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Video: Los Angeles from Above

00:00 - 25 July, 2014

This time-lapse video, entitled "Above LA," is Chris Pritchard's love letter to Los Angeles. Filmed over the course of two years, Pritchard sought out locations to showcase the city in a way people rarely get to see  from above. Some of the views were easy to seek out, while others involved some exploratory hiking and trespassing. He encourages "everyone - lifelong Angelenos, transplants, visitors - to hit the trails, drive the mountain roads, find a reason to get on top of a high-rise. From the basin to the valley, this city offers so many opportunities to rise above and look down. Never stop exploring."

Peter Zumthor & LACMA Unveil Revised Museum Design

00:00 - 7 July, 2014
Peter Zumthor & LACMA Unveil Revised Museum Design, Model of the new design. Image © Atelier Peter Zumthor & Partner
Model of the new design. Image © Atelier Peter Zumthor & Partner

Peter Zumthor and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) have revealed a revised design for the museum's $650 million new home on Museum Row in Los Angeles. The new design still features the sinuous glass and grey concrete slab raised a full story off the ground, but under the new proposal part of the museum would bridge Wilshire Boulevard to touch down on what is currently a car park opposite.

The change comes in response to criticisms that the previous design would put the neighboring La Brea Tar Pits at risk, threatening their status as an active paleontological research site and a popular tourist destination. The shape of the new design removes this risk by withdrawing from the boundary with the adjacent tar pits, without compromising on floor space in the museum.

More on the revised design after the break

Render of the view West along Wilshire Boulevard. Image © Atelier Peter Zumthor & Partner Render of the view East along Wilshire Boulevard. Image © Atelier Peter Zumthor & Partner Model (image taken from model of original design). Image © 2013 Museum Associates / LACMA Model (image taken from model of original design). Image © 2013 Museum Associates / LACMA +8

2014 Los Angeles Architectural Awards Announced

01:00 - 5 June, 2014
2014 Los Angeles Architectural Awards Announced, Red Building © Jeff Goldberg/Esto
Red Building © Jeff Goldberg/Esto

Hosted by the Los Angeles Business Council, the 44th Annual Los Angeles Architectural Awards has recognized three dozen of the year’s best architecture and design projects in Greater Los Angeles. From Morphosis' Emerson College to the Los Angeles River project, each recipient has been awarded for their excellence in design, sustainability and community impact. 

The 2013 Los Angeles Architectural Award Winners are...

Competing Utopias: An Experimental Installation of Cold War Modern Design from East and West in One Context

00:00 - 15 May, 2014
Competing Utopias: An Experimental Installation of Cold War Modern Design from East and West in One Context, Poster Design: David Hartwell, 2014
Poster Design: David Hartwell, 2014

Competing Utopias is a design collision that should never happen. But somehow, in Los Angeles, in 2014, twenty-five years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, it will.

Dutch-Style Streets Come to LA

00:00 - 12 May, 2014
Dutch-Style Streets Come to LA, External render of the development. Image Courtesy of Bestor Architecture
External render of the development. Image Courtesy of Bestor Architecture

In the LA neighborhood of Echo Park, Bestor Architecture is bringing a new type of community-friendly, pedestrian-friendly development to the United States. The Blackbirds project is described by Barbara Bestor as introducing "stealth density" to the Echo Park neighborhood, imitating the size and roofline of the surrounding houses but incorporating multiple homes under one roof.

The design looks to the Dutch concept of the 'Woonerf', or living street, to propose a space which favors pedestrians and cyclists over cars, and features landscape design by Mia Lehrer + Associates, creating a communal space around which a 'micro-community' can thrive.

More on the design after the break

Ace Hotel Downtown LA / Commune Design

01:00 - 5 May, 2014
Ace Hotel Downtown LA / Commune Design, © Spencer Lowell
© Spencer Lowell

© Spencer Lowell © Spencer Lowell © Spencer Lowell © Spencer Lowell +32

From the Desert to the City: An Interview with Wendell Burnette

00:00 - 2 May, 2014
From the Desert to the City: An Interview with Wendell Burnette, © Bill Timmerman
© Bill Timmerman

Since childhood, growing up on a farm outside of Nashville, Wendell Burnette has been inspired by nature; indeed, the amplification of the natural site has highlighted his body of work. In the following question and answer by Guy Horton of Metropolis Magazine, the Pheonix-based architect speaks about memories, inspiration and experience. 

Wendell Burnette’s journey through architecture has taken him from Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin to some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world, where he has designed a type of architecture that resonates with the power of natural surroundings. It has also taken him to one of the world’s fastest growing cities, Phoenix, Arizona, where his practice, Wendell Burnette Architects, is based and where he calls home. More recently it has brought him to Los Angeles where he is the current Nancy M. & Edward D. Fox Urban Design Critic at the USC School of Architecture. He is also Professor of Practice at The Design School at Arizona State University's Herberger Institute of Design and the Arts.

I spoke with Burnette about his approach to architecture, the importance of direct experience, and the meaning behind his current USC studio, “Earth Curvature”.

Manifold House / ANX

01:00 - 30 April, 2014
Manifold House / ANX, Courtesy of ANX
Courtesy of ANX

Courtesy of ANX Courtesy of ANX © Scott Rhea Courtesy of ANX +26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • Architect in Charge

    Aaron Neubert
  • Area

    7500.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

ARUP Downtown Los Angeles / ZAGO Architecture

01:00 - 13 April, 2014
ARUP Downtown Los Angeles / ZAGO Architecture, © Joshua White
© Joshua White

© Joshua White © Joshua White © Joshua White © Joshua White +12

  • Architects

  • Location

    811 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90017, United States
  • Project Team

    Andrew Zago, Laura Bouwman, Dale Strong
  • Area

    2500.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Exhibition: Bowlarama: California Bowling Architecture, 1954-1964

00:00 - 10 April, 2014
Exhibition: Bowlarama: California Bowling Architecture, 1954-1964, Holiday Bowl / © Jack Laxer
Holiday Bowl / © Jack Laxer

Text by Isaac Wilhelm:

Dwell on Design Convention To Showcase Modern Living

00:00 - 8 April, 2014
Dwell on Design Convention To Showcase Modern Living, 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
ACADIA 2014 Call for Submissions

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
Emerson College Los Angeles / Morphosis Architects, ©  Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

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

  • Architects

  • Location

    5960 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90028, United States
  • 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

Deborah Sussman: Breaking the Boundaries Between Architecture & Graphic Design

00:00 - 29 March, 2014
Deborah Sussman: Breaking the Boundaries Between Architecture & Graphic Design, © 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
AA Visiting School Los Angeles

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
Buzzfeed LA Office / JIDK, © Peter Kubilus
© Peter Kubilus

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

  • Architects

  • Location

    7323 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90036, United States
  • Interior Designers

    Thomas Jensen, Brigid Björklund
  • Local Architect

    MAKE Architecture
  • Area

    8000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

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

00:00 - 27 February, 2014
Wolf D. Prix on Raimund Abraham: Visions in Exile or: Before we were so rudely interrupted, © 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 Designs Public Plaza, Restaurant for LA’s Broad Museum, © 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