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How the Crystal Cathedral Is Adapting for a New Life Out of the Spotlight

16:00 - 28 December, 2016
How the Crystal Cathedral Is Adapting for a New Life Out of the Spotlight, The interior of the Crystal Cathedral in 2005. Image © <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:CrystalCathedral.jpg'>Wikimedia user Nepenthes</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en'>CC BY-SA 3.0</a>
The interior of the Crystal Cathedral in 2005. Image © Wikimedia user Nepenthes licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

When the Crystal Cathedral was constructed near Los Angeles in 1980, its design was pure Hollywood: designed by Philip Johnson and John Burgee for televangelist star Robert Schuller, the design combined traditional elements of church design with features that made it suitable for television broadcasts. However, when Crystal Cathedral Ministries filed for bankruptcy in 2010, the building was passed to a very different tenant, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange, who then commissioned Los Angeles-based firm Johnson Fain to adapt the building to be a better fit for the Catholic Church.

A recent article by Mimi Zeiger for Architect Magazine investigates how Johnson Fain are converting the 1980 classic into something more suitable for its new life out of the spotlight—including modulating the light within the vast all-glass structure and rearranging the seating.

Light Box / ANX

17:00 - 22 December, 2016
Light Box / ANX, © Brian Thomas Jones
© Brian Thomas Jones

© Brian Thomas Jones © Brian Thomas Jones © Brian Thomas Jones © Brian Thomas Jones +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Los Angeles, CA, United States
  • Architect in Charge

    Aaron Neubert, AIA, David Chong, Jeremy Limsenben, Xiran Zhang
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Thom Mayne Completes Research on Houston’s Urban Future

14:00 - 18 December, 2016
Thom Mayne Completes Research on Houston’s Urban Future, Courtesy of University of Houston
Courtesy of University of Houston

Pritzker Prize winner Thom Mayne has completed a three-semester–long study of Houston’s future, given its current sprawling urban conditions and rapid growth. The project, conducted alongside 21 University of Houston students and faculty members Matt Johnson, Peter Zweig, and Jason Logan, focused on ways of addressing the problems that arise from Houston’s historical lack of zoning in conjunction with the largely unregulated growth of industry and capitalism. These approaches include reinventing the current energy infrastructure, changing real estate and density, and leveraging the lack of zoning to generate new ideas.

Director of London's Architectural Association, Brett Steele, to Become UCLA Dean

05:30 - 15 December, 2016
Director of London's Architectural Association, Brett Steele, to Become UCLA Dean, The Architectural Association on Bedford Square, London
The Architectural Association on Bedford Square, London

Brett Steele, Director of London's Architectural Association (AA) since 2005, has announced that he will become Dean of UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture in August 2017. Although American-born, Steele has since become a naturalized British citizen. He studied at the AA, the University of Oregon, and the San Francisco Art Institute respectively, before working as a Project Architect at Zaha Hadid Architects in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

BIG Unveils Mixed-Use Concrete Superstructure for Los Angeles' Arts District

14:10 - 12 December, 2016
BIG Unveils Mixed-Use Concrete Superstructure for Los Angeles' Arts District, Courtesy of BIG
Courtesy of BIG

BIG has revealed plans for a 2.6 million square foot (242,000 square meter) mixed-use complex in LA’s burgeoning Arts District. Called 670 Mesquit, the project will take the form of a series of stepped boxes containing 800,000 square feet of office space, 250 residential units and two hotels. The development will mark BIG’s first project in Los Angeles.

Courtesy of BIG Courtesy of BIG Courtesy of BIG Courtesy of BIG +33

Black and Gold: How Paul Revere Williams Became the First African-American to Win the AIA's Highest Honor

09:30 - 8 December, 2016
Black and Gold: How Paul Revere Williams Became the First African-American to Win the AIA's Highest Honor, La Concha Motel, Las Vegas, 1961. Image Courtesy of the AIA
La Concha Motel, Las Vegas, 1961. Image Courtesy of the AIA

Yesterday, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) announced that they had awarded the 2017 Gold Medal to Paul Revere Williams. Despite the manic production rate of his five-decade-long career, those not familiar with the architecture of Hollywood’s early years might be forgiven for not recognizing Williams’ name. But he is notable for having designed around 3,000 buildings, for being “the architect to the stars” including, among many others, Frank Sinatra... and for being the first black member of the AIA.

