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La Jolla: The Latest Architecture and News

Preservationists and Critics Aim to Save Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego

The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego recently released plans to begin demolition on a portion of its La Jolla building designed by Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown. Aiming to expand and renovate, the museum is facing mounting criticism from a range of architects, critics and historians. The new plan calls for Venturi Scott Brown's exterior colonnade into Axline Court to be removed, and for the museum's neon-accented entry atrium to be repurposed as a public gathering space. With a part of the colonnade already removed, critics have signed an open letter hoping to save VSB's work.

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. Image © Phillipp Scholz Rittermann Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. Image © Phillipp Scholz Rittermann Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. Image © Phillipp Scholz Rittermann Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. Image © Phillipp Scholz Rittermann + 9

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego Celebrates 75th Anniversary with $55 Million Expansion

The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) first opened in 1941 in the oceanfront La Jolla home of philanthropist Ellen Browning Scripps. In the half century that followed, the museum saw three distinct expansions; now, as it turns 75, MCASD anticipates its latest addition, a flexible new multipurpose design by Selldorf Architects that will quadruple the current gallery space.

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Six 'Cathedrals of Culture' Tell Their Stories in New 3D Film

If buildings could talk, what would they say about us? Cathedrals of Culture, a six part collection of films recently premiered at this year's Berlin International Film Festival, "offers six startling responses to this question". The project, filmed entirely in 3D, allows "six iconic and very different buildings to speak for themselves, examining human life from the unblinking perspective of a manmade structure".

2014 ANFA Conference

The Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture (ANFA) will have their 2nd international conference between September 18 and September 20 in La Jolla, California.

VIDEO: Jonathan Segal’s "The Cresta" Through the Lens of Breadtruck Films

Jeffrey Durkin, director of Breadtruck Films, has shared with us this insightful short film on Jonathan Segal’s new concrete and glass house in La Jolla: The Cresta. According to Durkin, “The film explores the relationship between nature and architecture, father and son, and how clean minimal design can save us from the suburbs.”

The Lemperle Residence / Jonathan Segal FAIA

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La Jolla, United States

Phenomenal: California Light, Space, Surface at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego

Photo by Doug Gates
Photo by Doug Gates

If you are in the San Diego area and looking for something to do this weekend, check out the Phenomenal: California Light, Space, Surface exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. It is your last chance to experience the exhibit at the museum’s La Jolla location, as it will be closing this Sunday, January 22. However, the exhibit will remain open to the public at its downtown location in San Diego into spring and summer.

More after the break.

 © 2011 Bruce Nauman / Artists Rights Society (ARS) Photo by Pablo Mason Courtesy of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego Photo by Pablo Mason © Craig Kauffman | Photo by Philipp Scholz Rittermann © James Turrell | Photo by Philipp Scholz Rittermann + 18

Video: Salk Institute / Louis Kahn

This short film by Pablo Casals-Aguirre captures the formal perfection and daily life within Louis Kahn’s architectural masterpiece, the Salk Institute. Kahn was commissioned in 1959 to design the inspiring facility for scientific research. The iconic facility became a designated San Diego Historical Landmark in 1991 and continues to attract daily admirers from all corners of the earth.

Zaha Hadid is Coming to San Diego

Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects
Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects

San Diego Planning Commission has approved Zaha Hadid’s La Jolla Residence. Along with the San Diego firm Public, Hadid will demolish an existing house on a half-acre site at 8490 Whale Watch Way, replacing it with a 12,700 square foot home comprised of four bedrooms, six bathrooms, and an indoor pool. The firm has described the home as an “introverted sculptural structure.”

Eleanor Roosevelt College / Safdie Rabines Architects + Safdie Architects

© Timothy Hursley © Timothy Hursley © Timothy Hursley © Timothy Hursley + 8

  • Architects: Safdie Rabines Architects and Moshe Safdie & Associates
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 450000.0 ft²

Six / Sebastian Mariscal Studio

© Hisao Suzuki © Hisao Suzuki © Hisao Suzuki © Hisao Suzuki + 14

La Jolla, United States