Hollywood Hills House / Francois Perrin

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Architect: Francois Perrin
Location: Los Angeles, California,
Collaborator: Yves Lefay, Designer/Builder (Eliosolar)
Site Area: 9,000 sqm
Building: 3,000 sqm
Completion: 2012
Photography: Michael Wells

Catherine Opie: In & Around L.A.

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Catherine Opie has photographed people and architecture in and around Los Angeles, California for over twenty-five years. She has successfully captured the interplay between architecture and urban life by photographing the subcultures and castaways of Los Angeles, from the undersides of freeways to lonely Beverly Hills mansions. These works create a portrait of Los Angeles as a singular built environment.

Catherine Opie: In & Around L.A. features work from five distinct series created over the past two decades that highlight Opie’s captivation with the city. These include Freeways (1994-95), Houses (1995-96), Landscapes (1996), In and Around Home (2004-05), and Shopkeepers (2011).

Dwayne Oyler & Jenny Wu Lecture

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SCI-Arc will be presenting the lectures of Dwayne Oyler and Jenny Wu of Oyler Wu Collaborative this Friday, February 10th at 1pm in the W. M. Keck Lecture Hall. Established in Los Angele in 2004, the firm has been published globally and is recognized for its experimentation in design and innovative strategies. Recent projects include reALIze, a traveling art installation based on the face of Muhammad Ali, and the 2011 graduation pavilion. More information on the event after the break.

Flashback: Caltrans District 7 Headquarters / Morphosis

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Architects: MorphosisThom Mayne
Location: 100 South Main St., , California, United States
Project Team: Team
Client: State of California, Department of General Services
Construction Years:  2002-2004
Building Area: 1,200,000 gross sq ft
Photographs: Liao Yusheng, Roland Halbe

Peter Eisenman and Jeffrey Kipnis Lectures at SCI-Arc

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Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) will be hosting the lectures of well-renowned architect, Peter Eisenman and architectural theorist, at their W.M. Keck Lecture Hall in downtown Los Angeles. Eisenman’s lecture will take place Monday, March 5th at 7pm while Keck’s lecture will be held Tuesday, March 6th at 7pm. Both lectures are free and open to the public. More information after the break.

Laws Behind LA’s Flat Skyscrapers

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Ever wonder why the skyline of Los Angeles is peppered with flat top skyscrapers? Or for that matter, why does such a global cosmopolitan city have so relatively few skyscrapers dotting its cityscape, the majority residing in downtown LA?

The answer lies in a section of the Los Angeles Municipal Code introduced in 1974 – Sec. 57.118.12 – “Emergency Helicopter Landing Facility.” The code stipulates that “Each building shall have a rooftop emergency helicopter landing facility in a location approved by the [Fire] Chief.” The text also dictates that the helipads measure 50′x50′ in addition to a 25′ safety buffer. The resulting skyline thus far has been dominated by flat roof skyscrapers that would only make it through the planning process if in strict accordance with this code. However, a newly introduced proposal called the Community Plan would allow skyscrapers to be constructed along the subway served “ Corridor.”  In lieu of embarking on a plan that would surely result in more box type towers, an amendment has been introduced into the plan that would exempt skyscrapers within the corridor from having to conform to Sec. 57.118.12 requirements. More After the break.

SOM launches Los Angeles Design Studio

The Partners of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) have announced their plans for a new design studio in to join their West Coast practice. With a commitment to urban, environmental and social sustainability in Southern , the studio will be lead by three former SOM architects – Michael Mann, FAIA; Paul Danna, AIA; and Jose Luis Palacios, AIA.

Craig Hartman, FAIA, the Design Partner in SOM’s San Francisco office, stated, “We want to be part of the dialogue in LA – a tremendously important cultural and talent hub and a diverse design-centric city. With Michael, Paul and Jose leading our studio,” Hartman continued, “we will be part of the conversation and be able to collaborate meaningfully with colleagues and institutions that we’ve known for years.

New commissions include UCLA’s new Medical Education Building that will become a entry point for the campus and the Medical School, a new mix-use project at UC Santa Barbara and a new courthouse for the Superior Court of California in San Diego, which will be the largest in the state. Find more information here.


Humanities Gateway / Fentress Architects

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Architects: Fentress Architects
Location: Los Angeles, , USA
Client: University of California, Irvine
Design-builder: Hensel Phelps Construction Company
Completion: 2009
Cost: $29 million
Size: 76,000 sq. ft.
Photos: Heliphoto, Nick Merrick, Hedrich Blessing, Fentress Architects

Gehry at the GRAMMYs

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The Recording Academy® has announced that architect Frank Gehry will create the official artwork for the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards. Traditional GRAMMY iconography will merge with Gehry’s distinct architectural style, creating the official artwork for the world’s premier music event, gracing the cover of the GRAMMY Awards program book, telecast tickets and promotional poster.

