Q+A> AIA Los Angeles Educator Award Recipient Sarah Lorenzen on the future of architectural education

Architecture, Awards, Q+A, West
Thursday, October 15, 2015
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Lorenzen on the roof of the Neutra VDL. (

Lorenzen on the roof of the Neutra VDL. (Courtesy VDL House)

On October 29, Angelenos will gather for the 2015 AIA|LA Design Awards and Next LA Awards to toast the city’s best contributions to architecture and design. Every year the AIA|LA Board of Directors chooses outstanding and passionate individuals as winners of the Presidential Honoree program. AN spoke to Educator Award recipient Sarah Lorenzen. An architect, professor, and chair of Cal Poly Pomona‘s Department of Architecture, she reflected on the honor and shared her thoughts on the direction architectural education.

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Open House San Diego launches Saturday, October 17, 2015

Architecture, On View, West
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
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(Courtesy OHSD)

Fashion Institute of Design and Marketing by architect Clive Wilkinson. (Courtesy OHSD)

San Diego, California, is about to launch a public celebration of its architecture, infrastructure, and public urban design. It will become the third city in the United States to be designated as an official “Open House Worldwide.”

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Seattle Park Proposal to Cap I-5 Unveiled

The C.A.P. park path. (Patano Studio Architecture)

The C.A.P. park path. (Patano Studio Architecture)

Take note. The Seattle waterfront plan is getting a lot of competition. Last month, we saw an opposing proposal to the James Corner Field Operations plan rejected by city council and put on the ballot for next summer. The project—Initiative 123—calls for reinforcing a portion of the Alaska Way Viaduct that runs north-south along the western edge of Seattle as well as building a new section. These two pieces would create a mile-long, High Line–style park.

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On View> SPUR Urban Center Gallery presents VENUE

Architecture, On View, West
Monday, October 12, 2015
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(Noah Christman)

(Noah Christman)

VENUE
SPUR Urban Center Gallery
654 Mission Street
San Francisco
Through October 21

The product of an enviable 16-month-long road trip across the United States, VENUE is the documentation of a series of sites from around the country that are not always considered when surveying architecture and design.

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Eavesdrop> First as Tragedy: What’s up with LA’s Greek Theater?

Eavesdroplet, West
Friday, October 9, 2015
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Rios Clementi Hale Studios' rendering of the Greek Theater.

Rios Clementi Hale Studios’ rendering of the Greek Theater.

When the discussion for Los Angeles Recreation & Parks to give Live Nation the contract to manage The Greek Theatre were scuttled earlier this year, it was unclear what would come of the proposed modernization of the 5,900-seat venue by Rios Clementi Hale Studios. Word from inside the office says the project is moving forward with new designs to come, even as Pennsylvania-based SMG looks poised to win the event management contract.

On View> Architects and developers rethink downtown San Diego

A view of a booming downtown San Diego. (Kidd Radi)

A view of a booming downtown San Diego. (Kidd Radi)

On September 23—and in a the heart of downtown San Diego across Jon Jerde’s famous Horton Plaza—Bosa Development, headed by Nat Bosa, opened for a limited run exhibition entitled Rethink Downtown: Behind San Diego’s Skyline. The show celebrates San Diego’s urban history and asks visitors to ponder downtown’s future: Where it’s going and how architecture, design, amenities, and quality of life enable San Diego to matter on a national scale from millennials to boomers?

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Apple to lease HOK’s Curvy Central & Wolfe Campus in Sunnyvale, California

Apple to lease curvy office building by HOK. (Courtesy HOK and Landbank)

Apple to lease curvy office building by HOK. (Courtesy HOK and Landbank)

News broke last week that Apple plans to move into another spaceship of a building, the Central & Wolfe Campus in Sunnyvale, California designed by HOK. Read More

Eavesdrop> Tom Tom Club: What’s up with Tom Wiscombe’s futuristic Los Angeles venue?

Eavesdroplet, West
Thursday, October 8, 2015
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(Courtesy Tom Wiscombe)

(Courtesy Tom Wiscombe)

Architect Tom Wiscombe and developer Tom Gilmore have been spotted on more than one occasion imbibing at Redbird, the restaurant located in the former rectory of the cathedral of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles. (Gilmore is the landlord.) Does this mean that the pair’s plans for Old Bank District Museum, a futuristic art venue designed by Wiscombe, is on track for a 2017 opening? Only the bartender knows.

On View> Architecture & Design Films showcased in San Francisco Festival

Architecture, Design, Media, On View, West
Tuesday, October 6, 2015
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THE NEW RIJKSMUSEUM BY OEKE HOOGENDIJK (Courtesy First Run Features)

THE NEW RIJKSMUSEUM BY OEKE HOOGENDIJK. (Courtesy First Run Features)

All month the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) will present its Architecture & Design Films Showcase 2015 in downtown San Francisco, hailed as the West Coast’s largest showcase of architecture and design films.

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Eavesdrop> An Austrian Staycation

Eavesdroplet, West
Thursday, October 1, 2015
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Los Bar in the Mackey Apartments.

Los Bar in the Mackey Apartments. (MAK Center for Arts and Architecture)

All summer the Los Bar—built by MAK Center residents Andreas Bauer, Christoph Meier, Robert Schwarz, and Lukas Stopczynski—gave those without airline travel points a taste of Vienna.

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Herzog & de Meuron Reveals Renderings for New Vancouver Art Gallery

Architecture, International, Unveiled, West
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
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Stacked spaces for the new Vancouver Art Gallery. (Courtesy Herzog de Meuron)

Stacked spaces for the new Vancouver Art Gallery. (Courtesy Herzog de Meuron)

After years of planning, the Vancouver Art Gallery revealed renderings for its new home by Swiss firm Herzog & de Meuron this Tuesday. The conceptual design is a striking departure for a city of tall, slim towers, but an ongoing motif for the firmRead More

NBBJ’s just-opened Samsung headquarters seeks urbanism in Silicon Valley

Architecture, Interiors, Newsletter, Urbanism, West
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
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Courtyard encourages public and employee interaction. (Courtesy NBBJ and Samsung)

Courtyard encourages public and employee interaction. (Courtesy NBBJ Architects)

Samsung’s new North American headquarters in San Jose is now open for business. Designed by NBBJ, the 1.1 million-square-foot, $300 million building presents itself as a counterpoint to the introverted campuses that dot Silicon Valley: Facebook’s self-contained, Gehry-ific HQ or Foster’s secluded spaceship for Apple.

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