Frank Gehry "Quietly" Helps Redevelop the Los Angeles River

12:21 - 10 August, 2015
Olympic Blvd. Bridge (1925) over the Los Angeles River. Image © Flickr CC User KCET Departures
Olympic Blvd. Bridge (1925) over the Los Angeles River. Image © Flickr CC User KCET Departures

Frank Gehry is said to be "quietly" working on a masterplan for the Los Angeles River in California. Prematurely announced by the Los Angeles Times, the City's mayor Eric Garcetti has confirmed the news, saying Gehry is producing "a master plan, in the truest sense of the word,” pro bono.  

“To have the [Frederick Law] Olmsted of our time focusing on this, I think, is extraordinary,” Garcetti said, according to the Los Angeles Times. 

DnA Podcast Asks: Can Berlin's Group Housing be a Model for LA?

08:00 - 10 August, 2015
R50 in Berlin, Germany. Image © Andrew Alberts
R50 in Berlin, Germany. Image © Andrew Alberts

The latest episode of KCRW's podcast, “Design and Architecture” (DnA), explores whether the Baugruppen, a co-housing model in Berlin, could work in Los Angeles. Produced by Frances Anderton and Caroline Chamberlain, the episode looks at how LA residents and Berliners have approached the same problem of affordable living space. The Baugruppen (“building groups”) are communities of homes where you can choose who to live with and share the development costs. After visiting R50, a Baugruppe complex by firms Heide & Von Beckerath and IFAU, co-principals Christoph Schmidt and Verena von Beckerath explained the process of collaborative design that came with building the 19 households of R50. Listen to the whole podcast here.

Los Angeles May Represent US in 2024 Olympic Bid

16:18 - 28 July, 2015
AD Classics: Walt Disney Concert Hall / Frank Gehry. Image © Gehry Partners, LLP
AD Classics: Walt Disney Concert Hall / Frank Gehry. Image © Gehry Partners, LLP

Concerns regarding the cost of hosting the Olympics has led to the termination of Boston's 2024 Olympic bid. According to the New York Times, the United States Olympic Committee has withdrawn Boston as its proposed bid city due to low resident support, as taxpayers were concerned about having to foot the bill for cost overruns.  

Monocle 24 Visit Richard Neutra's Residences in Los Angeles

04:30 - 22 July, 2015
Courtesy of Monocle
Courtesy of Monocle

In the latest episode of Section D, Monocle 24's weekly review of design, architecture and craft, the team visit Richard Neutra's iconic modernist Neutra VDL Studio residential complex and Residences in Los Angeles. Though Modernism has often been criticised for imposing universal rules on people and areas, it was Neutra's intense client focus that won him acclaim.

2015 Los Angeles Architectural Awards Honor Drought-Conscious Design

16:00 - 27 June, 2015
Hollyhock House. Image Courtesy of City of Los Angeles, Bureau of Engineering
Hollyhock House. Image Courtesy of City of Los Angeles, Bureau of Engineering

The Los Angeles Business Council (LABC) has announced the winners of its 45th Annual Los Angeles Architectural Awards, putting an emphasis on drought-conscious designs in light of California’s ongoing drought. The competition sought to find projects that “successfully married environmental sustainability with aesthetic sensibility while contributing to the fabric of their communities.”

Over three dozen designs were awarded, with the Grand Prize given to the City of Los Angeles’ Bureau of Engineering for their restoration of Frank Lloyd Wright’s 1919 Hollyhock House. Learn more about the rest of the winners, after the break.

Restore Neighborhoods Los Angeles Affordable Housing Prototypes. Image Courtesy of Lehrer Architects LA Ocean Avenue South. Image Courtesy of Koning Eizenberg Architecture, Moore Ruble Yudell Architects & Planners LTD Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park Interpretive Center. Image © Paul Turang Wilshire Boulevard Temple. Image Courtesy of Levin & Associates Architecture +45

MAD Architects Unveil Their First US Residential Project

12:33 - 19 June, 2015
© MAD Architects
© MAD Architects

MAD Architects has unveiled what will be their first US residential project, 8600 Wilshire. Planned to be built in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, the 18-unit "hillside village" will be perched atop commercial space and united by a water-efficient "living wall" that was inspired by the local flora.

As MAD says, the project "demonstrates founder Ma Yansong’s core design philosophy: to coalesce nature and community into a living environment among high-density cities." It is expected to break ground this October, and complete in 2016. 

Big & Small House / Anonymous Architects

17:00 - 30 May, 2015
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Courtesy of Anonymous Architects

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Zig-Zag House / Dan Brunn Architecture

14:00 - 20 May, 2015
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© Brandon Shigeta

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Vincent Laforet Photographs Los Angeles from 10,000 Feet

15:15 - 28 April, 2015
© Vincent Laforet
© Vincent Laforet

The latest in his high-altitude "AIR" series, Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Vincent Laforet has captured the sprawling city of Los Angeles at night from a dizzying 10,000 feet. First starting this "dream project" in his hometown of New York then Las Vegas and San Francisco, AIR is taking Laforet worldwide with upcoming visits planned for London, Paris, Tokyo and more. 

Preview a stunning selection of Laforet's Los Angeles series, after the break. 

