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La Kretz Innovation Campus / John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects

09:00 - 14 September, 2017
La Kretz Innovation Campus / John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects, © Benny Chan/Fotoworks
© Benny Chan/Fotoworks

© Benny Chan/Fotoworks © Benny Chan/Fotoworks © Benny Chan/Fotoworks © Benny Chan/Fotoworks + 26

Fleischmann Residence / PRODUCTORA

13:00 - 12 September, 2017
Fleischmann Residence / PRODUCTORA, © Rory Gardiner
© Rory Gardiner

© Rory Gardiner © Rory Gardiner © Rory Gardiner © Rory Gardiner + 26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Los Angeles, United States
  • Author Architects

    Carlos Bedoya, Wonne Ickx, Víctor Jaime, Abel Perles
  • Collaborators

    Juan Luis Rivera, Peter Boldt
  • Formation Association Architecture

    John Chan
  • Area

    220.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photography

Los Angeles Icon Angel's Flight Reopens After Renovations

15:01 - 1 September, 2017

Los Angeles’ beloved downtown icon Angel’s Flight has reopened for the first time in four years after undergoing extensive renovations to improve the safety and longevity of the attraction. Sometimes referred to as the “world’s shortest railroad,” the hillside structure is actually a funicular system – both cars share a single cable and are propelled forward in part with the potential energy afforded from the counterweight of the opposing car.

Elon Musk’s Boring Company to Drill 1.6 Mile Test Tunnel Under Los Angeles

12:15 - 25 August, 2017
Elon Musk’s Boring Company to Drill 1.6 Mile Test Tunnel Under Los Angeles, Courtesy of The Boring Company
Courtesy of The Boring Company

Already having tackled electric vehicles, space flight, and high-speed vacuum tubes, benevolent mad scientist Elon Musk’s latest foray into transportation infrastructure is ready to get off the ground, or rather, under it.

The tech mogul’s newest startup, the Boring Company, focuses on designing a subterranean network of tunnels beneath the streets of Los Angeles that could shuttle pedestrians and vehicles on electric sleds connected to a system of rails at speeds of up to 125 mph.

Now, the company has announced approval by the LA County city of Hawthorne to construct a 1.6-mile-long tunnel that will allow the technology to be tested in-full for the first time.

Courtesy of The Boring Company Courtesy of The Boring Company Courtesy of The Boring Company Courtesy of The Boring Company + 5

Herzog & de Meuron Designs New Campus for Berggruen Institute in the Los Angeles Hills

16:30 - 23 August, 2017
Herzog & de Meuron Designs New Campus for Berggruen Institute in the Los Angeles Hills, © Herzog & de Meuron
© Herzog & de Meuron

Herzog & de Meuron, in collaboration with Michel Desvigne Paysagiste, Inessa Hansch and executive architect Gensler, have revealed designs for a new “Scholars’ Campus” for global think tank the Berggruen Institute to be located in the Santa Monica Mountains overlooking the city of Los Angeles.

Inspired by the designs of traditional monasteries and hilltop villages, the scheme is rooted in the restoration and appreciation of the landscape. Along with the series of structures containing the Institue’s residence, meeting and study spaces, over 90% of the 447-acre site will be preserved as natural open space.

© Herzog & de Meuron © Herzog & de Meuron © Herzog & de Meuron © Herzog & de Meuron + 7

Arts District Loft / Marmol Radziner

13:00 - 23 August, 2017
Arts District Loft / Marmol Radziner, © Jessie Webster
© Jessie Webster

© Jessie Webster © Jessie Webster © Jessie Webster © Jessie Webster + 16

  • Architects

  • Location

    Los Angeles, California, United States
  • Lead Architects

    Leo Marmol, Ron Radziner
  • Area

    2000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Color Camp Manicure Bar / J. Byron-H

15:00 - 17 August, 2017
© Jennifer Chong
© Jennifer Chong

© Jennifer Chong © Jennifer Chong © Jennifer Chong © Jennifer Chong + 19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Los Angeles, CA, United States
  • Area

    675.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

ODA Designs 70-Story Residential Skyscraper for Downtown Los Angeles

16:05 - 16 August, 2017
ODA Designs 70-Story Residential Skyscraper for Downtown Los Angeles, Courtesy of ODA. Via Curbed
Courtesy of ODA. Via Curbed

Downtown Los Angelesskyscraper boom continues – this time straying south to the intersection of South Olive and 11th Street, where developer Crescent Heights has submitted plans for a new 70-story residential tower housing 794 apartment units. Designed by ODA, 1045 Olive is planned to top out at a height of 770 feet, which would make it Los Angeles’ tallest residential building and 4th tallest overall.

