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7 Firms Reveal Plans for Los Angeles River Revitalization

16:15 - 20 June, 2017
7 Firms Reveal Plans for Los Angeles River Revitalization, From the Los Angeles River Downtown Design Dialogue (City of Los Angeles, Bureau of Engineering). Used by Permission from WSP
From the Los Angeles River Downtown Design Dialogue (City of Los Angeles, Bureau of Engineering). Used by Permission from WSP

The City of Los Angeles has revealed preliminary designs for seven different downtown segments of the Los Angeles River revitalization master plan, envisioned by Gruen AssociatesWSP, CH2M, Chee Salette, Mia Lehrer + Associates, AECOM, and Tetra Tech. The project, known as the LA River Downtown Design Dialogue, asked designers to create potential schemes for development of the Downtown Corridor that “focus on interventions to improve connectivity and access to the river” and “imagine how to achieve function while embracing bold, world-class design,” while integrating in river adjacent projects currently in development, such as BIG’s 670 Mesquite.

From the Los Angeles River Downtown Design Dialogue (City of Los Angeles, Bureau of Engineering). Used by Permission from Gruen Associates From the Los Angeles River Downtown Design Dialogue (City of Los Angeles, Bureau of Engineering). Used by Permission from AECOM From the Los Angeles River Downtown Design Dialogue (City of Los Angeles, Bureau of Engineering). Used by Permission from Mia Lehrer + Associates From the Los Angeles River Downtown Design Dialogue (City of Los Angeles, Bureau of Engineering). Used by Permission from Chee Salette +37

Hide Out / Dan Brunn Architecture

15:00 - 8 June, 2017
Hide Out / Dan Brunn Architecture, © Brandon Shigeta
© Brandon Shigeta

© Brandon Shigeta © Brandon Shigeta © Brandon Shigeta © Brandon Shigeta +15

13 Buildings That Have Aged Magnificently

09:30 - 5 June, 2017
13 Buildings That Have Aged Magnificently

Humanity always cherishes great works of art that stand the test of time. This June, for example, marks the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ psychedelic Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, and the 20th anniversary of Radiohead’s dystopian Ok Computer. These psychologically satisfying birthdays have generated serious appreciation and nostalgia. Similarly, we also love to praise the longevity of innovative architecture. The AIA bestows an annual “Twenty-five Year Award” to acknowledge projects that have "stood the test of time” and “exemplify design of enduring significance.” But one project a year seems stingy. Below are 15 modern classics which, though not always given the easiest start in life, we’ve come to adore:

© <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/leandrociuffo/3665886505'>Flickr user Leandro Neumann Ciuffo</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/deed.en'>CC BY 2.0</a> © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/aseles/6149740236'>Flickr user Andrew Seles</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/'>CC BY-ND 2.0</a> © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/g_firkser/6233067891'>Flickr user Gavin Firkser</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/deed.en'>CC BY 2.0</a> © <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Bank-of-china_clean-img-sma.jpg'>Wikimedia user LERA Engineering</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en'>CC BY-SA 3.0</a> +14

In Residence: Inside John Lautner's Quintessential California Modern, the Lautner Harpel House

16:25 - 31 May, 2017

There are so many moves that the architect makes that you don’t understand the moment you see the house… and as those things reveal themselves, it’s always these really beautiful moments because it’s sort of like a poem or a song coming together in a way where it makes sense – you’ve heard it before but you didn’t understand it

In the latest video from their In Residence series, NOWNESS takes a look inside the recently restored Lautner Harpel House, built in 1956 by Los Angeles architect and Frank Lloyd Wright protege John Lautner. After purchasing the house in 2006, design restorer and Resurrection Vintage co-founder Mark Haddawy sought to restore the house to its original conception – a process that required the removal of several ill-conceived additions, including a second story.

Check out the video to see inside the house, and how its individual moments come together to create a signature example of California Modernism.

Armstrong Avenue Residence / The LADG

15:00 - 26 May, 2017
Armstrong Avenue Residence / The LADG, © Nathaniel Riley
© Nathaniel Riley

© Nathaniel Riley © Nathaniel Riley © Nathaniel Riley © Nathaniel Riley +12

  • Architects

  • Location

    Silver Lake, Los Angeles, CA, United States
  • Architect in Charge

    Claus Benjamin Freyinger, Andrew Holder
  • Area

    1894.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

OMA and Mia Lehrer Associates' FAB Park Redesigned for More Green Space

17:05 - 23 May, 2017
OMA and Mia Lehrer Associates' FAB Park Redesigned for More Green Space, via Curbed
via Curbed

The design of OMA and Mia Lehrer+Associates’ park at First and Broadway (FAB) in Los Angeles has received a green update, reports LA Downtown News, following a community feedback session in which residents voiced their desire to add additional plantings to the scheme.