Video: Ice Cube Celebrates The Eames

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We ran into this video this morning and just had to share it with you. Before launching his rap career, actually studied architectural drafting. In the video, he describes the he knows. Watch it and leave your comments!

The Infrastructural Monument Installation / Anna Neimark

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Woodbury School of Architecture and the Woodbury Hollywood Gallery (WUHO) are pleased to announce the opening of The Infrastructural Monument by Anna Neimark. The opening is on Thursday, December 8, 7 p.m. and runs until December 18th. Anna Neimark’s installation, constructed out of fifty-four three-foot cubes of EPS white foam, re-imagines a piece of infrastructure as a monument of a complex history when a canal from Moscow to St. Petersburg (formerly Leningrad) was built during the second Five Year Plan, under Josef Stalin. More information on the installation after the break.

Video: Netscape: 2011 SCI-Arc Graduation Pavilion

As the students finalize their thesis projects each September, they join the faculty in an annual ritual of constructing a temporary pavilion that will host that year’s graduation ceremony. Produced by Them Too Productions, this video documents the development and fabrication of Netscape, the 2011 SCI-Arc Graduation Pavilion by Oyler Wu Collaborative and the students of SCI-Arc. View ArchDaily’s detailed coverage of the 2011 pavilion HERE.

Maximiliano Restaurant / FreelandBuck

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Architects: FreelandBuck
Location: , , USA
Client: Andre, Fred, and Max Guerrero
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 2,200 sqf
Photographs: Nils Timms

Stone on Stone: SAH/SCC Lecture and Book Signing

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The Society of Architectural Historians/Southern California Chapter will be presenting architect Hicks Stone, son of Edward Durell Stone, and author of the new book Edward Durell Stone: A Son’s Untold Story of a Legendary Architect (Rizzoli, October 2011). The free lecture and slide presentation is hosted by SAH/SCC Life Member Edward Cella at Edward Cella Art + Architecture in on December 10th from 4-6pm. More information on the event after the break.

Los Feliz Residence / Warren Techentin Architecture

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Architect: Warren Techentin Architecture
Location: , California, USA
Photographs: Eric Staudenmeier

SUPRASTUDIO 2012-2013

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UCLA Architecture and Urban Design, led by Greg Lynn, recently announced SUPRASTUDIO 2012-2013, a new model for architectural education that elevates the academic experience of future leaders in architectural design to a level unique amongst post-professional M.Arch. II programs. The M.Arch. II degree promotes critical practice by emphasizing applied research. The application deadline is Dec. 15, 2011. For more information, please visit their official website here.

Installation for California Design Exhibition / Hodgetts + Fung Design and Architecture

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On view until Marcg 25th and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), the installation for California Design, 1930–1965: “Living in a Modern Way” Exhibition is created by the Hodgetts + Fung Design and Architecture Studio, which is also responsible for a number of Los Angeles landmarks, including the renovated Bowl and Egyptian Theater. The design for the exhibition is inspired by ’s unique style, with lithe, sensuous lines carried throughout the installation, including the display cases and a helical construction that soars through the center of the space. Hodgetts + Fung also collaborated with curators Wendy Kaplan and Bobbye Tigerman to bring the re-creation of the Eames living room to life. More information on the design and exhibition after the break.

Netscape: SCI-Arc Graduation Pavilion 2011 / Oyler Wu Collaborative with SCI-Arc

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Architect: Oyler Wu Collaborative with SCI-Arc
Location: Los Angeles, , USA
Principal Architects: Dwayne Oyler, Jenny Wu
Project Team: Oyler Wu Collaborative: Nick Aho, Chris Eskew, Matt Evans, Andy Hammer, Michael Ho, Richard Lucero, Sanjay Sukie, Yaohua Wang; : Jacob Aboudou, Casey Benito, Paul Cambon, Julian Daly, Hung Diep, Jesus Guerrero, Clifford Ho, Duygun Inal, Mina Jun, David Kim, Noorey Kim, Jacques Lesec, Zachery Main, Tyler McMartin, Richard Nam, Kevin Nguyen, Manuel Oh, Carlos Rodriquez, Bryant Suh, Kyle von Hasseln, Liz von Hasseln, Jie Yang
Engineering: Nous Engineering
Principal Engineer: Matt Melnyk
Text: Provided by Oyler Wu Collaborative
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Oyler Wu Collaborative, Scott Mayoral