Paley Home. Image Courtesy of the AIA Courtesy of the AIA LAX Theme Building, completed with Pereira & Luckman, 1961. Image © Flickr user thomashawk. Licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0 Paley Home. Image Courtesy of the AIA +7

LACMA Distinguished Architects Lecture Series: Odile Decq

17:51 - 30 November, 2016
LACMA Distinguished Architects Lecture Series: Odile Decq, LE CARGO, Media Start-Up Incubator Building, Paris, France - © Studio Odile Decq, photo by Roland Halbe
LE CARGO, Media Start-Up Incubator Building, Paris, France - © Studio Odile Decq, photo by Roland Halbe

French architect and landscape designer Odile Decq will deliver a lecture for the Distinguished Architects Lecture Series on December 9th at 7:30pm.

Odile Decq came to international renown in 1990 when she won her first major commission: La Banque Populaire de l’Ouest headquarters in Rennes. Decq’s work materializes a complete universe that embraces urban planning, architecture, design, and art.

HKS-Designed L.A. Stadium Will Be the Largest in the NFL

14:00 - 27 November, 2016
HKS-Designed L.A. Stadium Will Be the Largest in the NFL, Courtesy of HKS
Courtesy of HKS

After 21 years of playing in St. Louis, the Rams are moving back to Los Angeles — and a new stadium will greet them. Slated to open in 2019, HKS's new LA Stadium will be the largest in the NFL (covering three acres) in addition to the home of the Los Angeles Rams. Beyond sports usage, the structure will also host a performing arts center and sweeping public gardens. 

Courtesy of HKS Courtesy of HKS Courtesy of HKS Courtesy of HKS +6

Pierre Koenig’s Historic Case Study House #21 Could Be Yours... for the Right Price

07:00 - 7 November, 2016
Pierre Koenig’s Historic Case Study House #21 Could Be Yours... for the Right Price, © Grant Mudford
© Grant Mudford

One of modernism’s most iconic houses, Case Study House 21 (Bailey House) by Pierre Koenig, is now on sale. The two-bed/two-bath Hollywood Hills landmark has been touted as among the finest of Arts & Architecture Magazine’s Case Study Houses, and one of the program’s few truly experimental projects to explore groundbreaking design and materials. 

© Grant Mudford © Grant Mudford © Grant Mudford © Grant Mudford +21

Experience LA's Architecture Through This Spectacular Panoramic Time-Lapse

16:00 - 29 October, 2016

From the Griffith Observatory to the LAX Airport, LACMA’s Urban Light installation, the Bradbury Building, Walt Disney Concert Hall, The Broad, and more, Los Angeles is full of inspiring architecture. In his new 10K x 4K resolution video, photographer and filmmaker Joe Capra of Scientifantastic captures the beauty of LA through panoramic footage. Over a span of two years, Capra stitched time-lapse footage from two synced DSLR cameras together resulting in a spectacular view of the city. 

Find out more about Capra’s work here, or view his timelapse of Rio de Janeiro here.

MAD Unveils Dual Lucas Museum Proposals for Los Angeles and San Francisco

12:30 - 27 October, 2016
MAD Unveils Dual Lucas Museum Proposals for Los Angeles and San Francisco, Courtesy of Lucas Museum of Narrative Art
Courtesy of Lucas Museum of Narrative Art

In the latest episode of what has become a dramatic narrative worthy of its own space opera, The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art has revealed plans for their two newest hopes: prospective museum designs, one in Los Angeles and one in San Francisco, that could serve as the new home of filmmaker George Lucas’ eclectic personal collection of artworks, costumes and artifacts.

