TURF, Territory, & Terrain: Materials & Applications uses mini-golf to explore Los Angeles

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Monday, January 4, 2016
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"Club LA" (Courtesy Andrea Kamilaris, Brian Koehler, Drew Stanley)

“Club LA” (Courtesy Andrea Kamilaris, Brian Koehler, Drew Stanley)

An upcoming pop-up exhibit at Materials & Applications (M&A), an outdoor experimental space dedicated to architecture and landscape research in Los Angeles, probes the meanings of urban territory and terrain. The project, appropriately named TURF, invited architects, designers, and artists to use the architectural landscape of the mini-golf course as a vessel for exploring the contemporary L.A. condition.

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Eric Owen Moss explores the origins of innovation in architecture

Pterodactyl by Eric Owen Moss Architects. (Tom Bonner)

Pterodactyl by Eric Owen Moss Architects (Courtesy Tom Bonner)

Eric Owen Moss, principal and lead designer of Eric Owen Moss Architects, has spent decades in the metaphorical trenches of architectural practice. But when he speaks about truly innovative design, he harkens back to the literal trenches of World War I, where German architect Erich Mendelsohn sketched his Einstein Tower, later built in Potsdam. “Mendelsohn was drawing something that no one else was drawing,” explains Moss, who will deliver the afternoon keynote address at the upcoming Facades+ LA conference. “It was unique to him and his time and place.” Read More

With lawsuits settled, TEN Arquitectos’ Mexican Museum moves forward in San Francisco

Architecture, Development, News, Skyscrapers, West
Thursday, December 24, 2015
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Enrique Norten's Mexican Museum moves forward. (Courtesy TEN Arquitectos)

Enrique Norten’s Mexican Museum moves forward. (Courtesy TEN Arquitectos)

Lawsuits stalling construction of San Francisco’s Mexican Museum and 706 Mission Street high-rise have been settled. Earlier this year AN reported that the museum designed by Mexico City–based TEN Arquitectos and housed in the first four floors of a Handel Architects–designed 47-story condo tower at 706 Mission Street and the restored 1903 Aronson Building, was expected to break ground over the summer. Fights over the height of the tower held construction up of the 54,000-square-foot, $43 million facility and the $305 million, 510-foot-tall condo tower developed by Millennium Partners.

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Eavesdrop> Spidey Style: The elusive designs of Tobey Maguire’s residential architecture

Architecture, Eavesdroplet, West
Thursday, December 24, 2015
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(Lei Han / Flickr)

(Lei Han / Flickr)

No sooner than AN got news of an acronym-designed residence for actor-producer-architecture fan Tobey Maguire than we remembered his changeable real estate history. Previously, he nabbed Peter Zumthor to design his house and just last spring he flipped a vintage number by Santa Monica architect John Byers. His latest is a 1,200-square-foot art studio by Koning Eizenberg. Perhaps that’s where he’ll set up his Office of Mercurial Architecture.

Ingalill Wahlroos-Ritter shares lessons learned through teaching architecture

Ingalill Wahlroos-Ritter served as consultant on DoSu Studio Architecture's Bloom, M&A Gallery. Doris Sung, Principal; Matthew Melnyk, structural engineer. (Brandon Shigeta)

Ingalill Wahlroos-Ritter served as consultant on DoSu Studio Architecture’s Bloom, M&A Gallery. Doris Sung, Principal; Matthew Melnyk, structural engineer. (Brandon Shigeta)

For Ingalill Wahlroos-Ritter, associate dean at Woodbury University School of Architecture, director of  WUHO Gallery, and co-founder of [WROAD], architectural practice and education are inextricably intertwined.

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On View> Mapping the Information Age: Microchips become high art at the Pacific Design Center

Art, Design, On View, Technology, West
Tuesday, December 22, 2015
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SYNAPTICS, INC., DIAGRAM FOR NEURAL NET (1990) DETAIL (COURTESY OF CHRISTOPHER W. MOUNT GALLERY)

SYNAPTICS, INC., DIAGRAM FOR NEURAL NET (1990) DETAIL (COURTESY OF CHRISTOPHER W. MOUNT GALLERY)

If the adage is true that “God is in the details,” then the current exhibition at Christopher W. Mount Gallery in West Hollywood might grant the venue some status as a holy site.

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SOM design to replace Long Beach’s Late Modern civic center

A sleek vision from SOM replaces the Late Modern Long Beach Civic Center. (SOM/ Courtesy PECP)

A sleek vision from SOM replaces the Late Modern Long Beach Civic Center. (SOM/ Courtesy PECP)

It’s too late for Late Modernism in Long Beach after the city council voted unanimously to demolish the existing Long Beach Civic Center and replace it with a sleek modern design by SOM.

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Four finalists selected to redesign Pershing Square in Los Angeles

SWA with Morphosis (Courtesy of Pershing Square Renew)

SWA with Morphosis (Courtesy of Pershing Square Renew)

Pershing Square Renew just announced the four finalists of the Pershing Square design competition: SWA with Morphosis, James Corner Field Operations with Frederick Fisher & Partners, Agence TER with SALT Landscape Architects, and wHY with Civitas.

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Seattle’s Facades+ AM Morning Forum captivates facade designers with details of Amazon domes, more

Facades+ News, West
Friday, December 18, 2015
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A rendering of the planned Amazon spheres at 2101 7th Ave, in South Lake Union, Seattle. (NBBJ/Amazon)

After a whirlwind round of conferences and forums this year—from New York, to Chicago to Miami—The Architect’s Newspaper and Enclos made the last stop of the year in Seattle for Facades+ AM. Over 150 attended our December 4th event at the Motif Seattle hotel. Nine speakers brought in diverse perspectives and engaging ideas, with room for productive Q & A. Here’s a recap in case you missed it.

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Thomas Phifer and Partners’ elegantly functional box saturated in daylight

Architecture, Envelope, West
Friday, December 18, 2015
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(Courtesy Scott Frances)

The 10-story courthouse includes ten courtrooms for the District Court of Utah, fourteen judges’ chamber suites,  administrative Clerk of the Court offices, the United States Marshal Service, United States Probation, and other federal agencies.

Thomas Phifer and Partners recently completed a United States Courthouse in Salt Lake City for the General Services Administration (GSA). The 400,000 sq. ft. project consists of a blast resistant shell clad with a custom designed anodized aluminum sun screen. The screen is arranged in four configurations dependent on solar orientation, performing as a direct heat gain blocker on the south facades, while subtly changing to a louvered fin configuration on the east and west facades.
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Architect Barbara Bestor on crafting a firm identity

Architecture, Facades+ News, West
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
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Bestor Architecture's Blackbirds, Los Angeles. (Iwan Baan)

Bestor Architecture’s Blackbirds, Los Angeles. (Iwan Baan)

Barbara Bestor, a SCI-Arc graduate and founder of Bestor Architecture, has spent decades immersed in Los Angeles‘ design culture—and it shows.

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Orange Coast College expansion threatens designs by Neutra, Alexander, and Eckbo.

Neutra's threatened Science Building at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa (Chris/flickr)

Neutra’s threatened Science Building at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa (Chris/flickr)

The future’s looking grim for a dozen buildings on the Orange Coast College designed by Richard Neutra and Robert Alexander. A November vote by college trustees approved a plan for the demolition of several structures on the 164-acre campus, including Neutra’s planetarium and a cluster of low-slung brick buildings. Read More

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