Hollywood Hills House / Francois Perrin

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Architect: Francois Perrin
Location: , California, USA
Collaborator: Yves Lefay, Designer/Builder (Eliosolar)
Site Area: 9,000 sqm
Building: 3,000 sqm
Completion: 2012
Photography: Michael Wells

Video: Pavillion Dans Les Arbres

“Pavillion Dans Les Arbres” is an architectural narrative by Evan Mather about the recently-completed Silverwood Lake State Recreation Area Visitors’ Center in ’s San Bernardino Mountains, designed by -based architectural firm Touraine Richmond Architects. Surrounded by native Sycamore trees, the 3,000 square foot building complements other park improvements. With minimal impact to its existing landscape, the intent of their self-sustaining building design is to operate independently off the power grid.

“Presenting Architecture” Exhibition

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The AIA San Francisco is currently featuring an exhibit curated by Robert Becker titled, “Presenting Architecture” which is currently on now until April 26th. The show highlights ‘case studies’ of architectural model makers, photographers and visualization experts along with a communications case study by Amanda Walter, co-author of the upcoming book Social Media in Action.

These studies explore how these artists produce their craft and showcase the value a specialist brings to architectural story telling as well as the importance of using specialists to make your architectural presentation a winning one. More information on the event after the break.

Catherine Opie: In & Around L.A.

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Catherine Opie has photographed people and architecture in and around Los Angeles, California for over twenty-five years. She has successfully captured the interplay between architecture and urban life by photographing the subcultures and castaways of Los Angeles, from the undersides of freeways to lonely mansions. These works create a portrait of Los Angeles as a singular built environment.

Catherine Opie: In & Around L.A. features work from five distinct series created over the past two decades that highlight Opie’s captivation with the city. These include Freeways (1994-95), Houses (1995-96), Landscapes (1996), In and Around Home (2004-05), and Shopkeepers (2011).

Habitat 15 / Predock Frane Architects

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Architect: Predock Frane Architects
Location: , California, USA
Project Area: 39,000 sqf
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Courtesy of Predock Frane and Elon Schoenholz

Architect Joshua Prince-Ramus Lecture at NewSchool of Architecture and Design

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Acclaimed architect and designer Joshua Prince-Ramus, whose projects include the Seattle Central Library and the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre in Dallas, will deliver a lecture on March 2nd to NewSchool of Architecture and Design (NSAD) students and faculty on the topic of “Slow Architecture” at the Hilton Bayfront. NSAD will also provide a live video stream of the 7:30 p.m. lecture for the general public. His lecture is a remarkable opportunity for students to learn from his unique approaches to the design process and his ability to create inspiring designs that extend the boundaries of what is possible is testimony to the power of architecture’s artistry and science. More information on the event after the break.

West Valley College / Steinberg Architects

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Architects: Steinberg Architects
Location: Saratoga, ,
Project Team: David Hart, AIA – Principal in Charge, Jeffrey Berg, AIA – Project Manager, Michael Miller– Job Captain, Shawna Upp – Job Captain, Lisa Welty O’Hare – Interior Design, David Ewell, AIA, Ryan Upp, AIA, Krista Olson, Victoria McReynolds, DedeImpink, AIA – Specifications
Photographs: Tim Griffith

Menlo School MAC / Kevin Hart Architecture

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Architects: Kevin Hart Architecture
Location: Atherton, , USA
Design Team: Kevin Hart, Tim Morshead, Michael McGroarty, Jeff Szeto, Hins Cheung, Tim Cho
Project Year: 2011
Total Area: 55,000 sqm
Photographs: Bernard André

De Beers LA / Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel and Partners

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Architects: Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel and Partners
Location: ,
Client: De Beers
Year: 2005
Area: 350 sqm
Purpose: Jewellery Store
Photographs: Simone Barberis

AD Classics: The Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption / Pietro Belluschi and Pier-Luigi Nervi

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With the fascinating fusion of traditional Catholic faith and modern technology, the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption has become a distinct landmark in the cityscape of . Designed by architects Pietro Belluschi and  using what was considered the most top of the line engineering, the form of the chapel attracts visitors from all parts of the world and religious spectrum.

More history on the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption after the break.

Bal House / Terry & Terry Architecture

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Architects: Terry & Terry Architecture
Location: 266 Santa Margarita Street, Menlo Park,
Completion Date: July 2011
Gross square footage: 2000 sq. ft..
Design Team: Alex Terry AIA, Ivan Terry
Engineers: Santos Urrutia Structural Engineers Inc.
Photographs: Bruce Damonte

   

Dwayne Oyler & Jenny Wu Lecture

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SCI-Arc will be presenting the lectures of Dwayne Oyler and Jenny Wu of Oyler Wu Collaborative this Friday, February 10th at 1pm in the W. M. Keck Lecture Hall. Established in Los Angele in 2004, the firm has been published globally and is recognized for its experimentation in design and innovative strategies. Recent projects include reALIze, a traveling art installation based on the face of Muhammad Ali, and the 2011 graduation pavilion. More information on the event after the break.

Peter Eisenman and Jeffrey Kipnis Lectures at SCI-Arc

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Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) will be hosting the lectures of well-renowned architect, Peter Eisenman and architectural theorist, Jeffrey Kipnis at their W.M. Keck Lecture Hall in downtown Los Angeles. Eisenman’s lecture will take place Monday, March 5th at 7pm while Keck’s lecture will be held Tuesday, March 6th at 7pm. Both lectures are free and open to the public. More information after the break.

Rosa Gardens / Brooks & Scarpa

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Architects: Brooks & Scarpa
Location: Palm Springs, ,
Client: Coachella Valley Housing Coalition
Project Team: Lawrence Scarpa, FAIA – Lead Designer
Angela Brooks, AIA, Omar Barcena, Mark Buckland, Brad Buter, Silke Clemens, Emily Hodgdon, Ching Luk, Gwynne Pugh, Sri Sumantri – Project Design Team
Project Year: 2011
Project area: 93,000 sqf
Photographs: John Edward Linden

Orchard Library / HMC Architects

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Architects: HMC Architects
Location: California,
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: David Wakely

OZ House / Swatt | Miers Architects

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Architect: Swatt | Miers Architects
Location: Silicon Valley, , USA
Project Team: Robert Swatt FAIA (Principal Designer), Steven Stept AIA (Project Architect), Shira Czarny, Ivan Olds, Leila Bijan Kuehr, Jeanie Fan, Connie Wong (interiors)
Structural Engineer: Yu Strandberg Engineering
Civil Engineer: Lea & Braze Engineering
Landscape Architect: Ron Herman Landscape Architect
Lighting: Architectural: Lighting Design 
Contractor: Lencioni Construction
Design / Completion : 2006 / 2010
Photographs: Tim Griffith

Phenomenal: California Light, Space, Surface at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego

Photo by Doug Gates

If you are in the San Diego area and looking for something to do this weekend, check out the Phenomenal: California Light, Space, Surface exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. It is your last chance to experience the exhibit at the museum’s location, as it will be closing this Sunday, January 22. However, the exhibit will remain open to the public at its downtown location in San Diego into spring and summer.

More after the break.

Tea Houses / Swatt | Miers Architects

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Architect: Swatt Miers Architects
Location: Silicon Valley,
Project Team: Robert Swatt FAIA, Steven Stept AIA, Ivan Olds, Connie Wong (interiors), Jeanie Fan, Hiromi Ogawa
Structural Engineering: Yu Strandberg Engineering
Contractor: Neto Construction
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Tim Griffith