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This Floating Desalination Megastructure is Designed to Combat California's Water Shortages

09:30 - 25 August, 2016
This Floating Desalination Megastructure is Designed to Combat California's Water Shortages, Day View of the Vessel. Image Courtesy of Bart//Bratke
Day View of the Vessel. Image Courtesy of Bart//Bratke

California is suffering through its 5th year of severe water shortage. Aquifers and rivers continue to dry out as the water provided by melting snowpacks is reduced, and even the heavy rain brought by El Niño this year could not relieve the drought. Authorities are wary of the long-term consequences for California and neighboring areas of the Colorado River, and Santa Monica is now seeing a growing number of initiatives to control the use of potable water and find sustainable solutions.

Most recently, a competition asked architects, artists and scientists to conceive sustainable infrastructure projects to improve Santa Monica’s water supply. Bart//Bratke and studioDE developed a raft structure named “Foram” that illustrates the future of floating platforms in sustainable development.

Night View from the Coast. Image Courtesy of Bart//Bratke Aerial Coast Assembly. Image Courtesy of Bart//Bratke Pavilion Alignment. Image Courtesy of Bart//Bratke Interior of the Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Bart//Bratke +15

Open Call: Santa Monica LAGI 2016: Powering Places in Southern California

14:31 - 4 March, 2016
Open Call: Santa Monica LAGI 2016: Powering Places in Southern California

The Land Art Generator Initiative is delighted to announce that LAGI 2016 will be held in Southern California, with the City of Santa Monica as site partner. This free and open call ideas competition invites individuals or interdisciplinary teams to design a large-scale site-specific work of public art that also serves as clean energy and/or drinking water infrastructure for the City of Santa Monica.

The complete Design Guidelines along with CAD files, photos, and more will be available on January 1, 2016 at http://landartgenerator.org/designcomp

The design site includes the breakwater adjacent to the historic Santa Monica Pier and offers the opportunity to

AD Classics: Nomadic Museum / Shigeru Ban Architects

08:00 - 3 January, 2016
Nomadic Museum, Santa Monica. Image © flickr user paolomazzoleni, licensed under CC BY 2.0
Nomadic Museum, Santa Monica. Image © flickr user paolomazzoleni, licensed under CC BY 2.0

Shigeru Ban, the 2014 Pritzker Prize winner, is an architect often celebrated for his humanitarian and disaster relief structures, constructed out of recycled or recyclable materials. On the other end of spectrum, he is well-known for his meticulously constructed residential and museum projects, more often than not for high-end wealthy clients. The Nomadic Museum, however, combines both of these facets of his practice, using shipping containers and paper tubes to craft a bespoke mobile gallery for Gregory Colbert’s traveling exhibition of photography entitled Ashes and Snow.

© flickr user paolomazzoleni, licensed under CC BY 2.0 Nomadic Museum, New York. Image © flickr user informedmindstravel, licensed under CC BY-NC-ND Nomadic Museum, Santa Monica. Image © flickr user paolomazzoleni, licensed under CC BY 2.0 Section, Santa Monica +10

Princeton St. Bungalow / Ruben S. Ojeda Architects + Koning Eizenberg Architecture

14:00 - 14 April, 2015
Princeton St. Bungalow / Ruben S. Ojeda Architects + Koning Eizenberg Architecture, © Shawn Bishop
© Shawn Bishop

© Shawn Bishop © Shawn Bishop © Shawn Bishop © Shawn Bishop +28

Holleb Residence / John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects

14:00 - 20 March, 2015
Holleb Residence / John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects, © Benny Chan / Fotoworks
© Benny Chan / Fotoworks

© Benny Chan / Fotoworks © Benny Chan / Fotoworks © Benny Chan / Fotoworks © Benny Chan / Fotoworks +15

Ehrlich Retreat + / John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects

01:00 - 6 November, 2014
Ehrlich Retreat +  / John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects, © Benny Chan / Fotoworks
© Benny Chan / Fotoworks

© Benny Chan / Fotoworks © Benny Chan / Fotoworks © Benny Chan / Fotoworks © Benny Chan / Fotoworks +20

2802 Pico Housing / Moore Ruble Yudell

01:00 - 14 October, 2014
2802 Pico Housing / Moore Ruble Yudell, © John Linden
© John Linden

© John Linden © John Linden © John Linden © John Linden +28

  • Architects

  • Location

    2802 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90405, USA
  • Area

    42263.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

City of Santa Monica Parking Structure #6 / Behnisch Architekten + Studio Jantzen

01:00 - 30 July, 2014
City of Santa Monica Parking Structure #6 / Behnisch Architekten + Studio Jantzen, © David Matthiessen
© David Matthiessen

© Stefan Behnisch © David Matthiessen © Stefan Behnisch © David Matthiessen +17

Broadway Housing / Kevin Daly Architects

01:00 - 7 May, 2014
Broadway Housing / Kevin Daly Architects, © Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

© Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan +14

  • Architects

  • Location

    Santa Monica, CA, USA
  • Design Team

    Kevin Daly, principal-in-charge, Tom Perkins, Project Manager, Kody Kellogg, Jason Pytko, Gretchen Stoecker, RA, Jared Ward, RA
  • Area

    33225.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Pico Place / Brooks + Scarpa Architects

01:00 - 13 February, 2014
Pico Place / Brooks + Scarpa Architects, © John Linden
© John Linden

© John Linden © John Linden © John Linden © John Linden +28

  • Architects

  • Location

    430 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90405, United States
  • Architect in Charge

    Emily Hodgdon
  • Area

    38250.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

OMA's Santa Monica Scheme Re-evaluated

00:00 - 8 September, 2013
OMA's Santa Monica Scheme Re-evaluated, © OMA
© OMA

In July the Office for Metropolitan Architecture's (OMA) competition proposal for a mixed-use development in the heart of downtown Santa Monica was recommended by City Council members after they "seemed genuinely wowed by OMA's theatrically-terraced design." City officials have since voted to re-evaluate the recommendation over concerns of a lack of affordable housing in the development, as well as issues "related to design [and] economics." They have also invited Related California, a team comprising of BIG, Koning Eizenberg Architecture, and Rios Clementi Hale Studios, to revise its original proposal that was shortlisted in March of this year.

