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The Annex / Martin Fenlon Architecture

13:00 - 26 May, 2018
The Annex / Martin Fenlon Architecture, © John Linden
© John Linden

© John Linden © John Linden © John Linden © John Linden + 23

Stradella / SAOTA

13:00 - 19 May, 2018
Stradella  / SAOTA, © Adam Letch
© Adam Letch

© Adam Letch © Adam Letch © Adam Letch © Adam Letch + 17

  • Architects

  • Location

    Los Angeles, United States
  • Lead Architects

    Mark Bullivant, Tom Burbidge
  • Landscaping

    Fiore Landscape Design
  • Interior Décor

    MINOTTI Los Angeles
  • Area

    1865.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

The Line Lofts / SPF:architects

17:00 - 17 May, 2018
The Line Lofts / SPF:architects, © Bruce Damonte
© Bruce Damonte

© Bruce Damonte © Lauren Moore © Bruce Damonte © Bruce Damonte + 31

  • Architects

  • Location

    Hollywood, California, United States
  • Lead Architects

    Zoltan E. Pali, Judit M. Fekete, Damon Surfas, Natalie May, Ryan Hong, Sebastian Greider, Jee-Hye Kim
  • Team

    Kyle Pfister, Sean Bollinger, Ruth Oh, Chris Werner
  • Area

    68000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

LA's Pershing Square Is Preparing for a Redesign—And Some Worry They Are Losing a Valuable Civic Space

09:30 - 10 May, 2018

Surrounded on all sides by "business blocks of architectural beauty and metropolitan dimensions," the intersecting planes of Pershing Square in Los Angeles provide a modernist retreat for many Angelinos in the downtown area. While to some, the square's large stucco tower and aqueduct-like water feature serve as a cultural landmark, the park has drawn negative press due to its lack of green space and abundance of drug-related activity. John Moody purposefully concentrates on the perception, memory, and identity of the space in his documentary Redemption Square—winner of the Best Urban Design Film 2017 at the New Urbanism Film Festival. Using the voice of strangers, residents and those who used to call it home, Moody guides you from the park’s formation in 1866 to its impending renewal: a “radically flat” redesign courtesy of Agence Ter and Gruen Associates.

SL House / ANX

17:00 - 8 May, 2018
SL House / ANX, © Brian Thomas Jones
© Brian Thomas Jones

© Brian Thomas Jones © Brian Thomas Jones © Brian Thomas Jones © Brian Thomas Jones + 49

  • Architects

    ANX
  • Location

    Los Angeles, United States
  • Lead Architects

    Aaron Neubert, Jeremy Limsenben, Xiran Zhang, Jina Seo
  • Structural Engineer

    Craig Phillips Engineering
  • Area

    3500.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Los Angeles Is Painting the Streets White (Again), and Your City Might Be Next

12:00 - 28 April, 2018
Los Angeles Is Painting the Streets White (Again), and Your City Might Be Next, © City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works Bureau of Street Services via deMilked
© City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works Bureau of Street Services via deMilked

Last spring, the Los Angeles Bureau of Street Services tested a new, creative approach to combat the rising temperatures in the city center. The pilot project covered one neighborhood street in each of the LA's 15 council districts with CoolSeal, a more reflective asphalt-based coating developed by California-based company GuardTop. After seeing a difference of 11-13 degrees Fahrenheit on the coated streets, Los Angeles and other cities plan on implementing more reflective roofs and pavements to reduce the side effects of "heat islands."

More on the CoolSeal coating and the fight against heat island effect after the break.

Studio Gang's Curved Mixed-Use Tower to be their First Project in Los Angeles

14:00 - 20 April, 2018
Courtesy of Studio Gang
Courtesy of Studio Gang

Studio Gang has released details of their first project in Los Angeles, a 26-story mixed-use tower designed in collaboration with local development partner Creative Space and European lifestyle brand MOB. The scheme places an emphasis on community spaces, with a curved form creating dynamic public plazas at street level, forming a link between Chinatown, the recently-opened LA State Historic Park, Union Station, and El Pueblo.

Located on 643 North Spring Street, the scheme will provide 300 apartments ranging from studios to three-bedroom units, and a 149-room hotel operated by MOB. Emphasizing the importance of community space and interaction, the residents and hotel guests will share a rooftop amenity deck with landscaped terraces on the second and third floor, as well as a gym, coworking spaces, rentable offices, pop-up stores, a rooftop swimming pool and bar, and space for outdoor cooking.