Unique to the structure (and fitting for Los Angeles) would be the massive amount of space dedicated to parking: 13.5 total floors would be dedicated to parking spots, including an above ground 8-story core that would be wrapped in apartments to visually conceal the cars within.

Sherman Residence / Peter Tolkin Architecture

13:00 - 16 August, 2017
Sherman Residence  / Peter Tolkin Architecture, © Grant Mudford
© Grant Mudford

© Grant Mudford © Grant Mudford © Grant Mudford © Grant Mudford + 21

  • Architects

  • Location

    Los Angeles, United States
  • Design Team

    Peter Tolkin, John R. Byram, Christopher Girt, Craig Rizzo, Angela Uriu, Eric Townsend, Anthony Denzer
  • Area

    6500.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2001
  • Photographs

Long-Awaited Grand Avenue Project by Gehry Partners to Begin Construction

14:15 - 14 August, 2017
Long-Awaited Grand Avenue Project by Gehry Partners to Begin Construction, via Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors
via Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors

More than three years after receiving approval from Los Angeles County, the stop-and-start Grand Avenue development project designed by Gehry Partners is finally showing signs that construction may be soon beginning, as developer Related Companies has filed building permits for the project.

The Grand Avenue Project, located at 100 South Grand Avenue across from the Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall, has been in the works for more than a decade, with an original ground breaking date having been anticipated as far back as 2007. In that time, high profile projects have been completed on all sides of the site, including The Broad museum, designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, and the SOM-designed Los Angeles Federal Courthouse.

9 of the World's Most Intrusive Buildings

09:30 - 14 August, 2017
9 of the World's Most Intrusive Buildings, © EMP|SFM <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Aerial_view_of_EMPSFM.jpg'>via Wikimedia</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en'>CC BY-SA 3.0</a>
© EMP|SFM via Wikimedia licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

In 2017, many of the world's cities have become potpourri time capsules of architecture. We live in an eclectic era in which a 19th-century industrial loft, post-war townhouse, and brand new high rise condominium are all comparably desirable properties. This increasingly varied urban landscape—and the appetite for variety of the people who live there—makes it more difficult than ever for new architecture to grab the public's attention.

To combat this, architects often attempt to produce an "iconic" work: a building whose design is so so striking that it attracts even a layperson's focus. Sometimes this ambition pays off as timeless, and sometimes it irreversibly pock-marks the skyline. What follows is a collection of attention grabbing structures. Will they be remembered as eccentric landmarks or glaring eyesores? You decide.

AD Classics: The Entenza House (Case Study #9) / Charles & Ray Eames, Eero Saarinen & Associates

04:00 - 14 August, 2017
AD Classics: The Entenza House (Case Study #9) / Charles & Ray Eames, Eero Saarinen & Associates, Case Study House No. 9. (1950) / Julius Shulman Photography Archive. Image © J. Paul Getty Trust. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2004.R.10)
Case Study House No. 9. (1950) / Julius Shulman Photography Archive. Image © J. Paul Getty Trust. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2004.R.10)

Nestled in the verdant seaside hills of the Pacific Palisades in southern California, the Entenza House is the ninth of the famous Case Study Houses built between 1945 and 1962. With a vast, open-plan living room that connects to the backyard through floor-to-ceiling glass sliding doors, the house brings its natural surroundings into a metal Modernist box, allowing the two to coexist as one harmonious space.

