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Black and Gold: How Paul Revere Williams Became the First African-American to Win the AIA's Highest Honor

09:30 - 8 December, 2016
Black and Gold: How Paul Revere Williams Became the First African-American to Win the AIA's Highest Honor, La Concha Motel, Las Vegas, 1961. Image Courtesy of the AIA
La Concha Motel, Las Vegas, 1961. Image Courtesy of the AIA

Yesterday, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) announced that they had awarded the 2017 Gold Medal to Paul Revere Williams. Despite the manic production rate of his five-decade-long career, those not familiar with the architecture of Hollywood’s early years might be forgiven for not recognizing Williams’ name. But he is notable for having designed around 3,000 buildings, for being “the architect to the stars” including, among many others, Frank Sinatra... and for being the first black member of the AIA.

Paley Home. Image Courtesy of the AIA Courtesy of the AIA LAX Theme Building, completed with Pereira & Luckman, 1961. Image © Flickr user thomashawk. Licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0 Paley Home. Image Courtesy of the AIA +7

LACMA Distinguished Architects Lecture Series: Odile Decq

17:51 - 30 November, 2016
LACMA Distinguished Architects Lecture Series: Odile Decq, LE CARGO, Media Start-Up Incubator Building, Paris, France - © Studio Odile Decq, photo by Roland Halbe
LE CARGO, Media Start-Up Incubator Building, Paris, France - © Studio Odile Decq, photo by Roland Halbe

French architect and landscape designer Odile Decq will deliver a lecture for the Distinguished Architects Lecture Series on December 9th at 7:30pm.

Odile Decq came to international renown in 1990 when she won her first major commission: La Banque Populaire de l’Ouest headquarters in Rennes. Decq’s work materializes a complete universe that embraces urban planning, architecture, design, and art.

HKS-Designed L.A. Stadium Will Be the Largest in the NFL

14:00 - 27 November, 2016
HKS-Designed L.A. Stadium Will Be the Largest in the NFL, Courtesy of HKS
Courtesy of HKS

After 21 years of playing in St. Louis, the Rams are moving back to Los Angeles — and a new stadium will greet them. Slated to open in 2019, HKS's new LA Stadium will be the largest in the NFL (covering three acres) in addition to the home of the Los Angeles Rams. Beyond sports usage, the structure will also host a performing arts center and sweeping public gardens. 

Courtesy of HKS Courtesy of HKS Courtesy of HKS Courtesy of HKS +6

Pierre Koenig’s Historic Case Study House #21 Could Be Yours... for the Right Price

07:00 - 7 November, 2016
Pierre Koenig’s Historic Case Study House #21 Could Be Yours... for the Right Price, © Grant Mudford
© Grant Mudford

One of modernism’s most iconic houses, Case Study House 21 (Bailey House) by Pierre Koenig, is now on sale. The two-bed/two-bath Hollywood Hills landmark has been touted as among the finest of Arts & Architecture Magazine’s Case Study Houses, and one of the program’s few truly experimental projects to explore groundbreaking design and materials. 

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

Experience LA's Architecture Through This Spectacular Panoramic Time-Lapse

16:00 - 29 October, 2016

From the Griffith Observatory to the LAX Airport, LACMA’s Urban Light installation, the Bradbury Building, Walt Disney Concert Hall, The Broad, and more, Los Angeles is full of inspiring architecture. In his new 10K x 4K resolution video, photographer and filmmaker Joe Capra of Scientifantastic captures the beauty of LA through panoramic footage. Over a span of two years, Capra stitched time-lapse footage from two synced DSLR cameras together resulting in a spectacular view of the city. 

Find out more about Capra’s work here, or view his timelapse of Rio de Janeiro here.

MAD Unveils Dual Lucas Museum Proposals for Los Angeles and San Francisco

12:30 - 27 October, 2016
MAD Unveils Dual Lucas Museum Proposals for Los Angeles and San Francisco, Courtesy of Lucas Museum of Narrative Art
Courtesy of Lucas Museum of Narrative Art

In the latest episode of what has become a dramatic narrative worthy of its own space opera, The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art has revealed plans for their two newest hopes: prospective museum designs, one in Los Angeles and one in San Francisco, that could serve as the new home of filmmaker George Lucas’ eclectic personal collection of artworks, costumes and artifacts.

