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Lucas Museum's Steel Frame Takes Shape in Los Angeles

The steel frame of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art is beginning to take shape in Los Angeles. Designed by MAD Architects, the project takes its name from Star Wars creator George Lucas and will stand at the gateway to the city’s Exposition Park. The landmark project will be MAD’s first museum built in the United States.

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25 Projects Merged into the Diverse Landscape of California

Martis Camp 506 / Blaze Makoid Architecture. Image Cortesía de Blaze Makoid Architecture C-Glass House / Deegan Day Design. Image © Taiyo Watanabe Off-Grid Guest House / Anacapa. Image © Erin Feinblatt McElroy House _ Ehrlich Architects / Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects. Image © Miranda Brackett + 26

Located in the western region of the United States, the state of California is the most populous state and the third-largest — it includes some of the most populated cities of the country such as Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Long Beach and Oakland.

Weiss/Manfredi Selected to Lead La Brea Tar Pits Master Plan

Weiss/Manfredi have been selected to lead the new La Brea Tar Pits master planning in Los Angeles. The team's ‘Loops and Lenses’ concept was developed to create new connections between "the museum and the Park, between science and culture, and envisions the entire site as an unfolding place of discovery." The team will work with NHMLAC on a multi-year process of public engagement, master planning, design and construction on the Tar Pits’ 13-acre campus.

Final Water's Edge Building on Silicon Beach to Open in 2020

SPF:architects has topped out construction on WE3 at Water’s Edge, a six-story creative office building in Playa Vista. The 183,000 square foot structure along Silicon Beach encompasses four floors of open creative workspace, with upper floors of the structure wrapped in a “floating” perforated aluminum skin.

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Ray Kappe, Founding Director of SCI-Arc, Passes Away at 92

Architect, educator and founding director of SCI-Arc, Ray Kappe, FAIA, passed away last week at the age of 92. Kappe experienced lung failure after battling pneumonia. As a renowned architect, Kappe designed more than 100 residences, pioneered a new approach to architectural education, and shaped both Los Angeles and California Modernism as we know it.

“We’re Building New Ways of Working”: Morphosis Explores XR and the Future of Design Technologies

Shifts in technology reflect how designers are creating experiences of architecture and cities. New advances engender novel ways of working, and in turn, shape our design process. As a practice defined by pushing boundaries, experimenting with workflows, and embracing new design technologies, Morphosis has a forty-year history of enthusiastically wondering at the future.

Atrium and liner at Kolon One & Only Tower in Seoul, Korea. Image Courtesy of Morphosis Architects Kolon One & Only Tower, featuring brise-soleil composed of varying FRC modules. Image Courtesy of Morphosis Architects GFRC facade panel installation at the M-Bridge complex in Sejong City, Korea. Image Courtesy of Morphosis Architects Digital mockup for Dessault Systemes x Morphosis installation at Milan Design Week 2019. Image Courtesy of Morphosis Architects + 12

Ridge House / Mork-Ulnes Architects

  • Architects: Mork-Ulnes Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 840.0 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2018

MVRDV Creates a 23-story Mixed-Use Building for Mission Rock

Part of the Mission Rock master plan in San Francisco, MVRDV unveiled their contribution, in partnership with Perry Architects, a 23-story mixed-use building, including offices and residential units. The firm joins other big names like Studio Gang, Henning Larsen, and WORKac in designing one of the vertical entities in this waterfront.

San Francisco's Iconic Transamerica Pyramid for Sale

For the first time, San Francisco's iconic Transamerica Pyramid has been listed for sale. Built in 1972, the 48-story Brutalist-style project was designed by American architect William Pereira. The triangular-shaped skyscraper was the tallest building in San Francisco for nearly half a century, until it was surpassed by Salesforce Tower in 2018. Selling for $600 million, the building has become a landmark in the skyline of San Francisco.

Three Concepts Unveiled for La Brea Tar Pits Masterplan in Los Angeles

The Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County (NHMLAC) have unveiled three new concepts for a master plan of the La Brea Tar Pits. The proposals were designed to improve the entire 12-acre site, which has not been renovated or considered comprehensively since it opened more than forty years ago. The three proposals were made by Dorte Mandrup, Diller Scofidio + Renfro and WEISS/MANFREDI. The concepts aim to create a more integrated experience of the museum and the landscape in Hancock Park.

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Oakland Museum Unveils Roof Garden by Hood Design Studio

The Oakland Museum of California has released renderings for a new terraced roof garden by Hood Design Studio. The Kevin Roche-designed Brutalist structure was originally made with a 26,4000-square-foot landscape, and now, 50 years later, the institution is looking to upgrade the roof. Led by Walter Hood, the project will feature a $20 million renovation as part of the seven-acre campus.

Oakland Museum of California Roof Garden. Image Courtesy of Hood Design Studio Oakland Museum of California Roof Garden. Image Courtesy of Hood Design Studio Oakland Museum of California Roof Garden. Image Courtesy of Hood Design Studio Oakland Museum of California Roof Garden. Image Courtesy of Hood Design Studio + 6

L.A. Flower Market by Brooks + Scarpa Receives Planning Approval

The Los Angeles City Planning Commission has approved Brooks + Scarpa's redevelopment proposal for the Flower Market in Downtown LA. The project would include a new 15-story building with over 300 residential units, and the main tower will be split into three levels, each topped with a roof deck. As Brooks + Scarpa explain, the structure's materials and colors are intended to mimic the bright colors of flowers.

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AECOM Reveals Basketball Net-Inspired Arena for Los Angeles

AECOM has unveiled a new design for a "basketball net-inspired" 900,000-square-foot arena for the LA Clippers in Inglewood. Working with Anderson Barker Architects, the City Design Studio of Los Angeles, and Hood Studios, the team's proposal includes a solar panel tile cladding system around the building and sunken basketball court. The project's facade was designed to symbolize the diamond shapes in a basketball net.

Julie Eizenberg and Hank Koning Win 2019 Australian Institute of Architects Gold Medal

The Australian Institute of Architects have awarded the 2019 Gold Medal to Santa Monica-based Australian expatriates Hank Koning and Julie Eizenberg of Koning Eizenberg Architecture. As the Institute’s highest honour, the Gold Medal was awarded to acknowledge the firm's commitment to affordable housing, education and civic projects, and to tirelessly fighting to improve the situation of underprivileged communities.

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Foster + Partners Unveils Uber Skyport for Santa Clara

Uber Elevate and Related Companies have unveiled their Foster + Partners-designed vision for a future Skyport in Santa Clara. The 240-acre site illustrates the benefits aerial ridesharing could provide for the Bay Area and other cities in the future.

FIELDWORKS Celebrates Design-Build in California's High Desert

Design lab Space Saloon recently wrapped up its second experimental design-build festival in Southern California. Dubbed FIELDWORKS, the festival aimed to rethink design-build and hands-on education. Following the success of the first workshop, LANDING, the group returned to Southern California to develop site-specific projects and workshops.

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“We’re a Possibilities Company”: Keely Colcleugh on Communicating the Future of the Built Environment

Architecture is defined by stories. It’s through visualization and communication of ideas that we construct new environments. Trained as an architect, Keely Colcleugh is a designer with a range of experience across the fields of architecture, graphic design, film, and visualization. In 2009, she founded Kilograph with a desire to combine leading edge visualization techniques with animation, interactive design, graphics, and branding. Now Keely is the CEO of a growing creative agency with offices in Los Angeles and Spain.

In an exclusive interview with ArchDaily, Keely talks about her transition to communication design, her love for Los Angeles, and how the art of visualization continues to evolve.

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