The Union / Jonathan Segal FAIA

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Architects: Jonathan Segal FAIA
Location: San Diego, , United States
Project Managers: Greg Yeatter, Luke Henderson, Guillermo Tomaszski
Year: 2007
Photographs: Paul Body

New United States Courthouse Competition Entry / Yazdani Studio of Cannon Design

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Yazdani Studio of Cannon Design and Gruen Associates have shared with us their second place proposal for the highly anticipated design-build competition for the new United States courthouse in Los Angeles, California. Envisioned as an icon within the city skyline, the triangular monolith provides a sustainable, 21st century courthouse that embodies the democratic qualities of dignity, stature, transparency, openness and accessibility.

Located at a pivotal node connecting the Los Angeles Civic Center, the Broadway Historic District and Bunker Hill, the 550,000 square foot courthouse is surrounded by a lush civic space that plays an important role in the existing cityscape.

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New United States Courthouse Competition Entry / McCarthy, Brooks + Scarpa, and HMC Architects

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The McCarthy, Brooks + Scarpa, and HMC Architects team just released their proposal for the Design Excellence/design-build competition for new courthouse in Los Angeles. Selected to compete thru the General Services Administration two-stage Design Excellence Program, the team is challenged with the approximately 550,000 sq. ft. high-rise building located at 1st and Hill Street. Aiming to be certified LEED Patinum, the design delivers functional efficiency, security, and accessibility for the Court, the U.S. Marshal Service, and the other tenants and users. More images and architects’ description after the break.

SOM Wins Bid to Design Los Angeles Federal Courthouse

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The GSA has announced that , Owings, & Merrill have been selected as the architects of the new Los Angeles Federal Courthouse, which will house the U.S. District Court, Central District of , and the U.S. Marshals Service. The architects beat out 3 other shortlisted teams to win the $318 million project.

According to the GSA, ”The new 550,000-square-foot building will be a sustainable, cost-effective, state-of-the-art court facility that includes security upgrades that are not available in the current 312 North Spring Street courthouse.”

The site, located at 107 South Broadway (down the street from Morphosis’ Caltrans building, LA’s City Hall, and the Walt Disney Concert Hall) has been dormant since 2007; although a $1.1 billion design by Perkins + Will was selected soon after, it was abandoned when Congress slashed the GSA’s construction budget. The GSA considers the approval of the new redevelopment plan a “major milestone.”

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‘Live Share Grow’ Farm Tower Proposal / Brandon Martella

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With produce coming from the Imperial Valley, Central California Valley, neighboring states and other countries the 30,000 plus residents of ’s central urban context consume 21,231,000 pounds of produce each year. Where will we get our food? Transparency in the food industry needs to occur and enlighten blinded consumers. Our city needs to handle this critical issue with an architecture that responds. A new type of residential tower needs to come forth. Utilizing vertical farming, Brandon Martella’s “Live Share Grow’ proposal is a new model of living can be tested and resolved in a dense vertical community. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Point Dume Residence / Griffin Enright Architects

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Architects: Griffin Enright Architects
Location: Malibu, California, USA
Architects In Charge: John Enright, Margaret Griffin
Area: 613 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Benny Chan

Freidenrich Center for Translational Research / WRNS Studio

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Architects: WRNS Studio
Location: , CA, United States
Design Team: Kyle Elliott, John Ruffo, Li Kuo, George Klumb, Bryan Shiles, Lih-Chuin Loh, Cathy Barrett, Mette Shenker, Stephanie Hebert
Area: 30,690 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Bruce Damonte

WorkAC, SO – IL, and Henning Larsen Architects To Compete For UC Davis Art Museum

Viborg Town Hall, by Henning Larsen Architects, one of 4 architectural firms competing to design UC Davis’ next Art Museum. © Thorbjoern Hansen Kontraframe

The University of California Davis (UCD) has selected three pairings of architects and contractors to compete to design a $30-million art museum, expected to be completed in 2016. The university has decided against a traditional competition in favor of a design-build competition, requesting that each of the prospective architects - WorkACSO-IL (working with Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, of Apple store fame), and Henning Larsen Architects - work with specific contractors in order to develop holistically conceived museum schemes. More information after the break.