OMA's Competition Proposal Selected in Santa Monica

00:00 - 23 July, 2013
OMA's Competition Proposal Selected in Santa Monica, © OMA
© OMA

Santa Monica’s City Staff has recommended OMA’s competition proposal for a mixed-use development in the heart of downtown Santa Monica. The building and surrounding plaza incorporates a civic plaza, cultural venue, retail, residences, offices and a boutique hotel. The City Staff selection panel praised OMA’s project for its iconic architecture and flexibility, saying it would “easily accommodate potential design modifications and adjust to market demand changes in the future.” Santa Monica’s City Council will review the recommendation on August 27th before the project formally proceeds in 2014.

The proposal’s plazas and terraces will add over 55,000 square feet of programmable open space. A cultural venue will sit inside of the building, anchored by office spaces for Santa Monica and greater Los Angeles’ growing tech industry. The project will be led by OMA’s New York office, headed by Shohei Shigematsu. He explained, “Our design provides residents, tourists, and entrepreneurs a dynamic new public realm – a stepped building that achieves a strong interaction between interior program and exterior environments.”

More images and information after the break…

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UCLA Outpatient Surgery and Oncology Center / Michael W. Folonis Architects

01:00 - 18 June, 2013
© Tom Bonner
© Tom Bonner
  • Architects

  • Location

    1223 16th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404, United States
  • Project Architect

    Rudy Gonzalez
  • Design Team

    James Kersten, Tommy Johnson
  • Area

    50000.0 ft2
  • Photographs

© Tom Bonner © Tom Bonner © Tom Bonner © Tom Bonner +21

Santa Monica Animation Studio / Gwynne Pugh Urban Studio

01:00 - 2 April, 2013
Courtesy of Gwynne Pugh Urban Studio
Courtesy of Gwynne Pugh Urban Studio

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Gehry Designs Mixed-Use Tower for Downtown Santa Monica

00:00 - 4 March, 2013
Gehry Designs Mixed-Use Tower for Downtown Santa Monica, © Gehry Partners
© Gehry Partners

Developers M. David Paul Associates and the Worthe Real Estate Group have commissioned Frank Gehry to design a mixed-use hotel and residential tower in his hometown of Santa Monica, California. The 22-story “Ocean Avenue Project” aims to stimulate the coastal city’s economy with street-level restaurant and retail space below a 125-room hotel and 22-unit condominium tower topped with a rooftop observation deck. As for accommodating the car-centric lifestyle of the West Coast, resident and visitor parking will be available in a three-story subterranean garage beneath the tower. In addition, the developers plan to integrate a 36,000 square foot museum campus that will add a cultural perk to the development just North of its two-acre site. 

Although this project looks promising, the 244-foot, Gehry-esque tower is currently pending approval from the City. A vote by the end of March will decide its fate.

More images of the “Ocean Avenue Project” after the break...

Santa Monica Residence / Jendretzki

01:00 - 7 November, 2012
Santa Monica Residence / Jendretzki, © Alejandro Wirth
© Alejandro Wirth

© Alejandro Wirth © Alejandro Wirth © Alejandro Wirth © Alejandro Wirth +24

  • Architects

  • Location

    Santa Monica, California, United States
  • Client

    Withheld
  • Area

    12000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Video: Gehry Residence, 2012 AIA Twenty-five Year Award Recipient

13:00 - 25 May, 2012

The AIA sat down with famed architect Frank Gehry - recipient of the 2012 Twenty-five Year Award - to discuss his eccentric Santa Monica home that has enormously influenced both theory and practice over the last 25 to 35 years. In the late 1970s, Frank Gehry transformed an existing Dutch colonial home in a quiet Southern California neighborhood into a controversial symbol of deconstructivism by surrounding it with an unconventional new addition. As the AIA describes, “The exposed structure, chaotic fusion of disparate materials, and aggressive juxtaposition of old and new communicate a sense of real-time formal evolution and conflict, as if the building were dynamically, violently creating itself with found objects.”

Reactor Films / Brooks + Scarpa Architects

01:00 - 11 May, 2012
Reactor Films / Brooks + Scarpa Architects, © Marvin Rand
© Marvin Rand

© Marvin Rand © Marvin Rand © Marvin Rand © Marvin Rand +10

  • Architects

  • Location

    1330 4th Street, Santa Monica, California, United States
  • Principal In Charge

    Lawrence Scarpa
  • Design Team

    Angela Brooks, Jackson Butler, Adam Davis, Mike Ferguson, John Jennings, Gwynne Pugh, Lawrence Scarpa
  • Furniture And Fixture Design

    Mike Ferguson; John Jennings; Lawrence Scarpa (with Dave Scott)
  • Steel And Furniture Fabrication

    Dave Scott of DESU
  • Construction Team

    Brian Crommie and Tom Hinerfeld of BT Builders
  • Client/Owner

    Stoney Road Productions and Reactor Films
  • Costs

    $35.000 ($50.00/sq. ft.) includes building shell upgrades
  • Area

    7000.0 ft2
  • Photographs