of Asia. Yansong's talk took place at Space 15 Twenty in Hollywood -- a public, outdoor courtyard surrounded by hip storefronts and eateries. Free to people wandering through, the venue was refreshingly informal for an event type usually restricted to hallowed academic halls.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Yansong presented works from throughout MAD's existence, focusing particularly on each project's context and relationship to nature -- whether or not it was ever built. Considering that many of MAD's projects in China are located in new, developing cities, where the urban context can run quite thin, the building's relationship to n...</p> Worlds of Cityvision coming to Los Angeles this March Alexander Walter 2014-02-05T15:50:00-05:00 >2014-02-06T14:05:40-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="241" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Most readers may be very familiar with Italian architecture lab Cityvision for its thought-provoking architectural ideas competitions [...]. Now Cityvision goes traveling and pitches its tent in Los Angeles this March. For the first time abroad, the exhibition Worlds of Cityvision will be on display at Woodbury University's WUHO Gallery from March 6-23.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Worlds of Cityvisions will also see the launch of the new international competition <em>Evolution: the architecture of future mankind</em>, about the future of Beijing featuring a special jury panel comprised of Sou Fujimoto, Greg Lynn, Sanford Kwinter, Eric de Broche des Combes and Ai Weiwei.</p> Welton Becket-designed Hollywood Cinerama Dome Marks 50 Years Alexander Walter 2013-11-07T19:05:00-05:00 >2013-11-11T22:40:52-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The only geodesic dome movie theater in the world, Becket&rsquo;s design was inspired by Buckminster Fuller&mdash;and the nation&rsquo;s midcentury obsession with landing on the moon. Built to resemble a giant spacecraft, the Dome boasted futuristic floating stairways&mdash;a first for any movie theater at the time. Simultaneously projected images using three 35mm cameras were so cutting-edge, the Dome&rsquo;s own original projector&mdash;the Norelco Universal&mdash;would win a Technical Academy Award in 1963 [...].</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Launch event tonight! "Shaping the City" refreshes case studies of contemporary urbanism Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-11-01T18:52:00-04:00 >2013-11-04T21:59:04-05:00 <img src="" width="530" height="794" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Drop by Hollywood&rsquo;s finest art and architecture bookstore, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hennessey + Ingalls</a>, tonight for a special event launching <em>Shaping the City</em>, a newly revised edition of contemporary urbanism case studies. The event will also feature a conversation with University of Toronto&rsquo;s Director of Urban Design, and <em>Shaping the City</em>&rsquo;s editor, <strong>Rodolphe el-Khoury</strong>, along with <strong>Qingyun Ma</strong>, Dean of USC School of Architecture. The conversation will also include <em>Shaping the City</em> contributors <strong>Teddy Cruz</strong>, <strong>Victor J. Jones</strong>, and <strong>Paulette Singley</strong>.</p> <p> Archinect picked the brains of el-Khoury and Singley before the launch, here&rsquo;s some tidbits:</p> <p> <strong>Archinect:&nbsp;</strong>What was your contribution to <em>Shaping the City</em>?</p> <p> <strong>Rodolphe el-Khoury</strong>: [Co-author Edward Robbins and I] conceived <em>Shaping the City</em> as a potential textbook that would sample aspects of the city without imposing an overarching conceptual framework on the complex and varied manifestations of urban forms and phenomena.</p> <p> <strong>Paulette Singley</strong>: "Los Angeles: Between Cognit...</p> "On the Fence": A colorful collaboration at Citizens of the World Hollywood Justine Testado 2013-09-25T12:24:00-04:00 >2013-10-07T17:14:52-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> It's hard to miss the vibrant 3-D mural at the front entrance of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Citizens of the World Charter School - Hollywood</a>. The mural, known as "On the Fence", was created by students, teachers, staff, and parents of CWC-H and Le Conte Middle School as a collaborative project. Both communities gathered together in a series of informal events to gradually bring the colorful mural to life.<br><br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br><img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> The project was created by architect Dana Bauer, a parent at CWC-H. Bauer works as a partner for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">landcraft</a>, an LA-based landscape design practice, and is a faculty member at USC's School of Architecture. The "On the Fence" mural is a representation of her emphasis on cross-disciplinary practice and collaborative creativity.</p> <p> Over 300 students from ages 5 to 13 years helped produce the mural, which was "woven" onto the fence with strips of UV-resistant fabric. The mural's woven appearance was inspired by techniques used to create hook rugs and Rose Bowl floats. Since its completion, the mural has bec...</p> Massive mixed-use project in Hollywood clears a hurdle Archinect 2013-02-20T16:47:00-05:00 >2013-02-21T07:59:02-05:00 <img src="" width="600" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A proposal for two skyscrapers that would flank the Capitol Records tower in Hollywood gained the approval of the city's planning department Tuesday despite push-back from dozens of disgruntled residents. The Millennium Hollywood plans are the most ambitious in a string of revitalization projects in the area, including the W Hotel and the Hollywood &amp; Highland Center. The $664-million mixed-use development could include more than 1 million square feet of apartment, office and retail space.