Christopher Hawthorne takes on the Boulevards

Screenshot via Times; "Atlantic on the Move" by Christopher Hawthorne

Christopher Hawthorne’s article “Atlantic on the Move“, published in the Los Angeles Times, covers the transitions taking place along LA’s boulevards and one in particular: the 5600 block of Atlantic Avenue. Hawthorne reveals the changes taking place that are “reversing decades of neglect” among LA’s roadways. Among those that have promoted a cultural association with Los Angeles: traffic, congestion and miles of roadways. The article covers the small steps that take place over time via minor interventions that combine to change the face of the boulevards to more pedestrian and bike-friendly spaces for alternative modes of transportation.

Read on for more after the break.

Downtown LA Hotel / XTEN Architecture

Courtesy of

XTEN Architecture is planning a new, 65,000-square-foot hotel in downtown Los Angeles, . The monolithic concrete structure will be carved by a system of slots and slices that bring light, air and views deep into the building. Equipped with a performance-based lobby, two subterranean bars, restaurant and a rooftop terrace featuring an infinity edge pool, this mid-rise hotel will surely attract some attention.

Continue after the break to learn more!

Reactor Films / Brooks + Scarpa Architects

© Marvin Rand

Architects: Brooks + Scarpa Architects
Location: 1330 4th Street, , California,
Principal in Charge: Lawrence Scarpa
Design Team: Angela Brooks, Jackson Butler, Adam Davis, Mike Ferguson, John Jennings, Gwynne Pugh, Lawrence Scarpa
Furniture and Fixture Design: Mike Ferguson, John Jennings and Lawrence Scarpa (with Dave Scott)
Steel and Furniture Fabrication: Dave Scott of DESU
Construction Team: Brian Crommie and Tom Hinerfeld of BT Builders
Client/Owner: Stoney Road Productions and Reactor Films
Total Square Footage: 7,000 sq. ft.
Costs: $350,000.00 ($50.00/sq. ft.) includes building shell upgrades
Photographs: Marvin Rand

Marin Living: Home Tours

Courtesy of

Taking place May 12 from 1oam-4pm, the Marin Living: Home Tours, hosted by AIA San Francisco, is an open house tour featuring five projects that showcase and celebrate the richness of our local built environment in hopes of engaging the general public about the value of good design and its impact on our daily lives. Now in its third year, Marin Living: Home Tours offers an inside look at the wealth of great design in our region. Tour-goers will have the opportunity to explore cutting-edge residential projects in Sausalito, Mill Valley and San Rafael, meet design teams, and discover innovative design solutions. Featured projects exhibit sustainable features, innovative use of materials and thoughtful integration with the neighborhood and surrounding landscape. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit here.

Top Architects invited to reimagine San Francisco’s Fort Mason Center

Fort Mason Center © Sean Munson

A mix of twenty local and internationally renowned firms have been invited to participate in a design competition seeking “creative and practical design concepts” on thirteen acres of prime waterfront real estate at the historic Fort Mason Center in . Although mostly comprised of parking lots and former military buildings, the site attracts nearly one million annual visitors with its stellar views, cultural events, historic background and well-respected restaurant.

Depending on who accepts the challenge, local firms may compete with big names such as James Corner Field Operations, SANAA, Studio Gang Architects and BIG.

Continue reading after the break for more.

Ball-Nogues Studio “Yevrus 1, Negative Impression” Exhibition

Courtesy of Ball-Nogues Studio

The Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) is pleased to present “Yevrus 1, Negative Impression,” an installation designed for the SCI-Arc Gallery by alumni Benjamin Ball (B.Arch ‘03) and Gaston Nogues (B.Arch ‘94) of -based Ball-Nogues Studio, opening June 1 and running until July 8 at SCI-Arc.

Constructed from non-architectural artifacts, Yevrus 1, Negative Impression is a disposable architecture of literal references that calls into question the contemporary architectural vogue for digital complexity and abstraction. The cast impressions of 1973 Volkswagen Beetles and speedboats unite to form a strong structural whole that serves as a lookout tower in the SCI-Arc Gallery. More information after the break.

