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20 Teams to Compete in 2015 U.S. Solar Decathlon

01:00 - 13 February, 2014
20 Teams to Compete in 2015 U.S. Solar Decathlon , Solar Decathlon 2013: Team Austria Wins Top Honors. Image © Jason Flakes/U.S. DOE Solar Decathlon
Solar Decathlon 2013: Team Austria Wins Top Honors. Image © Jason Flakes/U.S. DOE Solar Decathlon

The U.S. Department of Energy has selected 20 collegiate teams to participate in the 2015 Solar Decathlon at Irvine, California’s Orange County Great Park. The eight returning teams will compete against 12 new teams, with partners from four international schools, to build “solar-powered, highly energy-efficient houses that combine affordability, innovation, and design excellence” within the allotted two-year period. View the full list of competitors, after the break. 

Diller Scofidio + Renfro Designs Public Plaza, Restaurant for LA’s Broad Museum

00:00 - 12 February, 2014
Diller Scofidio + Renfro Designs Public Plaza, Restaurant for LA’s Broad Museum, © Diller Scofidio + Renfro, via Designboom
© Diller Scofidio + Renfro, via Designboom

Alongside news that The Broad’s completion date has been pushed back to 2015, rather than this fall, Diller Scofidio + Renfro has unveiled a new collaboration with landscape architect Walter Hood that will transform the mid-block parcel adjacent to the Grand Avenue museum into a pedestrian-friendly landscaped plaza and restaurant. As reported by the Los Angeles Times, the new square will establish an important link to the neighboring school and apartment, as well as the future 2020 Regional Connector subway stop. The 24,000 square foot parcel will be enhanced by100-year-old olive trees transplanted from Northern California. Watch a video about the design after the break, and find more information here

Apple’s Revised San Francisco Store Approved

00:00 - 10 February, 2014
Apple’s Revised San Francisco Store Approved, Courtesy of Apple
Courtesy of Apple

Third time’s the charm, at least in the case of Apple’s Foster + Partners-designed flagship store planned for San Francisco’s historic Union Square. After being sent back to the drawings boards on multiple occasions, the signature glass box’s third proposal (which was claimed to be “more iconic” than the company’s famous Five Avenue glass cube in New York City) has been awarded approval from the city. 

Gehry’s Grand Avenue Project Wins LA County Supervisors’ Approval

00:00 - 16 January, 2014
Gehry’s Grand Avenue Project Wins LA County Supervisors’ Approval, © Gehry Partners
© Gehry Partners

After being rejected for appearing too “boxy” and not appealing enough to pedestrians, Related Companies’ revamped Grand Avenue vision has finally won unanimous approval from county supervisors. The $750-million plan, which was abruptly halted back in September when Gensler’s toned-down version was deemed greatly “disappointing” by the city, will now move forward with a more playful (and pricey) design by the project’s original architect, Frank Gehry

TimeLAX: A Time-Lapse Video Series of Los Angeles

00:00 - 5 January, 2014

TimeLAX travels across the sprawled city of Los Angeles, connecting some of the city’s most iconic landmarks - Disney Concert Hall, the Griffith Observatory and John Ferraro Building - with over 200 locations that reveal the true essence of the city’s fabric. 

Part 2, after the break. 

Lucid Stead: A "Disappearing" Cabin of Mirrors

00:00 - 7 December, 2013
Lucid Stead: A "Disappearing" Cabin of Mirrors, © Steven King
© Steven King

In Joshua Tree, California, artist Phillip K Smith III has completed Lucid Stead: an optical illusion/installation that modifies an abandoned 70-year-old homestead with mirrors in order to make it appear transparent. The cabin was also fitted with LED lighting to “extract the distilled experience of how light changes over time — how a mountain can be blue, red, brown, white, purple, and black all in one day.” As Smith stated, the project is about light, shadow, and tapping into the quiet of the desert. Check out more images and a video of the cabin after the break!

© Steven King © Steven King © Steven King © Steven King +8

Frank Gehry to Submit Grand Avenue Vision to L.A. City Officials

00:00 - 26 November, 2013
Frank Gehry to Submit Grand Avenue Vision to L.A. City Officials, First images released of Gehry’s Grand Avenue scheme for Los Angeles.. Image
First images released of Gehry’s Grand Avenue scheme for Los Angeles.. Image

After reviewing proposals from a selection of other firms, Related Companies has chosen to move forward with Frank Gehry’s Grand Avenue vision for Los Angeles. The design, which abandons the fluid forms of Gehry’s original scheme, has been described by critic Christopher Hawthorne as “significantly more exuberant and suggestive of L.A. culture” than Gensler and Robert A.M. Stern Architects’ recently rejected proposal

Almost Anything Goes: Architecture and Inclusivity

00:00 - 7 November, 2013
Almost Anything Goes: Architecture and Inclusivity , Ball-Nogues Studio, Rip Curl Canyon, 2006, Cardboard, plywood, screws, and hardware, 44 x 40 x 11 ft., Commissioned by Rice Gallery in collaboration with The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX, Courtesy the Artists. Photo: Nash Baker
Ball-Nogues Studio, Rip Curl Canyon, 2006, Cardboard, plywood, screws, and hardware, 44 x 40 x 11 ft., Commissioned by Rice Gallery in collaboration with The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX, Courtesy the Artists. Photo: Nash Baker

The Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara (MCASB) welcomes six Los Angeles-based creatives whose work embraces cross-fertilization, collaboration, and adaptation—thus creating new methodologies for research and implementation in the fields of architecture and beyond. 

AEC Hackathon

00:00 - 6 November, 2013
AEC Hackathon

A first for the AEC Industry, the AEC Hackathon is a non-profit event that brings together teams of Silicon Valley technologists and industry stakeholders to help shape the future of our built environment. Formatted as a traditional "hack", the AEC Hackathon provides a playful, exploratory environment where disruption, innovation, and creative ideas are brought to life.

Architects Tackle LA's Water Scarcity

00:00 - 3 November, 2013
Arid Land Institute Geo-spatial Model. Image © Arid Land Institute
Arid Land Institute Geo-spatial Model. Image © Arid Land Institute

Water scarcity is a profound challenge for designers of the built environment. Beyond looking for water sources and creating sustainable ecosystems, how can we begin to create cities and buildings that will help us to celebrate and mitigate hydro-logical concerns? Hadley and Peter Arnold, co-directors of the Arid Land Institute (ALI) at Woodbury University, have decided to tackle this problem around Los Angeles. With the support of the World Water Forum and the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, they recently developed a high-resolution geospatial model to strategically identify and quantify the potential for improving storm water capture within urban areas. 

VIDEO: Norman Foster on Apple's Cupertino Campus

00:00 - 25 October, 2013
VIDEO: Norman Foster on Apple's Cupertino Campus , © Foster + Partners, ARUP, Kier + Wright, OLIN, Apple
© Foster + Partners, ARUP, Kier + Wright, OLIN, Apple

It has been a long road for Foster + Partners's team since first taking on the design for Apple's new campus in 2009. Four years later, despite the criticism and budget concerns, plans for Apple’s corporate headquarters have been approved by Cupertino’s planning commission. A recent video from the Cupertino City Council reveals some insight into the design decisions, including statements by Sir Norman Foster. As Foster states in the video, CEO Steve Jobs called him "out of the blue" in 2009 and said, "It's Steve: Hi Norman, I need some help."

Solar Decathlon 2013: SCI-Arc & Caltech Create California-style, Zero Net Energy Bungalow

01:00 - 22 October, 2013
Solar Decathlon 2013: SCI-Arc & Caltech Create California-style, Zero Net Energy Bungalow, © Paolo Tadoc / SCI-Arc
© Paolo Tadoc / SCI-Arc

DALE, short for Dynamic Augmented Living Environment, is this year's U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon entry for the SCI-Arc/Caltech team. Made of two movable, prefabricated modules that open to allow the outdoors in, DALE celebrates the active California lifestyle through its dynamic architecture.

DALE learns from two classic California precedents: the super-sized suburban tract home and the compact, sufficient bungalow; amending one and expanding on the other to become a new Southern California typology. At 600 square feet, it is a micro house with an unprecedented flexible interior that results in the program of a house three times the size.

Unanimous Approval for Apple's Cupertino Campus

01:00 - 16 October, 2013
Unanimous Approval for Apple's Cupertino Campus, Courtesy of MacRumors.com
Courtesy of MacRumors.com

UPDATE: Although having already cleared a preliminary vote, the Apple HQ was given unanimous approval from the Cupertino council yesterday. One "largely perfunctory" vote remains for November 15th. Detailed images, after the break.

Global Citizen: The Architecture of Moshe Safdie

00:00 - 8 October, 2013
Global Citizen: The Architecture of Moshe Safdie

Journey through a three-dimensional landscape of striking architecture in this career-spanning exhibition 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. 

Philip Johnson's Crystal Cathedral Born Again

00:00 - 2 October, 2013
Philip Johnson's Crystal Cathedral Born Again, © Flickr CC User Amir Nejad
© Flickr CC User Amir Nejad

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: Johnson Fain will focus on the interior, while Rios Clementi Hale Studios will oversee the masterplan of its 34-acre campus.

Design Like You Give a Damn: LIVE!

00:00 - 26 September, 2013
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.

Fall 2013 Public Programs at SCI-Arc

00:00 - 11 September, 2013
Fall 2013 Public Programs at SCI-Arc

The Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) 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.

OMA's Santa Monica Scheme Re-evaluated

00:00 - 8 September, 2013
OMA's Santa Monica Scheme Re-evaluated, © OMA
© OMA

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.