Croft Residence / AUX Architecture

15:00 - 19 April, 2018
Croft Residence / AUX Architecture, © Andrew Dinsky PLG Estates
© Andrew Dinsky PLG Estates

© Hunter Kerhart © Hunter Kerhart © Hunter Kerhart © Andrew Dinsky PLG Estates + 24

  • Architects

  • Location

    Los Angeles, United States
  • Lead Architects

    Brian Wickersham (Principal-in-Charge), Jeremy Fletcher, Matthew Aulicino (PM), Jenny Barnish (ID), Ricardo Moura (PA), Uriel Lopez, Henry Dominguez
  • Area

    4500.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

OMA Reveals Pavilion Design for Wilshire Boulevard Temple in Los Angeles

14:00 - 30 March, 2018
The scheme will be situated beside a 1929 Byzantine-Revival sanctuary. Image Courtesy of OMA New York / Luxigon
The scheme will be situated beside a 1929 Byzantine-Revival sanctuary. Image Courtesy of OMA New York / Luxigon

OMA New York has released initial details of its design for the Audrey Irmas Pavilion, a new addition to the Wilshire Boulevard Temple in Los Angeles, California. The OMA scheme, currently seeking planning approval, seeks to “forge new connections within the existing campus and create a new urban presence to engage Los Angeles.”

Having won a competition for the pavilion's design in 2015, the OMA scheme represents the firm’s first commission from a religious institution and their first cultural building in California. Designed in collaboration with Gruen Associates, the Audrey Irmas Pavilion will form the newest addition to the Wilshire Boulevard Temple, the oldest Jewish congregation in Los Angeles. The scheme will serve as a multi-purpose gathering space in what Rabbi Steve Leder regards as “the city’s most diverse neighborhood.”

Frank Gehry Selected to Design Colburn School Campus Expansion in Los Angeles

08:00 - 28 March, 2018
Frank Gehry Selected to Design Colburn School Campus Expansion in Los Angeles, Colburn School Plaza. Image © Philip Pirolo
Colburn School Plaza. Image © Philip Pirolo

Last week, Sel Kardan, the President and CEO of the Colburn School, announced that Frank Gehry has been selected to design a campus expansion, adjacent to its existing facilities in Downtown, Los Angeles. The expansion site, located on Grand Avenue, will become the newest neighbor to other notable projects including Diller Scofidio + Renfro's Broad Museum, Gehry's Walt Disney Concert Hall, Isozaki's Museum of Contemporary Art, and just a few blocks away from Moneo's Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, and Coop Himmelb(l)au's High School #9. Gehry's contribution to the school will make this area of Los Angeles one of the world’s largest sites for performing and visual arts programs. 

City of Los Angeles Appoints Inaugural Chief Design Officer

16:00 - 24 March, 2018
© <a href=‘https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Att_building_LA.jpg'>Wikimedia user KennethHan</a>  licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/'>CC BY-NC-ND 2.0</a>
© Wikimedia user KennethHan licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Recently, long-standing architecture critic for the LA Times Christopher Hawthorne announced that he was stepping down to take up the position of chief design officer for the City of Los Angeles in Mayor Eric Garcetti’s administration. According to Hawthorne, the role will involve raising “the quality of public architecture and urban design across the city — and the level of civic conversation about those subjects.” This dramatic shift from the question: what is the role of the critic and architecture criticism in shaping civic architecture?

New Images of MAD's "Spaceship" Lucas Museum Released as Construction Breaks Ground in Los Angeles

14:00 - 15 March, 2018
New Images of MAD's "Spaceship" Lucas Museum Released as Construction Breaks Ground in Los Angeles, Courtesy of MAD
Courtesy of MAD

The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, designed by MAD Architects, has broken ground in Los Angeles, California. Founded by “Star Wars” creator George Lucas, and standing at the gateway to the city’s Exposition Park, the scheme is envisioned as a “futuristic spaceship” landing on the site’s natural environment.

The building’s interior has been designed as an expansive, open cave, flooded with natural light from skylights above. At least $400 million worth of art will be housed in the museum, including over 10,000 paintings, illustrations and movie memorabilia. The first floor and roof will be designated as public areas for visitors to exercise, relax, and “directly experience nature in the urban environment."

