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San Francisco's Iconic Transamerica Pyramid for Sale

13:00 - 2 September, 2019
San Francisco's Iconic Transamerica Pyramid for Sale, via Shutterstock
via Shutterstock

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

13:00 - 27 August, 2019
Three Concepts Unveiled for La Brea Tar Pits Masterplan in Los Angeles , Courtesy of WEISS/MANFREDI
Courtesy of WEISS/MANFREDI

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.

Courtesy of Diller Scofidio + Renfro Courtesy of WEISS/MANFREDI Courtesy of Diller Scofidio + Renfro Courtesy of Dorte Mandrup + 18

Oakland Museum Unveils Roof Garden by Hood Design Studio

05:00 - 27 August, 2019
Oakland Museum Unveils Roof Garden by 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

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 The Kevin Roche-designed Brutalist structure was originally made with a 26,4000-square-foot landscape, and now, 50 years later, the institution is looking to upgrade the roof.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

05:00 - 26 August, 2019
L.A. Flower Market by Brooks + Scarpa Receives Planning Approval, Courtesy of Brooks + Scarpa Architects
Courtesy of Brooks + Scarpa Architects

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.

Courtesy of Brooks + Scarpa Architects Courtesy of Brooks + Scarpa Architects Courtesy of Brooks + Scarpa Architects Courtesy of Brooks + Scarpa Architects + 11

AECOM Reveals Basketball Net-Inspired Arena for Los Angeles

13:00 - 29 July, 2019
AECOM Reveals Basketball Net-Inspired Arena for Los Angeles, LA Clippers Arena. Image Courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, AECOM
LA Clippers Arena. Image Courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, AECOM

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

13:00 - 25 June, 2019
Julie Eizenberg and Hank Koning Win 2019 Australian Institute of Architects Gold Medal, © Eric Staudenmaier
© Eric Staudenmaier

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.

© Esto © Eric Staudenmaier © Eric Staudenmaier © Eric Staudenmaier + 7

Foster + Partners Unveils Uber Skyport for Santa Clara

11:00 - 21 June, 2019
Foster + Partners Unveils Uber Skyport for Santa Clara, © Foster + Partners
© Foster + Partners

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

13:00 - 11 June, 2019
FIELDWORKS Celebrates Design-Build in California's High Desert, © Zeno Legner
© Zeno Legner

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.

© Zeno Legner © Zeno Legner © Zeno Legner Courtesy of Neal Lucas Hitch + 19

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

13:00 - 21 May, 2019
“We’re a Possibilities Company”: Keely Colcleugh on Communicating the Future of the Built Environment, Viper Room - Morphosis. Image Courtesy of Kilograph
Viper Room - Morphosis. Image Courtesy of Kilograph

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.

El Paso Children's Museum - Koning Eizenberg. Image Courtesy of Kilograph California Market Center - Brookfield Properties. Image Courtesy of Kilograph LA Football Club - Entry - Gensler Los Angeles. Image Courtesy of Kilograph Kilograph Studio. Image Courtesy of Kilograph + 13

WSJ Interviews Frank Gehry on His Life, Legacy and the L.A. River

05:00 - 7 May, 2019
WSJ Interviews Frank Gehry on His Life, Legacy and the L.A. River, Courtesy of Masterclass
Courtesy of Masterclass

WSJ. Magazine recently visited the studio of Frank Gehry to explore his life, work and his plans for the future. As one of the world's most famous architects, Gehry and his work are intrinsically linked to Los Angeles. Today, he chooses from many proposals for the projects he wants to take on. Gehry discusses his early love for Los Angeles architecture and wood-framed housing, as well as his insecurities and some of his most famous projects.

Courtesy of Stephen Shore for WSJ. Magazine Courtesy of Stephen Shore for WSJ. Magazine Courtesy of Stephen Shore for WSJ. Magazine Courtesy of Stephen Shore for WSJ. Magazine + 10

LPA Designs California's Largest Ice Skating Facility

13:00 - 25 April, 2019
LPA Designs California's Largest Ice Skating Facility, Great Park Ice and Five Point Arena. Image Courtesy of LPA
Great Park Ice and Five Point Arena. Image Courtesy of LPA

Architecture and design firm LPA has designed California's largest ice skating facility in Irvine. Dubbed the Great Park Ice and Five Point Arena, the project combines the largest community ice complex in the region with a training facility for the Anaheim Ducks of the National Hockey League (NHL). The $110 million project was designed around the vision of Ducks owners, Henry and Susan Samueli, to create a public resource that promotes ice sports, health and wellness.

