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Grimshaw and Gruen's LA Union Station Masterplan Gains Approval from Planning Board

00:00 - 28 October, 2014
Open Space View in Forecourt. Image © Grimshaw / Gruen Associates, Courtesy of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro)
Open Space View in Forecourt. Image © Grimshaw / Gruen Associates, Courtesy of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro)

Update: The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board of Directors has approved approved the proposed masterplan by Grimshaw and Gruen; the scheme will now go ahead, subject to the availability of funding. The below article is from 22 September 2014.

The New York office of Grimshaw and LA based Gruen Associates were officially awarded the Los Angeles Union Station master plan in July of 2012 after six initial proposals for the project. Now the Metro Board has begun to finalize plans and move towards implementation, with their Planning Committee scheduled to discuss the proposals in early November. Read on to learn more about how the plan has developed over the past two years and the next steps towards its implementation. 

East Entrance View. Image © Grimshaw / Gruen Associates, Courtesy of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) Passenger Concourse View. Image © Grimshaw / Gruen Associates, Courtesy of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) Bus Terminal View. Image © Grimshaw / Gruen Associates, Courtesy of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) Open Space View in Forecourt. Image © Grimshaw / Gruen Associates, Courtesy of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) + 9

P.A.T.H. Houses / Philippe Starck + Riko

01:00 - 28 October, 2014
P.A.T.H. Houses / Philippe Starck + Riko, Courtesy of Philippe Starck
Courtesy of Philippe Starck

Courtesy of Philippe Starck Courtesy of Philippe Starck Courtesy of Philippe Starck Courtesy of Philippe Starck + 12

  • Architects

  • Location

    Montfort-l'Amaury, France
  • Collaboration

    Riko
  • Project Year

    2014

Renovation and extension of the Baths of Géronde / NAU Architecture + Drexler Guinand Jauslin Architekten

01:00 - 28 October, 2014
Renovation and extension of the Baths of Géronde / NAU Architecture + Drexler Guinand Jauslin Architekten, © Roger Frei
© Roger Frei

© Roger Frei © Roger Frei © Roger Frei © Roger Frei + 22

West Limerick Children’s Centre / SATA

01:00 - 28 October, 2014
West Limerick Children’s Centre / SATA, © Kate Bowe O’Brien
© Kate Bowe O’Brien

© Kate Bowe O’Brien © Kate Bowe O’Brien © Kate Bowe O’Brien © Kate Bowe O’Brien + 18

  • Architects

  • Location

    Newcastle West, Co. Limerick, Ireland
  • Design Team

    Mark Thompson, Kristoffer Norrinder, Michael Pledge
  • Area

    765.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

d3 Natural Systems 2014 Winners Announced

01:00 - 28 October, 2014
d3 Natural Systems 2014 Winners Announced, Special Mention for Performative Landscape: Hydrophytic Urban Topography / Dustin Piercy, Xiomara Martinez (USA). Image © d3 Natural Systems
Special Mention for Performative Landscape: Hydrophytic Urban Topography / Dustin Piercy, Xiomara Martinez (USA). Image © d3 Natural Systems

d3 has announced the winners of its Natural Systems Competition for 2014, an annual competition that offers architects, designers, engineers and students the chance to investigate natural processes from the microscopic to macroscopic scale and propose innovative, nature-based solutions in architecture, urbanism, interiors and product design for sustainable living.

The jury, a panel of architects and designers engaged in sustainable practices and computational explorations, has this year selected a top three as well as eleven special mentions. Join us after the break for images from all 14 designs.

Iconic Architects Photoshopped "Giving the Finger" in Support of Frank Gehry

00:00 - 28 October, 2014
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Image Courtesy of Supporting Frank Owen Gehry
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Image Courtesy of Supporting Frank Owen Gehry

Last week, Frank Gehry made headlines when he responded to a reporter asking about his “showy architecture” with the finger and a proclamation that 98% of today’s architecture is “pure shit.” Unsurprisingly, this got the architecture world storming. Responses ranged from “oh the irony” to “absolutely refreshing” (join the conversation here). Perhaps most notably, one tumblr has responded in support of the Pritzker Prize-winning architect with images of architecture’s biggest icons giving the finger and Supporting Frank Owen Gehry.

Charles and Ray Eames, Frank Lloyd Wright, Le Corbusier and Oscar Niemeyer are some of the few who have “shown” their support. See our favorites, after the break.

Primary School Tanouan Ibi / LEVS architecten

01:00 - 28 October, 2014
Primary School Tanouan Ibi  / LEVS architecten, Courtesy of LEVS architecten
Courtesy of LEVS architecten

Courtesy of LEVS architecten Courtesy of LEVS architecten Courtesy of LEVS architecten Courtesy of LEVS architecten + 21

  • Architects

  • Location

    Dogon Plateau, Mali
  • Area

    360.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013

The Color Inside / Overland Partners + James Turrell Skyspace

01:00 - 28 October, 2014
The Color Inside / Overland Partners + James Turrell Skyspace, © Florian Holzherr
© Florian Holzherr

© Paul Bardagjy © Florian Holzherr © Florian Holzherr © Florian Holzherr + 18

Cossette V7 / Teeple Architects

01:00 - 27 October, 2014
Cossette V7  / Teeple Architects, © Scott Norsworthy
© Scott Norsworthy

© Scott Norsworthy © Scott Norsworthy © Evan Dion © Scott Norsworthy + 17

Lune de Sang-Shed 1 / CHROFI

01:00 - 27 October, 2014
Lune de Sang-Shed 1 / CHROFI, © Brett Boardman
© Brett Boardman

