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LAX Breaks Ground on its New People Mover

13:00 - 19 March, 2019
LAX Breaks Ground on its New People Mover, People Mover. Image Courtesy of LAX
People Mover. Image Courtesy of LAX

Los Angeles International Airport has broken ground on its Automated People Mover, an elevated train designed to carry passengers and connect to LA's light rail. Mayor Eric Garcetti joined city officials to celebrate the kick-off last week as LAX hopes the project will improve connections between terminals and cut down on auto traffic in and out of the airport. Linked to the new consolidated rent-a-car facility, the People Mover aims to provide congestion relief for one of the world's busiest airports.

People Mover. Image Courtesy of LAX People Mover. Image Courtesy of LAX People Mover. Image Courtesy of LAX People Mover. Image Courtesy of LAX + 6

“Our work is to inspire joy”: Natasha Case Talks Coolhaus Ice Cream and Designing for Delight

07:00 - 8 March, 2019
“Our work is to inspire joy”: Natasha Case Talks Coolhaus Ice Cream and Designing for Delight, Courtesy of Coolhaus
Courtesy of Coolhaus

Architecture is defined by people. It’s the human condition that shapes the spaces we live within and the moments we share. Few designers and entrepreneurs understand this better than Natasha Case, co-founder of Coolhaus Ice Cream. Trained as an architect, Natasha began exploring a passion for what she called “Farchitecture” – or, Food + Architecture – in her graduate architecture program. The concept originated with the broader notion that design could enhance everyday life, and, by the same token, that food could bring awareness to design.

In an exclusive interview with ArchDaily, Natasha talks about her inspiration for creating architecturally inspired ice cream, how Los Angeles influences her life and work, and what it means to bring joy into the process of making.

Courtesy of Coolhaus Courtesy of Coolhaus Courtesy of Coolhaus Courtesy of Coolhaus + 14

Venice House / Walker Workshop

17:00 - 6 March, 2019
Venice House / Walker Workshop, © Noah Walker
© Noah Walker

© Noah Walker © Noah Walker © Noah Walker © Noah Walker + 19

Renzo Piano's Academy Museum Nears Completion in Los Angeles

04:00 - 27 February, 2019
Renzo Piano's Academy Museum Nears Completion in Los Angeles, Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Image © Joshua White JW Pictures, Courtesy Academy Museum Foundation
Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Image © Joshua White JW Pictures, Courtesy Academy Museum Foundation

The Academy of Motion Pictures Museum by Renzo Piano Building Workshop is nearing completion along the Miracle Mile in Los Angeles. Piano’s design consists of the renovation of the May Company department store located at the corner of Fairfax and Wilshire, as well as a new glass sphere addition that will house the 1,000-seat David Geffen Theater. Set for opening this year, the project aims to become the world’s premier institution dedicated to movies.

Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Image © Joshua White JW Pictures, Courtesy Academy Museum Foundation Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Image © Joshua White JW Pictures, Courtesy Academy Museum Foundation Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Image © Joshua White JW Pictures, Courtesy Academy Museum Foundation Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Image © Joshua White JW Pictures, Courtesy Academy Museum Foundation + 14

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

18 Spectacular Photographs Recognized at the AIA Los Angeles Photography Awards

11:00 - 21 February, 2019
18 Spectacular Photographs Recognized at the AIA Los Angeles Photography Awards, Michael Moser / Ragnarock - Museum of Pop, Rock & Youth Culture Roskilde, Denmark. Image © via American Institute of Architects
Michael Moser / Ragnarock - Museum of Pop, Rock & Youth Culture Roskilde, Denmark. Image © via American Institute of Architects

The American Institute of Architects Los Angeles Chapter has announced the winners of their 2019 Architectural Photography Awards. The 18 images, awarded in the Honor, Merit, and Citation tiers, were selected from 450 submissions of stellar quality, a two-fold increase on the 2018 edition.