Great Park Ice and Five Point Arena. Image Courtesy of LPA Great Park Ice and Five Point Arena. Image Courtesy of LPA Great Park Ice and Five Point Arena. Image Courtesy of LPA Great Park Ice and Five Point Arena. Image Courtesy of LPA + 5

Gehry Designs "Floating Icebergs" for Warner Bros. in Los Angeles

05:00 - 25 April, 2019
Gehry Designs "Floating Icebergs" for Warner Bros. in Los Angeles, Warner Bros. Headquarters. Image Courtesy of Gehry Partners
Warner Bros. Headquarters. Image Courtesy of Gehry Partners

Gehry Partners has unveiled renderings for a new 800,000-square-foot Warner Bros. Headquarters in Burbank, California. The project will include two new buildings designed to be "like icebergs floating along the freeway." Gehry Partners is working with Worthe Real Estate Group and Stockbridge Real Estate Fund to finish the new office buildings in time for Warner Bros.’ centennial celebrations in 2023.

Warner Bros. Headquarters. Image Courtesy of Gehry Partners Warner Bros. Headquarters. Image Courtesy of Gehry Partners Warner Bros. Headquarters. Image Courtesy of Gehry Partners Warner Bros. Headquarters. Image Courtesy of Gehry Partners + 4

Francis Kéré and Office Kovacs Among 2019 Coachella Installations

13:00 - 15 April, 2019
Francis Kéré and Office Kovacs Among 2019 Coachella Installations, Sarbalé ke. Image © Lance Gerber
Sarbalé ke. Image © Lance Gerber

The 2019 Coachella Arts and Music Festival has begun with installations by Francis Kéré, Office Kovacs, and NEWSUBSTANCE in Indio, California. The festival opened to the public for its 20th year with a lineup featuring Childish Gambino, Tame Impala, and Ariana Grande as the headliners for the two-weekend experience. Over half a dozen large-scale installations have been built at Coachella featuring the work of up-and-coming artists, designers and architects.

Spectra 2019. Image © Lance Gerber MISMO. Image © Lance Gerber Sarbalé ke. Image © Lance Gerber H.i.P.O.. Image © Lance Gerber + 16

Los Angeles Architect Francois Perrin Passes Away

13:00 - 3 April, 2019
Los Angeles Architect Francois Perrin Passes Away, Francois Perrin. Image Courtesy of Jacqueline Booth Di Milia
Francois Perrin. Image Courtesy of Jacqueline Booth Di Milia

Los Angeles based architect and curator Francois Perrin has passed away. Perrin was diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer in January, 2019, and passed away on April 1, 2019, in Ventura County, California. As the founder of Air Architecture, the Paris-born architect worked in Southern California while remaining professionally active in France. He is known for his creative and inventive approach to materials, and for his ability to rethink everyday life through his work.

Hollywood Hills House. Image © Michael Wells Air Houses: Design for a New Climate. Image © Steve Hall Skatehouse. Image © Sam McGuire Airhouse. Image © Nills Timm + 5

Space Saloon Announces FIELDWORKS Design-Build Festival in California

13:00 - 13 March, 2019
Space Saloon Announces FIELDWORKS Design-Build Festival in California, Extent by Kyle May. Image © Daniel Schwartz
Extent by Kyle May. Image © Daniel Schwartz

Space Saloon has announced a new week long experimental design-build festival in Southern California. Dubbed FIELDWORKS, the festival aims to rethink design-build and hands-on education. Following the success of the first workshop, LANDING, the group is returning to Southern California and the Morongo Valley. The community-in-residence program brings teams of students and designers together to develop site-specific projects that question notions of context and place.

Space Saloon LANDING. Image © Daniel Schwartz Space Saloon LANDING. Image © Daniel Schwartz Space Saloon LANDING. Image © Daniel Schwartz Ghost House by I Thee. Image © Daniel Schwartz + 5

2°C: A COTE|LA SYMPOSIUM ON CLIMATE CHANGE

00:00 - 28 February, 2019
2°C: A COTE|LA SYMPOSIUM  ON CLIMATE CHANGE, 2C Symposium COTE LA March 1, 2019 (c) WPA
2C Symposium COTE LA March 1, 2019 (c) WPA

The 2°C Symposium is an opportunity to learn essential technologies, strategies and tools that address climate change at a critical time for our collective future.

Architecture & Design Film Festival Returns to Downtown Los Angeles

13:00 - 21 February, 2019
Architecture & Design Film Festival Returns to Downtown Los Angeles, Elevation by Marcus Fairs & Oliver Manzi . Image Courtesy of Architecture & Design Film Festival
Elevation by Marcus Fairs & Oliver Manzi . Image Courtesy of Architecture & Design Film Festival

The Architecture & Design Film Festival is returning this year from March 13-17 in Downtown Los Angeles. ADFF:LA offers a curated program of 24 films, director Q&As, and a series of discussions on architecture and design. The festival was created to celebrate the creative spirit that drives architecture and design. From events and films to panel discussions, ADFF has become the nation’s largest film festival devoted to architecture.

ADFF. Image Courtesy of Architecture & Design Film Festival ADFF. Image Courtesy of Architecture & Design Film Festival ADFF. Image Courtesy of Architecture & Design Film Festival Renzo Piano: The Architect of Light. Image Courtesy of Architecture & Design Film Festival + 5