After their failed proposal for a mountain-shaped museum along the Chicago Waterfront, the museum has again tapped architect Ma Yansong and his firm, MAD Architects, to design both proposals for the California sites, the first along the water on Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay, and the second for a site in Exposition Park in Los Angeles, adjacent to the city’s Natural History Museum and the Coliseum.

Tom Wiscombe Architecture's Sculptural Belltower Wins Competition for Sunset Strip Billboard Design

14:00 - 24 October, 2016
Tom Wiscombe Architecture's Sculptural Belltower Wins Competition for Sunset Strip Billboard Design, Courtesy of Tom Wiscombe Architecture
Courtesy of Tom Wiscombe Architecture

The team led by Tom Wiscombe Architecture has been selected as the winner of the Sunset Spectacular Billboard Competition, which tasked firms to design a multi-dimensional, kinetic billboard to “bring creativity and originality back to the Sunset Strip.”

Triumphing over finalist proposals from Gensler, TAIT Towers Inc. and Zaha Hadid Architects, the winning design, titled “West Hollywood Belltower,” draws from West Hollywood’s unique history and relationship with the billboard, and builds on its evolution from 2-dimensional sign to 3-dimensional icon-object.

Courtesy of Tom Wiscombe Architecture Courtesy of Tom Wiscombe Architecture Courtesy of Tom Wiscombe Architecture Courtesy of Tom Wiscombe Architecture +13

Spotlight: César Pelli

11:30 - 12 October, 2016
Spotlight: César Pelli, Petronas Towers. Image © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/einalem/1390833018'>Flickr user einalem</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/'>CC BY-SA 2.0</a>
Petronas Towers. Image © Flickr user einalem licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

A diversity of approaches and locales is the calling card of American based, Argentinian born architect César Pelli (born October 12, 1926). The common thread of Pelli’s work is a strong sensitivity to place and environment. Beginning his solo career with the Pacific Design Center (1975) in Los Angeles, and shifting through the World Financial Center (1988) (now Brookfield Place) in New York, to the Petronas Towers (1996) in Kuala LumpurMalaysia, and the now under-construction, Transbay Transit Center and Salesforce Tower in San Francisco, each project is a unique response to context.

Super Villa / Wolf Architects

17:00 - 6 October, 2016
Super Villa / Wolf Architects, Courtesy of Wolf Architects
Courtesy of Wolf Architects

Courtesy of Wolf Architects Courtesy of Wolf Architects Courtesy of Wolf Architects Courtesy of Wolf Architects +16

  • Architects

  • Location

    United States, Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • Area

    1327.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Wolf Architects

Blackbirds / Bestor Architecture

13:00 - 6 October, 2016
Blackbirds / Bestor Architecture, © Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

© Laure Joliet © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan +23

Hollywood Hills Residence / Struere

13:00 - 25 September, 2016
Hollywood Hills Residence / Struere, © Jeff Ong / PostRAIN Productions
© Jeff Ong / PostRAIN Productions

© Jeff Ong / PostRAIN Productions © Jeff Ong / PostRAIN Productions © Jeff Ong / PostRAIN Productions © Jeff Ong / PostRAIN Productions +21

Button Mash / Design, Bitches

13:00 - 16 September, 2016
Button Mash / Design, Bitches, © Laure Joliet
© Laure Joliet

© Laure Joliet © Laure Joliet © Laure Joliet © Laure Joliet +23

  • Architects

  • Location

    Echo Park, Los Angeles, CA, United States
  • Interior Design

    Design, Bitches
  • Client

    Button Mash (Jordan Weiss & Gabe Fowlkes)
  • Area

    4000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Unite Here Health LA Office / Lehrer Architects

17:00 - 31 August, 2016
Unite Here Health LA Office  / Lehrer Architects, Courtesy of Lehrer Architects
Courtesy of Lehrer Architects

Courtesy of Lehrer Architects Courtesy of Lehrer Architects Courtesy of Lehrer Architects Courtesy of Lehrer Architects +13

  • Architects

  • Location

    United States, Echo Park, Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • Area

