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Pico Branch Library / Koning Eizenberg Architecture

15:00 - 30 January, 2018
Pico Branch Library / Koning Eizenberg Architecture, © Eric Staudenmaier
© Eric Staudenmaier

© Eric Staudenmaier © Eric Staudenmaier © Eric Staudenmaier © Eric Staudenmaier + 12

Taslimi Residence / Fleetwood Fernandez Architects

11:00 - 30 January, 2018
Taslimi Residence / Fleetwood Fernandez Architects, © Benny Chan
© Benny Chan

© Benny Chan © Benny Chan © Benny Chan © Benny Chan + 24

New Renderings Show Gehry's Ocean Avenue Tower Shortened to 12 Stories

12:00 - 5 January, 2018
New Renderings Show Gehry's Ocean Avenue Tower Shortened to 12 Stories, © Gehry Partners. Via City of Santa Monica
© Gehry Partners. Via City of Santa Monica

New renderings have been revealed showing an updated design for Frank Gehry’s ‘Ocean Avenue Project’ in Santa Monica, California.

Originally conceived as as 22-story hotel and residential tower, the project has now been shortened to 12 stories (130 feet) to meet restrictions imposed by the city’s Downtown Community Plan, which calls for “aggressively slow growth” and a “lower scale downtown” of mainly 4-5 story tall buildings.

Downtown Santa Monica Hotels / Gwynne Pugh Urban Studio + Gene Fong Associates

17:00 - 15 September, 2017
Downtown Santa Monica Hotels / Gwynne Pugh Urban Studio + Gene Fong Associates, © John Edward Linden Photography
© John Edward Linden Photography

© John Edward Linden Photography © Christine Gatti/Dylan Cross © John Edward Linden Photography © John Edward Linden Photography + 40

Illustrating Homeless Architecture

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Illustrating Homeless Architecture

The city of Los Angeles manufactures the myth of its own aspirational promise with cult-like fervor showcasing both spectacular virtuosity and deep social myopia - at once its glory and its menace, as Frank Lloyd Wright might have said. LA often stands apart as the urban sing-song of denial replete with clenched eyes and muffled ears. Thus, an illustration of homeless architecture which draws from the same artistic tools and idealism that typically supports the other end of the housing spectrum satirizes the ubiquity of the illusion machine and asks viewers to consider their place on the assembly line of fantasy.

AD Classics: The Entenza House (Case Study #9) / Charles & Ray Eames, Eero Saarinen & Associates

04:00 - 14 August, 2017
AD Classics: The Entenza House (Case Study #9) / Charles & Ray Eames, Eero Saarinen & Associates, Case Study House No. 9. (1950) / Julius Shulman Photography Archive. Image © J. Paul Getty Trust. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2004.R.10)
Case Study House No. 9. (1950) / Julius Shulman Photography Archive. Image © J. Paul Getty Trust. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2004.R.10)

Nestled in the verdant seaside hills of the Pacific Palisades in southern California, the Entenza House is the ninth of the famous Case Study Houses built between 1945 and 1962. With a vast, open-plan living room that connects to the backyard through floor-to-ceiling glass sliding doors, the house brings its natural surroundings into a metal Modernist box, allowing the two to coexist as one harmonious space.

Like its peers in the Case Study Program, the house was designed not only to serve as a comfortable and functional residence, but to showcase how modular steel construction could be used to create low-cost housing for a society still recovering from the the Second World War. The man responsible for initiating the program was John Entenza, Editor of the magazine Arts and Architecture. The result was a series of minimalist homes that employed  steel frames and open plans to reflect the more casual and independent way of life that had arisen in the automotive age.[1]

Case Study House No. 9. (1950) / Julius Shulman Photography Archive. Image © J. Paul Getty Trust. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2004.R.10) Case Study House No. 9. (1950) / Julius Shulman Photography Archive. Image © J. Paul Getty Trust. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2004.R.10) Case Study House No. 9. (1950) / Julius Shulman Photography Archive. Image © J. Paul Getty Trust. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2004.R.10) Case Study House No. 9. (1950) / Julius Shulman Photography Archive. Image © J. Paul Getty Trust. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2004.R.10) + 28

Experience Cities From Above With Crystal Clear Drone Videos

08:00 - 2 May, 2017

With rapid advancements in technology and crystal clear imagery, drones have allowed us to experience our cities and landscapes from unimaginable vantage points and perspectives. In its series of videos, YouTube channel Mingomatic uses drones to capture the sights and scenes of predominantly American cities and various locations from above, offering glimpses of skylines, oceans, highways and terrains (and seals!). Check out the 10 videos below for some spectacular views, and find Mingomatic’s full selection, here.

Edmunds.com Headquarters / M+M Creative Studio

15:00 - 1 February, 2017
Edmunds.com Headquarters / M+M Creative Studio, © Benny Chan
© Benny Chan

© Benny Chan © Benny Chan © Benny Chan © Benny Chan + 21

  • Architects

  • Location

    Santa Monica, CA, United States
  • Architects in Charge

    Chris Mitchell, Sandra Mitchell
  • Executive Architect

    Lewis/Schoeplein architects
  • Area

    145000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Unfrozen: Music Performed by Architects

12:30 - 12 October, 2016
Unfrozen: Music Performed by Architects, Courtesy of Unknown
Courtesy of Unknown

Unfrozen Music

Showcasing the intersection between music and architecture, Shimahara Illustration is proud to present Unfrozen Music, a concert performed by an eclectic mix of Los Angeles area architects.

Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences / Frederick Fisher and Partners

17:00 - 11 October, 2016
Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences / Frederick Fisher and Partners, © Jeremy Bittermann
© Jeremy Bittermann

© Jeremy Bittermann © Jeremy Bittermann © Jeremy Bittermann © Jeremy Bittermann + 23

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

Veronika Kellndorfer, Tropical Modernism: Lina Bo Bardi

17:17 - 9 August, 2016
Veronika Kellndorfer, Tropical Modernism: Lina Bo Bardi, Veronika Kellndorfer, Tree House (Casa de Vidro), 2014
Veronika Kellndorfer, Tree House (Casa de Vidro), 2014

Christopher Grimes Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition of new works by Veronika Kellndorfer. This body of work stems from her 2015 solo exhibition at the Casa de Vidro in São Paulo, home of celebrated Italian-born Brazilian architect Lina Bo Bardi. During this time Kellndorfer also engaged with the architecture of Oscar Niemeyer and gardens of Roberto Burle Marx, finding their approach to Brazilian Modernism nascent to a new scope of reference.

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

  • Architects

  • Location

    Santa Monica, United States
  • Architect in Charge

    John Friedman
  • Project Team

    Alice Kimm, Garrett Belmont
  • Area

    4000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2012

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