20th St. Offices / Belzberg Architects

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The 20th Street Offices serve as creative working studios for three design firms in , California. They consist of approximately 6,800 sf of studio space in a two story, plus mezzanine, building. They are located on a 7,500 square foot lot in one of the top ‘green’ cities. earned this ranking with its extensive Green Building Program and public policies. However, the prominence of sustainable initiatives in doesn’t end with policy; an extensive network of environmentally conscious citizens and business owners, of which the architects of the 20th Street Offices are a member, propels it forward. It is the firm’s desire, along side of its latest trajectories in architectural design and theory, to responsibly lead its fellow citizens, colleagues, and clients in green building initiatives and made no exception when designing their own offices as they pursued a LEED-NC Gold rating.

Architect: Belzberg Architects
Location: 1507 20th Street, Santa Monica, California, USA
Project Area: 2009
Project Year: 5,000 sqf
Photographs: Fotoworks/Benny Chan

RETHINK LA : Perspectives on a Future City

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is the personification of our suburban nation, and this archetype is both celebrated and condemned for how it has shaped our society. It is now 55 years after the Federal Highway Act changed our national landscape, and 50 years after the dismantling of Pacific Electric Railway changed our metropolis. Once deemed the city of the future, LA is on the precipice of a new epoch. A sea change in demographics, cultural allegiances, and lifestyles are beginning to shift our collective decisions in terms of the way we will live, work, play and travel. Like our predecessors, what grand decisions can we make right now to construct our shared future?

RETHINK/LA presents a series of visions from August 4th to August 24th based on both the stark environmental realities of the present and the optimistic possibilities for the future. The event will be held at the in Los Angeles. For more information, visit here.

 

The Wild Beast / Hodgetts + Fung Design and Architecture

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Architects: Hodgetts + Fung Design and Architecture
Locations: , , USA
Client: California Institute of the Arts
Project Year: 2009
Project Area: 3,500 sqf
Photographs: Tom Bonner

Armstrong Place Senior Housing / David Baker & Partners

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Architects: David Baker & Partners
Location: San Francisco, California,
Client: BRIDGE Housing
Contractor: Nibbi Brothers General Contractors
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 131,800 sqm
Photographs: Brian Rose

Video: LA without Cars

Ross Ching’s video takes a look at a car-free , something unimaginable for a city that is so automobile dependent. But last weekend people had no choice as the heavily traveled 405 was closed. Carmageddon as it was called was part of a $1 billion dollar reconstruction project, including installation of an HOV lane and upgrading of some on/off ramps. The 10 mile section of the freeway was anticipated to be closed for 53 hours from midnight on July 15th until 5am July 18th however the construction ended a bit earlier.  Tshirts were sold, apps were produced, and viral videos were all part of the epic closure of the 405.

A+D invites your kids to a creative workshop!

Join A+D Museum and Moore Rubble Yudell Architects and Planners for a children’s workshop exploring the world of staircases. Children will work alongside professional architects to plan, design and build a staircase. Whether their models are sweeping and grand or sky-high and wild, ARkidECTs will gain hands-on experience in the world of a professional architect… stepping up to the design of their imaginations. Parents are welcome to join the fun!

Children ages 7-12 are welcome next Saturday, July 30 between 10am – 1pm at Moore Rubble Yudell, 933 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90404. Fee is $10 per child, family members free. Snacks and supplies provided. For more information, please click here.

Manhattan Beach Post / SFJones Architects

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SFJones Architects’ latest inspired creation is the hip new M.B. Post in , opening in April 2011. For this upscale eatery, SFJones was asked to design a “soulful space.” A resident himself, Jones realized that he could capture the essence of this warm beach community by weaving into the design distinctive local building features such as volleyball posts and lifeguard stations amid reclaimed barn wood, incorporating historical references to the original post office with rustic walnut millwork and a faux-painted vintage feature wall.

Architect: SFJones Architects
Location: 1142 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach, California, USA
Project Team: Stephen Francis Jones, AIA, Principal Architect; Justin Killian, Lead Project Architect; Alexandra Girot, Interior Designer
Contractor: PKJ Construction
Lighting: Light Group, Inc.
Engineering: Grimm & Chen Structural Engineering, Inc.
Kitchen: Myers Restaurant Supply, Inc.
Graphics: eyerus
Faux-Painting: Donn Cross & Associates
Project Area: 3,325 sqf
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of SFJones Architects

Sunset Vine Tower / Kanner Architects

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Neighbor to the Hollywood landmark Cinerama Dome, Sunset Vine Tower is a conversion of a 22-story office building into a 63-unit apartment building. This adaptive reuse project stands atop street-level retail. As the tallest building in Hollywood, Sunset Vine Tower’s Modernist design creates a dynamic exclamation point in the mostly traditional fabric of the Hollywood residential renaissance.

