Global Citizen: The Architecture of Moshe Safdie

Journey through a three-dimensional landscape of striking architecture in this career-spanning of Moshe Safdie’s work. Global Citizen: The Architecture of Moshe Safdie surveys the renowned architect’s career from his formative period in the 1960s and early 1970s to his recent projects around the world, exploring his aesthetic language of transcendent light, powerful geometry, and iconic forms.

Using sketches, models, photographs, and films of twenty-five projects, the exhibition portrays Safdie’s architecture not only as visual art but as a medium for advancing social, political, and cultural goals. Along with the exhibition, there will be a talk with at the Skirball Cultural Center on Sunday, October 20, 3:00pm. Click here for more information.

Philip Johnson’s Crystal Cathedral Born Again

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Johnson Fain and Rios Clementi Hale Studios have been selected to transform Philip Johnson’s 1981 Crystal Cathedral, originally a Protestant mega-church, to make it more in keeping with its new, Catholic identity.

The Cathedral, which had filed for bankruptcy in October 2010, was bought in early 2012 by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange. Earlier this month, the architects were chosen for the renovation:  will focus on the interior, while will oversee the masterplan of its 34-acre campus.

Design Like You Give a Damn: LIVE!

On November 7-9th, 2013, your favorite humanitarian design and resiliency conference presented by Architecture for Humanity is back for another round of innovative panel discussions, workshops, Design Open Mic, and inspiring dose of industry networking. This year’s theme, Designing for a More Resilient World, will highlight the intensifying need to protect livelihood in a world which is continuously dealing with the aftereffects of issues like climate change, urbanization and population shock.

To register, please click here. More information can be found here.

Title: Design Like You Give a Damn: LIVE!
Website: http://architectureforhumanity.org/updates/2013-09-16-register-for-design-like-you-give-a-damn-live-designing-for-
Organizers: Architecture for Humanity
From: Thu, 07 Nov 2013 
Until: Sat, 09 Nov 2013 
Venue: Contemporary Jewish Museum / Autodesk Gallery / Headquarters
Address: , CA, USA

Fall 2013 Public Programs at SCI-Arc

The Southern California Institute of Architecture () is pleased to announce its schedule of public lectures, discussions and exhibitions for Fall 2013, when the school welcomes an international roster of award-winning architects, urban historians, critics, writers, designers, and artists for programs that span from innovative theory to contemporary architecture and technical practice.

The semester’s public programs includes lectures by GRAFT, Antón García-Abril, Tom Wiscombe, and a debate between Kenneth Frampton and Eric Owen Moss.

Lectures are free and open to the public in the W. M. Keck Lecture Hall and are broadcast live on www.sciarc.edu/live. For additional information including lecture updates and gallery hours, please visit www.sciarc.edu.

OMA’s Santa Monica Scheme Re-evaluated

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In July the Office for Metropolitan Architecture’s (OMA) competition proposal for a mixed-use development in the heart of downtown Santa Monica was recommended by City Council members after they “seemed genuinely wowed by OMA’s theatrically-terraced design.” City officials have since voted to re-evaluate the recommendation over concerns of a lack of affordable housing in the development, as well as issues “related to design [and] economics.” They have also invited Related California, a team comprising of BIG, Koning Eizenberg Architecture, and Rios Clementi Hale Studios, to revise its original proposal that was shortlisted in March of this year.

Unbuilt San Francisco: Grand Visions

Designs for United Nations Capitol / Vincent Raney Architect

Two themes – Dreams Deferred and On the Boards – frame the collection of thought-provoking photographs, original drawings, renderings and models that make up Unbuilt San Francisco: Grand Visions. The exhibition juxtaposes outlandish unbuilt work with existing plans which will, in time, have a major impact on our city.

Featured content includes Vincent Raney’s drawings of a United Nations at the foot of Twin Peaks; ’s designs for Prada’s West Coast headquarters, located near Union Square; Fougeron Architecture’s envisioning of a future with agriculture woven directly into the urban framework; and an early look at the revitalization of Pier 70′s Waterfront Site. Unbuilt is the theme of the 10th anniversary celebration of the Architecture and the City festival.

More information and images after the break.

Apple Redesigns San Francisco Store to Preserve Historic Fountain

Foster + Partners’ revised design for the new SF .. Image Courtesy of Apple

Earlier this summer we reviewed plans for a new Foster + Partners-designed Apple Store in the heart of San Francisco which received a considerable amount of backlash for its accused ubiquitous design that disregarded the city’s historic Ruth Asawa Fountain. Since, Apple has decided to respond to the complaints and Foster + Partners have just released images of the revised design that preserves the fountain. 

Petersen Automotive Museum Unveils Eye-Catching New Exterior by Kohn Pedersen Fox

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The Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles has announced that it will celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2014 with a redesign of its interior and a complete transformation of its exterior facade to create a “world class museum that will showcase the art, experience, culture and heritage of the automobile.” The exterior design by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates will give the Petersen a truly unique and iconic look that will hopefully attract architecture and car enthusiasts alike.

More on the museum’s drastic transformation after the break.

LA’s Iconic Case Study Houses (Finally!) Make National Register

Case Study House #22, (playboy), 1960 , CA / Pierre Koenig, architect © Julius Shulman

Ten of Los Angeles’ Case Study Houses have been deemed historically significant and worthy of being included on US’s . Despite the Los Angeles Conservancy’s belief that all of them deserve “equal preservation protections,” the 11th home was not included due to “owner objection.”

