Laws Behind LA’s Flat Skyscrapers

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Ever wonder why the skyline of Los Angeles is peppered with flat top ? Or for that matter, why does such a global cosmopolitan city have so relatively few dotting its cityscape, the majority residing in downtown LA?

The answer lies in a section of the Los Angeles Municipal Code introduced in 1974 – Sec. 57.118.12 – “Emergency Helicopter Landing Facility.” The code stipulates that “Each building shall have a rooftop emergency helicopter landing facility in a location approved by the [Fire] Chief.” The text also dictates that the helipads measure 50′x50′ in addition to a 25′ safety buffer. The resulting skyline thus far has been dominated by flat roof skyscrapers that would only make it through the planning process if in strict accordance with this code. However, a newly introduced proposal called the Hollywood Community Plan would allow skyscrapers to be constructed along the subway served “.”  In lieu of embarking on a plan that would surely result in more box type towers, an amendment has been introduced into the plan that would exempt skyscrapers within the corridor from having to conform to Sec. 57.118.12 helipad requirements. More After the break.

White Block Gallery / SsD

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Architect: SsD
Location: Heyri Art Valley, Korea
Team: Jinhee Park + John Hong , LEED (principals in charge), Frederick Peter Ortner, Donguk Lee, Jiseok Park, Taesoo Kim, Christoph Schäfer, Juho Lee, Marcela Delgado, Soojung Rhee, Aleta Budd, Okhyun Kim, Eli Allen, Jeff Niemasz, Eunkyoung Cho, Brian Vester, Ryan Welch, Jeong Jun Song
Associate Architect: Dyne Architects
Structural Design: Matt Johnson, SGH Inc.
Structural Engineer: S+RC
Lighting Consultant: Project Concept K
Construction Manager: Hanmi Parsons Co., Ltd
Photographs: Chang Kyun Kim

AD Recommends: Best of the Week

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Maybe last week some of you took some days off to prepare for the Super Bowl! So just in case you haven’t been around ArchDaily, here we have our selection of the best from last week. Main image belongs to Selgas Cano’s Auditorium in Cartagena. You may remember this guys from one of the coolest offices ever. Also from last week: a spectacular kindergarten in , our latest In Progress in Mexico, or the latest from Foster + Partners in Vancouver. Last but not least… our AD Classics are back.

Riverside Clubhouse / TAO

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Architects: TAO  (Trace Architecture Office) – HUA Li
Location: Yancheng, , China
Design Team: HUA Li, Zhang Feng
Floor area: 500 sqm.
Completion: 2010
Client: Zhongti Corp.
Photographs: Yao Li


The AIA Elevates 105 Members and Six International Architects to the College of Fellows

The 2012 Jury of Fellows from the American Institute of Architects () have elevated 105 members to its prestigious College of Fellows, an honor awarded to those who have made a significant contribution to architecture and society on a national level while achieving a standard level of excellence. The 2012 Fellows will be honored at an investiture ceremony at the 2012 National Convention and Design Exposition in Washington, D.C.

Continue reading for more information and the complete list of newly honored Fellows.

Muskoka Boathouse / Christopher Simmonds Architect

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Architect: Christopher Simmonds Architect
Location: Muskoka Lakes, Ontario, (approx. 170 km North of Toronto, )
Project Type: Boathouse with seasonal residence – rural
Project Year: Fall 2007
Photographs: Peter Fritz Photography

Pier+ / AECOM and BIG

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A team led by AECOM and New York-based Bjarke Ingels Group () is one of five shortlisted teams invited to participate in an international design competition to renovate and reactivate ’s landmark Navy Pier. This is a once-in-a-century opportunity that will redefine the character and focus of ’s waterfront. It is part of an ambitious effort to create a new Navy Pier for the 21st century, and in doing so, to redefine what the pier and the waterfront means to the city.

Unveiled to the public on January 31, 2012 at the Museum of Contemporary Art, the AECOM-BIG design vision aims to “re-colonize the people’s pier,” by maximizing opportunity through a holistic approach. The result is Pier+, a vibrant urban destination that creates a new amenity shared by all while making a positive and progressive statement about Chicago to the world.

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Pensioners Community Center / Antonio Altarriba Comes

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Architect: Antonio Altarriba Comes
Location: Avenida Ausias March Almassera, ,
Team: Antonio Altarriba Comes, Carlos Maeso de Vicente
Collaborators: María Salinas Molto
Photographs: Diego Opazo

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modeLab Strip Morphologies III Workshop

Strip Morphologies III is a two-day intensive design, prototyping, and fabrication workshop put on by Studio Mode / modeLab… to be held in New York City during the weekend of March 03-04.
As the next installment in the modeFab series

Refurbishment In Melbourne / Marc Dixon

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Architect: Marc Dixon
Location: , Australia
Project Team: Rosanna Ceravolo – Pablo Byass – Adrian Rivalland Builder – Canterbury
Builders Engineer: Shane Ford Contracting P/L
Photographs: Kevin Hui, Adrian Rivalland

Anabatic Office / Betillon/Dorval-Bory

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For their honorable mention competition entry, Betillon/Dorval-Bory have attempted to create a new architectural language rooted in climate analysis for Fundecor, a non-governmental organization focused on environmental preservation.  The procedure for creating the project is largely about understanding environmental systems and then allowing the building to respond and support those technical aspects for the desired result.  As such, the architecture is “not trying to hide in a neo-vernacular posture, but celebrates its radicalism in aid of its atmospheric functioning.”

More about the competition entry after the break.

Forest Clinic / Shinichi Ogawa & Associates

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Architect: Shinichi Ogawa & Associates
Location: ,
Structural System: Steel frame
Building Area: 725.27
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of Shinichi Ogawa & Associates

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Theories of Urban Practice Graduate Program at Parsons The New School for Design

Launching in fall 2012, Parsons The New School of Design is offering a new graduate program in urbanism in New York City, the MA Theories of Urban Practice. The 2-year, 36-credit research-oriented program is designed for those who want to…

Houses In Castlewood Avenue / ODOS Architects

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Architects: ODOS Architects
Location: ,
Photographs: Courtesy of ODOS Architects

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PennDesign 2012 Spring Lecture Series

Just last month, University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design announced their lecture series for Spring 2012. All lectures are held at 6PM in Meyerson Hall and free and open to the public unless otherwise noted with continuing education credits available.…

House 8 / Atria Arquitetos

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Architects: Atria Arquitetos
Location: Brasília, DF,
Total Area: 420 sqm
Client: Private
Project Year: 2010
Project Team: Gustavo Costa + Gabriela Müller, Ana Carolina Caetano, Daniel Nardelli
Photographs: Edgar Cézar

Student Housing for TU Delft Campus / Studioninedots + HVDN

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Studioninedots + HVDN shared with us their winning proposal for the student housing competition for TU Campus. The project parameters were to design a volume of 67 meters long and 5 storeys high, with its own strong identity and a collective space on the roof including a rain water harvesting element. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Bondi Beach House / Katon Redgen Mathieson

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Architects: Katon Redgen Mathieson
Location: Bondi Beach, ,
Year: 2011
Photographs: Katon Redgen Mathieson