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Video: NETWORK_LA transit

13:00 - 30 June, 2011

Network_LA Transit is a conceptual design response by Gensler Los Angeles to an open invitation by Sci-Arc, The Architect’s Newspaper and LA Metro to shift people from their cars to public transit.

More after the break.

Academy of Art University Offers a MFA in Landscape Architecture

20:00 - 25 June, 2011

The Academy of Art University, the nation’s largest private accredited art and design university, continues to grow their Landscape Architecture program.  Earlier this year the University announced the addition of the School of Landscape Architecture with an accredited Associate’s (AA) and Bachelor’s (BFA) degree programs as well as continuing art education courses.  Now the Academy of Art will additionally launch both a 3-year and 4-year MFA degree program.  For more information about the new MFA program click here.

The Apple Campus in Cupertino

18:49 - 16 June, 2011
Apple Campus in Cupertino
Apple Campus in Cupertino

Last week the Internet and architecture blogs went crazy after Steve Jobs presented the new Apple Campus to the city of Cupertino, California.

Rumors about Foster + Partners (an office with a high expertise on work environments) working with Apple on this new campus appeared on December last year on a Spanish newspaper, but there was never an official confirmation (or denial). But given that  the actual project fits with the information we received from an anonymous tipster last December, it seems it could be right:

“I recently got a tour of Norman Foster’s office in London and saw some images of the Apple Campus design. I believe the main building will be a large donut shaped building with all the offices and labs surrounding a large garden. It was a very pure form which connects to some of the recent Apple stores, but I was surprised that it didn’t really scream Apple to me. Of course it could have been a very preliminary design that wasn’t fully resolved yet. Anyway, I just thought I would pass on some info.”

During Steve Job’s presentation to the city of Cupertino we could see this round building, and Jobs outlined several facts on how this new campus for 12,000 people will improve the 98-acre site, such as taking parking underground to reduce the footprint, increasing landscaping from 20% to 80%, and planting more trees (3,700 now, 6,000 in the future). It even includes its own natural gas based energy generation plant (as seen on the drawings) with the electrical grid as backup.

Apple Campus in Cupertino
Apple Campus in Cupertino

As for the 4-story round building, Jobs said:

“It’s a pretty amazing building. It’s a little like a spaceship landed. It’s got this gorgeous courtyard in the middle… It’s a circle. It’s curved all the way around. If you build things, this is not the cheapest way to build something. There is not a straight piece of glass in this building. It’s all curved. We’ve used our experience making retail buildings all over the world now, and we know how to make the biggest pieces of glass in the world for architectural use. And, we want to make the glass specifically for this building here. We can make it curve all the way around the building… It’s pretty cool.”

We reached Steve Jobs over the past weekend to get more details about the project and he said that he wasn´t interested in presenting the project on ArchDaily at this time, possibly because the project still needs to be approved by the city. We hope to bring you more details later on, so you can have an informed opinion.

More images from the presentation after the break.

LAPD MTD + MSP / John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects

15:00 - 1 June, 2011
© Fotoworks
© Fotoworks

This project is one piece of the Los Angeles Police Department’s (LAPD) new headquarters facility, originally awarded through a competition to a team that included the LA office of DMJM/Design (now part of AECOM), Denver-based Roth+Sheppard, Studio 0.10, and John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects (JFAK).

© Fotoworks © Fotoworks © Fotoworks © Fotoworks + 14

Architect: John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects Location: Los Angeles, California, USA Project Area: 300,000 sqf Project Year: 2009 Photographs: Fotoworks

In Progress: Ocean Front Mixed-Use / Kanner Architects

13:00 - 14 May, 2011
rendering
rendering

These two 3-story mixed-use buildings, side-by-side reflecting each other, sit on a narrow thirty-foot lot along Ocean Front walk on world famous Venice Beach. This culturally diverse urban community is a busy commercial pedestrian area, popular with tourists and locals alike.

Architect: Kanner Architects Location: Venice Beach, California, USA Project Area: 13,000 sqf

Flex: Flexible Learning Environments / HMC Architects

17:00 - 19 April, 2011
Courtesy of HMC Architects
Courtesy of HMC Architects

In 2010, Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) held a design competition for a flexible solution to replace portable buildings across the district, and HMC Architects accepted the challenge. The district asked them to ignore their standards and put an emphasis on an ideas-based approach. They wanted creative, progressive responses to their problem, not dressed-up modular buildings. They challenged the traditional box shape of the classroom by looking at how the room is used and how it is currently under utilized. Although their design solution, which they named Flex, did not win the competition, their end product is a portable classroom solution that can be used at any school, with hope that their design can inspire other school districts to think differently when it comes to portable classrooms. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Spirits Pavilion / Min | Day

12:00 - 7 April, 2011
© Cesar Rubio
© Cesar Rubio

The cocktail is a distinctly American tradition. Once the centerpiece of a thriving “cocktail culture,” it has faded since the 1950s but is now being embraced by a new generation of makers and mixologists who value quality and craft. The Spirits Pavilion, by Min | Day, presents this rejuvenation as part of Slow Food Nation 2008, an event in Fort Mason, San Francisco dedicated to creating a framework for deeper environmental connection to our food aiming to inspire and empower Americans to build a food system that is sustainable, healthy and delicious. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Helios Rehab Sanctuary / Team CLS

17:00 - 1 April, 2011
Courtesy Team CLS
Courtesy Team CLS

Designed by Team CLS, headed by award winning UK Architect Darren Chan, other members including Emily Lau (Architecture Graduate) and Jonas Sin (Netherlands Architect), their project, Helios Rehab Sanctuary, innovates in the application of sustainable technologies to create a new and exciting typology. More on this project after the break.