Courtesy of MAD Courtesy of Studio-MLA Courtesy of MAD Courtesy of MAD + 5

New Plan for LA River Revitalizes and Connects Community

07:00 - 9 March, 2018
New Plan for LA River Revitalizes and Connects Community, Courtesy of Perkins+Will
Courtesy of Perkins+Will

In recent years, many ambitious proposals have been brought forward to revitalize and improve the area around the Los Angeles River. The Lower Los Angeles River Revitalization Plan (LLARP), proposed by Perkins + Will Architects in conjunction with various community groups and public institutions, aims to connect residents to the river and improve the environment surrounding it.

Courtesy of Perkins+Will Courtesy of Perkins+Will Courtesy of Perkins+Will Courtesy of Perkins+Will + 6

Thick / Spinagu

18:00 - 8 March, 2018
Thick / Spinagu, © Joshua White Photography
© Joshua White Photography

© Joshua White Photography © Joshua White Photography © Joshua White Photography © Joshua White Photography + 27

  • Architects

  • Location

    960 E 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90013, United States
  • Lead Architects

    Maxi Spina, Jia Gu
  • Area

    1460.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Flower Duplex / Modal Design

13:00 - 2 March, 2018
Flower Duplex / Modal Design, © Nico Marques
© Nico Marques

© Nico Marques © Nico Marques © Nico Marques © Nico Marques + 24

  • Architects

  • Location

    Los Ángeles, United States
  • Area

    3263.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Grit vs Globalism: What the City of Blade Runner 2049 Reveals About Recent Trends in Urban Development

09:30 - 2 March, 2018
Grit vs Globalism: What the City of Blade Runner 2049 Reveals About Recent Trends in Urban Development, The action in <em>Blade Runner 2049</em> often doesn't even take place in Los Angeles. Here, K approaches Las Vegas. Image © 2017 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. <a href='http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1856101/mediaindex'>via imdb</a> (used under fair use)
The action in Blade Runner 2049 often doesn't even take place in Los Angeles. Here, K approaches Las Vegas. Image © 2017 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. via imdb (used under fair use)

There ought to be a word for this kind of film—halfway between a sequel and a reboot—but there isn't, so we just have to call it Blade Runner 2049. The film is perhaps more subtle in the way it refers to Ridley Scott's 1982 dystopian cult classic than some recent sci-fi restorations—Star Wars: The Force Awakens, I'm looking at you—but it isn't above a bit of blatant parallelism. For example, it's easy to see reflections of Blade Runner characters in 2049: private dick Rick Deckard is now the stoic, world-weary K; femme fatale Rachael is Joi, a hologram companion who straddles the line between mortal and machine; wacky Roy Batty is the single-minded, murderous Luv; not to mention a bevy of replicants passing for humans and cops with hidden agendas. In fact, one of the few prominent characters not recast is the city of Los Angeles, whose architecture is strikingly absent compared to the first film. The resulting movie feels curiously devoid of a civic soul, which is perhaps the point.

Admiral House / Molina Designs

15:00 - 21 February, 2018
Admiral House / Molina Designs , © Pierre Galant
© Pierre Galant

© Pierre Galant © Pierre Galant © Pierre Galant © Pierre Galant + 29

  • Architects

  • Location

    Los Angeles, United States
  • Architect in Charge

    Carlos Alberto Molina Londoño
  • Team

    Elvia Arango Gil, Jeison González Patiño
  • Area

    2812.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Collection Meters Look to Help Curb LA's Homelessness Epidemic With Spare Change

14:00 - 18 February, 2018
Collection Meters Look to Help Curb LA's Homelessness Epidemic With Spare Change , The Downtown Los Angeles meters will resemble those installed in Pasadena. Image via Curbed LA
The Downtown Los Angeles meters will resemble those installed in Pasadena. Image via Curbed LA

Homelessness is a pressing issue faced by many cities across the globe. But, could the logistics of parking potentially assist in alleviating this epidemic by supporting community-based initiatives?

In Los Angeles County, where an estimated 58,000 people are homeless, city and county officials recently released six meters designed in collaboration between community advocacy organization the Flintridge Centre and the office of City Council member Jose Huizar to collect charitable contributions as opposed to parking fairs.