The awards were founded as a “celebration of the use of architecture as a subject to make art, rather than a photograph as a documentational tool.” Recognizing the individuals driven to communicate the works of architects, the awards “celebrate the photographer’s eye, skill, and talent in expressing the transcendent nature of space."

#9 Dream / Dan Brunn Architecture

16:00 - 19 February, 2019
#9 Dream / Dan Brunn Architecture, © Brandon Shigeta
© Brandon Shigeta

© Brandon Shigeta © Brandon Shigeta © Brandon Shigeta © Brandon Shigeta + 39

Gehry Celebrates Groundbreaking for The Grand in Los Angeles

05:00 - 15 February, 2019
Gehry Celebrates Groundbreaking for The Grand in Los Angeles, The Grand. Image Courtesy of Related/CORE
The Grand. Image Courtesy of Related/CORE

Frank Gehry's Grand Avenue towers have officially broken ground in downtown Los Angeles. After over a decade in the making, the project was designed from a central retail core into the two terracing towers with a mix of retail, entertainment and residences. The $1 billion complex aims to turn Grand Avenue into a full entertainment district. Conceived as a public-private partnership, the project is considered a capstone for the Grand Avenue Redevelopment initiative to complete the city’s main downtown cultural corridor.

The Grand. Image Courtesy of Related/CORE The Grand. Image Courtesy of Related/CORE The Grand. Image Courtesy of Related/CORE The Grand. Image Courtesy of Related/CORE + 5

63-Story Tower Inspired by Marilyn Monroe’s 'Flying Skirt' Planned for Downtown LA

04:00 - 14 February, 2019
63-Story Tower Inspired by Marilyn Monroe’s 'Flying Skirt' Planned for Downtown LA, Sky Trees. Image Courtesy of Koichi Takada Architects
Sky Trees. Image Courtesy of Koichi Takada Architects

A new mixed-use tower by Sydney-based practice Koichi Takada Architects has been designed for downtown Los Angeles. With the potential to rise as high as 63 stories, the project was inspired by California’s redwood trees and Marilyn Monroe’s iconic wind-swept skirt. Dubbed Sky Trees, the project will include clustered towers clad in timber mullions that transformed into free-flowing wooden awnings at the base of the project.

Orum Residence / SPF: architects

17:00 - 7 February, 2019
Orum Residence / SPF: architects, © Matthew Momberger
© Matthew Momberger

© Matthew Momberger © Matthew Momberger © Matthew Momberger © Matthew Momberger + 29

LA Startup Raises $30 Million to Reimagine How Millennials Live Today

13:00 - 4 February, 2019
LA Startup Raises $30 Million to Reimagine How Millennials Live Today, Courtesy of Fernish
Courtesy of Fernish

Los Angeles-based startup Fernish has raised $30 million to transform the $100 billion dollar furniture industry and rethink how people live today. The platform-based furniture subscription service allows users to subscribe to an entire room or specific pieces, and they can provide a range of curated designer collections. With trends around mobility and ownership, Fernish was designed for the 25 million young professionals renting their homes and planning to move within the next 12 months.

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Confetti Courtyard / Clark Thenhaus / Endemic Architecture

03:00 - 30 January, 2019
Confetti Courtyard / Clark Thenhaus / Endemic Architecture, © David Salpeter
© David Salpeter

© Lauren Moore © Lauren Moore © Lauren Moore © Lauren Moore + 14

Discover Los Angeles Architecture Studios Through the Lens of Marc Goodwin

13:00 - 24 January, 2019
Discover Los Angeles Architecture Studios Through the Lens of Marc Goodwin, Marmol Radzinger. Image © Marc Goodwin
Marmol Radzinger. Image © Marc Goodwin

After having previously photographed the offices of architecture firms in the Netherlands, Dubai, London, Paris, Beijing, Shanghai, Seoul, the Nordic countries, and Barcelona, architectural photographer Marc Goodwin continues the series with an exploration of 15 large architecture and design studios in Los Angeles. Featuring a set of emerging and world-renowned offices alike, the series gives a glimpse into the life of designers across the City of Angels.

