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Model of Zumthor’s newest scheme for LACMA, along with massing study of new tower. (Courtesy LACMA)
The surprises keep coming at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). After learning that the museum plans to shift its proposed Peter Zumthorâ€“designed buildingÂ southward (partially bridgingÂ Wilshire Boulevard) to avoid damaging the La Brea Tar Pits, now comes news that the museum is hoping to partner with LA’s transit agency, METRO, to build a tower across the street.
Bureo custom-designed an upcycled skateboard in AN‘s logo colors. (Courtesy Bureo)
What do you get when you cross an innovative eco-conscious startup with your favorite source for architecture and design news? A custom upcycled skateboard designed by Bureo in ANâ€™s logo colors. The board will be up for auction at A+D Museumâ€™s CELEBRATE gala Saturday, June 28, part of the Los Angeles Design Festival.
Ray Eames: In the Spotlight features; letters, sketches, notes, photographs, paintings, films, process drawings, furniture, and collections that follow the great American designerâ€™s interests and interactions with key places, people andÂ institutions. Taken altogether, the presentation is an intimate study of Ray Eamesâ€™ world and seeks to get to the heart of her intensive hands-on creative process and the â€œway-it-shouldÂ be-nessâ€ that defined how Ray and Charles Eames lived and worked. In the Spotlight allows visitors to make their own connections to this great body of work, to explore their own creativity, and to apply Eamesâ€™ tools to their own lives.
WORKS FROM A + D ARCHITECTURE. CHRIS FOX, SALON JETPACKERS, QUIFF, PONYTAIL, BOB, 2011. (A + D Architecture + Design Museum > LA)
What: Gala / Celebrate: The Journey When: Saturday, May 11, 7:00 to 11:00 PM Where: Architecture and Design Museum, Los Angeles (5900 Wilshire on LAâ€™s Museum Row)
Join AN, a media sponsor for the annual A + D Fundraiser and Gala, this Saturday for CELEBRATE: THE JOURNEY. The event atÂ The Architecture and Design Museum of Los AngelesÂ connects the design industry with innovators to acknowledge the creative journey that kindles preeminent design. The nightâ€™s main focus will center on one-of-a-kind carry-ons created by renowned architects and designers such as traditional train cases, modern day satchels and ultramodern jet-paks. Custom carry-on designers include Adams Morioka, Gensler, Dan Meis and Cristobal Valecillos among others.
The celebrations will consist of several curated silent auctions, intercontinental cuisine, music, drink and much more. Chris Fox â€˜Jet Packsâ€™ and Pan AM Vintage Uniforms will provide special presentations while Raul Campos will DJ.
Karl Daubmann, Greg Goldin, and Sam Lubell (Chris Miller)
This past weekend AN West Coast Editor Sam Lubell joinedÂ the A+D Museum in Joshua Tree to discuss the upcoming exhibition,Â Never Built: Los Angeles. The A+D MuseumÂ hosted the party at the Blu Homes-designed home of Tim Disney in Joshua Tree. The gorgeous prefab is sited in the middle of a what looks like a Martian landscape, with weird trees and amazing rock formations. Partiers were treated to a preview of the show from the curators, moderated by Blu Homes’ creative director Karl Daubmann. If you want to find out more about the show, watch the curators appear on Southern California station KCET’s SoCal Connected this evening at 5:30 and 10:30 PST.
AN‘s West Coast Editor Sam Lubell is curating an exhibition at LA’s A+D Architecture and Design Museum that examines a whole new world called Never Built: Los Angeles. The show explores the amazing schemes dreamed up for the city over the years that never happened, including buildings by some of the most famous architects in the world (Frank Lloyd Wright, Rudolph Schindler, Frank Gehry, Thom Mayne, etc.), as well as unbuilt subways, parks, amusement parks (Disneyland in Burbank!), and even flying buses. The show, organized around a giant floor graphic of LA, will create an alternative city through models, prints, installations, drawings, and animations. If you’d like to donate to the exhibition, check out the kickstarter link here. Proceeds will pay for building and installing the exhibition.
