The Indicator: Ten Years Later, Has the Disney Concert Hall Made a Difference?

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On October 23rd, the , the project that almost never was, will celebrate its ten-year anniversary. Throughout these ten years it has had all manner of transformative power attributed to it. But has it really transformed LA? What would the city have been like if it had never been built? Would it be fundamentally different?

The answer? No.The city wouldn’t even be that different in the immediate vicinity of Grand Avenue.

Gelb House / Bruce Norelius Studio

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Architects: Bruce Norelius Studio
Location: , CA, USA
Area: 1,200 sqft
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Bruce Norelius Studio

Global Citizen: The Architecture of Moshe Safdie

Journey through a three-dimensional landscape of striking architecture in this career-spanning of Moshe Safdie’s work. Global Citizen: The Architecture of Moshe Safdie surveys the renowned architect’s career from his formative period in the 1960s and early 1970s to his recent projects around the world, exploring his aesthetic language of transcendent light, powerful geometry, and iconic forms.

Using sketches, models, photographs, and films of twenty-five projects, the exhibition portrays Safdie’s architecture not only as visual art but as a medium for advancing social, political, and cultural goals. Along with the exhibition, there will be a talk with at the Skirball Cultural Center on Sunday, October 20, 3:00pm. Click here for more information.

Westgate Residence / Kurt Krueger Architect

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Architects: Kurt Krueger Architect
Location: , CA, USA
General Contractor: Rhino Construction, Inc.
Photographs: Unlimited Style Photography

Kearsarge Residence / Kurt Krueger Architect

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Architects: Kurt Krueger Architect
Location: , CA, USA
General Contractor: Rhino Construction, Inc.
Year: 2012
Photographs: Unlimited Style Photography

Gehry’s Walt Disney Hall Turns 10

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It’s been called a “remarkable work of public architecture” that “engages [the city of] Los Angeles” like few others. With the 10 year anniversary of Frank Gehry‘s Walt Disney Concert Hall approaching, the LA Times, with some great, in-depth coverage, has been taking a look back at its architecture and what makes it such an important icon for both Gehry and LA. Oh, and don’t forget to check out its soon-to-be neighbor on Grand Avenue, the Broad Museum by Diller Scofidio + Renfro!

Same Time Zone, Different Standards

Foreground: Pavilion by Tom Wiscombe Design, Middleground: Textile Room Pavilion by P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S at The Museum of Contemparary Art, . Image © Taiyo Watanabe

The Getty’s Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A. hosted A. Quincy Jones: Building for Better Living at UCLA’s Hammer Museum and Contemporary Architecture from Southern California (formerly known as A New Sculpturalism) at MOCA Geffen for the better part of this summer. These two exhibits, on view until September 8 and 16 respectively, give us insight into Los Angeles’ past and present architectural legacies. They take on fundamentally different challenges. One uncovers a prolific and primary history of a modernist architect, the other attempts to capture and catalogue an unwieldy and unstable present.

Read on after the break for reviews of both exhibitions…

The Threat Hanging Over LA’s Modernist Homes

Richard Neutra’s 1929 Lovell House. Image Courtesy of Wikiarquitectura

A shadow hangs over the hills of Los Angeles, threatening its modernist architecture. In this article on the Daily Beast, Andrew Romano investigates the trend for the ‘McMansions’ which are now popular among LA’s super-rich, and the risk that they pose to the style that “many believe was perfected in Southern California” – the hillside modernist home. But it’s not all bad news: he finds that the Schairer House, designed by Gregory Ain in 1949 is now being restored, and Beverly Hills last year past its first preservation laws. Read the full article here.

Petersen Automotive Museum Unveils Eye-Catching New Exterior by Kohn Pedersen Fox

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The Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles has announced that it will celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2014 with a redesign of its interior and a complete transformation of its exterior facade to create a “world class museum that will showcase the art, experience, culture and heritage of the automobile.” The exterior design by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates will give the Petersen a truly unique and iconic look that will hopefully attract architecture and car enthusiasts alike.

More on the museum’s drastic transformation after the break.

LA’s Iconic Case Study Houses (Finally!) Make National Register

Case Study House #22, (playboy), 1960 Los Angeles, CA / Pierre Koenig, architect © Julius Shulman

Ten of Los Angeles’ Case Study Houses have been deemed historically significant and worthy of being included on US’s . Despite the Los Angeles Conservancy’s belief that all of them deserve “equal protections,” the 11th home was not included due to “owner objection.”

The Case Study Houses spawned from a post-WWII residential experiment, presented by the Arts & Architecture magazine in 1945, which introduced modern movement ideas for affordable and efficient housing. Designs by the likes of Richard Neutra, Charles and Ray Eames, Pierre Koenig, Eero Saarinen and others, redefined the modern home and, with the help of Julius Shulman, placed Los Angeles as an epicenter for mid-century modernism.

The 11 homes included on the register are:

P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S’ Latest Expressive, Experimental Pavilion: Textile Room

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This article originally appeared in Metropolis Magazine’s Point of View Blog as “Working at the Crystalline Level.

