Behnisch and SRG team up on urban-minded business school at Portland State University

Architecture, Unveiled, West
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
A pedestrian friendly design links the School of Business Administration to the city of Portland. (Courtesy Behnisch Architekten)

A pedestrian friendly design links the School of Business Administration to the city of Portland. (Courtesy Behnisch Architekten)

Construction is underway on the renovation and expansion of Portland State University School of Business Administration. Behnisch Architekten is collaborating with local SRG Partnership on the downtown Portland design, which strives to better connect the school to the urban fabric and uphold the school’s sustainable values. As such, they are targeting a LEED Platinum rating. Read More

Selldorf-designed Hauser Wirth & Schimmel to open in Los Angeles with a Revolution

Architecture, Art, West
Monday, November 23, 2015
Lee Bontecou in her Wooster Street studio, New York, 1964. (Ugo Mulas © Ugo Mulas Heirs/ Courtesy Archivio Ugo Mulas, Milano – Galleria Lia Rumma, Milano/Napoli)

Lee Bontecou in her Wooster Street studio, New York, 1964. (Ugo Mulas)

The March 2016 opening of Hauser Wirth & Schimmel’s Arts District complex is getting closer and the gallery just announced its inaugural Los Angeles exhibition: Revolution in the Making: Abstract Sculpture by Women, 1947–2016.

More after the jump.

Fight over how to use Maybeck’s Palace of Fine Arts reflects San Francisco tensions


1930 postcard of the Palace of Fine Arts designed by Bernard Maybeck. (Boston Public Library/ Flickr)

A battle is brewing in San Francisco’s Marina District over the fate of the Palace of Fine Arts rotunda and the adjacent structure that formerly housed the Exploratorium.
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Cecil Balmond to design sculpture honoring Persian emperor Cyrus the Great in Los Angeles

Architecture, Art, West
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Cecil Balmond's winning sculpture honoring Cyrus the Great. (Courtesy Farhang Foundation)

Cecil Balmond’s winning sculpture honoring Cyrus the Great. (Courtesy Farhang Foundation)

Soon a Cecil Balmond sculpture will grace Santa Monica Boulevard. The Farhang Foundation announced that the British hyphenate—artist-architect-engineer—is the winner of Freedom: A Shared Dream, an international art competition to create a urban art/sculptural landmark in honor of the ideals of Persian emperor Cyrus the Great who, according to the foundation, “championed the principles of religious diversity and personal freedom for all.”

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On View> Matter, Light, and Form: Architectural Photographs of Wayne Thom, 1968–2003

Architecture, On View, Preservation, West
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Denver Art Museum (Wayne Thom)

Denver Art Museum (Wayne Thom)

Matter, Light, and Form: Architectural Photographs of Wayne Thom, 1968-2003
WUHO Gallery
6518 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles
Through December 20, 2015

Best known for his keen documentation of Late Modernism, Wayne Thom’s architectural photography brings drama and beauty to a period marked by corporate and developer-driven design. Now, the Julius Shulman Institute at Woodbury University presents an exhibition of Thom’s work at the WUHO Gallery in Hollywood.

View a gallery of Thom’s work after the jump.

Gehry’s Los Angeles River study awarded one million dollar grant


Is there gold in the L.A. River? The Los Angeles River Revitalization Corporation just released news that it was awarded a million dollar matching grant from the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy in support of the Frank Gehry-led study of the 51-mile waterway. Read More

Marmol Radziner’s Past Forays into Guerrilla Architecture

Architecture, Urbanism, West
Thursday, October 29, 2015
Stairway offers access to fenced off park circa 1998. (Courtesy Marmol Radziner)

Stairway offers access to fenced off park circa 1998. (Courtesy Marmol Radziner)

An architectural Banksy lurks behind the well-tailored facade of Marmol Radziner.

While the architecture and design-build practice is best known for its modern and high-end contemporary designs—they recently received two preservation awards one from the California Preservation Design Awards for the rehab of Richard Neutra’s 1955 Kronish House and the Pioneer in Modern Restoration & New Design Award from the Palm Springs Modern Committee—the firm recently revealed that it has a radical soul.

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Semi-finalists Announced for Pershing Square Competition


Ten teams make the semi-finals to makeover Pershing Square (Courtesy Pershing Square Renew)

A shortlist was announced for the Pershing Square Renew competition. Ten teams were selected to have a chance at a crack at redoing Ricardo Legorreta’s scheme. The five-acre park is seen as the centerpiece of a revitalized Downtown Los Angeles and the competition, a public-private partnership backed by councilmember José Huizar, is a critical step toward that effort.

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Hammer Museum Announces Expansion into Occidental Petroleum Tower

Architecture, Art, West
Monday, October 26, 2015
Will Matlzan design the expanded Hammer Museum? (Courtesy Michael Maltzan Architecture.)

Will Maltzan design the expanded Hammer Museum? (Courtesy Michael Maltzan Architecture)

A bigger Hammer is happening in Westwood. The museum just announced that the museum a 99-year lease and will be expanding into 40,000 square feet of gallery and support space. Read More

Seven lucky California architects selected for 7x7x7 design and drought initiative

(WRNS Studio)

El Niño may be predicted, but life in the west is still parched. With an eye towards climate change, California’s State Architect has enlisted seven noteworthy architecture firms to develop seven case studies in sustainable school design, for seven representative school campuses.

Continue reading after the jump.

Adam Sokol’s tall and skinny hotel revealed on Los Angeles’ Spring Street

Architecture, Skyscrapers, Unveiled, West
Tuesday, October 20, 2015


A skinny hotel is set to rise in Downtown Los Angeles’ historic core. Designed by Buffalo, New York–based Adam Sokol Architecture Practice (asap) for developer Lizard Capital, the new Spring Street Hotel will tower 325-feet over the street and feature 176 guest rooms. At 28-stories, the design introduces tallness to an area that’s currently mid-rise area, but not for long.

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Q+A> AIA Los Angeles Educator Award Recipient Sarah Lorenzen on the future of architectural education

Architecture, Awards, Q+A, West
Thursday, October 15, 2015
Lorenzen on the roof of the Neutra VDL. (

Lorenzen on the roof of the Neutra VDL. (Courtesy VDL House)

On October 29, Angelenos will gather for the 2015 AIA|LA Design Awards and Next LA Awards to toast the city’s best contributions to architecture and design. Every year the AIA|LA Board of Directors chooses outstanding and passionate individuals as winners of the Presidential Honoree program. AN spoke to Educator Award recipient Sarah Lorenzen. An architect, professor, and chair of Cal Poly Pomona‘s Department of Architecture, she reflected on the honor and shared her thoughts on the direction architectural education.

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