Student rendering of a re-thought MOCA, from Grand Illusion. (USC)
As we’ve reported quite a bit, downtown LA is seeing a formidable resurgence. An equally formidable panel will meet at LA’s A+D Museum on Tuesday to debate the phenomenon, looking at the architectural development of Grand Avenue, adaptive reuse in the historic corridor, hip emergence and clean tech in the arts district, and so on.
Panelists include architect Michael Maltzan;Â AN West Coast Editor Sam Lubell; KCRW’s Frances Anderton;Â Ayahlushim Getachew, Senior Vice President at Thomas Properties Group;Â Bob Hale, Principal at Rios Clementi Hale Studios;Â Â andÂ Carol Schatz, President and CEO of Downtown Center Business Improvement District and the Central City Association. The event will also include a signing of Anderton’s illuminating new book on Grand Avenue,Â Grand Illusion.Â
LA’s A+D Architecture and Design Museum is presenting Eero Saarinen: A Reputation For Innovation, which opens tomorrow night. The show will highlight one of the world’s most heralded mid-century architects, who designed, among other things, the St. Louis Gateway Arch, the TWA Terminal at JFK in New York, Dulles Airport in Washington D.C., and the Entenza House in Los Angeles. Saarinen was also a renowned product designer, and, unbeknownst to most, an employee for the OSS (the precursor to the CIA), where he learned many of his design techniques. The show will explore this under-documented phase of his career and bring to light a designer whose influence still resonates today. For instance, did you know that Cesar Pelli, Kevin Roche, and Robert Venturi were among the many who worked for Saarinen? Get tickets to the opening here.
While feature length architecture documentaries likeÂ My Architect,Â Visual AcousticsÂ andÂ Unfinished SpacesÂ have received oscar nominations and international acclaim (sometimes both), there’s always roomÂ in our hearts for shorts. One of the most talented filmmakers in this genre isÂ Evan Mather, who has put together a string of the briefer variety. Eight of his shorts will be screened tomorrow evening at LA’s A+D Museum as part of itsÂ on screen series.
Noesis, installation art by Amy Jean Boebel. (Kenneth Johansson)
Femmes are front, center, and all around in Los Angeles’ Architecture and Design museumâ€™s third installation of its summer series, Come In! Usually a fun-filled event, this yearâ€™s exhibition strikes a chord in an industry often criticized for not being more gender equal.
Issue aside, this yearâ€™s Come In! Les Femmes exhibit offers a look into the unique perspective of 25 women from varied art and design disciplines. As expected, in dealing with gender, one canâ€™t escape the occasional critique of womenâ€™s roles in society and this exhibition is no exception. By juxtaposing blissful bridal images with symbols of domestic drudgery like irons and cookware, graphic designer Petrula VrontikisÂ asks us to contemplate the thin line that divides princess from domestic peasant in what she calls, â€œBrides = Maids.â€ Meanwhile, rather than using a standard canopy, installation artist Amy Jean BoebelÂ fashioned a charcoal aluminum wire mesh into a giant frilly top in â€œNoesis.â€ Inside, a television set broadcasts the changing roles of women through the years. Apparel was also architect Doris Sungâ€™s starting point. Inspired by age-old corsets, Sung creates a sculpture made out of thermobimetal that contracts and expands according to ambient heat.
Richard Meier's white linen blazer has a colorful and chaotic collage lining.
This Saturday, LAâ€™s A+D MuseumÂ will host its annual fundraising banquet, Celebrate. This year’s event will not only include music from KCRW DJ Raul Campos (himself a trained urban planner) and some impressive celebs (including our favorite architecture fan Moby), but it will feature a runway show with custom clothing and accessories by architects and designers like Richard Meier, Neil Denari, Predock Frane, BMW Designworks, Karim Rashid, Robert A.M. Stern and Â many others. The runway show and live auction will be hosted by LA humorist Charles Phoenix and by Frances Anderton, host of KCRWâ€™s DnA.