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Six 'Cathedrals of Culture' Tell Their Stories in New 3D Film

If buildings could talk, what would they say about us? Cathedrals of Culture, a six part collection of films recently premiered at this year's Berlin International Film Festival, "offers six startling responses to this question". The project, filmed entirely in 3D, allows "six iconic and very different buildings to speak for themselves, examining human life from the unblinking perspective of a manmade structure". 

2014 ANFA Conference

The Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture (ANFA) will have their 2nd international conference between September 18 and September 20 in La Jolla, California. 

VIDEO: Jonathan Segal’s "The Cresta" Through the Lens of Breadtruck Films

Jeffrey Durkin, director of Breadtruck Films, has shared with us this insightful short film on Jonathan Segal’s new concrete and glass house in La Jolla: The Cresta. According to Durkin, “The film explores the relationship between nature and architecture, father and son, and how clean minimal design can save us from the suburbs.”

The Lemperle Residence / Jonathan Segal FAIA

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

© Paul Body © Paul Body © Paul Body © Paul Body

Phenomenal: California Light, Space, Surface at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego

Photo by Doug Gates
Photo by Doug Gates

If you are in the San Diego area and looking for something to do this weekend, check out the Phenomenal: California Light, Space, Surface exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. It is your last chance to experience the exhibit at the museum’s La Jolla location, as it will be closing this Sunday, January 22. However, the exhibit will remain open to the public at its downtown location in San Diego into spring and summer. More after the break.

 © 2011 Bruce Nauman / Artists Rights Society (ARS) Photo by Pablo Mason Courtesy of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego Photo by Pablo Mason © Craig Kauffman | Photo by Philipp Scholz Rittermann © James Turrell | Photo by Philipp Scholz Rittermann

Zaha Hadid is Coming to San Diego

Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects
Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects

San Diego Planning Commission has approved Zaha Hadid’s La Jolla Residence. Along with the San Diego firm Public, Hadid will demolish an existing house on a half-acre site at 8490 Whale Watch Way, replacing it with a 12,700 square foot home comprised of four bedrooms, six bathrooms, and an indoor pool. The firm has described the home as an “introverted sculptural structure.” The La Jolla Community Planning Association responded to unsupportive neighbors by appealing the owners’ application for a Coastal Development permit. Residents were concerned by the radical appearance in comparison to the rest of the neighborhood homes. Association member Dale Naegle stated, “If we approve this we might as well abandon our La Jolla Shores Planned District Ordinance…It is a beautiful house, but it doesn’t fit.” The project still risks being appealed again by the La Jolla Community Planning Association. If that were to occur, the project would then be in the hands of the much more challenging city council. Reference: The Architect’s Newspaper

NOAA La Jolla Laboratory Replacement Project / Gould Evans

Courtesy of Gould Evans
Courtesy of Gould Evans

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is constructing a new facility to replace the existing NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center (SWFSC) located in La Jolla, California, which is threatened by continuing bluff erosion. Designed by Gould Evans, the new facility will include approximately 124,000 sqf with an additional 90,000 sqf of under building parking, and is located on a site east of the existing SWFSC property. The proposed 3.305 acre site enables NOAA to continue its long-term partnership with the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) of UC San Diego, but constrains the design, construction and available development due to its steep grade. Project description, video, and images following the break.

Courtesy of Gould Evans Courtesy of Gould Evans Courtesy of Gould Evans Courtesy of Gould Evans

Architect: Gould Evans Location: La Jolla, California, USA Associate Architect: Architects | Delawie Wilkes Rodrigues Barker Mechanical/Electrical Engineer and Prime Consultant: Gibbens Drake Scott Structural Engineer: TranSystems Corporation Specifications, Laboratory Consultant, Security Consultant, and Sustainability Consultant: HDR Architecture Life Support Systems Consultant: MWH Americas Civil Engineer: RBF Consulting Landscape Architect: Wimmer Yamada & Caughey Vegetated Roofs Consultant: Jeffrey L. Bruce & Company Project Area: 214,000 sqf Project Year: estimated 2011 Renderings: Gould Evans

Eleanor Roosevelt College / Safdie Rabines Architects + Moshe Safdie & Associates

  • Architects: Safdie Rabines Architects, Moshe Safdie & Associates
  • Location: La Jolla, California, USA
  • Architects: Safdie Rabines Architects and Moshe Safdie & Associates
  • Structural Engineer: Nabih Youssef Associates
  • Mep: ARUP
  • Civil Engineer: Flores Lund Consultants
  • Lighting: Robert Morrow
  • Area: 450000.0 ft2
  • Photographs: Timothy Hursley

© Timothy Hursley © Timothy Hursley © Timothy Hursley © Timothy Hursley

Six / Sebastian Mariscal Studio

  • Architects: Sebastian Mariscal Studio
  • Location: La Jolla, California, USA
  • Designer & Builder: Sebastian Mariscal Studio
  • Design Team: Sebastian Mariscal & Jeff Svitak
  • Structural Engineering: Omar Mobayed
  • Area: 1546.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2007
  • Photographs: Hisao Suzuki

© Hisao Suzuki © Hisao Suzuki © Hisao Suzuki © Hisao Suzuki