Architect: Kanner Architects
Location: , , USA
Project Area: 110,000 sqf
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Nicolas O.S. Marques

Gallery House / Ogrydziak Prillinger Architects

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Architects: Ogrydziak Prillinger Architects
Location: , CA, USA
Principals: Luke Ogrydziak, Zoë Prillinger
Project Team: Haemi Chang, Leo Henke, Yasmin Vobis, Gisela Schmoll
Daylighting Consultant: Loisos + Ubbelohde
Building Structural Engineering: Santos + Urritia
Façade Structural Engineering: DeSimone Consulting Engineers
General Contractor: Forsythe General Contractors
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Tim Griffith

ICrete / FKA

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This space houses the corporate headquarters for a young company that is developing new technology for concrete. The objective was to design a think tank that would encourage interaction and reflect the innovative green products that they are developing.

Architect: The Felderman Keatinge + Associates (FKA)
Location: Los Angeles, California,
Photographs: Courtesy of FKA

Yucca Crater / Ball Nogues Studio

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Each fall High Desert Test Sites invites artists to create experimental projects adjacent to ’s Joshua Tree National Park. This year HDTS invited Ball Nogues Studio to create a structure in a remote region of the Mojave Desert. This presents a unique opportunity to draw upon an unfettered landscape at a grand scale. Expanding on theories developed by earthwork artists Yucca Crater will re-imagine these concepts through new methods of production linked to their cross-disciplinary artistic, architectural, design and fabrication practice.

Venice House / Daly Genik Architects

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This house designed by Daly Genik Architects will be showcased at the upcoming Little Tokyo Design Week that we recently featured. The site, with a two bedroom main house and pied-a-terre above the garage, is a reversal of the more common relationship between main and guesthouse found in this neighborhood. The garage and apartment are at the street and the primary residence is located at the rear of the site, both units facing a lush courtyard. The main house, enthusiastically remodeled in the 1980’s in a Santa Fe-inspired vocabulary, had a single bedroom and an open loft. The clients who purchased the property wanted to update the house to accommodate their growing family and frequent in-law visits.

Architect: Daly Genik Architects
Location: , USA
Project Team: Kevin Daly, Gretchen Stoecker, Kody Kellogg
Landscape Architect: Polly Furr, Venice Studio
Structural Engineer: Gilsanz Murray Steficek
Energy/Title 24: Energy Code Works
Contractor: Carlos Grande, CA Construction
Photographs: Benny Chan/Fotoworks, Jason Schmidt

De La Costa / Fuse Architecture

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This 4 bedroom 3 bathroom home encompasses the feel of an ideal family beach retreat. The main concern when designing this home was that the clients wanted to fill the home with as much natural light as possible. The previously standing home was demolished in order to build a completely new design because the previously standing home was dilapidated and in need of significant repair.

Architect: Fuse Architecture
Location: , USA
Contractor: Ekers Construction
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Courtesy of Fuse Architecture

Video: NETWORK_LA transit

Network_LA Transit is a conceptual design response by Gensler 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.

41 House / Fuse Architecture

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This home is one of four parcels of land in the Black Ridge Vineyard Estates. The client was a professional motorcycle rider who was looking to create a one of a kind home for him. The home was designed and built around two main components; the views, and movement, similar to a track with the curved circulation paths and roofs.

Architect: Fuse Architecture
Location: , California,
Contractor: Phil Murray
Photographs: Interface Visual

Academy of Art University Offers a MFA in Landscape Architecture

The , 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.

Favre Ridge / Fuse Architecture

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This Los Gatos home was designed to capture the amazing views of the Santa Cruz Mountains as the home sits nestled into the hillside on a south-facing slope. The clients wanted to fill the house with natural light, where the existing house had low overhanging eaves on the south side, limiting the view and natural light.

Architect: Fuse Architecture
Location: Santa Cruz, , USA
Contractor: Cal Con Construction
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Courtesy of Fuse Architecture

Pecha Kucha: Denser

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If you happen to be in this evening, June 21st, you might want to attend SPUR’s Pecha Kucha Night. Starting at 6:30 you can hear and see designers, thinkers and doers cover a range of topics around population growth and its effects on building, open space, transit and you in Pecha Kucha’s world-famous, rapid-fire format. Speakers will present 20 slides (20 seconds per slide), making for a fast, furious and fun celebration of urbanism. This event is generously sponsored by the Koret Foundation. Cosponsored by the SFAIA, SFHAC, and Pecha Kucha . For more information click here: Pecha Kucha Night

Speakers include: Craig Scott of IwamotoScott Architecture Antonio Roman-Alcala of SF Urban Agriculture Alliance and Alemany Farm Julie Kim of Hot Studio Paul Jamtgaard of Group 4 Architecture and Pecha Kucha SF Grady Gillies of UCLA Superstudio Robin Levitt of Robin F. Levitt Architecture David Baker of David Baker Architects Ben Grant of SPUR John Wong of SWA