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Lecture: Bjarke Ingels at NSAD

The insightful and at times humorous presentation, “YES is More”, will highlight the evening presentation, Friday, February 25 at 6 p.m. at the Museum of Natural History in Balboa Park. For more information on this lecture, please click here.

BOOM Community

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.

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SOUPERgreen Exhibition

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

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

© 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

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.

Lectures: Excavating Innovation, The History and Future of Drylands Design

Excavating Innovation: The History and Future of Drylands Design examines the role of water engineering in shaping public space and city form, by using arid and semi-arid sites in India, the Middle East, the Mediterranean, and the New World to explore how dryland water systems throughout history have formed and been formed by ritual, hygiene, gender, technology, governance, markets, and, perhaps above all, power.

Video: eCloud Sculpture at San Jose International Airport

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.

Architecture City Guide: San Francisco

This week we are featuring San Francisco for our Architecture City Guide series.  Thank you to all of our readers for adding their can’t miss buildings last week.  We hope to see your comments below this week too. Follow the break for our San Francisco list and a corresponding map!

Blue Sky Homes / Taalman Koch

Prototype property
Prototype property

Blue Sky Homes, the green building company whose prototype property was featured in Dwell magazine earlier this year, is set to commence its next project in January, with others in various stages of development. In addition, noted architects such as Linda Taalman & Alan Koch–the couple behind the famed, off-the-grid itHouse–have begun using Blue Sky Homes’ revolutionary Blue Sky Frame (patent pending) as the foundation for their own designs. Taalman-Koch have two current projects using the Blue Sky Frame: the Clearlake itHouse and the itHouse Cabin, both under construction in California. More images and description after the break.

Apple teams with Norman Foster

© Foster + Partners
© Foster + Partners

Recently reported in El Economista, Apple has chosen to team up with Norman Foster for its new Apple Campus in Cupertino, California.  Steve Jobs and Norman Foster have been working together for months developing the design for the new campus. The future headquarters will seek to utilize Foster’s innovative vision for sustainability, ability to perfect a building for its users down to the finest detail, and ideas to maximize efficiency in the workplace. Sustainability, is reported to be a large focus of the new campus.   A network of submerged transportation tunnels is in the works and the campus will incorporate some of the Foster’s innovations already implemented in Masdar City, designed by Foster + Partners.  Masdar City is considered the first city in the world without cars or carbon emissions (capacity 50,000).  The R & D buildings will be multifunctional and will incorporate cutting-edge technology in materials and equipment as well as renewable energy resources. Apple and architects Bohlin Cywinski Jackson had previously teamed up to design Apple Stores worldwide.  In August we featured the London Apple Store and in July we featured the Apple Store in Shanghai, China both designed Bohlin Cywinski Jackson. In true Apple fashion, everything is hush hush, and it is all about the reveal.  We will look forward to seeing the result of the collaboration between Jobs and Foster.  Stay tuned to ArchDaily for the latest developments.

Vasquez Rocks Interpretive Center / Brooks + Scarpa

Courtesy of Brooks + Scarpa
Courtesy of Brooks + Scarpa

The Vasquez Rocks Nature and Interpetive Center is a vital gateway to a unique asset in the Los Angeles County Parks system. The high-desert site is one of the most significant natural areas in the region; its sculptural rock formations have inspired generations of visitors.  Its location along the Pacific Crest Trail affords hikers on a 2,650-mile walk from Mexico to Canada an unforgettable point of reference. The new Vasquez Rocks Nature and Interpretive Center communicates the feeling that it is at one with its environment, treading lightly upon the land but leaving a significant cognitive impact upon the visitor. It is at once visually arresting and subtly integrated – it’s as if it has been there as long as the rocks themselves. More about this project after the break.

Courtesy of Brooks + Scarpa Courtesy of Brooks + Scarpa Courtesy of Brooks + Scarpa Courtesy of Brooks + Scarpa

Architects: Brooks + Scarpa Location: Agua Dulce, California, USA Exhibit Designer: Victoria Biddle Design Contractor: Mallcraft Civil Engineer: Bighorn Consultants Structural Engineer: BPA Group MEP Engineer: IBE Consulting Engineers Landscape Architect: PEG Office of Landscape + Architecture Client: County of Los Angeles, Department of Public Works Project Area: 3,000 sqf Project Year: 2010 Photographs: Courtesy of Brooks + Scarpa

Western Red Cedar Architectural Design Awards Winners

Courtesy of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
Courtesy of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

The six winners of the Western Red Cedar Architectural Design Awards are presented here.  The competition demonstrated the architects’ abilities to express innovative structural techniques and surfaces in new construction and in renovations using Western Red Cedar.  Winners included Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, Mark Cavagnero Associates, Chadbourne + Doss Architects, Albert de Pineda Álvarez and Manuel Brullet Tenas, Bureau B+B, and Alfred Waugh Architects.