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">First Plans Released For Huge Towers Next to Capitol Records</a></p> First Plans Released For Huge Towers Next to Capitol Records Archinect 2012-11-01T13:39:00-04:00 >2013-02-28T23:27:27-05:00 <img src="" width="600" height="400" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The new buildings will be designed by Gary Handel Architects and Roschen Van Cleve Architects, but these renderings, like the rest of it, are conceptual. Landscape starchitect James Corner Field Operations (of New York's High Line and Santa Monica's Civic Center Parks) will design "extensive open space, street-level plazas, and enhanced pedestrian circulation encompassing approximately 25 percent of the entire site."</p></em><br /><br /><p> View more from the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Millennium Hollywood website</a>.</p> <p> <strong>UPDATE:</strong> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Massive mixed-use project in Hollywood clears a hurdle</a></p> Join Archinect in Hollywood this Thursday for "Publish Or... bracket [GOES SOFT]" Archinect 2012-04-16T18:02:00-04:00 >2012-04-18T11:47:35-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="776" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <strong>Archinect</strong> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Woodbury School of Architecture</a> are proud to present:</p> <p> <strong>Publish Or... bracket [GOES SOFT]</strong><br> Thursday, April 19<br> 6:00 p.m.</p> <p> Sonic landscape by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Health and Beauty</a>.</p> <p> WUHO Gallery<br> 6518 Hollywood Boulevard<br> Los Angeles, CA 90028 (<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">map</a>)</p> <p> Come say hello, mingle, and check out selected entries from bracket [goes soft]. Including work by Woodbury School of Architecture faculty member Ewan Branda.<br> Limited edition zine-syle [goes-soft] take-aways. First come, first serve.</p> <p> Bracket [goes soft] examines the use and implications of soft today&mdash;from the scale of material innovation to territorial networks. While the projects in Bracket 2 are diverse in deployment and issues they engage, they share several key characteristics&mdash;proposing systems, networks and technologies that are responsive, adaptable, scalable, non-linear, and multivalent. Certain projects reveal how soft systems rely on engagement with their larger environment, collecting and sensingenvironmental atmospheric info...</p> Hollywood Hills House by Francois Perrin Alexander Walter 2012-02-28T12:52:00-05:00 >2017-02-13T23:30:30-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="736" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Los Angeles architect <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Francois Perrin</a> (anyone remember the face-melting <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Skateboard House</a>?) has shared with us his recently completed project, a private residence in the Hollywood Hills here in sunny Southern California.</p><p><img alt="" title="" src=""></p><p><strong>Project Description from the Architect:</strong></p><p>This private residence is located in the Hollywood Hills, overlooking the City of Los Angeles. It is one of the rare remaining building lots of this neighborhood, also one of the few protected areas in the City.</p><p>The building engages with the surrounding environment in order to produce an Architecture that merges with the Landscape. The contemporary design of the house interacts as well with the natural elements (air, sun and vegetation) but has only a little visual impact in the Hills.</p><p><img alt="" title="" src=""></p><p><img alt="" title="" src=""></p><p><img alt="" title="" src=""></p><p>The site has a very steep topography but mostly constituted of Bedrock. The North-South orientation offers a panoramic view of the LA basin while being naturally protected from the sun in the warm afternoons. The building casts itself into the site o...</p> WATERMARKS Photos Archinect 2011-09-13T00:11:52-04:00 >2011-09-13T20:33:45-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="395" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> The nice folks at Woodbury have sent along some photos of the recent exhibition <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">WATERMARKS: Acqua Alta, Resiliency, and Precise Meanders</a>. Enjoy.</p> <p> <strong>WATERMARKS: Acqua Alta, Resiliency, and Precise Meanders</strong><br> Exhibition | September 7th through September 11th, 2011 scenarios WUHO | 6518 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028</p> <p> The Watermarks installation simulates Venice&rsquo;s Acqua Alta, documents resiliency across the American landscape, and explores representational techniques for water fluctuation.</p> <p> In Venice, Italy high tides annually flood San Marco&rsquo;s Piazza throughout late fall and early winter.&nbsp; During this reoccurring phenomenon, the city deploys elevated walkways at common pedestrian routes allowing foot traffic to carry on regardless of thirty centimeters of standing water. Souvenir shops sell disposable plastic shoe covers allowing tourists to wade through the public water spectacle where new urban unfold within the inundated square.</p> <p> By flooding the gallery floor in Hollywoo...</p>