    28000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Lehrer Architects

Tree Top Residence / Belzberg Architects

13:00 - 30 August, 2016
Tree Top Residence / Belzberg Architects, © Bruce Damonte
© Bruce Damonte

© Bruce Damonte © Bruce Damonte © Bruce Damonte © Bruce Damonte +13

  • Architects

  • Location

    Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • Partner in Charge

    Hagy Belzberg
  • Project Manager

    David Cheung
  • Design Team

    Dan Rentsch, Jennifer Wu, Chris Sanford, Barry Gartin, Susan Nwankpa
  • Area

    1290.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Modern Barn House / Rios Clementi Hale Studios

13:00 - 26 August, 2016
Modern Barn House / Rios Clementi Hale Studios, © John Ellis
© John Ellis

© John Ellis © John Ellis © John Ellis © John Ellis +20

AD Classics: Bullocks Wilshire / John and Donald Parkinson

04:00 - 23 August, 2016
AD Classics: Bullocks Wilshire / John and Donald Parkinson, Gjura Stojano’s mural “The Spirit of Sports” was the centerpiece of the Sportswear Department. ImageCourtesy of Balcony Press
Gjura Stojano’s mural “The Spirit of Sports” was the centerpiece of the Sportswear Department. ImageCourtesy of Balcony Press

With its iconic copper-clad tower looming over Wilshire Boulevard, the Bullock’s Wilshire has been a celebrated element of the Los Angeles cityscape since its opening in 1929. Known for its lavish Art Deco aesthetic, the department store made its mark as a prime shopping destination in a city filled with celebrities. But the Bullock’s Wilshire was more than a glamorous retail space; with a design centered around the automobile, it was to set a new standard for how businesses adapted to a rapidly changing urban environment.

Courtesy of Balcony Press The Bauhaus-inspired elevators in the grand foyer. ImageCourtesy of Balcony Press Detail drawing of gate. ImageCourtesy of Balcony Press A 1946 postcard with the Bullock’s Wilshire in the background. Imagevia digitalpostercollection.com +14

New Renderings Released of Peter Zumthor's LACMA Design

12:05 - 5 August, 2016
New Renderings Released of Peter Zumthor's LACMA Design, Aerial View. Image Courtesy of LACMA
Aerial View. Image Courtesy of LACMA

The office of Peter Zumthor has released new renderings of their design for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s $600 million new home on Museum Row in Los Angeles. The images provide the first look into the museum interior and gallery spaces, and present the museum in its nearly-finalized design. From this point, Zumthor has stated, "it is only going to be small alterations."

View from Japanese Pavilion. Image Courtesy of LACMA View from "Urban Light". Image Courtesy of LACMA Underside view. Image Courtesy of LACMA "Meander" Gallery Perspective. Image Courtesy of LACMA +11

wHY and artist Rirkrit Tiravanija Design "Waterfall Pavilion" for the LA Public Art Biennial

12:10 - 26 July, 2016
wHY and artist Rirkrit Tiravanija Design "Waterfall Pavilion" for the LA Public Art Biennial, Photo by Panic Studio LA, courtesy of City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA). Artwork commissioned by DCA for CURRENT:LA Water. Image © [Rirkrit Tiravanija 2016]
Photo by Panic Studio LA, courtesy of City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA). Artwork commissioned by DCA for CURRENT:LA Water. Image © [Rirkrit Tiravanija 2016]

Now on display as part of CURRENT: LA’s Public Art Biennial is “The Waterfall Pavilion,” designed by Los Angeles architects wHY’s Objects Workshop division in coordination with contemporary artist Rirkrit Tiravanija. The temporary installation is located at the point where water from Lake Balboa flows via a waterfall into the Los Angeles River, and consists of an open pavilion and a water purification wagon, corresponding to this year's festival theme of 'Water.'

Photo by Panic Studio LA, courtesy of City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA). Artwork commissioned by DCA for CURRENT:LA Water. Image © [Rirkrit Tiravanija 2016] Photo by Panic Studio LA, courtesy of City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA). Artwork commissioned by DCA for CURRENT:LA Water. Image © [Rirkrit Tiravanija 2016] Waterfall Pavilion Model. Image Courtesy of wHY Waterfall Pavilion Model. Image Courtesy of wHY +7