After their failed proposal for a mountain-shaped museum along the Chicago Waterfront, the museum has again tapped architect Ma Yansong and his firm, MAD Architects, to design both proposals for the California sites, the first along the water on Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay, and the second for a site in Exposition Park in Los Angeles, adjacent to the city’s Natural History Museum and the Coliseum.

Tom Wiscombe Architecture's Sculptural Belltower Wins Competition for Sunset Strip Billboard Design

14:00 - 24 October, 2016
Tom Wiscombe Architecture's Sculptural Belltower Wins Competition for Sunset Strip Billboard Design, Courtesy of Tom Wiscombe Architecture
Courtesy of Tom Wiscombe Architecture

The team led by Tom Wiscombe Architecture has been selected as the winner of the Sunset Spectacular Billboard Competition, which tasked firms to design a multi-dimensional, kinetic billboard to “bring creativity and originality back to the Sunset Strip.”

Triumphing over finalist proposals from Gensler, TAIT Towers Inc. and Zaha Hadid Architects, the winning design, titled “West Hollywood Belltower,” draws from West Hollywood’s unique history and relationship with the billboard, and builds on its evolution from 2-dimensional sign to 3-dimensional icon-object.

Courtesy of Tom Wiscombe Architecture Courtesy of Tom Wiscombe Architecture Courtesy of Tom Wiscombe Architecture Courtesy of Tom Wiscombe Architecture +13

Spotlight: César Pelli

11:30 - 12 October, 2016
Spotlight: César Pelli, Petronas Towers. Image © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/einalem/1390833018'>Flickr user einalem</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/'>CC BY-SA 2.0</a>
Petronas Towers. Image © Flickr user einalem licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

A diversity of approaches and locales is the calling card of American based, Argentinian born architect César Pelli (born October 12, 1926). The common thread of Pelli’s work is a strong sensitivity to place and environment. Beginning his solo career with the Pacific Design Center (1975) in Los Angeles, and shifting through the World Financial Center (1988) (now Brookfield Place) in New York, to the Petronas Towers (1996) in Kuala LumpurMalaysia, and the now under-construction, Transbay Transit Center and Salesforce Tower in San Francisco, each project is a unique response to context.

Super Villa / Wolf Architects

17:00 - 6 October, 2016
Super Villa / Wolf Architects, Courtesy of Wolf Architects
Courtesy of Wolf Architects

Courtesy of Wolf Architects Courtesy of Wolf Architects Courtesy of Wolf Architects Courtesy of Wolf Architects +16

  • Architects

  • Location

    United States, Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • Area

    1327.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014

Blackbirds / Bestor Architecture

13:00 - 6 October, 2016
Blackbirds / Bestor Architecture, © Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

© Laure Joliet © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan +23

Hollywood Hills Residence / Struere

13:00 - 25 September, 2016
Hollywood Hills Residence / Struere, © Jeff Ong / PostRAIN Productions
© Jeff Ong / PostRAIN Productions

© Jeff Ong / PostRAIN Productions © Jeff Ong / PostRAIN Productions © Jeff Ong / PostRAIN Productions © Jeff Ong / PostRAIN Productions +21

Button Mash / Design, Bitches

13:00 - 16 September, 2016
Button Mash / Design, Bitches, © Laure Joliet
© Laure Joliet

© Laure Joliet © Laure Joliet © Laure Joliet © Laure Joliet +23

  • Architects

  • Location

    Echo Park, Los Angeles, CA, United States
  • Interior Design

    Design, Bitches
  • Client

    Button Mash (Jordan Weiss & Gabe Fowlkes)
  • Area

    4000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Unite Here Health LA Office / Lehrer Architects

16:00 - 31 August, 2016
Unite Here Health LA Office  / Lehrer Architects, Courtesy of Lehrer Architects
Courtesy of Lehrer Architects

Courtesy of Lehrer Architects Courtesy of Lehrer Architects Courtesy of Lehrer Architects Courtesy of Lehrer Architects +13

  • Architects

  • Location

    United States, Echo Park, Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • Area

    28000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2015