"Don't Blame Me!": 6 Projects That Were Disowned by High-Profile Architects

09:30 - 22 May, 2017
"Don't Blame Me!": 6 Projects That Were Disowned by High-Profile Architects, © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/tseedmund/5351328288/'>Flickr user tseedmund</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/'>CC BY 2.0</a>
© Flickr user tseedmund licensed under CC BY 2.0

Construction is an exercise in frugality and compromise. To see their work realized, architects have to juggle the demands of developers, contractors, clients, engineers—sometimes even governments. The resulting concessions often leave designers with a bruised ego and a dissatisfying architectural result. While these architects always do their best to rectify any problems, some disputes get so heated that the architect feels they have no choice but to walk away from their own work. Here are 6 of the most notable examples:

Courtesy of Renzo Piano Building Workshop, Studio Pali Fekete architects, AMPAS © Oskar Da Riz Fotografie © Danica O. Kus © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/18378655@N00/2894726149/'>Flickr user James Cridland</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/deed.en'>CC BY 2.0</a> +7

How Developers Turned Graffiti Into a Trojan Horse For Gentrification

09:30 - 19 May, 2017
How Developers Turned Graffiti Into a Trojan Horse For Gentrification, 5 Pointz. Image © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/34639903@N03/3423491692'>Flickr user iamNigelMorris</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/'>CC BY 2.0</a>
5 Pointz. Image © Flickr user iamNigelMorris licensed under CC BY 2.0

It happened in the middle of the night: the stealth whitewashing of 5Pointz, Long Island City's unofficial graffiti museum. In 2013 owner Jerry Wolkoff, of G&M Realty, wanted the building razed in order to erect new luxury condominiums, and the artists sued to preserve their work. A judge denied the artists' request and Wolkoff had the murals destroyed under cover of darkness, ostensibly to prevent them from attaining landmark status. Though graffiti was born as a subversive act, these artists had painted with Wolkoff's permission since 1993 and had turned the warehouse into “the world's premiere graffiti mecca” and the largest legal aerosol art space in the United States. This was a serious betrayal.

Writer's Block / CHA:COL

17:00 - 18 May, 2017
Writer's Block / CHA:COL, © Edward Duarte
© Edward Duarte

© Edward Duarte            © Edward Duarte            © Edward Duarte            © Edward Duarte            +22

  • Architects

  • Location

    Downtown, Los Angeles, CA, United States
  • Design Team

    Apurva Pande, Chinmaya Misra, Claudia Barbazza, Ruy Berumen
  • Area

    1500.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2016

Los Angeles Considers Constructing Gondola Lift to Hollywood Sign

16:00 - 9 May, 2017
Los Angeles Considers Constructing Gondola Lift to Hollywood Sign, © Flickr user adholmes. Licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0
© Flickr user adholmes. Licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0

Los Angeles may soon be receiving a new attraction: a gondola-style cable car system that would transport visitors up to the iconic Hollywood Sign in the Santa Monica Mountains.

According to a recent interview with LA mayor Eric Garcetti, the city is considering several new options to open up access to the 45-foot-tall structure, one of which is a sky gondola that would pick up visitors at or near Universal Studios (located on the north side of the mountains in Studio City).

"See You in Court!": 9 of Architecture’s Nastiest Lawsuits

09:30 - 8 May, 2017
© <a href=‘https://www.flickr.com/photos/diversey/16868722144/'>Flickr user diversey</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/deed.en'>CC BY-2.0</a>
© Flickr user diversey licensed under CC BY-2.0

What did Pritzker Prize winner Frank Gehry get when he designed the Stata Center, an exuberantly whimsical academic complex for MIT? A very large check, plus a major lawsuit, alleging negligence and breach of contract due to rampant leaks, mold, cracks, drainage problems and sliding ice. Sometimes the most inspired designs can go awry. And when they do, some clients lawyer up. Here are 9 fascinating examples.

New Renderings Revealed for MAD's Lucas Museum in Los Angeles

15:15 - 5 May, 2017
New Renderings Revealed for MAD's Lucas Museum in Los Angeles, Courtesy of Los Angeles Department of City Planning
Courtesy of Los Angeles Department of City Planning

New renderings showing an updated design for the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in Los Angeles have been revealed as part of a presentation to the LA city planning commission. Designed by MAD Architects, the building will house the Star Wars-directors’ expansive collection of art, illustrations and artifacts, showcasing the art of visual storytelling.