PUC Building: 525 Golden Gate / KMD Architects

Courtesy of

The PUC Building on 525 Golden Gate Ave, home of the Public Utilities Commission, could have been just another government administrative building.  But, the City and County of , along with KMD Architects, embraced the design challenge of achieving LEED Silver status.  Now nearing completion, the building is expected to exceed LEED Platinum requirements and has been dubbed the greenest building of its kind.  The architects had humble goals for the architecture as well, which included creating an “urban room” among the civic buildings in the area, creating a healthy and pleasant environment in the interior workplace to promote performance, efficiency and comfort, and represent the best value possible for the city and county of San Francisco.

Join us after the break for more.

NASA Sustainability Base / William McDonough + Partners and AECOM

NASA Sustainability Base exterior wide angle © César Rubio, courtesy

NASA and William McDonough + Partners have teamed up to create Earth’s first high-performance space station. William McDonough stated, “Design is the first signal of human intention.” With that in mind, the team set out to design a building that that embodies NASA’s spirit, fosters collaboration, supports health and well-being, and goes beyond LEED® Platinum in its pursuit of Cradle to Cradle® solutions.

Continue reading for more on the NASA Sustainability Base.

Wilmington Waterfront Park / Sasaki Associates

© Craig Kuhner

Architects: Sasaki Associates
Location: , California,
Principal-in-Charge: Steve Hamwey
Participating Principals: Nancy Fleming, Owen Lang, Tim Stevens
Lead Project Designers: Melissa McCann, Landscape Architect; Tim Stevens, Architect
Landscape: Caleb Bruner, Mark Eischeid, Raphael Justewicz, Joon Yon Kim, Chang Keun Lee, Shannon Lee, Conard Lindgren, Meghen Quinn, Simon Raine, Nitza Thien
Architecture Team: Grace Leung, Tomer Maymon, Scott Odom, Vitas Viskanta, Angel Cantu
Civil: Zach Chrisco, Chuck Coronis, Michelle Gauvin, Oswaldo Palencia, Jose Miranda
Client: Port of Los Angeles
Completion: 2011
Size: 30 acres
Photographs: Craig Kuhner

  

‘BubbleDeck’ Technology at Harvey Mudd College / MATT Construction

Courtesy of

MATT Construction is utilizing an innovative new slab technology called BubbleDeck, which replaces a significant percentage of a slab’s concrete mass with hollow or foam-filled plastic balls, made from recycled plastic material. The Teaching and Learning Building at Harvey Mudd College (HMC), designed by Boora Architects with structural engineering provided by kpff, will be the first above-ground building in the to employ the technology. HMC has enthusiastically embraced this project on their campus. More images and project description after the break.

10th Annual 2×8 Student Exhibition

Courtesy of American Institute of Architects, Chapter

The American Institute of Architects, Los Angeles Chapter recently announced their 10th Annual 2×8 Student Exhibition which features a display of 16 of the major architectural school programs in . Although based in LA, they have extended their invitations to the region and are opening the door to more schools. Taking place at the A+D Museum, each of the participating academic programs selects two projects that exemplify its core vision. The students’ design work will be judged by a noteworthy panel of architects and designers. The panel will then announce the winners at the exhibition opening and convene in a forum to discuss the award-winning projects. The exhibition will be on view from June 5 till June 30. For more information, please visit here. More images of past exhibitions can be viewed after the break.

LACMA Distinguished Architects Lecture Series: Jeanne Gang

Courtesy of LACMA

Founder and principal of Studio Gang Architects, , FAIA, LEED AP, will be delivering a lecture at LACMA on May 8th at 7:30pm. Reveal, the first volume on Studio Gang’s projects and processes, was released in 2011 from Princeton Architectural Press. Recent projects include a proposal reimagining the suburb of Cicero, Illinois, as a part of MoMA’sexhibition Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream; Reverse Effect, a book intended to explore and spark a radically greener future for the Chicago River and Great Lakes; Aqua Tower, an Emporis Skyscraper of the Year; and Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo, an educational project demonstrating how nature and city can coexist. The event is presented by LACMA and organized by Francesca Garcia-Marques, with an introduction by Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times architecture critic. For more details and information on the event, please visit here.

