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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

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

04:00 - 14 February, 2019
70-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 70 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.

Courtesy of Fernish Courtesy of Fernish Courtesy of Fernish Courtesy of Fernish + 5

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

L.A. Plans to Repurpose General Hospital as Affordable Housing

04:00 - 20 November, 2018
L.A. Plans to Repurpose General Hospital as Affordable Housing, LA General Hospital. Image Courtesy of Los Angeles County
LA General Hospital. Image Courtesy of Los Angeles County

Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors have decided to move forward with a plan to reuse L.A. General Hospital as affordable housing for high-need populations. The plan aims to provide homeless residents and low-income tenants with new living units inside the 1930s-era hospital. The board approved a motion to study the feasibility of reusing the structure and to craft a strategic plan that would bring the project to life. As the “birthplace of emergency medicine,” the Art Deco–style building includes 1.5-million-square-feet of space that could be used for the housing project.

Frank Gehry's Grand Avenue Towers Finally Set to Begin Construction

13:00 - 9 November, 2018
Frank Gehry's Grand Avenue Towers Finally Set to Begin Construction, The Grand. Image Courtesy of Gehry Partners
The Grand. Image Courtesy of Gehry Partners

Frank Gehry's Grand Avenue towers are finally set to begin construction, over a decade after the project was initially proposed. Conceived as a public-private partnership, the towers are sited across from Gehry’s Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles. 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.

The Grand. Image Courtesy of Gehry Partners The Grand. Image Courtesy of Gehry Partners The Grand. Image Courtesy of Gehry Partners The Grand. Image Courtesy of Gehry Partners + 6

Arquitectonica Reveals Tower of Pools for Downtown L.A. in New Renders

13:00 - 5 November, 2018
Arquitectonica Reveals Tower of Pools for Downtown L.A. in New Renders, 5th and Hill Tower. Image Courtesy of Arquitectonica
5th and Hill Tower. Image Courtesy of Arquitectonica

Arquitectonica has revealed new renderings of its proposal for a 53-story tower of cantilevered pools in Downtown Los Angeles. The skyscraper could be built under two different scenarios, where either the building becomes primarily residential units or a hotel and condominiums. The City of Los Angeles Department of City Planning published a draft Environmental Impact Report with further details on the 784-foot tower. Arquitectonica's tower is one of multiple developments underway around Pershing Square.

5th and Hill Tower. Image Courtesy of Arquitectonica 5th and Hill Tower. Image Courtesy of Arquitectonica 5th and Hill Tower. Image Courtesy of Arquitectonica 5th and Hill Tower. Image Courtesy of Arquitectonica + 5

Yves Béhar Unveils LivingHomes Accessory Dwelling Units in Los Angeles

03:30 - 2 November, 2018
Yves Béhar Unveils LivingHomes Accessory Dwelling Units in Los Angeles, LivingHomes YB1. Image Courtesy of Yves Béhar, Plant Prefab
LivingHomes YB1. Image Courtesy of Yves Béhar, Plant Prefab

Swiss Designer Yves Béhar has partnered with Plant Prefab to create LivingHome YB1, a series of Accessory Dwelling Units to be unveiled at the Summit festival in Los Angeles. Designed to address California’s legislation, the ADU aims to encourage increased urban density while limiting the environmental impact of new construction. LivingHomes YB1 is the first in a line of structures made to rethink prefab and increase accessibility, livability, and sustainability.

LivingHomes YB1. Image Courtesy of Yves Béhar, Plant Prefab LivingHomes YB1. Image Courtesy of Yves Béhar, Plant Prefab LivingHomes YB1. Image Courtesy of Yves Béhar, Plant Prefab LivingHomes YB1. Image Courtesy of Yves Béhar, Plant Prefab + 5

OMA Set to Break Ground on Wilshire Boulevard Temple Expansion in Los Angeles

04:30 - 30 October, 2018
OMA Set to Break Ground on Wilshire Boulevard Temple Expansion in Los Angeles, Audrey Irmas Pavilion. Image Courtesy of OMA
Audrey Irmas Pavilion. Image Courtesy of OMA

OMA will be breaking ground on their new design for Wilshire Boulevard Temple's expansion next month. The groundbreaking for the new Audrey Irmas Pavilion is scheduled for November 11. The $75-million project was designed by OMA partners Shohei Shigematsu and Rem Koolhaas. The three-story expansion will include space for the temple congregation, surrounding neighborhood and supportive services.

Audrey Irmas Pavilion. Image Courtesy of OMA Audrey Irmas Pavilion. Image Courtesy of OMA Audrey Irmas Pavilion. Image Courtesy of OMA Audrey Irmas Pavilion. Image Courtesy of OMA + 5

LA Metro Releases New Renders of Airport Connector Station by Grimshaw

03:30 - 25 October, 2018
LA Metro Releases New Renders of Airport Connector Station by Grimshaw, Airport Metro Connector. Image Courtesy of GRIMSHAW
Airport Metro Connector. Image Courtesy of GRIMSHAW

Grimshaw Architects and Gruen Associates have released updated renderings of the Metro station connecting Los Angeles International Airport to light rail. Expected to open in 2023, the $500-million transit hub will span across a 9.5 acre site adjacent to the Crenshaw/LAX Line’s maintenance yard. The design was made to create a fully inter-modal facility that will become a new point of arrival into the city.

Airport Metro Connector. Image Courtesy of GRIMSHAW Airport Metro Connector. Image Courtesy of GRIMSHAW Airport Metro Connector. Image Courtesy of GRIMSHAW Airport Metro Connector. Image Courtesy of GRIMSHAW + 9

Getty Foundation Announces Grants for Architectural Conservation of 11 Modern Buildings

11:00 - 13 October, 2018
Getty Foundation Announces Grants for Architectural Conservation of 11 Modern Buildings, Gateway Arch / Eero Saarinen
Gateway Arch / Eero Saarinen

As part of its Keeping It Modern initiative, the Getty Foundation announced over $1.7 million will be dedicated as architectural conservation grants to eleven iconic 20th-century buildings this year. Including national and international sites such as Eero Saarinen's recently renovated Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri, and Oscar Niemeyer’s Rashid Karami International Fairground in Tripoli, Lebanon, the organization has supported 54 conservation projects since 2014.

Salk Institute for Biological Studies / Louis Kahn Technische Universiteit Delft Auditorium / Johannes van den Broek and Jaap Bakema Engineering Building / James Stirling and James Gowan International Fairgrounds of Tripoli / Oscar Niemeyer The National Schools of Art of Havana / Ricardo Porro, Vittorio Garatti, and Roberto Gottardi + 18