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New Video Takes You Through the Floating Concourse Envisioned for LA's Union Station

16:30 - 24 July, 2017

Major changes are on the way for Los AngelesUnion Station that will improve connectivity between the stations various train, metro and bus lines. In a new video released by the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority, one possible future – a ring-shaped passenger concourse floating over the train platforms below – is visualized for the first time.

Renderings Revealed of Gehry Partners' Future Tree-Covered Playa Vista Office

12:30 - 20 July, 2017
Renderings Revealed of Gehry Partners' Future Tree-Covered Playa Vista Office , via LA Department of City Planning
via LA Department of City Planning

Renderings for a new office building in the Playa Vista neighborhood of Los Angeles designed by Gehry Partners have been revealed in documents released by the LA Department of City Planning. Called New Beatrice West, the eight-story development consists of a series of terraced glass boxes, capped with abundant vegetation aimed at contributing passive energy-efficiency to the complex. The new building will integrate an existing adjacent office building that currently houses the offices of Gehry Partners.

via LA Department of City Planning via LA Department of City Planning via LA Department of City Planning via LA Department of City Planning + 5

Paris and Los Angeles Selected as 2024 and 2028 Olympic Hosts

17:25 - 11 July, 2017
Paris and Los Angeles Selected as 2024 and 2028 Olympic Hosts, Paris 2024, LA 2024
Paris 2024, LA 2024

Paris and Los Angeles will become the next Olympic host cities, after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) voted unanimously to approve a plan simultaneously awarding the 2024 and 2028 Olympic Games to the competing cities.

Which city will host each year, however, is still on the table – the two bid cities and the IOC will have until a September 13 conference in Lima to reach an agreement. If they cannot agree, solely the 2024 Olympics will be awarded, though this outcome seems unlikely after recent collaborations by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo.

Eiffel Tower. Image via Paris 2024 Grand Palais - Fencing and Taekwondo. Image via Paris 2024 Main Stadium - Future home of the NFL's LA Rams. Image Courtesy of LA 2024 Downtown Sports Park - LA Football Club - Soccer. Image Courtesy of LA 2024 + 9

Morgan Phoa Library and Residence / Zoltan E. Pali + Studio Pali Fekete architects

17:00 - 11 July, 2017
Morgan Phoa Library and Residence / Zoltan E. Pali  + Studio Pali Fekete architects, © Roland Halbe
© Roland Halbe

© John Linden © Roland Halbe © Roland Halbe © John Linden + 11

The World's Most Expensive Cities in 2017 (And Why They Are So Expensive)

09:30 - 3 July, 2017
The World's Most Expensive Cities in 2017 (And Why They Are So Expensive)

As anyone who has recently attempted apartment-hunting in a major urban area will know, reasonably-priced housing can be difficult to come by for many and salaries don’t always seem to match the cost of living. This gap is contributing to housing crises in developed and developing countries worldwide. People are simply being priced out of cities, where housing has become a commodity instead of a basic human right. Financial speculation and states’ support of financial markets in a way that makes housing unaffordable has created an unsustainable global housing crisis. 

Earlier this year the 13th Annual Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey was released for 2017, revealing that the number of “severely unaffordable” major housing markets rose from 26 to 29 this year; the problem is getting worse. The study evaluates 406 metropolitan housing markets in nine of the world's major economies and uses the “median multiple” approach to determine affordability. By dividing the median house price by the median household income of an area, this method is meant to be a summary of “middle-income housing affordability.”

MAD's Lucas Museum of Narrative Art Approved by LA City Council

12:25 - 29 June, 2017
MAD's Lucas Museum of Narrative Art Approved by LA City Council, Courtesy of Lucas Museum of Narrative Art
Courtesy of Lucas Museum of Narrative Art

The Los Angeles City Council has unanimously voted to approve the construction of the long-awaited Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in LA’s Exposition Park, all but ensuring that the museum has finally found its permanent home after three years of searching.

Los Angeles' New Tallest Skyscraper, the Wilshire Grand, Opens to the Public

12:30 - 26 June, 2017
Los Angeles' New Tallest Skyscraper, the Wilshire Grand, Opens to the Public, Via constructdtla
Via constructdtla

Los Angeles’ newest skyscraper, the Wilshire Grand Center, opened to the public this weekend, earning the crown of the United States’ tallest building west of the Mississippi River. Topping out at 1,100 feet, the building eclipses the nearby U.S. Bank Tower by about 82 feet, thanks to its glass crown and decorative spire that rise from above the 73rd floor.

Designed by AC Martin Partners, the structure also represents a major change in Los Angeles tall building design as the first skyscraper completed since the city’s 2014 decision to remove the stipulation that all buildings over 75 feet must feature a flat roof to serve as a helipad.

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

    Los Angeles, United States
  • Architect in Charge

    Claus Benjamin Freyinger, Andrew Holder
  • Area

    1894.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2017

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.