The Triforium Project wants to restore “polyphonoptic” sculpture in Downtown Los Angeles

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Joseph Young’s interactive Triforium celebrates its 40th birthday on Friday. (Courtesy The Triforium Project)

For four decades the Triforium, a six-story, 60-ton public artwork by Joseph Young, has stood in Fletcher-Bowron Square in the shadow of Los Angeles City Hall. The piece is a hallmark of technology, a “polyphonoptic” kinetic sculpture that when designed included 1,494 multicolored Murano glass cubes that were intended to glow in synchrony to music from a 79-note glass bell carillon.

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Koning Eizenberg blends old and new

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In 2006, the 28th St. YMCA was added to the City of Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monuments List, and in 2009 it was added to the National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places.

In 1926, just three years after becoming the first African-American member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Paul R. Williams designed a landmark YMCA building on 28th Street in Los Angeles. Nearly ninety years later, the building has been restored, and transformed, into a modern multi-family housing complex. Koning Eizenberg Architects (KEA) worked on the project for Jim Bonner, FAIA, architect and executive director of the nonprofit affordable housing organization Clifford Beers Housing. The architects restored the historic 52-unit building, reorganizing the layout into 24 studio apartments, and constructed a new 5-story, 25 studio apartment building next door.  The project features a perforated metal screen scrim wall, an integrated photovoltaic panel wall, restored historic stone work. and a shared roof deck that programmatically connects the historic building with it’s modern neighbor.
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Conference co-chairs preview Facades+ Los Angeles 2016

Facades+ returns to Los Angeles January 28-9. (Neil Kremer / Flickr)

Facades+ returns to Los Angeles January 28-9. (Neil Kremer / Flickr)

Facades+ Los Angeles co-chairs Kevin Kavanagh and Alexander Korter hope to shake things up when the acclaimed conference series returns to Southern California in January.

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Eavesdrop> The Subtleties of Logic: Is Herzog & de Meuron designing in the Los Angeles Arts District?

Architecture, Eavesdroplet, West
Tuesday, December 8, 2015
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(Tommy Wooh / Flickr)

(Tommy Wooh / Flickr)

Is Los Angeles going to get another bit of Swiss subtlety? Forget the Zumthor debates over on Miracle Mile, whispers in the wind suggest a Herzog & de Meuron mixed-use complex in the Arts District is in early planning stages.

Live: Postmodern Procedures at Princeton

Architecture, Art, Design, East, Other, West
Saturday, December 5, 2015
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Post-modern Procedures poster by Kevin Pazik for Princeton SoA.

Post-modern Procedures poster by Kevin Pazik for Princeton SoA.

Postmodern Procedures is a two-day conference at Princeton School of Architecture that offers an alternate history of Postmodernism. The goal is to find something that is less about signs and symbols or historic references, and more about longer-form processes that produced the visual syntax of some of the most interesting projects in architectural history. Follow along as AN will be posting updates all day on Saturday, December 5.

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NBBJ’s “generative” courtyard office headquarters for Samsung

Architecture, Envelope, West
Friday, December 4, 2015
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The two 10-story towers are clad in white metal and clear glass, carefully balanced to reduce solar heat gain and provide a sense of lightness.

Samsung’s new North American headquarters, designed by NBBJ, is a landmark facility in Silicon Valley embracing new urban guidelines developed by San Jose officials to prioritize active streets and environmental sensitivity. The project creates a sense of lightness with a transparent, environmentally responsible facade, and has been used as a case study project within NBBJ’s international network of offices.
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Joshua Zabel talks digital collaboration in facade design

The SFMOMA expansion features the first major use of FRP cladding on a multi-story building in North America. (Tom Paiva / Kreysler & Associates)

The SFMOMA expansion features the first major use of FRP cladding on a multi-story building in North America. (Tom Paiva / Kreysler & Associates)

Kreysler & Associates‘ Joshua Zabel knows more than a thing or two about collaborating with architects to produce complex facades. “On the design side, increasingly complex projects call for earlier and earlier involvement from us for material and fabrication input,” said Zabel. “With increasing frequency we’re being called on by architects to contribute during SD and DD phases.”

Zabel will share the fabricator’s perspective on teamwork in high performance envelope design and construction later this week at Facades+AM Seattle. His co-presenters on “Digital Collaborations: Applications, Realities and Opportunities in the Delivery of Complex Facades” include Jeffrey Vaglio (Enclos), David Sandinsky (NBBJ) and Marne Zahner (Magnusson Klemencic Associates).

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The Broad-adjacent Otium opens with Damien Hirst on the menu

Architecture, Art, Interiors, West
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
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A wood clad Otium restaurant in the shadow of The Broad. (Michelle Park)

A wood clad Otium restaurant in the shadow of The Broad. (Michelle Park)

Otium, the restaurant tucked in The Broad’s Barouni olive-treed, 24,000-square-foot public plaza, quietly opened last week in Downtown Los Angeles. The sum of chef Otium Timothy Hollingsworth and restaurateur Bill Chait, a lot is riding on the eatery to enliven Grand Avenue and the Diller Scofidio + Renfro / Walter Hood pocket park.

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From Placemaking to Social Media: Takeaways from AIA San Francisco’s NEXT Conference

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The NEXT Conference, sponsored by the AIA San Francisco, just concluded its first year, and The Architect’s Newspaper was there moderating two panels. Day one convened in a historic bayside dock transformed into a children’s Exploratorium. We moderated a session on the urban planning concept of “Placemaking” that featured David Burney, Jennifer Wolch, and two “makers,” Anisha Gade and Sue Mark of the firm Marksearch.

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Energy strategist Sangeetha Divakar on the role of digital techniques in facade design

OMA/LMN's Seattle Central Library. (Andrew Smith / Flickr)

OMA/LMN’s Seattle Central Library. (Andrew Smith / Flickr)

Digital techniques including parametrization play an increasingly important role in the work of many architects, engineers, and builders, especially those involved in the design and fabrication of high performance facades.

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

Architecture, Unveiled, West
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
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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
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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.

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