The Case Study Houses spawned from a post-WWII residential experiment, presented by the Arts & Architecture magazine in 1945, which introduced modern movement ideas for affordable and efficient housing. Designs by the likes of Richard Neutra, Charles and Ray Eames, Pierre Koenig, Eero Saarinen and others, redefined the modern home and, with the help of Julius Shulman, placed Los Angeles as an epicenter for mid-century modernism.

The 11 homes included on the register are:

SOM Breaks Ground on Los Angeles’ Courthouse

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Just eight months after being awarded the design-build contract with Clark Construction Group, Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill (SOM) has broke ground on the new, $318 million United States Courthouse in downtown . This is a long-awaited achievement for the city of , as attempts have been made to construct a new courthouse since 2007. However, despite having to abandoned a $1.1 billion Perkins + Will proposal years ago, many believe this sustainable and more cost-effective design by SOM was worth the wait.

Details Unveiled for Elon Musk’s California, Solar-Powered “Hyperloop”

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Imagine driving your car into a sizable aluminum pod and being shot 800 miles per hour through an elevated, shotgun-like barrel to arrive at a city 400 miles away within 30 minutes. According to Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX and co-founder of Tesla Motors, Californians will be doing this within the next decade. 

Nearly a year after mentioning the possibility of a hyper-speed transit system and voicing discontent over the state’s “expensive, slow and impractical” high-speed rail proposal, Musk has unveiled a detailed synopsis of his solar- and wind-powered “Hyperloop.” The idea, originally inspired by the vacuum tubes used to transport checks at bank drive-throughs, has the potential to revolutionize mass transit.

Aidlin Darling Design Breaks Ground on Windhover Contemplative Center

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San Francisco-based Aidlin Darling Design has broke ground on the Windhover Contemplative Center at University. Inspired by Nathan Oliveira’s meditative Windhover paintings, the single-story, 4,000 square foot spiritual retreat is intended to provide students, faculty and staff members a quiet place of refuge from the intensity of daily life.

Hawk House / Alex Wyndham

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Architects: Alex Wyndham
Location: Central ,
Builders: Alex Wyndham, John Grill
Year: 2011
Photographs: Alex Wyndham

Never Built: Los Angeles

Frank Lloyd Wright, Huntington Hartford Athletic Club, 1947 (Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation)

After years of extensive research that unearthed countless untold stories and hundreds of beautiful unbuilt designs, curators Sam Lubell and Greg Goldin will be celebrating the opening of their highly anticipated Never Built: Los Angeles - today at the Architecture and Design Museum in .

OMA’s Competition Proposal Selected in Santa Monica

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Santa Monica’s City Staff has recommended OMA’s competition proposal for a mixed-use development in the heart of downtown Santa Monica. The building and surrounding plaza incorporates a civic plaza, cultural venue, retail, residences, offices and a boutique hotel. The City Staff selection panel praised OMA’s project for its iconic architecture and flexibility, saying it would “easily accommodate potential design modifications and adjust to market demand changes in the future.” Santa Monica’s City Council will review the recommendation on August 27th before the project formally proceeds in 2014.

The proposal’s plazas and terraces will add over 55,000 square feet of programmable open space. A cultural venue will sit inside of the building, anchored by office spaces for Santa Monica and greater ’ growing tech industry. The project will be led by OMA’s New York office, headed by Shohei Shigematsu. He explained, “Our design provides residents, tourists, and entrepreneurs a dynamic new public realm – a stepped building that achieves a strong interaction between interior program and exterior environments.”

More images and information after the break…

Architecture and the City Festival

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Taking place September 1-30, the nation’s largest architectural festival of its kind will be presented by AIA San Francisco and the Center for Architecture + Design, celebrating its tenth anniversary. The Architecture and the City festival, which takes place in San Francisco every September, will feature behind the scenes walking tours, films, exhibitions, lectures and more, providing opportunities for participants to engage with the local architecture community and experience design in a myriad of ways throughout the city. From theoretical urban interventions and works in progress to civic landmarks and hidden histories, architects and designers will discuss the ways their work alters and redefines the city we call home with over 40 festival programs. For more information, please visit here.

What Does San Francisco’s New Apple Store Say About Commercial Architecture?

Rendering of the proposed Store in Union Square

This past May, Apple filed plans to close its existing flagship retail store at 1 Stockton Street in San Francisco and move it three blocks north to one of the city’s most popular spots: Union Square. This plan was met with enthusiasm from city officials until they realized that Apple, and the store’s architects at Foster + Partners, were disregarding a beloved bronze folk art fountain by San Francisco sculptor Ruth Asawa that currently occupies the site. Many have also criticized the store’s design for being a characterless box of metal and glass that contributes nothing unique to the local landscape, raising awareness of a commercial architecture defined more by trademark and less by its surroundings.

More on Apple’s proposal in San Francisco and the problems of trademarked design after the break.

Facades+ Performance Workshop

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Presented by The Architect’s Newspaper and enclos, Mode Lab recently announced their upcoming Facades+ Performance Symposium in taking place July11-12. The event consists of hands-on instruction by industry experts in a small, one-on-one, classroom setting. These workshops will provide professionals and academics with the skills and knowledge to work with cutting edge technologies in a fast-paced and intensive environment. The workshop will explore the use of Grasshopper, Firefly and Arduino as creative and technical tools in the design, simulation and prototyping of intelligent building skins. For more information, please visit here.