Framestore LA / DHD Architecture and Design + RAC Design Build

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Architects: DHD Architecture and Design, RAC Design Build
Location: Helms Avenue, Culver , CA, USA
Dhd Team: David Howell, Steven Wakenshaw, Melissa Pinto
Rac Team: Rick Cortez, Kevin Mulcahy, David Altchech
Year: 2013
Photographs: Art Gray, Brooke McGowan

Hayden Place / Cuningham Group

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Architects: Cuningham Group
Location: 8665 Hayden Place, , CA 90232, USA
Client: REthink Development
Area: 8500.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Cuningham Group

The Psychology of Urban Planning

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Walkability, density, and mixed-use have become key terms in the conversation about designing our cities to promote healthy lifestyles.  In an interview with behavioral psychologist, Dr. James Sallis of the University of California San Diego in The Globe and Mail,  Sallis discusses how his research reveals key design elements that encourage physical activity.  In the 20th century, the automobile and new ideals in radically changed the way in which cities were structured.  Residential and commercial areas were divided and highways were built to criss-cross between them.  Suburban sprawl rescued dwellers from dense urban environments that had gained a reputation for being polluted and dangerous.  In recent decades, planners, policy makers and environmentalists have noted how these seemingly healthy expansions have had an adverse affect on our personal health and the health of our built environment. Today, the conversation is heavily structured around how welcoming density, diversity and physical activity can help ameliorate the negative affects that decades of mid-century planning have had on health. Sallis describes how much of a psychological feat it is to change the adverse habits that have developed over the years and how design, in particular, can help encourage the change.

Cunjunctive Points: Eric Owen Moss’s Hayden Tract in Culver City

Samitaur Tower / © Courtesy of Eric Owen Moss Architects & Tom Bonner Photography

Taking place Saturday, August 18 from 10am-2pm, the Society of Architectural Historians/Southern California Chapter will explore the transformative power of architecture, art and design at Culver ’s Hayden Tract, where award-winning architect Eric Owen Moss has been creating innovative structures for 25 years. In creating a vibrant community for creative workers in what was once a bleak industrial area, we begin to ask ourselves, ‘Can architecture be used as a catalyst for positive social change?’

The day includes a panel discussion featuring Frederick & Laurie Samitaur-Smith, the enlightened developers of “Conjunctive Points”; a self-conducted walking tour of over 20 buildings and art installations in the area; light refreshments at the Samitaur Tower; and closing remarks. For more information, please visit here.

Combined Properties, Inc. + Hudson Pacific Properties, Inc. + Ehrlich Architects Team Wins Culver City’s 9300 Culver Boulevard (Parcel B) Redevelopment Project

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With a unanimous vote by the City Council on December 5, the Combined Properties, Inc./Hudson Pacific Properties, Inc./Ehrlich Architects team was awarded the 9300 Culver Boulevard (Parcel B) Development Project in , California. More images and complete press release after the break.

Pitfire Pizza / Bestor Architecture

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Architects: Bestor Architecture
Project Location: Culver City, California,
Project Team: Barbara Bestor (Principal), Cathy Johnson (Project Architect), John Colter (Senior Designer)
Landscape Architect: Urban Organics Landscape Design, Nicholas Tan
Structural: Gordon Polon Engineering
Contractor: Colin Thompson
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Ray Katchatorian

Multi-media Tower / Eric Owen Moss Architects

Architects designed a multi-media tower which will sit at the primary entrance of the re-developed zone in Culver , California.  The objective of the tower is to distribute art and other relevant content to the local and in-transit audiences passing by the site.

Further project description and more images after the break.