 

Information Technology and Media Center / Morris Architects

Courtesy of Morris Architects

The project by Morris Architects for a new information technology and media center for Santa Monica Community College in includes 12,000 square feet of new space and approximately 6,000 square feet of renovation to the existing campus library. The college currently has an enrollment of 30,000 students and is experiencing rapid growth that requires a major upgrade to its current information technology department and computing infrastructure. More images and architects’ description after the break.

HYDRAMAX: Port Machines / Future Cities Lab

Courtesy of

Future Cities Lab’s HYDRAMAX Port Machines project, which is currently on exhibit at SFMOMA until July 29, proposes a radical rethinking of ’s urban waterfront post sea-level rise. The proposal renders the existing hard edges of the waterfront as new “soft systems” that would include aquatic parks, community gardens, wildlife refuges and aquaponic farms. A synthetic architecture is introduced that blurs the distinction between building, landscape, infrastructure and machine. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Breaking Ground: Chinese American Architects in Los Angeles

Choy Residence © J. Paul Getty Trust. Used with permission. Julius Shulman Photography Archive, Research Library at the Getty Research Institute (2004.R.10)

Breaking Ground: Chinese American Architects in Los Angeles (1945-1980) at the Chinese American Museum (CAM) is an exhibition that focuses on four Chinese American architects that have transformed parts of Los Angeles with iconic buildings and distinct design styles.  The work will be on display until June 3rd 2012 and feature architects such as , Helen Liu Fong and Gin Wong.

Breaking Ground is part of Pacific Standard Time, a collaboration created by Getty in which sixty cultural institutions will tell the story of the birth of LA art scene over the course of six months beginning October 2011.   Breaking Ground at CAM LA tells the story of the skyline and the changing built environment through the perspective the four prominent Chinese American Architects.

More after the break.

Shortlist announced for the highly anticipated Los Angeles Federal Courthouse

The Courthouse Site in – Image courtesy of Google Maps

After remaining on hold since 2005, the General Services Administration (GSA) has reinstated plans to construct a new U.S. Courthouse in downtown LA. The 3.7 acre dirt lot at 107 South Broadway, down the street from Morphosis’ Caltrans building, LA’s City Hall, and the Walt Disney Concert Hall, has remained dormant since 2007; shortly after the GSA abandoned Perkins + Will’s estimated $1.1 billion conceptual design due to rising costs. Now, plans for the courthouse have been scaled back and the GSA has just released the shortlisted teams competing of the project. Continue reading after the break to see who made the cut.

Orange Grove / Brooks + Scarpa Architects

© Marvin Rand

Architects: Brooks + Scarpa Architects
Location: West Hollywood, California,
Project Team: Lawrence Scarpa, FAIA – Principal- in-Charge. Angela Brooks, AIA, Silke Clemens, Vanessa Hardy, Ching Luk, Project Architect, Gwynne Pugh, AIA, Lawrence Scarpa, Katrin Terstegen – Project Design Team
Structural Engineering: Oxford Engineering MEP: Helfman Halloossim
Client: Urban Environments, Inc.
General Contrator: Becker General Contractors – Sandy Becker
Project Area: 6,700 sq. ft.
Photographs: Marvin Rand

“White” Book Show Installation 2011 / Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Studio 400

Courtesy of Cal Poly Studio 400

“White”, a gallery installation produced by the 20 students of Studio 400, a fifth-year architectural design studio at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, served to present each of the student’s research books. The installation was designed, developed, fabricated, and installed by the studio in a collaborative effort. The students developed the design over a period of about a month, with fabrication and installation occurring over a five day period. 80,000 square feet of plastic sheeting was sliced, loomed, woven, stapled, taped and tied to provide a climbable and malleable surface in the 4,500 square foot gallery. “White” supported a variety of interactive experiences above and below this dynamic surface, opening and exploring the relationships between book, user, material, space, and collective group. More images and the studio’s description after the break.