The end of the Los Angeles’ Sixth Street bridge brings a subdued HNTB-Maltzan design

Architecture, Transportation, Urbanism, West
Thursday, January 28, 2016
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Recent renderings of the Sixth Street Bridge. (HNTB with Michael Maltzan Architecture/ Courtesy Mayor Eric Garretti/ Facebook)

Recent renderings of the Sixth Street Bridge. (HNTB with Michael Maltzan Architecture/ Courtesy Mayor Eric Garretti/ Facebook)

So long, Sixth Street Bridge. We knew it was coming, but Wednesday marked the last day the iconic Art Deco span would be open to the public. Built in 1932, the iconic double-loop overpass over the L.A. River will live on in movies, videos, and photos.

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WRNS Studio to expand Microsoft headquarters in Mountain View with green roof, creekside habitat

A field of green for Microsoft's campus overhaul and expansion. (Steelblue/ WRNS Studio)

A field of green for Microsoft’s campus overhaul and expansion. (WRNS Studio / Rendering SteelBlue)

Last week Microsoft submitted plans to the city of Mountain View to expand its Silicon Valley headquarters. As with Apple’s upcoming building and Google’s proposed campus, this one is also pastoral and eco-minded. A rendering by shows the low-rise office buildings enmeshed in a riparian landscape and topped by an expanse of verdant meadow.

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Department of Energy names Solar Decathlon teams, but mum about competition site

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(Thomas Kelsey/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon)

Brace yourself O.C.: It’s unclear if the battle of the Solar Decathlon will return to Irvine’s Orange County Great Park in 2017. This week the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced 16 participating teams who are gearing up for the task of designing and building a solar-powered house, but the feds have yet to announce the competition site.

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Getty appoints Maristella Casciato as Senior Curator of Architectural Collections

Architecture, Shft+Alt+Del, West
Friday, January 22, 2016
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Maristella Casciato, the Getty's new senior curator of architectural collections. (Courtesy Getty Research Institute)

Maristella Casciato, the Getty’s new senior curator of architectural collections. (Courtesy Getty Research Institute)

When Wim de Wit stepped down in 2013 from The Getty Research Institute (GRI) after 20 years of overseeing architecture and contemporary art, and co-curating the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time: Modern Architecture in L.A., the design community wondered who could fill the vacuum created by his departure. This week, two-and-a-half years later, the GRI announced today the appointment of architectural historian and curator Maristella Casciato as Senior Curator of Architectural Collections.

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Four competing schemes for Downtown Los Angeles’ First & Broadway Civic Park

Mia Lehrer + Associates/ OMA/ IDEO scheme for First and Broadway Park (Courtesy OMA)

First there was the Grand Park, then Pershing Square decided to spruce things up with a design competition, and now four competing schemes for a third Downtown Los Angeles park were presented to the city in a public meeting this week. The proposals were from teams lead by AECOM, Brooks + Scarpa, Eric Owen Moss Architects, and Mia Lehrer + Associates with OMA and IDEO.

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John Hejduk’s The House of the Suicide structures get new life in Prague

John Hejduk's The House of the Suicide and The House of the Mother of the Suicide (Renata Hejduk)

John Hejduk’s The House of the Suicide and The House of the Mother of the Suicide (Renata Hejduk)

John Hejduk’s pair of architectural structures, The House of the Suicide and the House of the Mother of the Suicide, are once again on view in Prague. Inspired by a poem by David Shapiro, the pieces were first designed in the late 1980s as an ephemeral memorial in tribute to the 1969 self-immolation of the Czech dissident Jan Palach whose death was in protest of the 1968 Soviet invasion. On January 16 permanent versions of the two structures were installed in Jan Palach Square (formerly Red Army Square), with a plaque that displays Shapiro’s poem, “The Funeral of Jan Palach.”

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On View> Three L.A. shows present a flood of architectural experimentation

Architecture, Art, On View, West
Friday, January 15, 2016
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Bryan Cantley (Courtesy of Christopher W. Mount Gallery)

Bryan Cantley (Courtesy of Christopher W. Mount Gallery)

Forget El Niño, this SoCal winter presents a deluge of architectural representation. Three weeks with three openings bring drawings, models, mock-ups, and experimental visualizations to Los Angeles.

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With Rams move to Inglewood comes a new HKS stadium

Architecture, Development, News, Newsletter, West
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
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A new stadium lands in Inglewood. (Courtesy HKS)

A new stadium lands in Inglewood. (Courtesy HKS)

On Tuesday, L.A. football fans had their dreams answered. NFL owners voted to approve the St. Louis Rams’ move to Los Angeles for the 2016 season, with an option for the San Diego Chargers (and perhaps the iconic Raiders) to also come to their new stadium in Inglewood designed by HKS. Read More

Wright’s Sturges House up for auction in Los Angeles

Architecture, Art, West
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
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Frank Lloyd Wright's Selma and George Sturges residence to be auctioned off on February 21. (Courtesy Los Angeles Modern Auctions)

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Selma and George Sturges residence to be auctioned off on February 21. (Courtesy Los Angeles Modern Auctions)

It’s the beginning of a bad joke: Superman, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Andy Warhol walk into a bar…. The truth of their commonalities is more a consequence of history than humor. Wright’s 1939 Sturges House in Brentwood is up for auction and Jack Larson, the last owner of the residence, played cub reporter Jimmy Olsen on the TV series Adventures of Superman in the 1950s. Read More

Desert X to bring the art fair circuit to Coachella Valley

Architecture, Art, Environment, West
Thursday, January 7, 2016
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Ed Ruscha's Desert Gravure, 2006. (Ed Ruscha)

Ed Ruscha’s Desert Gravure, 2006. (Ed Ruscha)

File under “X.” A new happening is coming to California’s high desert. Slated to open in February 2017, Desert X is “three-month site-specific international contemporary art exhibition,” aka, an arid art event timed to align with Palm Spring’s Modernism Week as well as the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.

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Vince Bertoni nominated to lead Los Angeles’ planning department

A new planner in town: Vince Bertoni, at a town hall meeting last September (Eddie Rivera/ Courtesy Pasadena News Now)

A new planner in town: Vince Bertoni, at a town hall meeting last September. (Eddie Rivera/ Courtesy Pasadena News Now)

At the top of the year, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti kicked off 2016 by putting his attention toward the future of L.A.’s physical shape as he nominated Pasadena Planning Director Vince Bertoni as the new head of the Los Angeles Department of City Planning (LADCP).

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Clive Wilkinson Architects’ new digs for KCRW underway in Santa Monica

West
Monday, January 4, 2016
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Performance space for live recording. (KCRW/ Clive Wilkinson Architects)

Performance space for live recording. (KCRW/ Clive Wilkinson Architects)

In the lead up to the holidays, public radio listeners in Southern California couldn’t help but tune in for some architecture news as KCRW DJs plugged the capital campaign for their new building designed by Clive Wilkinson Architects. The firm was awarded the Santa Monica commission in 2008, beating out Gensler, HLW, Morphosis, and CO Architects in the competition.

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