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Frank Gehry to Redesign the “Gateway to Sunset Strip”

12:10 - 10 March, 2015
AD Classics: Walt Disney Concert Hall / Frank Gehry. Image © Gehry Partners, LLP
AD Classics: Walt Disney Concert Hall / Frank Gehry. Image © Gehry Partners, LLP

An overlooked strip mall at the corner of Sunset and Crescent Heights boulevards will soon be replaced by a mixed-use, walkable community designed by Frank Gehry. Known to be the “gateway to the Sunset Strip,” the West Hollywood site will be comprised of 249 apartments, restaurants, retail storefronts and a central plaza - all within "an environmentally sensitive building that complements and contributes to the historic architecture in the neighborhood.”

“Frank Gehry’s deep understanding of the property, its history and the context will elevate the project to the iconic and timeless status that it deserves,” said Townscape partner and project developer Tyler Siegel.

A Preview of Diller Scofidio + Renfro's Broad Museum, Courtesy of Instagram

01:00 - 16 February, 2015

Here's The Broad 3rd floor gallery space before the art walls are installed #broad2015 #huftonandcrow @thebroadmuseum

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Designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Los Angeles' Broad Museum is due to open September 20th. However, in an attempt to ease the tensions surrounding the building's many delays and legal problems, this past weekend members of the press and a small number of ticketed members of the public where invited to view the unfinished building, offering a preview of the long-awaited addition to LA's Grand Avenue museum scene.

As LA Times Critic Christopher Hawthorn reports, the previews were initiated by Elizabeth Diller herself, with the architect meeting giving reporters a tour of the space on Friday. On Sunday 3,000 members of the public were allowed to enter, after tickets for the event sold out after just 30 minutes. Now that the previews are over, the Broad will remain off limits until its official opening later this year and the rest of us will have to make do with the many Instagram and Twitter shots from those lucky enough to attend - after the break, we've collected 12 of the best.

Jon Jerde, California Architect Known for Reinventing the Shopping Center, Dies at 75

00:00 - 10 February, 2015
Universal CityWalk. Image © Casey Sayre
Universal CityWalk. Image © Casey Sayre

Jon Jerde, FAIA, founder of The Jerde Partnership, has died at 75. The California-based American architect has left his mark in more than 100 urban places worldwide, many of which embody Jerde’s signature ideas of the multi-level mall. Placing high priority on outdoor walking and gathering areas, Jerde’s reimagining of the shopping mall experience in the 1970s put him on the map. "He blew open the shopping mall and transformed it into a lively urban environment which attracts people, lots of people," Richard Weinstein, the former dean of UCLA's school architecture and urban planning, once said.

Morris House / Martin Fenlon Architecture

01:00 - 1 February, 2015
© Eric Staudenmaier
© Eric Staudenmaier

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Redesigning Los Angeles For Long-Term Drought

00:00 - 23 January, 2015
Los Angeles River (2013). Image © Flickr CC User Steve Lyon
Los Angeles River (2013). Image © Flickr CC User Steve Lyon

With many of the world’s cities combating drought, it is apparent that channeling water away from populated areas with no intended use is not sustainable. Cities are depending on their “precious rain water” more than ever and, as Arid Lands Institute co-founder Hadley Arnold says, "the ace in our species pocket is the ability to innovate.” We need to “build cities like sponges,” starting with permeable hardscape, drought-tolerant landscaping and smarter plumbing. See what NPR has to say about issue of water treatment and Los Angeles, here.  

George Lucas May Reconsider Los Angeles as Potential Home of Self-Titled Museum

00:00 - 20 January, 2015
Courtesy of Lucas Museum of Narrative Arts
Courtesy of Lucas Museum of Narrative Arts

Concerns regarding the environmental sensitivity of George Lucas’ proposed Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in Chicago has caused the project to halt, and may even prevent it from being realized. According to a suit filed against the museum by the Friends of the Parks, environmentalists believe that the “mountainous” lakefront proposal, designed by MAD Architects, will disrupt the site’s ecosystem. 

As reported by the Los Angeles Times, Lucas’ hasn’t given up on Chicago yet. However, considering that Lucas wants to see the museum built within his lifetime, the 70-year-old Star Wars director is starting to reconsider a University of Southern California (USC) campus site in Los Angeles. 

Walnut Residence / Modal Design

01:00 - 14 January, 2015
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© Benny Chan for Fotoworks

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California Breaks Ground on America’s First High Speed Rail

00:00 - 8 January, 2015
Proposed Statewide Alignment Map. Image Courtesy of Rail LA
Proposed Statewide Alignment Map. Image Courtesy of Rail LA

California has broke ground on America’s first high-speed rail line in Fresno, six years after voters first approved an almost $10 billion bond act to fund the project. However, along with celebrations comes skepticism; according to an NPR report, fears of the project’s failure have risen due to the rail line only having a fifth of its funding and that its nearly three-hour journey will still take longer than a flight connecting Los Angeles to San Francisco. Despite this, supporters are optimistic that the line will be up and running by 2030. The state will be relying on private investment and revenue from the state’s greenhouse-gas fees to secure the remaining $55 billion needed to complete the $68 billion project. 

Adaptable Sneaker Boutique / UP

01:00 - 6 January, 2015

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