Anticipating Venice: In Tijuana all architecture is social

Architecture, Urbanism, West
Thursday, January 21, 2016
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Ad hoc architecture in Tijuana (Rene Peralta)

On a Friday evening in early January, roughly 50 Tijuana denizens met at the currently established architecture academy, Escuela Libre de Arquitectura, located near the Tijuana red-light district of Zona Norte. They were gathered to hear anthropologist Pablo Landa, curator of the Mexican pavilion at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale, speak about the focus of the pavilion. Students, architects and members of different local NGO’s took the occasion to dialogue with Landa about the role a city like Tijuana could have within the theme Reporting From the Front set by biennale director Alejandro Aravena.

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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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Seismic hot spots and facade design: Experts explain the risks and rewards

Aftermath of a 1994 earthquake. (David Butow/Corbis via Flickr)

Aftermath of a 1994 earthquake. (David Butow/Corbis via Flickr)

Southern California‘s enviable climate and landscape—sunny skies, balmy temperatures, picturesque mountains, and surfer-friendly beaches—come at a geological cost: proximity to active earthquake faults.

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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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All you need to know about Building Enclosure Commissioning: Stevan Vinci on adding value with BECx

Building envelope testing. (Courtesy Stevan Vinci)

Building envelope testing. (Courtesy Stevan Vinci)

As Morrison Hershfield‘s Building Enclosure Commissioning Practice Lead, principal Stevan Vinci hears one question again and again: “The design team has an envelope consultant. What’s the point of having a BECx authority on project?”

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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

Federal Aviation Administration clips the wings of this 102-story skyscraper proposed in Seattle

A massing of the proposed 4/C Tower - Option C (LMN / Seattle.gov)

A massing of the proposed 4/C Tower – Option C (LMN / Seattle.gov)

This past fall, a Reddit post leaked a Seattle design proposal draft with massings of what could have been the tallest tower on the West coast. The images depicted a 102-story tower standing 99 feet higher than the current record holder, the 1,018-foot-tall U.S. Bank Tower in Los Angeles.

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For his 87th birthday, Frank Gehry embraces yacht life with a sailboat of his own design

Design, News, West
Friday, January 8, 2016
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Like these sailors in Wales, Frank Gehry embraces yacht life. (Velela / Wikipedia)

Like these sailors in Wales, Frank Gehry digs yacht life. (Velela / Wikipedia)

For his 87th birthday, avid boater Frank Gehry will be living the yacht life. He will receive FOGGY 2.0, the 80-foot-long sailboat he designed for his friend, real estate investor Richard Cohen. 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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