More images and information after the break.

Design + Wine exhibit at SFMOMA

Zaha Hadid's Tondonia Vina Pavilion
Zaha Hadid's Tondonia Vina Pavilion

“How Wine Became Modern: Design + Wine 1976 to Now” is a brand new exhibit at the San Francisco Modern Museum of Art.  Co-created and designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, the exhibit was organized by Henry Urbach, SFMOMA’s Helen Hilton Raiser Curator of Architecture and Design.  Bringing attention to the wine industry and its integration with the latest artists, designers and architects the exhibit will be on display at SFMOMA until April. A main part of the exhibit is featuring the architectural spaces that house the wine making process, tastings, museums, etc.  Some big name architects who have developed designs for cutting-edge wineries include: Zaha Hadid, Frank Gehry, Norman Foster, Herzog and de Meuron, Renzo Piano and Alvaro Siza. Mr. Urbach stated that the idea stemmed “from an observation and curiosity about why there was so much activity around wine in various design fields. There are probably a score of world famous architects who have done wineries in the last fifteen years and they’re not doing dairy farms or orange juice bottling plants.” Here at ArchDaily we have featured many great wineries.  Be sure to take a look at  Zaha Hadid’s Tondonia Vina Pavilion, Norman Foster’s Faustino Winery, as well as AD Wineries Roundup I and Roundup II. Architects: Diller Scofidio + Renfro Principals-in-Charge: Elizabeth Diller, Ricardo Scofidio and Charles Renfro Project Leader: Ilana Altman Project Manager: David Allin Project Team: Kumar Atre, Donna Pallotta, Jose Vidalon and Chris Hillyard

Stephen H Kanner Exhibit / Architecture + Design Museum

If you’re in the Los Angeles area, the Architecture + Design Museum is launching its latest exhibition – a retrospective honoring Stephen Kanner.  Kanner, in addition to being the founder and president of the A+D, was also a third generation architect and principal of Kanner Architects.  Some of his most notable projects include PUMA retail stores worldwide, in addition to his contributions to his native LA environment.   The exhibit, which will run from November 4th through January 16th, will display sketches and models of his work.   As Sam Lubell reported for the AN Blog, “Many will be surprised by the depth of Kanner’s talents—he could sketch almost any building or neighborhood with exact precision, his cartoons were artful and hilarious, and he excelled at painting, model-making, and even carpet design— or even the breadth of his architecture, so this show is a must-see.”   The museum is set to establish a Stephen Kanner Memorial Fund to ensure the future of the museum.  A+D explained, “Kanner envisioned a museum dedicated to progressive architecture and design, celebrating not only the design breakthroughs of the city but also the accomplishments of the national and international design scenes.”

AIA Los Angeles announces 'Arch is' Competition Call for Entries

The American Institute of Architects Los Angeles (AIA|Los Angeles) is pleased to announce a call for entries for the 2010 Arch Is competition. Only in its sophomore year, Arch Is is the newest addition to the AIA|Los Angeles’s growing roster of programs. The competition invites young architects and designers to share their portfolios and philosophies with an esteemed panel of judges, that includes Neil Denari, AIA (Neil M. Denari Architects), Lisa Iwamoto, AIA (IWAMOTOSCOTT Architecture), Mia Lehrer, FASLA (Mia Lehrer + Associates), and Geoff Manaugh (BLDG BLOG). Two talented winners will be awarded with a public forum and the rare opportunity to share their perspective on what architecture is with the design community. The winner will also receive a cash award. The Arch Is competition is open to any design collaborations, design partnerships, or designers residing in California who have graduated from an accredited architecture school or foreign equivalent. Participants must register by December 17, 2010 and submit their materials by January 14, 2011. The winners will be announced and invited to speak at a public AIA|LA awards ceremony and forum event in March 2011. For more information, please click here.

College of Marin New Academic Center / TLCD + Mark Cavagnero Associates

©TLCD Architecture/Mark Cavagnero Associates
©TLCD Architecture/Mark Cavagnero Associates

TLCD Architecture + Mark Cavagnero Associates has allowed us to share with you their competition winning design for the College of Marin’s New Academic Center in Kentfield, California. More images and architect’s description after the break.