San Diego Stadium Master Plan / de bartolo + rimanic design studio and McCullough Landscape Architecture

12:00 - 19 March, 2011
Rendering courtesy Design Subcontracting Company
Rendering courtesy Design Subcontracting Company

Architects de bartolo + rimanic design studio in conjunction with McCullough Landscape Architecture have released their design for a new football stadium in San Diego California. Images with embedded descriptions after the break.

Linda Flora Residence / Shubin+Donaldson Architects

15:00 - 9 March, 2011
© Mike Amaya
© Mike Amaya

This 26,800 sqf home, designed by Shubin+Donaldson Architects, not only merges with its remarkable environment, but virtually disappears. Except for a few deft lines and angles – such as the ordered rows of the surrounding vineyard – there is very little perceivable ‘built’ presence. The entrance is marked by a single low wall, delicately cut into the land while sheltering a stairway that immediately begins the descent into the home.

Project description, images, and drawings after the break. Architect: Shubin+Donaldson Architects Location: Los Angeles, California, USA Partners in Charge: Russell Shubin and Robin Donaldson Project Designer: Bradford Kelley Project Area: 26,800 sqf Project Year: In development Renderings: Mike Amaya

Material beyond Materials: Composite Tectonics

08:30 - 8 March, 2011

“Material beyond Materials: A Composite Tectonics Conference on Advanced Materials and Digital Manufacturing” combines progressive presentations in the fields of architecture, the arts, engineering and materials research. The conference participants will present and discuss their most innovative ideas, projects and positions concerning materials, technology and the impact on the architecture and construction disciplines and professions.

SOUPERgreen Exhibit at Architecture and Design Museum of Los Angeles

12:00 - 28 February, 2011
Courtesy of Doug Jackson
Courtesy of Doug Jackson

Between February 14th and April 14th the Architecture and Design Museum of Los Angeles will be exhibiting work from several designers that challenge the ubiquitous approach to environmentally conscious architecture and the normative application of technology to achieve sustainability.  SOUPERgreen is a collection of five architectural propositions that explore technology as a means to promote the engagement between architecture and environment.

More on this exhibition and the proposals after the break.

BOOM Community

08:30 - 12 February, 2011
BOOM
BOOM

Headed for Palm Springs, California, BOOM Community is a new master-planned community costing $250 million and will provide an exciting new design for the desert that surrounds it.  Collaborating to create this pedestrian friendly, neighborhood development are ten architecture firms, including Diller Scofidio + Renfro of New York.  Envisioned for the gay community BOOM aims to provide an urban lifestyle promoting healthy living.  Included within the masterplan: a boutique hotel, gym and spa, BOOM health and wellness center, and entertainment complex.

Arakawa + Gins Diller Scofidio + Renfro J Mayer H LOT-EK + 31

SOUPERgreen Exhibition

17:00 - 1 February, 2011
Courtesy of Kanner Architects
Courtesy of Kanner Architects

A+D, The Architecture and Design Museum of Los Angeles, presents Souper Green, an exhibition of new architectural work that offers a compelling alternative to the conventional idea of “being green” starting February 12th from 6pm-9pm to April 14th.

Highlighting the fact that technology is a key factor in the environmental crisis—to some a main cause, to others the best answer—this work questions the corresponding ways “green technology” is normally cast as a form of penance, and asked to “solve the problem” (as in “please-make-it-go-away-I-don’t-want-to-hear-about-it”). Instead, these five projects promote an attitude that looks at technology as a uniquely human means of expression, through which the “natural”—in its broadest sense—can be engaged and made more visible. More event description after the break.

Architecture City Guide: Los Angeles

10:51 - 19 January, 2011

The Architecture City Guide series heads to the West Coast this week.  Los Angeles area is huge and it was nearly impossible to narrow down 12 buildings for this weeks list.  Here’s what we suggest visiting if you are in LA, but we want to know what additional buildings you think we should add to our list!  Visit the comment section and provide your can’t miss buildings in LA.

The Architecture City Guide: Los Angeles list and corresponding map after the break!

Stay Down Champion, Stay Down / SPORTS

12:00 - 17 January, 2011
© Justin Harris
© Justin Harris

The Los Angeles design collaborative, SPORTS, has sent us their most recent project, a gallery installation in Hollywood, California. A description of the project and additional images are after the break.

Design Unveiled for the Broad Museum by Diller Scofidio + Renfro

15:11 - 6 January, 2011
Courtesy of Diller Scofidio+Renfro
Courtesy of Diller Scofidio+Renfro

If you are a regular ArchDaily reader you know that we have been providing ongoing coverage of Eli Broad’s Broad Museum in Los Angeles. Nearly 120,000 sqf and $130 million dollars, invitations were given to six top architects to submit designs for the new museum. Rem Koolhaas, Herzog and de Meuron, Christian de Portzamparc, Ryue Nishizawa and Kazuyo Sejima, Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Foreign Office Architects competed and in August we informed you that Diller Scofidio + Renfro garnered the commission.

Today, the design for the Broad Museum has been released. Situated adjacent to Frank Gehry’s Walt Disney Concert Hall and Arata Isozaki’s Museum of Contemporary Art, the museum has become a key part of the Grand Avenue redevelopment project that has been losing steam.

Video: eCloud Sculpture at San Jose International Airport

20:00 - 3 January, 2011

Taking inspiration from the behavior and volume of an idealized cloud, Dan Goods, Nik Hafermaas, and Aaron Koblin created eCloud an interactive sculpture for the San Jose International Airport. The dynamic liquid crystal scultpure hangs from the ceiling displaying weather data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. eCloud is constructed from polycarbonate tiles appearing as transparent and opaque depending on the pattern which is in constant motion transforming every 20 seconds.