Diller Scofidio + Renfro Designs Public Plaza, Restaurant for LA’s Broad Museum

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Alongside news that The Broad’s completion date has been pushed back to 2015, rather than this fall, Diller Scofidio + Renfro has unveiled a new collaboration with landscape architect Walter Hood that will transform the mid-block parcel adjacent to the Grand Avenue museum into a pedestrian-friendly landscaped plaza and restaurant. As reported by the Times, the new square will establish an important link to the neighboring school and apartment, as well as the future 2020 Regional Connector subway stop. The 24,000 square foot parcel will be enhanced by100-year-old olive trees transplanted from Northern California. Watch a video about the design after the break, and find more information here

In “Her,” A Hopeful Vision for LA’s Future

LA’s Future Subway System, as depicted in Spike Jonze’s “Her”. Image © Geoff McFetridge and Untitled Rick Howard Company LLC, via The Atlantic

In his review of Spike Jonze’s movie “Her”, LA Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne explains a rather comforting aspect of the movie: instead of the dystopia that usually characterizes films set in the future, “Her” is set in a future version of LA which is more dense, has better public transport (with a subway map with a story all of its own) and has managed to overcome its dependence on the car. No wonder this film has touched a chord with architects and urban designers. Read the full review here.

Architecture & Design Film Festival Debuts in Los Angeles

In celebration of its 5th anniversary, the Architecture & Design Film Festival will make its debut, presenting 30 feature-length and short films from eight countries that explore the human elements of art, fashion, architecture, and design in our everyday lives. In addition, the festival will offer panel discussions, Q&As with filmmakers, a pop-up bookshop by Hennessey + Ingalls and more that are all open to the public! 

For complete information on the films showcased, tickets, and speakers, please click here.

Title: Architecture & Design Film Festival Debuts in Los Angeles
Website: http://www.adfilmfest.com/portal/la2014
From: Wed, 12 Mar 2014 
Until: Sun, 16 Mar 2014 
Venue: The Los Angeles Theatre Center
Address: 514 South Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013,

Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust / Belzberg Architects

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Architects: Belzberg Architects
Location: 100 The Grove Drive, , CA, USA
Architect In Charge: Hagy Belzberg
Design Team: Andrew Atwood, Barry Gartin, Brock DeSmit, Carina Bien-Wilner , Christopher Arntzen, Cory Taylor, Daniel Rentsch, David Cheung, Eric Stimmel, Erik Sollom, Justin Brechtel, Philip Lee, Lauren Zuzack
Area: 27,000 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Iwan Baan, Benny Chan

Gehry’s Grand Avenue Project Wins LA County Supervisors’ Approval

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After being rejected for appearing too “boxy” and not appealing enough to pedestrians, Related Companies’ revamped Grand Avenue vision has finally won unanimous approval from county supervisors. The $750-million plan, which was abruptly halted back in September when Gensler’s toned-down version was deemed greatly “disappointing” by the city, will now move forward with a more playful (and pricey) design by the project’s original architect, Frank Gehry.

City in a City: a Decade of Urban Thinking by Steven Holl Architects Exhibition

Sliced Porosity Block / Steven Holl Architects

The MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House in presents City in a City: a Decade of Urban Thinking by Steven Holl Architects. The exhibition opens with a reception and panel discussion on Wednesday, January 29, and Steven Holl will give a public lecture on Thursday evening, January 30. The exhibition runs through March 9, 2014.

This new exhibition of the work of Steven Holl Architects presents six urban projects in China, designed with particular focus on shaping public space, natural green strategies, hybrid programs, structure and light. Included are three built works: Linked Hybrid in Beijing, Vanke Center/Horizontal Skyscraper in Shenzhen, and Sliced Porosity Block in Chengdu, as well as three yet to be built works: Porosity Plan in Dongguan, Eco-City in Tianjin, and the Qingdao Culture and Art Center. Concept watercolors of each building will be on view along with project models and construction documents. Also featured are short videos of the built works. The exhibition is arranged chronologically from 2002-2013 through the rooms of the Schindler House, making physical the journey through a decade of thinking.

Car Park House / Anonymous Architects

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Architects: Anonymous Architects
Location: Echo Park, , CA, USA
Architect In Charge: Simon Storey
Area: 1405.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Steve King

TimeLAX: A Time-Lapse Video Series of Los Angeles

TimeLAX travels across the sprawled city of , connecting some of the city’s most iconic landmarks – Disney Concert Hall, the Griffith Observatory and John Ferraro Building – with over 200 locations that reveal the true essence of the city’s fabric.

Part 2, after the break. 

The Indicator: On the Road Again

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Architectural street gang and provocateurs, On the Road, named (I would like to think anyway) for Jack Kerouac’s novel of same name, and let’s just say that is the origin (since I happen to like that book), and the decentralized dérives of this crew remind me of Jack’s edit-as-you-go-or-do-not-edit-as-it-may-be writing style, if he even had a “style” (which is questionable), are at it again, or were just last month for their program, “West of LaBrea / 20131117 / 10-4pm” in which these rebellious, anti-establishment “architects” (some may not be licensed and therefore cannot actually go by the official title according to legal precedents in this here United States of America but you all know what I mean wink wink) once again find themselves out in the streets bombing the architectural establishment, which by the way is critical for the history of architecture, and by doing so have once again reminded us that architecture can be about play and a healthy dose of transgression, though no laws were broken during the making of #OtR3, as it is being called, that I can tell….