© Brett Boardman © Brett Boardman © Brett Boardman © Brett Boardman + 35

  • Architects

  • Location

    Northern Tablelands, NSW, Australia
  • Project Director

    John Choi
  • Project Leader

    Toby Breakspear
  • Project Team

    Steven Fighera, Tai Ropiha, Jerome Cateaux, Clinton Weaver, Linda Lam, Felix Rasch
  • Area

    1320.0 sqm
  • Photographs

Science Hills Komatsu / Mari Ito + UAO

01:00 - 27 October, 2014
Science Hills Komatsu / Mari Ito + UAO, © Daici Ano
© Daici Ano

© Daici Ano © Daici Ano © Daici Ano © Daici Ano + 18

  • Architects

  • Location

    Komatsu, Ishikawa, Japan
  • Area

    6063.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

We're Teaming Up With CEMEX To Cover the XXIII CEMEX Building Award

00:00 - 27 October, 2014
We're Teaming Up With CEMEX To Cover the XXIII CEMEX Building Award

CEMEX’s annual Building Awards recognize the best in architecture and construction both within Mexico as well as internationally, highlighting innovative design and building and construction techniques across nine different categories. International finalist projects this year range from Frank Gehry’s Biomuseo in Panama to Plan B Arquitectos’ Click Clack Hotel in Bogotá, Colombia.

A Home in the City / Romero Silva Arquitectos

01:00 - 27 October, 2014
A Home in the City   / Romero Silva Arquitectos, © Bruno Giliberto
© Bruno Giliberto

© Bruno Giliberto © Bruno Giliberto © Bruno Giliberto © Bruno Giliberto + 12

Güemes Building / Gerardo Caballero Maite Fernandez Arquitectos

01:00 - 27 October, 2014
Güemes Building / Gerardo Caballero Maite Fernandez  Arquitectos, © Gustavo Frittegotto
© Gustavo Frittegotto

© Gustavo Frittegotto © Gustavo Frittegotto © Gustavo Frittegotto © Gustavo Frittegotto + 21

Cruz y Ortiz Completes Renovation of the Rijksmuseum's Philips Wing

00:00 - 27 October, 2014
Cruz y Ortiz Completes Renovation of the Rijksmuseum's Philips Wing, The Philips Wing. Image © Rijksmuseum / Tilleman
The Philips Wing. Image © Rijksmuseum / Tilleman

Cruz y Ortis, who famously spent ten years redesigning and renovating Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum, have recently completed a comprehensive restoration of the adjacent Philips Wing. As an addition to the extensive exhibition spaces of the Dutch national museum, which was brought to completion in 2013, the Philips Wing will be dedicated to showcasing high-profile exhibitions from its own collection and on loan from international and national collections. Cruz y Ortiz's work has consisted of reorienting the entrance, accommodating diverse new functions and preparing the exhibition rooms for the temporary expositions starting next month. Several twentieth century interventions have been set back and corrected, whilst other areas have been appropriated for a new destination.

See drawings and photographs of the new wing, including a description from the architects, after the break.

The Philips Wing. Image © Rijksmuseum / Tilleman The Philips Wing. Image © Rijksmuseum / Tilleman The Philips Wing. Image © Rijksmuseum / Tilleman The Philips Wing. Image © Rijksmuseum / Tilleman + 17

​In Residence: Ray Kappe

00:00 - 27 October, 2014

As part of NOWNESS’ latest In Residence series, American architect Ray Kappe takes you on a tour through his glass and redwood “treehouse” on Los Angeles’ Rustic Canyon hillside. Built some 50 years ago, the house is considered to be one of the greatest modern residences in Southern California. 

Invisible Cities and the Curtain Wall: The Last Remnant of Modernism

00:00 - 27 October, 2014
Invisible Cities and the Curtain Wall: The Last Remnant of Modernism, The National September 11 Memorial entry pavilion appears camouflaged against the backdrop of neighbouring glass curtain walls. Image © Joe Woolhead
The National September 11 Memorial entry pavilion appears camouflaged against the backdrop of neighbouring glass curtain walls. Image © Joe Woolhead

Few of the architectural principles developed in the 20th century have been as widely accepted as the curtain wall, with the technology going from an implied feature of Le Corbusier's Five Points of Architecture to the go-to facade treatment of architects worldwide. In this article, originally published on Australian Design Review as "Invisible Cities - The Last Remnant of Modernism," Annabel Koeck argues that the curtain wall, initially prized for its glassy transparency, is now making buildings and even entire cities invisible thanks to its sheer ubiquity - at the expense of architectural expression.

Norwegian architects Snøhetta, based between Oslo and New York, designed the glass structure for the The National September 11 Memorial entry pavilion, which appears camouflaged against the backdrop of neighbouring glass curtain walls that define the New York skyline. Admittedly, Snøhetta’s pavilion was conceived by a very different brief, one defined by timidity and subtlety; yet paradoxically it was the curtain wall that facilitated this. Looking over the South Pool towards an array of glazed elevations that dominate the skyline it is ironic that a Modernist technique – the curtain wall – could now spell the end for architectural diversity in cities.

Michael Rotondi to Receive Richard J. Neutra Medal for Professional Excellence

00:00 - 27 October, 2014
Michael Rotondi to Receive Richard J. Neutra Medal for Professional Excellence, Michael Rotondi
Michael Rotondi

Michael Rotondi, principle of Los Angeles-based RoTo Architecture and former student of Cal Poly Pomona, has been selected to receive the Richard J. Neutra Medal for Professional Excellence from the College of Environmental Design at the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Co-founder of SCI-Arc and long-time architectural educator at Arizona State University, Rotondi was selected for his “commitment to architectural education, for the concern he shows in his work for society and the environment, and for the inventiveness of his architecture,” says Cal Poly Pomona professor Sarah Lorenzen.