Despite the fact that most state licensing boards require registered architects to pursue continuing education, not all AEC professionals take full advantage of the educational opportunities available. Thatâ€™s a shame, says Mic Patterson, VP of Strategic Development for Enclos, given the value of the many workshops, seminar programs, and conferences aimed at practicing architects. The Facades+ conference series, co-sponsored by Enclos and AN, is one such offering. â€œThe intent was to start a dialog involving the building skin that bridged the various fragmented sectors of the building industry,â€ said Patterson. â€œWeâ€™ve been very successful in doing that. Now Iâ€™m interested in taking this dialog to other locations.â€ Accordingly, Facades+ will launch a new initiative next month: Facades+ AM, a half-day forum debuting in Seattle on November 11.
Materials and Applications
1619 Silver Lake Blvd
Through Spring 2015
You can’t tell at first glance, but Silver Lake gallery Materials & Applications is measuring the ground shaking beneath your feet. Their newest installation, Domus, by D.V. Rogers, detects worldwide seismic activity measured by the US Geological Survey and reveals it with a 7-foot-tall, multi-colored LED “light chandelier” display and with pulsing sounds. All is encased inside a 20-foot-tall, six-sidedÂ “hexayurt” made with simple exterior insulation panels and filament tape. The installation will be up until next Spring.
Forest City has announced that it is moving forward with a plan to build a residential and office complex on four acres around the San Francisco Chronicle building, a 1924 structureÂ located on the corner of 5th and Mission streets in the South of Market (Soma) neighborhood. The developerÂ published the Environmental Impact Report (PDF)Â for the plan, known as “5M,” last Wednesday and presented it at a public hearing of theÂ city’s Planning Commission this week. The design team for the project includes architect Kohn Pederson Fox, urban designer SiteLab, and historic resources consultant Architectural Resources Group.Â Read More
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, David Chiu, president of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, is proposing legislation to mandate that all new buildings in the city contain solar panels, rooftop gardens, or both. The resolution, called Solar Vision 2020, would form a permanent program (extending the work of the pilotÂ GoSolarSF) to help building owners pay to install solar arrays, set a goal of doubling the city’s solar energy production, and install 2 megawattsâ€“worth of panels on residences citywide each year.
It’s no AECOM and URS, but NAC Architecture, which has offices in Spokane, WA, Seattle, Denver, and Los Angeles has merged withÂ Southern California firmÂ Osborn, and are moving their LA operationsÂ into new offices in the city’sÂ Chinatown neighborhood. NAC’s 13,000 square foot LA office, to be located on the third floor of a historic building at 837 North Spring Street, willÂ consist of 40 people, including all of Osborn and NAC’s current LA staffs.
What’s a cross between a green roof and a livingÂ wall? IAC, the company that brought you Frank Gehry’s billowing building by the High Line in New York, is commissioning Rios Clementi Hale toÂ “drape” its white brick building on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood with a six-story sculptural steel latticeâ€”like a livingÂ roof turned 45 degreesâ€” containingÂ native plantings irrigated by recaptured underground water.
In the last few years, urban bike sharing has popped up all across the United States: in cities like Boston, New York, Washington D.C., Miami, San Francisco, and Chicago among others. Finally Seattle is gettingÂ it’s first bike sharing program,Â Pronto Cycle Share, today.
In one of the more surprising analyses of his tenure as architecture critic for the Los Angeles Times, Christopher Hawthorne recently came out with breathless praise for The Vermont, a green glass residential tower by Jerde Partnership on Wilshire Boulevard and Vermont Avenue. According to Hawthorne, the buildingâ€™s â€œsleek steel-and-glass profile is a reminder that new apartment buildings in Los Angeles can be something other than bland, stucco-covered, stick-built neo-dingbats.â€ Eavesdrop is no architecture critic, but let’s just say we do not totally agree.
While the Los AngelesÂ Bureau of Engineering moves ahead with its competition for a $350 million renovation and expansion of the Los Angeles Convention Center,Â the NFLÂ is threatening to make those plans obsolete. According to NBC Sports,Â a league source has confirmed that the NFL will send one or even two teams back to LA within the next one to two years. Two favorites include the St. Louis Rams and the Oakland Raiders. If the NFL comes to town then AEG’s plans for a new downtown stadium (by Gensler) and convention center expansion (by Populous) may follow. Of course a teamÂ could just as easily move to a siteÂ being floatedÂ near Hollywood Park, in Chavez Ravine, and in City of Industry. As of now the city has shortlistedÂ AC Martin/LMN, Gensler/Lehrer Architects, and HMC/Populous for the convention center. No word from the Bureau of Engineering at this point. Stay tuned as we try to make sense of all this.