Shortlist for West Hollywood Park Project Announced

via Langdon Wilson International. Image Courtesy of City of West Hollywood

In a city known for its sprawl, things are about to get a lot greener. The City of West Hollywood recently unveiled the three finalists for the West Hollywood Park Project, including entries from LPA (with Rios Clementi Hale), Frederick Fisher and Partners (with CMG) and Langdon Wilson.

The park will cover over 5 acres of (soon to be) green space in the middle of Los Angeles, although at a slight cost. A number of existing buildings will be demolished to make way for the park, including a library, office park, and swimming pool complex. New structures will likely include a recreation and community centre, as well as various playground facilities scattered around the park.

Design: A Long Term Preventative Medicine

New York City’s High Line. Image © Iwan Baan

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and MIT’s Center for Advanced Urbanism has produced a new report examining urban in eight of the ’s largest cities, which has been translated into a collection of meaningful findings for architects, designers, and urban planners. With more than half of the world’s population living in urban areas – a statistic which is projected to grow to 70% by 2050 – the report hinges around the theory that “massive urbanization can negatively affect human and environmental in unique ways” and that, in many cases, these affects can be addressed by architects and designers by the way we create within and build upon our cities.

Flip Flop House / Dan Brunn Architecture

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Architects: Dan Brunn Architecture
Location: Venice, Los Angeles, CA,
Contractor: RJC Builders
Structural Engineer: Paul Franceschi
Area: 5700.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Brandon Shigeta

Frank Gehry: “I’m Not a Starchitect”

The Walt Disney Concert Hall, . Image © Gehry Partners, LLP

For Peter Aspden’s first encounter with the architect of the Guggenheim in Bilbao and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in LAFrank Gehry did not “exude sweetness.” “You are not going to call me a [...] ‘star-chitect’? I hate that.” In a candid interview with the Financial Times, Gehry discusses the problem of being branded for beginning the Bilbao Effect in spite of the fact that he insists that “you can’t escape your signature.” Gehry talks at length about Facebook’s latest headquarters and, in particular, his relationship with his client, Mark Zuckerberg. Read the full interview here.

Frank Gehry to Submit Grand Avenue Vision to L.A. City Officials

First images released of Gehry’s Grand Avenue scheme for .. Image

After reviewing proposals from a selection of other firms, Related Companies has chosen to move forward with ’s Grand Avenue vision for Los Angeles. The design, which abandons the fluid forms of Gehry’s original scheme, has been described by critic Christopher Hawthorne as “significantly more exuberant and suggestive of L.A. culture” than Gensler and Robert A.M. Stern Architects’ recently rejected proposal

Appleton Living / Minarc

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Architects: Minarc
Location: Venice, Los Angeles, CA,
Design Team: Tryggvi Thorsteinsson, Erla Dögg Ingjaldsdóttir
Year: 2011
Photographs: Art Gray

Tom Bradley International Terminal / Fentress Architects

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Architects: Fentress Architects
Location: Los Angeles, CA,
Area: 850,000 sqft
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Fentress Architects, Jason A. Knowles

Architects Tackle LA’s Water Scarcity

Arid Land Institute Geo-spatial Model. Image © Arid Land Institute

scarcity is a profound challenge for designers of the built environment. Beyond looking for sources and creating sustainable ecosystems, how can we begin to create cities and buildings that will help us to celebrate and mitigate hydro-logical concerns? Hadley and Peter Arnold, co-directors of the Arid Land Institute (ALI) at Woodbury University, have decided to tackle this problem around Los Angeles. With the support of the World Water Forum and the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, they recently developed a high-resolution geospatial model to strategically identify and quantify the potential for improving storm water capture within urban areas.

How Would You Design Grand Avenue?

Related Cos. rendering of a conceptual plan for a retail and residential complex across Grand Avenue. Image Courtesy of Related Cos., via LA Times

“Will Grand Avenue finally turn around? Most likely not until they make it a two-way, add more trees, bike lanes, and pedestrian amenities. Buildings alone can’t do it, no matter how daring, novel (or expensive) the architecture.” — Guy Horton, , “Ten Years Later, Has the Disney Concert Hall Made a Difference?

The latest controversy surrounding the Grand Avenue re-design, the long-awaited project to develop the stretch of land east of the , is the re-instatement of Frank Gehry, a move which occurred after the city of LA rejected plans from mega-developers Related Cos. (designed by Gensler in collaboration with Robert A.M. Stern) for being “overly commercial.” Of course, while the Related Cos. plans may have failed to wow the city, the decision to bring Gehry back to the project hasn’t exactly been embraced either.

A must-see article in Zócalo Public Square asks four urban planning experts, “what would you do with Grand Avenue?” In his latest ArchDaily column, Guy Horton offers his opinion: any re-design must rely on activating life on the street-level, rather than on one architectural solution. Well, ArchDaily readers, now we’d like to know your thoughts on the matter.