Among thousands of hacked documents from Sony, key emails reveal LACMA’s inner dealings

Architecture, Art, News, West
Thursday, May 21, 2015
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Zumthor's March 2015 revised scheme less fluid and more blocky. Courtesy LACMA/ Atelier Peter Zumthor and Partner.

Zumthor’s March 2015 revised scheme less fluid and more blocky. (Courtesy LACMA/ Atelier Peter Zumthor and Partner)

When hackers broke into Sony Pictures Entertainment’s email server in November 2014 and released stolen messages, the first stories to come out were Hollywood fodder. But buried inside the glut of toxic gossip, star salaries, and Emma Stone’s junior high school pictures are emails that tie together Sony CEO Michael Lynton, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) director Michael Govan, LA County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, and Peter Zumthor’s proposed design for the LACMA campus.

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Joseph Wong to design mixed-use, high-rise development in downtown San Diego

Joseph Wong is lead architect for The Block, a mixed-use, high-rise development in downtown San Diego. (Courtesy Zephyr/JWDA)

Joseph Wong is lead architect for The Block, a mixed-use, high-rise development in downtown San Diego. (Courtesy Zephyr)

Local real estate and investment company Zephyr has named Joseph Wong of Joseph Wong Design Associates (JWDA) lead architect of their 60,000-square-foot mixed-use development planned for downtown San Diego. The Block, as it is currently known (the developer has yet to select a final name), will be the first high-rise, mixed-use project in the city since the recession. With an estimated cost exceeding $250 million, the development promises to be a major player in the demographic and architectural transformation of San Diego’s urban core.

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As Facebook taps Gehry for two more buildings, take a peek inside the tech giant’s new Menlo Park offices

Architecture, Interiors, West
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
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Facebook HQ (Chrisophe Wu/ Facebook)

Facebook HQ (Chrisophe Wu / Facebook)

Facebook has allowed precious few people to see its new Frank Gehry–designed headquarters in Menlo Park, California.

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Stanford building new multi-modal trails by Page and BMS Design Group

The trail would offer new paths for walkers and bikers. (BMS Design Group)

The trail would offer new paths for walkers and bikers. (Page/ BMS Design Group)

According to Palo Alto Weekly, Stanford University will soon break ground on a new series of bike and walking trails around its campus designed by Page/BMS Design Group.

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What’s a protected bike intersection? Salt Lake City would like to show you with the nation’s first installation

Salt Lake City's planned protected bike intersection. (Courtesy SLC.GOV)

Salt Lake City’s planned protected bike intersection. (Courtesy SLC.GOV)

Let’s be honest, if you were asked to guess which American city is getting the country’s most advanced piece of bike infrastructure, you would say San Francisco, Portland, or maybe even Pittsburgh. A handful of you might point to Chicago or New York, but very few—if any—of you would go with Salt Lake City, Utah.

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This Seattle architect built a basement man cave housing 250,000 neatly arranged LEGO bricks

(Courtesy KOMO News)

(Courtesy KOMO News)

One Seattle architect’s much ballyhooed basement isn’t built from LEGO bricks, but it houses 250,000 of them in 150 meticulously sorted bins.

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Eavesdrop> Downtown LA, You’re Nuts: Soho House, swanky international development remaking the urban core

Development, Eavesdroplet, West
Thursday, May 14, 2015
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Soho House in reportedly interested in a warehouse at 1000 S. Santa Fe Ave. in Downtown Los Angeles. (Courtesy Google)

Soho House in reportedly interested in a warehouse at 1000 S. Santa Fe Ave. in Downtown Los Angeles. (Courtesy Google)

The swanky meter is getting dialed to 11 in Downtown Los Angeles. Rumor has it that the rarified Soho House club will be opening its second LA location in a six-story warehouse in the area’s Arts District.

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Artist who stacked hundreds of street lights in Los Angeles passes away at age 69

Art, Obit, West
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
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Urban Light (courtesy LACMA)

Urban Light. (Courtesy LACMA)

Artist Chris Burden created, among many other things, Urban Light, an installation of 202 antique cast iron street lights outside the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and Metropolis II, a city model inside the same museum immersed with 1,200 matchbox cars. Burden has passed away at age 69, reportedly from a battle with Melanoma.

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Google trumped (for once) by LinkedIn, leaving Bjarke Ingels and Thomas Heatherwick swoopy plans in limbo

Architecture, Development, West
Thursday, May 7, 2015
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One of Big and Heatherwick's four planned buildings for Google. (BIG)

One of Big and Heatherwick’s four planned buildings for Google. (BIG)

Mountain View, California’s city council has decided that LinkedIn and not Google will be able to develop the majority of its North Bayshore area, leaving Google’s ambitious plans by Bjarke Ingels and Thomas Heatherwick in jeopardy.

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Eavesdrop> Stressful Recovery: As architecture work rebounds, companies are slow to re-hire

(Wojtek Gurak / Flickr)

(Wojtek Gurak / Flickr)

The new boom in architecture work has been a godsend for once-struggling firms nationwide. But there’s a downside. Offices consistently tell us that a hangover of the brutal recession is that they’re hesitant to hire large quantities of new workers, which means more work for not enough people. This, of course, means exhaustion and stress. And so we’ll dub the new economy the Nervous Breakdown Boom until we can think of something better.

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This pleated concrete theater in Culver City is getting a 21st century boost from Hodgetts & Fung

West
Thursday, May 7, 2015
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Construction of Frost Auditorium (Julius Shulman/ Getty Research Institute)

Construction of Frost Auditorium (Julius Shulman/ Getty Research Institute)

AN has been covering Hodgetts + Fung‘s efforts to update Los Angeles’ Norms Diner for the 21st century, but another of the firm’s projects will rigorously update a less known—and perhaps more impressive—modernist structure nearby: Culver City High School’s Frost Memorial Auditorium in Culver City.

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Eavesdrop> Raging River Rumors: What’s next for the Los Angeles River?

The Los Angeles River. (Courtesy LA River Revitalization Corporation)

The Los Angeles River. (Courtesy LA River Revitalization Corporation)

We’ve been collecting dribs and drabs about the next phase of development along the already booming Los Angeles River, and the next is that the LA River Revitalization Corporation—the non-profit created to oversee development around the changing waterway—is hoping to put together a dream team of architects and planners to do something ambitious. The group won’t comment on the specifics (though their last board meeting did discuss “projects, infrastructure, and investment, according to the agenda), but we’re very curious to learn more about this.

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