Courtesy of Los Angeles Department of City Planning Courtesy of Los Angeles Department of City Planning Courtesy of Los Angeles Department of City Planning Courtesy of Los Angeles Department of City Planning +4

Experience Cities From Above With Crystal Clear Drone Videos

08:00 - 2 May, 2017

With rapid advancements in technology and crystal clear imagery, drones have allowed us to experience our cities and landscapes from unimaginable vantage points and perspectives. In its series of videos, YouTube channel Mingomatic uses drones to capture the sights and scenes of predominantly American cities and various locations from above, offering glimpses of skylines, oceans, highways and terrains (and seals!). Check out the 10 videos below for some spectacular views, and find Mingomatic’s full selection, here.

See the Proposed Sites of LA's 2024 Olympic Bid

13:15 - 26 April, 2017
See the Proposed Sites of LA's 2024 Olympic Bid, Main Stadium - Future home of the NFL's LA Rams. Image Courtesy of LA 2024
Main Stadium - Future home of the NFL's LA Rams. Image Courtesy of LA 2024

As the race for the 2024 Olympics bid has been narrowed down to just two cities, the LA 2024 committee has revealed the latest plans for its bid. While the central appeal of Los Angeles would be its existing sports and transportation infrastructure (a key concern following the economic struggles of many recent host cities), the city would still see a comprehensive update of venues and several new structures.

Downtown Sports Park - LA Live Aerial. Image Courtesy of LA 2024 Downtown Sports Park - Figueroa Corridor. Image Courtesy of LA 2024 Downtown Sports Park - Marathon Finish - City Hall. Image Courtesy of LA 2024 Downtown Sports Park - LA Convention Center - Table Tennis. Image Courtesy of LA 2024 +25

New Renderings Show Major Changes to Zumthor's LACMA Redesign

16:00 - 10 April, 2017
New Renderings Show Major Changes to Zumthor's LACMA Redesign, © Atelier Peter Zumthor
© Atelier Peter Zumthor

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) has released the newest renderings of their planned Atelier Peter Zumthor-led $600 million renovation, and one thing in particular stands out: the building is no longer black.

While the third major revision to the design sees the building retain the overall shape of its previous iteration, many aspects have changed, including how the floating mass touches the ground and the facade’s new sandy color.

© Atelier Peter Zumthor © Atelier Peter Zumthor & Partner/The Boundary © Atelier Peter Zumthor © Atelier Peter Zumthor +10

IN.DENT / AN.ONYMOUS

15:00 - 10 April, 2017
IN.DENT / AN.ONYMOUS, © Neave Bozorgi
© Neave Bozorgi

© Neave Bozorgi © Neave Bozorgi © Neave Bozorgi © Austin Yu +24

  • Architects

  • Location

    6325 Topanga Canyon Blvd, Woodland Hills, CA 91367, United States
  • Design Project Team

    Iman Ansari, Marta Nowak, Shiqi Fan, Chun-Hua Chiu, Isabel Brañas​, Dan Zhu, Maria Katticaran
  • Area

    1600.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

SCI-Arc Making+Meaning Summer Program

06:00 - 5 April, 2017
SCI-Arc Making+Meaning Summer Program, Courtesy of SCI-Arc
Courtesy of SCI-Arc

Every summer, SCI-Arc opens its doors to students and young professionals from multiple disciplines and diverse backgrounds seeking to explore the field of architecture from the school’s distinctive vantage point of hands-on design and experimentation. The Making+Meaning summer program offers participants a unique opportunity to be a part of the vibrant design community at SCI-Arc as they work on projects to jumpstart or enhance a design portfolio. This immersive workshop runs from July 10th – August 4th and is now open for registration.

Herzog & de Meuron to Complete $2 Billion Development in Los Angeles' Arts District

16:15 - 23 February, 2017
Herzog & de Meuron to Complete $2 Billion Development in Los Angeles' Arts District, View from the street. Image Courtesy of Los Angeles Department of City Planning
View from the street. Image Courtesy of Los Angeles Department of City Planning

The Los Angeles Department of City planning has released a new study surrounding Herzog & de Meuron’s 6AM mixed-use development planned for LA’s Arts District. Originally revealed last fall, the estimated $2 billion complex would constitute the Swiss firm’s first project in the Southern California city, and could play a major role in the revitalization of the downtown area.

Skyline view. Image Courtesy of Los Angeles Department of City Planning View from the street. Image Courtesy of Los Angeles Department of City Planning View of one of the project's retail areas. Image Courtesy of Los Angeles Department of City Planning View of one of the project's retail areas. Image Courtesy of Los Angeles Department of City Planning +12