UPDATE: Complications for Snohetta and Aecom’s Warriors’ Arena

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Complications could be on the rise for Snøhetta and AECOM, who were recently announced as the Golden State Warriors’ architects of choice to design their new sports and entertainment complex on the waterfront. Despite the complications, however, the architects still have time to execute the hoped-for ‘slam dunk’. More information after the break.

Golden State Warriors Stadium / Snøhetta + AECOM

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The Golden State Warriors recently announced that Snøhetta and AECOM have been selected as the architecture team to design the Warriors’ new sports and entertainment complex on the waterfront. Currently in the final stages of the agreement, the new stadium will be a true centerpiece in hosting the Bay Area’s NBA basketball team, as well as provide a great venue concerts, cultural events and conventions, which are all prominent events the city currently cannot accommodate. More images of the architects’ design can be viewed after the break.

San Francisco Approves Nation’s Tiniest Apartments

An artist’s concept of an apartment. (Panoramic Interests)

has recently approved legislation that will change the city building code to allow for “micro-unit apartments” that includes only 220 square feet of living space. These spaces aim at providing affordable options for singles to live in densely populated urban areas without having to live in the outskirts of the city. Although more of a craze in NY, has actually surpassed New York as the most expensive rental market in the country. More information after the break.

The Lemperle Residence / Jonathan Segal

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Architects: Jonathan Segal FAIA
Location: La Jolla, , United States
Collaborators: Guillermo Tomaszewski, Nic Neuman
Photographs: Paul Body

Design Like You Give a Damn: LIVE! November 12-13

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Taking place November 12-13, the 3rd annual Design Like You Give a Damn: LIVE! event will consist of innovative panel discussions, workshops and the ‘Design Open Mic’ event at the Autodesk Gallery in . Design experts and enthusiasts, industry leaders across disciplines and more come together to address the challenges and lessons learned in humanitarian design and community development. Panel topics address cutting-edge topics and small-group workshops allow participants to gain hands-on knowledge from expert panelists. Put on by Architecture for Humanity, this will be the first year this event is coming to the west coast. For more information, including an itinerary of events, please visit their official website here.

Santa Monica Residence / Jendretzki

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Architects: Jendretzki
Location: Santa Monica, , USA
Client: Withheld
Area: 12,000 sq ft
Year: 2012
Photographs: Alejandro Wirth

The Q / Jonathan Segal

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Architects: Jonathan Segal FAIA
Location: San Diego, California, United States
Collaborators: Guillermo Tomaszewski, Greg Yeatter, Tracy Anderson, Wendy Segal
Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of Jonathan Segal FAIA

LA’s Millennium Hollywood Project

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Millennium Partners and Argent Ventures are moving forward with their plan to transform 4.47 acres of vacant parking lots surrounding Hollywood’s iconic, mid-century Capitol Records Building into a transit-oriented, mixed-use development. Located on the famous intersection of Hollywood and Vine, the Millennium Hollywood Project will feature two residential buildings reaching heights up to 585 feet, designed by , that are grounded by a High Line-inspired public space by James Corner Field Operations.

With the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) currently on public review, the New York-based developers are hoping to get city approvals underway in early 2013.

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HNTB’s winning concept for LA’s 6th Street Viaduct Replacement Project

HNTB winning proposal via Sixth Street Viaduct Replacement Project

In April, Mayor Villaraigosa and City Council Member Huizar announced an international design competition to redesign the historic, 80-year-old Sixth Street Bridge in . The decision to launch the competition came after engineers warned that the bridge was at risk of failing during a major earthquake due to a degenerative structural problem known as “concrete cancer”. After careful consideration and entertaining the idea of constructing a replica of the 1932 icon, the city committed to moving forward with a major redesign. In mid-October, the national infrastructure firm HNTB, along with team members Michael Maltzan Architecture and AC Martin Partners, were announced as winners of the international competition.

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The Charmer / Jonathan Segal Architect

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Architects: Jonathan Segal Architect
Location:San Diego, , United States
Collaborators: Guillermo Tomaszewski, Matthew Segal
Year: 2011
Photographs: Matthew Segal & Jeffrey Durkin