Dwell on Design Convention To Showcase Modern Living

00:00 - 8 April, 2014
Google Glasses DOD LA. Image Courtesy of Dwell Media LLC - PST
Google Glasses DOD LA. Image Courtesy of Dwell Media LLC - PST

Dwell on Design, an immersive 3-day design exhibition at the Los Angeles Convention Center from June 20-22, will feature over 400 exhibitors and 90 presentations on ‘new ideas for modern living.’

ACADIA 2014 Call for Submissions

00:00 - 2 April, 2014

UPDATE: Deadline for submissions extended to April 14, 2014!

Submissions are invited for the 2014 ACADIA 'DESIGN AGENCY' conference at University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California on October 20-25, 2014. Architects, designers, fabricators, engineers, media artists, technologists, software developers, hackers, researchers, students and educators and others in related fields of inquiry are invited to submit proposals.

Emerson College Los Angeles / Morphosis Architects

01:00 - 31 March, 2014
©  Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan
  • Architects

  • Location

    5960 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90028, USA
  • Design Director

    Thom Mayne
  • Project Principal & Manager

    Kim Groves
  • Lead Project Designer

    Chandler Ahrens
  • Project Architect

    Aaron Ragan
  • Area

    107400.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

©  Iwan Baan ©  Iwan Baan ©  Iwan Baan ©  Iwan Baan +26

Deborah Sussman: Breaking the Boundaries Between Architecture & Graphic Design

00:00 - 29 March, 2014
© Flickr CC User David Cobb
© Flickr CC User David Cobb

In this delightful article on Metropolis Magazine, Christopher Hawthorne recounts his meeting with Deborah Sussman, the one-time protégé of Charles and Ray Eames whose work breaks the boundaries between graphic design and architecture. From her collaboration with Frank Gehry to her iconic designs for the 1984 LA Olympics, Sussman has come to define a curiously Californian style. You can read the full article here.

AA Visiting School Los Angeles

00:00 - 15 March, 2014

The AA Visiting School is a satellite programme of the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, and will be taking place in Los Angeles for the first time, from June 16 to June 27. The programme is broken up into research clusters that will be led by individual tutors based on the theme of “Machining Adaptive Living.”

Buzzfeed LA Office / JIDK

01:00 - 11 March, 2014
© Peter Kubilus
© Peter Kubilus

© Thomas J Jensen © Peter Kubilus © Peter Kubilus © Peter Kubilus +19

Wolf D. Prix on Raimund Abraham: Visions in Exile or: Before we were so rudely interrupted

00:00 - 27 February, 2014
© Tomas Riehle / Arturimages
© Tomas Riehle / Arturimages

In the early years of COOP HIMMELB(L)AU, Raimund Abraham was a role model - later on a friend. On the occasion of the Austrian government "Staatspreis" awarded to Raimund Abraham, Wolf D. Prix held the speech of honor, and characterized him as one of the main representatives of the Austrian architectural approach of celebrating space.  

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

00:00 - 12 February, 2014
© Diller Scofidio + Renfro, via Designboom
© Diller Scofidio + Renfro, via Designboom

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 Los Angeles 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

00:00 - 2 February, 2014
LA's Future Subway System, as depicted in Spike Jonze's "Her". Image © Geoff McFetridge and Untitled Rick Howard Company LLC, via The Atlantic Cities
LA's Future Subway System, as depicted in Spike Jonze's "Her". Image © Geoff McFetridge and Untitled Rick Howard Company LLC, via The Atlantic Cities

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

00:00 - 31 January, 2014

In celebration of its 5th anniversary, the Architecture & Design Film Festival will make its Los Angeles 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! 

Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust / Belzberg Architects

01:00 - 18 January, 2014
© Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan
  • Architects

  • Location

    100 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90036, 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
  • Project Manager

    Aaron Leppanen
  • Structural

    William Koh & Associates
  • Contractor

    Winters-Schram
  • Mechanical

    John Dorius & Associates
  • Electrical

    A&F Consulting Engineers
  • Methane Engineer

    Carlin Environmental
  • Environmental Engineer

    Enviropro, Inc.
  • Area

    27000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

© Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Benny Chan © Iwan Baan +44

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

00:00 - 16 January, 2014
© Gehry Partners
© Gehry Partners

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

00:00 - 14 January, 2014
Sliced Porosity Block / Steven Holl Architects
Sliced Porosity Block / Steven Holl Architects

The MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House in Los Angeles 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

01:00 - 7 January, 2014
© Steve King
© Steve King
  • Architects

  • Location

    Echo Park, Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • Architect in Charge

    Simon Storey
  • Area

    1405.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Steve King

© Steve King © Steve King © Steve King © Steve King +14

TimeLAX: A Time-Lapse Video Series of Los Angeles

00:00 - 5 January, 2014

TimeLAX travels across the sprawled city of Los Angeles, 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

00:00 - 27 December, 2013
© Jaime Kowal
© Jaime Kowal

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 Los Angeles 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 Los Angeles 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

00:00 - 19 December, 2013
via Langdon Wilson International. Image Courtesy of City of West Hollywood
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

00:00 - 15 December, 2013
New York City's High Line. Image © Iwan Baan
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 health in eight of the USA’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 health 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.