Like its peers in the Case Study Program, the house was designed not only to serve as a comfortable and functional residence, but to showcase how modular steel construction could be used to create low-cost housing for a society still recovering from the the Second World War. The man responsible for initiating the program was John Entenza, Editor of the magazine Arts and Architecture. The result was a series of minimalist homes that employed  steel frames and open plans to reflect the more casual and independent way of life that had arisen in the automotive age.[1]

Case Study House No. 9. (1950) / Julius Shulman Photography Archive. Image © J. Paul Getty Trust. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2004.R.10) Case Study House No. 9. (1950) / Julius Shulman Photography Archive. Image © J. Paul Getty Trust. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2004.R.10) Case Study House No. 9. (1950) / Julius Shulman Photography Archive. Image © J. Paul Getty Trust. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2004.R.10) Case Study House No. 9. (1950) / Julius Shulman Photography Archive. Image © J. Paul Getty Trust. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2004.R.10) + 28

Ziering Residence
 / Studio Pali Fekete architects

11:05 - 10 August, 2017
Ziering Residence
 / Studio Pali Fekete architects, Courtesy of Studio Pali Fekete architects
Courtesy of Studio Pali Fekete architects

Courtesy of Studio Pali Fekete architects Courtesy of Studio Pali Fekete architects Courtesy of Studio Pali Fekete architects Courtesy of Studio Pali Fekete architects + 15

  • Architects

  • Location

    Los Angeles, United States
  • Architects in Charge

    Zoltan E. Pali, FAIA
  • Project Manager

    Siddhartha Majumdar
  • Area

    9000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2012

The Six / Brooks + Scarpa Architects

11:00 - 9 August, 2017
The Six  / Brooks + Scarpa Architects, © Tara Wucjik
© Tara Wucjik

© Tara Wucjik © Tara Wucjik © Tara Wucjik © Tara Wucjik + 33

Flythrough Video of Eric Owen Moss Architects' (W)rapper Revealed as Construction is Set to Begin

12:10 - 8 August, 2017
Flythrough Video of Eric Owen Moss Architects' (W)rapper Revealed as Construction is Set to Begin, © Eric Owen Moss Architects. Via Urbanize LA
© Eric Owen Moss Architects. Via Urbanize LA

After starting and stopping for nearly 20 years, a 17-story Deconstructivist tower by Eric Owen Moss Architects seems to finally be underway in Los AngelesCulver City neighborhood after construction permits were approved earlier this year. Originally known as the Glass Tower, the project has been revived as (W)rapper, a nod to the structure’s enveloping steel exoskeleton.

A new flythrough video of the project shows the inside and out of the 230-foot tower, including its double-height and mezzanine office levels, as well as a spacious rooftop terrace. In total, the building will offer 160,000 square feet of office space and two levels of underground parking. Located adjacent to the Expo Line’s LA Cienega/Jefferson station, the project was originally envisioned as a multi-tower development in the late 90s, before being reduced to its current form.

USC Architecture Students and MADWORKSHOP Collaborate to Combat LA’s Homeless Epidemic

09:30 - 6 August, 2017
USC Architecture Students and MADWORKSHOP Collaborate to Combat LA’s Homeless Epidemic, Courtesy of MADWORKSHOP
Courtesy of MADWORKSHOP

Aggravated by limited upward mobility and a dire housing crisis, LA County’s homeless population has shot up 23 percent to nearly 58,000 in the past year alone, according The Los Angeles Times. Their increased visibility recently guilted voters into passing (by a two-thirds majority) a sales tax increase (Measure H) and a $1.2 billion bond initiative (Measure HHH) to provide housing and amenities. With the city now better financially equipped to tackle the problem, a new issue arises: what to build?

Courtesy of MADWORKSHOP © Brandon Friend-Solis Courtesy of MADWORKSHOP Courtesy of MADWORKSHOP + 10

Proposed 66-Storey Tower Could Be LA's Third Tallest Building

08:00 - 3 August, 2017
Courtesy of Los Angeles Department of City Planning
Courtesy of Los Angeles Department of City Planning

Los Angeles' Department of City Planning has released an initial study for a potential future skyscraper that could break ground in 2020. The 66-story Figueroa Centre is proposed for construction on a current parking lot adjacent to the Hotel Figueroa in South Park. Designed by CallisonRTKL, upon completion, the building would become Downtown LA’s third tallest building, surpassed only by Wilshire Grand and the US Bank Tower, both at 73 stories.

Toulon / Studio William Hefner

19:00 - 26 July, 2017
Toulon / Studio William Hefner, © Roger Davies
© Roger Davies

© Roger Davies © Roger Davies © Roger Davies © Roger Davies + 78

  • Architects

  • Location

    Los Angeles, United States
  • Lead Architects

    William Hefner, AIA
  • Area

    7745.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs