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Discussion: Downtown LA, Re-Envisioned + Revitalized

15:43 - 2 March, 2016
Discussion: Downtown LA, Re-Envisioned + Revitalized

Downtown Los ​Angeles is on the verge of a breakthrough moment. It is becoming more livable, walkable and enjoyable as we speak. But what's missing? A multidisciplinary panel at the A+D Museum examines the promise of DTLA almost a decade after the museum's show Enlightened Development asked the question: How do we foster a "sustainable downtown revitalization"? What can we learn from other cities where a similar downtown renaissance has taken place?

3DS Culinary / Oyler Wu Collaborative

20:00 - 29 February, 2016
© Scott Mayoral
© Scott Mayoral
  • Architects

  • Location

    Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA, United States
  • Project Team (Design and Fabrication)

    Dwayne Oyler, Jenny Wu, Lung Chi Chang, Harrison Steinbuch, Hans Koesters, Yaohua Wang, Sanjay Sukie, Zack Matthews, Po Yao Shih, Tony Morey, Joshua Ehrlich, Junda Xiang, Sebastian Medina, Jacques Lesec, Albert Chavez, Kevin Murray, James Choe, Cynthia Abi-Naked, Jui Hong Weng
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

© Scott Mayoral © Scott Mayoral © Scott Mayoral © Scott Mayoral +17

MAIN EVENT 12: SCI-Arc at The Sound

18:00 - 28 February, 2016
MAIN EVENT 12: SCI-Arc at The Sound

 

Each year, MAIN EVENT brings together leading architects and designers, developers, contractors, architectural patrons and philanthropists, as well as SCI-Arc alumni, to raise scholarship funds for SCI-Arc students. SCI-Arc's signature MAIN EVENT program to be hosted this spring is the first under SCI-Arc's new director, Hernan Diaz Alonso. Sponsorship and tickets available online at sciarc.edu/mainevent

Gwyneth Paltrow Hires Gensler to Design New Hollywood Arts Club

16:00 - 23 February, 2016
Gwyneth Paltrow Hires Gensler to Design New Hollywood Arts Club, © City of West Hollywood via Daily Mail
© City of West Hollywood via Daily Mail

American actress Gwyneth Paltrow has commissioned Gensler to design a new branch of London's exclusive Arts Club in West Hollywood. The eight-story members-only club will feature a number of luxury amenities, including a spa, gym, art gallery and rooftop pool. Paltrow is collaborating with business partner Gary Landesberg to complete the 132,000-square-foot facility, which will also include a restaurant and dining terrace, screening rooms, 15 guest rooms, and helicopter pad.

Making Sense of The Broad: A Milestone in the Revitalization of Downtown Los Angeles

09:30 - 22 February, 2016
Making Sense of The Broad: A Milestone in the Revitalization of Downtown Los Angeles, © Benny Chan
© Benny Chan

Unlike most American cities, which spent the 20th century radiating out into suburbia, Los Angeles befuddles outsiders because it doesn’t really have a definite center. The phrase “LA” is loosely used to refer to a collection of small yet distinct cities across the Los Angeles basin that grew together over time. Traditionally, a handful of these localities have been the cultural centers and tourist destinations (Hollywood, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Silverlake, etc). While these districts thrived, “downtown” sat largely neglected; its financial towers and retail spaces had severe occupancy issues for much of the 90’s and 2000’s. Ten years ago, downtown street life outside of working hours was virtually nonexistent.

That fate was largely the result of poor urban planning. The tragic destruction of the vibrant Bunker Hill residential neighborhood in the 1960’s created a series of vacant freeway-flanked “superblocks” intended for ugly, efficient modernist towers - many of which never reached fruition. To this day, the area is still plagued with empty lots. Developers and architects have considered downtown as a risky return on investment ever since.

DTLA wasn’t just the butt end of jokes (Family Guy: “There’s nothing to do downtown!”) it was treated with disdain. Even Frank Gehry said on record that he wished the Walt Disney Concert Hall had been constructed 12 miles away in Westwood (near UCLA). He went on to add that he felt the current attempted revitalization of downtown was: “both anachronistic and premature.” Ouch.

© The Broad and Diller Scofidio + Renfro © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan +8

John Lautner's Goldstein House Gifted to LACMA by its Owner

14:00 - 18 February, 2016
John Lautner's Goldstein House Gifted to LACMA by its Owner, © Jeff Green
© Jeff Green

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) has announced that John Lautner's famous LA residence, the James Goldstein House - often referred to as the Sheats Goldstein Residence - has been promised to the museum by its current owner James Goldstein. The gift includes the house itself, a James Turrell skyspace which is located on the property, and architectural models of the home (as well as a number of artworks and Goldstein's 1961 Rolls Royce for good measure). The house will be the museum's first architectural acquisition, following similar acquisitions of Modernist homes by other museums such as Crystal Bridges Museum's recently-opened Bachmann-Wilson House by Frank Lloyd Wright.

© Tom Ferguson Photography © Tom Ferguson Photography © Jeff Green © Tom Ferguson Photography +5

SAH Los Angeles Seminar: Surveying LA -- Past, Present, Future

11:30 - 8 February, 2016
SAH Los Angeles Seminar: Surveying LA -- Past, Present, Future

The SAH Los Angeles Seminar bridges the Society's efforts in historic conservation to the contemporary built environment and the local public and professional community. The LA Seminar will critically look at SurveyLA, a five-million dollar, city-wide study of historic resources sponsored by the J. Paul Getty Trust and the City of Los Angeles. As described online, “SurveyLA – the Los Angeles Historic Resources Survey – is Los Angeles' first-ever comprehensive program to identify significant historic resources throughout our city. The survey marks a coming-of-age for Los Angeles' historic preservation movement, and will serve as a centerpiece for the City's first truly comprehensive preservation program."

Backyard BI(h)OME / Kevin Daly Architects

13:00 - 5 February, 2016
Backyard BI(h)OME / Kevin Daly Architects, © Nico Marques / Photekt
© Nico Marques / Photekt

© Nico Marques / Photekt © Nico Marques / Photekt © Nico Marques / Photekt © Nico Marques / Photekt +16

Exhibition: Finding Form

11:00 - 4 February, 2016
Exhibition: Finding Form

Finding Form is a co-show art event showcasing the works of Jeff Morrical, Jeff Guiducci & Carmelia Chiang, all working as architects in Los Angeles.

Morrical's work, The Folded Ocean, incorporates single sheet sculptures shaped by folds and gravity. Guiducci & Chiang's work, Tangential Mode, demonstrates the many possibilities of extraordinary form through the use of a most ordinary material - PVC piping.

The opening reception took place on Jan 23, 2016 and will be open to the public through Feb 13, 2016 at Design Matters Gallery in West Los Angeles. (11527 W. Pico Blvd).

Sunset Plaza Drive / GWdesign

15:00 - 20 January, 2016
Sunset Plaza Drive / GWdesign, © Dana Meilijson
© Dana Meilijson
  • Architects

  • Location

    Sunset Plaza Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90069, USA
  • Architect in Charge

    Dominic Gasparoly
  • Associate

    Khalid Watson
  • Area

    5600.0 ft2
  • Photographs

© Dana Meilijson © Dana Meilijson © Dana Meilijson © Dana Meilijson +25

Call for Applications: 2016 L.A. Conservancy Preservation Awards

16:30 - 10 January, 2016
Call for Applications: 2016 L.A. Conservancy Preservation Awards

The Los Angeles Conservancy is now accepting applications for their 2016 Preservation Awards, which recognize outstanding achievement in the field of historic preservation in Los Angeles County. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, January 29, 2016.

An independent jury of experts in architecture, historic preservation, and community development will select the award recipients. Submissions that illustrate the value and power of preservation are encouraged from across Los Angeles County.

Projects honored in the past have varied widely, from sensitive restoration, rehabilitation, and adaptive reuse projects, to groundbreaking advocacy and education efforts undertaken by individuals or groups.

Shulman Home and Studio / Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects

13:00 - 10 January, 2016
Shulman Home and Studio / Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects, © Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan
  • Architects

  • Location

    Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • Architect in Charge

    Lorcan O’Herlihy, FAIA (Principal-In-Charge), Donnie Schmidt (PM), Lisa Pauli
  • Area

    4000.0 ft2
  • Photographs

© Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan +13

Frank Gehry is “a Robert Moses With the Soul of a Jane Jacobs” in This Long-Read on the Los Angeles River

14:00 - 2 January, 2016
Frank Gehry is “a Robert Moses With the Soul of a Jane Jacobs” in This Long-Read on the Los Angeles River, © flickr user smgerdes, licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
© flickr user smgerdes, licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

A river is not usually the province of an architect. Cities grow around rivers, and buildings are built near rivers, but rarely is the river itself the subject of a design problem. Ever since news broke that Frank Gehry is leading a master plan effort for the Los Angeles River, there has been a marked increase in discussion of the river, though rarely with much historical background. Joseph Giovannini tries to correct this omission with his recent piece in the Los Angeles Review of Books, laying the groundwork from when the Army Corps of Engineers decided to line the river in concrete in the late 1930s to prevent flooding, and introducing all of the major players who have been working more recently to return the river to a more natural state.

This Drone Video of Los Angeles Highlights the City’s Many Murals

09:30 - 25 December, 2015

In this wide-ranging video, drone videographer Ian Wood captures the diversity of the built environment in Los Angeles, featuring architectural gems on equal footing with freeways and freight trains. The buildings and locations featured in the video span over a century of architectural history in LA, and cover the region’s vast geography, including such icons as Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House, Cesar Pelli’s Pacific Design Center, Eric Owen MossStealth building, and Morphosis’ recently completed Emerson College Los Angeles.

But what truly sets this video apart is how it highlights the many murals spread throughout the city. Often utilizing otherwise blank facades facing parking lots and alleys, these murals are nonetheless an integral part of LA’s urban fabric, as illustrated in this video. Sadly though, as Wood notes on the video description, there were many more murals that vanished before he was able to get them on video.

In Defense of Kohn Pedersen Fox’s Petersen Automotive Museum

09:30 - 23 December, 2015
In Defense of Kohn Pedersen Fox’s Petersen Automotive Museum, © Chang Kim for KPF
© Chang Kim for KPF

It’s a rare event when a public building is striking enough to grab the attention of most Angelenos. It’s even more curious when that building is almost unanimously panned by the critics. Barring the so-called “iconic” buildings that our city has collected over the last 15 years, Los Angeles seldom received exciting public architecture. Because of this, every new major addition gets placed under a cultural microscope. Now, with Kohn Pedersen Fox’s redesign of the Petersen Automotive Museum nearing completion, architecture critics have sharpened their knives: reviewers have called it “kind of hideous,” "the Edsel of architecture," and “the Guy Fieri of buildings.” But these gripes completely miss the point of what a car museum on the Miracle Mile should be.

© Chang Kim for KPF © Chang Kim for KPF © Chang Kim for KPF © Chang Kim for KPF +8

4 Shortlisted to Revitalize Los Angeles’ Oldest Park

16:00 - 21 December, 2015
4 Shortlisted to Revitalize Los Angeles’ Oldest Park, AD Classics: Pershing Square / Ricardo Legorreta + Laurie Olin. Image © Legorreta + Legorreta, photograph by Lourdes Legorreta
AD Classics: Pershing Square / Ricardo Legorreta + Laurie Olin. Image © Legorreta + Legorreta, photograph by Lourdes Legorreta

Four teams have been chosen to move on to the second stage of the Pershing Square Renew competition. Aiming to transform downtown Los Angeles' oldest park, the finalists will now refine their schematic proposals in preparation of a second review in March 2016. The winning scheme will potentially be the five-acre park's sixth iteration, replacing Mexican architect Ricardo Legorreta and landscape architect Laurie Olin current design that first opened in 1994. 

The four teams and their preliminary ideas, include: 

This SOM Archive Video Offers a Look Back at the Early Days of 3D Visualization

09:30 - 10 December, 2015

Until recently, the only options for providing clients and the public with visualizations of what a prospective building would look like were almost exclusively hand drawn renderings, or scale models built by hand. Both of these practices are still in use today, but now there is a much wider range of options with 3D modeling software providing the bulk of renderings, the growing presence of 3D printing, and even video fly-throughs with special effects that rival the latest Hollywood action movie. This 16mm film created by architecture firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) in 1984, and digitized by illustrator Peter Little, reminded us of what the early days of digital 3D modeling looked like.

A Virtual Look Into Pierre Koenig's Case Study House #22, The Stahl House

09:30 - 30 November, 2015

Without a doubt, it’s among the most famous houses in Los Angeles. The house is easy to describe: a steel framed L-plan, divided into bedrooms and the communal living spaces, all wrapped around a turquoise pool seemingly impossibly poised above the city. But words don’t do it justice. Julius Shulman’s 1960 photograph of Pierre Koenig’s Case Study House 22, perhaps better known as Stahl House, changed the fantasies of a generation.