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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Eavesdrop> Eric’s Waffle House: Fancy restaurant could fill Eric Owen Moss’ Waffle Building

Eavesdroplet, West
Friday, November 20, 2015
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The Waffle. (Courtesy Eric Owen Moss)

The Waffle. (Courtesy Eric Owen Moss)

A prominent Los Angeles foodie with a taste for architecture tipped us off that Eric Owen Mosssteel-wrapped Waffle building would soon be the home of a new restaurant. But don’t expect any breakfast items on the menu. We’re told that the plan is for a high-end, 24-seat chef’s table–style joint. Ask the sommelier for the corkage fee on BYO-syrup.

Gehry’s leaked plans for Facebook Seattle show a rooftop park with curving trails and fire pits

Architecture, Interiors, West
Friday, November 20, 2015
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A Facebook Seattle Gehry Model (Facebook via GeekWire)

A Facebook Seattle Gehry Model (Facebook via GeekWire)

Last February, Facebook announced the company was moving its Seattle offices. The company has hired Frank Gehry to design its new Dexter Station space in the burgeoning South Lake Union neighborhood. Now, we the floor plans have been leaked, revealing more detail surrounding the always-amenity-rich tech offices.

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Seattle’s most iconic landmark may get an Olson Kundig makeover

Architecture, News, Newsletter, West
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
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The Space Needle. (Flickr Creative Commons/Curt Smith)

The Space Needle. (Flickr/Curt Smith)

Now over half a century old, there is talk of renovating the Seattle Space Needle. It hosts over one million visitors a year eager to ride the elevator 520 feet up to the observation deck or to dine in the revolving restaurant.

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

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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
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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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Eavesdrop> Town ‘n Gown: Fall means change in Los Angeles

Eavesdroplet, Shft+Alt+Del, West
Monday, November 16, 2015
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(Courtesy SCI-Arc)

(Courtesy SCI-Arc)

Although the weather seems like summer will never end, fall has been a tizzy of school daze–related comings and goings. After raising eyebrows a couple years ago when he left his practice and teaching behind to join AECOM’s Los Angeles office, Peter Zellner recently left the corporate world to hang a shingle with former AECOM-er Paul Naecker and is back molding young minds at SCI-Arc.

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On View> Cao Fei’s “Shadow Plays” explores the rapid pace of Chinese development

Art, Development, On View, West
Monday, November 16, 2015
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(Courtesy the Mistake Room)

(Courtesy the Mistake Room)

Cao Fei: Shadow Plays
The Mistake Room
1811 E. 20th St., Los Angeles
Through November 21, 2015

Cao Fei’s first solo exhibition in Los Angeles, Shadow Plays, features a chaotic conglomerate of contemporary urban forms in Chinese life. Focusing on the obscurities, Fei’s work offers a surreal sideways glance at China’s rapid development.

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What’s hot in Seattle at Facades+AM, December 4

Facades+AM returns to Seattle December 4. (Jonathan Miske / Flickr)

Facades+AM returns to Seattle December 4. (Jonathan Miske / Flickr)

For Seattle‘s AEC professionals, the city’s thriving high-tech industry is both a blessing and a challenge. “The architecture scene in Seattle is red hot and exciting,” said Mic Patterson, vice president of Strategic Development for Enclos.

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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
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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.

Guy Horton behind the scenes at the 2015 AIA Los Angeles Design Awards

Architecture, Awards, West
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
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Gold Medal recipient Steven Ehrlich speaks to the crowd about the power of collaboration, which he first learned in Africa. (David Lena Photography)

Gold Medal recipient Steven Ehrlich speaks to the crowd about the power of collaboration, which he first learned in Africa.
(David Lena Photography)

Going to the AIA/LA Design Awards is a totally different experience when you’ve been on the jury, as I was this year. For one, you get to see the entire spectrum of the awards program, the behind-the-scenes production and the staging of what seemed like a thousand projects flashing before you in a darkened room. Not only do you have the heavy responsibility of judging all of these, but also you then have to champion and defend the ones that really speak to you. There was a lot of debate and discussion—and even some yelling and throwing of chairs involved. And probably way too much caffeine.

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

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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

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