Brooks + Scarpa. Image © Marc Goodwin Marmol Radzinger. Image © Marc Goodwin EYRC. Image © Marc Goodwin Edward Ogosta Architecture. Image © Marc Goodwin + 31

Elon Musk Unveils the Boring Company's New Test Tunnel under Los Angeles

07:30 - 19 December, 2018
Elon Musk Unveils the Boring Company's New Test Tunnel under Los Angeles, © Twitter / The Boring Company
© Twitter / The Boring Company

Elon Musk’s Boring Company has unveiled the latest component of their visionary plans for a network of tunnels under Los Angeles. The new “Hawthorne” test tunnel, built at the corner of SpaceX’s parking lot, forms part of Musk’s mission to reduce traffic in cities through a dual system of boring tunnels, and fully electric, autonomous transport to operate within them.

The Los Angeles project ultimately seeks to develop a large, multi-layered network with a loop of highway tunnels seeing cars traveling at 150 miles per hour. While cars will use the superhighways for a small fee, the company will also have a fleet of Teslas operating as public transport.

Morphosis Designs a 15-Story Hotel for L.A.'s Sunset Strip

04:00 - 18 December, 2018
Morphosis Designs a 15-Story Hotel for L.A.'s Sunset Strip, 8850-8878 Sunset Boulevard. Image Courtesy of Morphosis
8850-8878 Sunset Boulevard. Image Courtesy of Morphosis

Morphosis has revealed a design for a new 15-story hotel along the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles. The design comes four months after Silver Creek Development purchased the property and the site of the landmark Viper Room night club. At nearly 200 feet in height, the mid-rise structure would feature an a large interior opening through two connected towers. The sinuous hotel would redefine one of L.A.'s most iconic streetscapes.

Perkins + Will Design Mile-Long Outdoor Museum for Los Angeles

04:00 - 14 December, 2018
Perkins + Will Design Mile-Long Outdoor Museum for Los Angeles, Destination Crenshaw. Image Courtesy of Perkins + Will
Destination Crenshaw. Image Courtesy of Perkins + Will

Perkins + Will have revealed a design for an open-air museum along the Crenshaw light-rail line in Los Angeles. Dubbed Destination Crenshaw, the project will run 1.1 miles and feature outdoor art and cultural spaces that celebrate black thinkers, activists, and performers of Los Angeles. Featuring works of public art as well as streetscape upgrades by Studio-MLA, the design was conceived as a response to Metro’s decision to put a section of the Crenshaw/LAX Line at ground level.

The Top Creative Cities and Countries of 2018 According to Airbnb

11:00 - 30 November, 2018
The Top Creative Cities and Countries of 2018 According to Airbnb, Tianjin Binhai Library / MVRDV + Tianjin Urban Planning and Design Institute. Image © Ossip Van Duivenbode
Tianjin Binhai Library / MVRDV + Tianjin Urban Planning and Design Institute. Image © Ossip Van Duivenbode

As 2018 draws to a close, accommodation website Airbnb has dived into their data to reveal the most creative cities and countries from the year. Based on the percentage of hosts who are in the creative industries, the list builds on a previous survey by Airbnb which found that one in 10 Airbnb hosts and one in three Experience hosts identify as members of the creative community.

Read on below for the list of top creative countries and cities according to the new Airbnb study. For architects already planning a New Year’s getaway, check out an article we published of ten projects previously featured by ArchDaily, now available for booking through Airbnb.

Renovation of Beverly Center / Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas

17:00 - 29 November, 2018
Renovation of Beverly Center / Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas, © John Linden
© John Linden

© John Linden © John Linden Courtesy of Archivio Fuksas © John Linden + 27