Yesterday Santa Monica radio station KCRW broke ground on its new hub, which will bring it out of a basement at Santa Monica College andÂ into the architectural spotlight. The 35,000 square foot building, designed by Clive Wilkinson Architects, will be located on the college’s futureÂ Entertainment and Technology Campus, in the city’s creative business district, along theÂ Expo line. Wilkinson won the commission back in 2008, but the bold, colorful design has developed significantly since then.
Weâ€™ve known for some time now that ex MOCA director Richard Koshalek has returned to Los Angeles from D.C., where he recently stepped down as director of the Hirshhorn Museum. Now we know one of his exploits: We hear that he is consulting Frank Gehry on the organization of his vast archives. Maybe this means there will someday be a Gehry museum? Certainly the architect is not getting any younger, so we may hear more soon.
Two global urbanistic powerhouses, San Franciscoâ€“based Rebar and Copenhagen-based Gehl Architects, have joined forces to createÂ Gehl Studio. The practices will keep their offices in their respective cities and start a new one in New York. Gehl didn’t purchase Rebar, butÂ hired mostÂ of Rebarâ€™s staff, including two of the three founding partners, according to a report inÂ Landscape Architecture Magazine.
In a recent interview, Diller Scofidio + Renfro Senior Associate Kevin Rice told AN that the “veil” at Los Angeles’ Broad Museumâ€”a facade made of hundreds of molded Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete (GFRC) panels, hadÂ been delayed by over a year. “Some of the things took longer to make than they thought, but there arenâ€™t really problems with it,” RiceÂ said.
But now it looks like the issues with the museum’s facade are more severe than initially thought.
As the United States’ prototypical car-oriented freeway town, Los Angeles continues to edge its way toward becoming aÂ pedestrian-friendly metropolis. The city’sÂ Great Streets Initiative, a program intended to redesign public space to be more pedestrian- and cyclist-friend, officially moved forward this weekÂ as Mayor Eric Garcetti announced the first 15 streets that will be targeted for improvement throughout the city.
The Seattle Central Library celebrated its 10thÂ anniversary this year on May 23rdÂ with live music, free treats and refreshments, and guest appearances from some of the chief architects and minds behind the construction of the building. Regarded as the prize library of Seattleâ€™s library system, the Seattle Central Library, designed by Rem Koolhaas’ OMA, has also garnered criticism and acclaim for its unique architectural design. To celebrate the decade, AN has compiled a collection of ten great photos that will give the online viewer a virtual tour of Seattle’s unique cathedral of reading.
In the second significant departure this week from theÂ Syracuse University School of Architecture, professor Jonathan Massey has been named theÂ Director of Architecture at California College of the Arts (CCA). Massey, who chaired the Bachelor of Architecture program at SyracuseÂ from 2007 to 2011, succeeds Ila Berman in the position.
The Los Angeles Philharmonic has a thing for star architects. As part of a trilogy of Mozart operas directed by Gustavo Dudamel (himself a global celebrity), in 2012 Â Frank Gehry designed the set for Don Giovanni, inÂ 2013Â Jean Nouvel designed oneÂ for The Marriage of Figaro, andÂ this monthÂ Zaha Hadid Architects hasÂ designedÂ the backdrop forÂ CosÃ¬ fan tutee, the trilogy’s finale.