The shortlist to design UC Santa Cruz’s new Institute of Arts and Sciences has Â been narrowed from seven to three teams: Allied Works Architecture, Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects, and Patkau ArchitectsÂ / Fong & Chan Architects. Notable drop-offs include Steven Holl Architects and wHY. Finalists presentations will take place on April 3. The $32-to-40-million, 30,000-square-foot institute will include exhibition galleries, seminar rooms, events spaces, offices, a cafe and public gathering areas. The winner will be named by April 30.
For those of you who missed On The Road 4, the fourth iterationÂ of the successful art/architecture series that invaded Palm Springs last weekend, you can now buy a piece of it on Craigslist. As part of the event, which took place at the newly-openedÂ Amado, architect David Freeland produced a gigantic beach ball, made of interlocked styrafoam pool noodles, measuring 12 feet in diameter. He called the scaled up creation “a literal take on fun.”
Now the giant art piece can be purchased for $500, or the best offer. (This isn’t the first time the architect has sent his creations to market, either.) Freeland says one party has made an offer, and that the Ace Hotel in Downtown LA is considering Â it.
Yet another port in Taiwan is set to become an architectural icon. In 2012 Neil M. Denari Architects won the competition to design the Keelung Harbor Service Project.Â Before that Reiser Umemoto won a competition to design the Kaohsiung Port Terminal (pictured), which is set to open later this year.
Now the Port of Kinmen Passenger Service Center has shortlisted another stellar group of designers. They are: Josep Mias Gifre, Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects, Junya Ishigami + Associates, Tom Wiscombe Architecture, and Miralles Tagliabue EMBT.Â Â A winner is expected to be chosen next month.
On February 18, the LA Planning Department issued theÂ Hollywood Community Plan Update Injunction Clearance,Â prohibiting the city’s department of Building and Safety from issuing “any permit for the construction, erection, addition to or alteration of any building or structureâ€¦unless the Department of City Planning first issues a HCPU (Hollywood Community Plan Update) Injunction Clearance.” While many projects won’t be impacted, any project seeking entitlements or permits under the HCPU could be. The order derives from a February 11 LA County Superior Court injunction stemming from several neighborhood groups’ lawsuit challenging the HCPU’s Environmental Impact Review (EIR). The HCPU was passed back in 2012, bringing with it much more density around transit, among other things.Â Read More
Bad news for the publishing industry: another design magazine,Â California Home + Design, has ceased operations. The quarterly focused on houses, architecture, design, products, art, and lifestyle up and down the state. According to CH+D Editor-In-Chief Erin Feher, the owners,Â McEvoy Group,Â had been trying to sell it for a few months, but multiple suitors fell through. Finally today McEvoy shut down the undertaking and laid off the staff. There remains a chance, however, that they could find a buyer.
It’s not confirmed, but we hear from a source that the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) Â has named New Yorkâ€“based Selldorf Architects to design its upcoming expansion. The approximately $25 million project would add about 30,000 square feet of exhibition space to the museum’s La Jolla location.
Some people say Los Angeles is run by the entertainment business, but starting this Thursday the city will belong to artists and architects. Well downtown will at least. As part of the first-ever Skyline Festival (February 13-22), Â local designers will be mounting ten installations within a 10-block radius in the city center. The event is sponsored by LA-based LERATA, which stands for Laboratory for Experimentation and Research in Art, Technology, and Architecture.
What happens in Vegas,
stays in… winds up on the AN blog. Yes, we’re in Sin City this week attending the first-everÂ Design and Construction Week, which includes both theÂ Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) and the International Builders’ Show (IBS). Two mega-conventions in one provided us with lots to see, from high-performance materials to innovative technologies. We’ve rounded up some of the many highlights here. If you need proof that kitchens, baths, and building products can be sexy, keep reading.