Los Angeles-based is among the most intriguing and progressive firms working in architecture today. They seem relentless in pushing boundaries in areas like ultra-light-weight high-tech materials and immersive media. They are also very thoughtful and patient in the way they approach design.

This is good because what they are engaged in and the way they work takes time. By collaborating with engineers and innovators in different industries they are slowly changing the way architecture is carried out and conceived on material and ontological levels. They don’t do spec homes, they do what’s new, and sometimes try to do what hasn’t been done yet.

Founder and co-principal Marcelo Spina and co-principal Georgina Huljich both teach, he at SCI-ARC and she at UCLA, where they pursue research interests with students and then reflect that back into their small but energetic practice tucked away in one of Los Angeles’ rustic urban edges, Atwater Village.

One thing to recently emerge from this office is the experimental carbon fiber pavilion they call Textile Room.

SOM Breaks Ground on Los Angeles’ Courthouse

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Just eight months after being awarded the design-build contract with Clark Construction Group, Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill (SOM) has broke ground on the new, $318 million United States Courthouse in downtown . This is a long-awaited achievement for the city of , as attempts have been made to construct a new courthouse since 2007. However, despite having to abandoned a $1.1 billion Perkins + Will proposal years ago, many believe this sustainable and more cost-effective design by SOM was worth the wait.

The Indicator: Two Shows, Many Cities: “A New Scuplturalism” at MOCA and “Never Built” at the A+D Museum

Pereira and Luckman, original plan, 1952, Rendering. Courtesy Los Angeles World Airports Flight Path Learning Center.

Here in Los Angeles we have a complicated relationship with architecture and two con-current museum exhibitions demonstrate this in ironic and puzzling ways. This came into clear relief when, on Saturday, August 03, 2013, something amazing and unprecedented happened: architecture was on the front page of a major US newspaper, the Los Angeles Times.

This, it must be said, is a very unusual thing for architecture. Moreover, it was not the type of architecture you might expect to grab the spotlight. It was the un-built original plan for Los Angeles International by Pereira and Luckman, c. 1952. If you’ve been to LAX you’ve seen their Theme Building. They also did the plan for LAX that was finally accepted—the less visionary, less ambitious plan. This was being re-presented to the world in the context of “Never Built” a show about the unrealized architectural dreams of Los Angeles currently showing at the A+D Museum.

South Los Angeles Animal Care Center & Community Center / RA-DA

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Architects: RA-DA
Location: 1850 West 60th Street, , CA 90047,
Design Lead: Rania Alomar
Project Manager: Sofia Ames
Designers: Carolyn Telgard, Jesse Madrid
Structural Engineer: John Labib & Associates
Mep Engineers: Creative Engineering Group
Civil Engineer: RBF Consulting, EW Moon
Specs Writer: Chew Specifications
Contractor: Mackone Development Inc
Building Owner: City of Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering
Other Team Members: Los Angeles Animal Services
Year: 2013
Photographs: Ralf Strathmann

Never Built: Los Angeles

Frank Lloyd Wright, Huntington Hartford Athletic Club, 1947 (Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation)

After years of extensive research that unearthed countless untold stories and hundreds of beautiful unbuilt designs, curators Sam Lubell and Greg Goldin will be celebrating the opening of their highly anticipated Never Built: Los Angeles - today at the Architecture and Design Museum in .

LAX Completes First Phase of its $1.5 Billion Terminal

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Phase 1 of the new Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX, the largest public works project in the history of , has been completed. The new , designed by Fentress Architects to be a LEED-certified landmark for the city, will feature a flowing, ocean-inspired roofline, a three-story,150,000-square-foot Great Hall, and one of the most advanced multimedia Integrated Environmental Media Systems (IEMS) in the world. The $1.5 billion project has been funded solely from LAX’s operating revenues, without public funds.

2013 Los Angeles Architectural Awards Announced

Hospitality Award: Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea – Clubhouse / Yazdani Studio of Cannon Design + Heerim Architects and Planners

In addition to honoring renowned architect Ray Kappe with a Lifetime Achievement Award, the Business Council has awarded thirty-one county projects for their design excellence, and community impact at the 43rd annual LA Architectural Awards.

The 2013 Los Angeles Architectural Award Winners:

In Discussion: Peter Zumthor Speaks with Michael Govan About the LACMA Redesign

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In a crowed auditorium in central Los Angeles on Sunday, Swiss architect sat down with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) director Michael Govan to kickstart the opening of The Presence of the Past: Peter Zumthor Reconsiders LACMA. The hour-long discussion, captured in the video above, began with an insightful overview of Zumthor’s most famous works before moving to an in-depth conversation about the underlying ideas that drive Zumthor’s design for the highly anticipated LACMA overhaul.

The project – already six years in the making and yet still in its schematic phase – plans to replace LACMA’s aging cluster of three pavilions with an elevated, 21st century facility. A detailed project summary, alongside images captured from Zumthor’s 6 ton, concrete model, is available for you to review here on ArchDaily. Enjoy!