On View> SPUR exhibit tackles illegal housing in San Francisco


(Jeffrey Maeshiro)

Urbanism From Within
654 Mission Street, San Francisco
Through May 1st

There’s a little over a week left at the exhibition Urbanism From Within put on by the San Francisco Planning & Urban Renewal Association (SPUR), so head over and brace yourself for some captivating research, drawings and peep-show high-jinks along the downtown Mission corridor.

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Amid changing development landscape and high rents, Santa Monica Museum of Art begins search for a new home

Art, News, West
Thursday, April 23, 2015
(Santa Monica Museum of Art)

(Santa Monica Museum of Art)

Edward Cella Art and Architecture is not the only Los Angeles art institution leaving its longtime location soon. AN has learned from the Los Angeles Times that the Santa Monica Museum of Art (SMMOA) is closing its doors at Santa Monica’s Bergamot Station early next month.

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Edward Cella’s art and architecture gallery opens its new Culver City space in May

Architecture, Art, Interiors, West
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
(Edward Cella Art and Architecture)

(Edward Cella Art and Architecture)

Renowned Los Angeles gallery Edward Cella Art and Architecture, which left its six-year home on Wilshire Boulevard last year, is opening its new location on La Cienega Boulevard in Culver City on May 9.

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On View> Gregory Ain: Low-Cost Modern Housing and The Construction of a Social Landscape

Architecture, Art, On View, West
Monday, April 20, 2015
Ain's Dunsmuir Flats (Julius Shulman)

Ain’s Dunsmuir Flats (Julius Shulman/ J.Paul Getty Trust)

Gregory Ain: Low-Cost Modern Housing and The Construction of a Social Landscape
WUHO Gallery
6518 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles
Through April 26

Gregory Ain was a pioneer in the development of low-cost modern housing, and many of his efforts fused radical, left-wing politics and cooperative living with architecture. And a new exhibit in Los Angeles spotlights five of the architect’s most innovative housing projects.

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Obit> Asa Hanamoto, 1923–2015

Landscape Architecture, Obit, West
Thursday, April 16, 2015
Asa Hanamoto at Santa Clara Central Park (Charles Birnbaum)

Asa Hanamoto at Santa Clara Central Park (Charles Birnbaum)

Pioneering post-war landscape architect Asa Hanamoto passed away at his home in Mill Valley, California on April 9.

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Chinese developers see gold in Downtown Los Angeles


(courtesy Gensler/ Shenzhen-Hazens)

It’s a good time to be a Chinese developer in Downtown Los Angeles. Beijing-based Oceanwide and Shanghai-based Greenland are already building two of the largest projects in the city: Fig Central and Metropolis. Now according to LA Downtown News, Shenzhen-based Shenzhen-Hazens has announced plans to build a $700 million, Gensler-designed project on Figueroa street across from LA Live.

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A park for Jimi Hendrix is finally being developed in Seattle

The planned Jimi Hendrix Park Sound Wave Wall (Seattle.gov)

The planned Jimi Hendrix Park Sound Wave Wall (Seattle.gov)

It’s been almost half a century since Jimi Hendrix passed away. And now after several delays, a 2.5 acre park in the Seattle Central District neighborhood where Hendrix grew up is being developed. Currently, the City of Seattle and EERG Inc. are seeking a construction contract.

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Obit> Bay Area modernist architect Donald Olsen dies

Architecture, Obit, West
Monday, April 6, 2015

Donald Olsen Home (Rondal Partridge)

Donald Olsen, one of Northern California’s purest modern architects, has died. Known for open, light-filled residences with glass and concrete walls, white cladding, and a few quirky details, Olsen—a student of Walter Gropius—brought drama to an area whose architecture often lacked it.

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Berkeley designers propose building this pavilion entirely out of books, and you can help kickstart the project

Architecture, Art, City Terrain, West
Friday, April 3, 2015

Lacuna will be literally made of books (Project Lacuna)

Leaders of the Bay Area Book Festival (taking place June 5–7 in Berkeley) are teaming up with arts group Flux Foundation to make Lacuna, a wood-framed, yurt-like structure containing over 50,000 books, all donated by the Internet Archive.

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Another architectural bookstore bites the dust: Hennessey+Ingalls closes Hollywood location

Architecture, Art, West
Thursday, April 2, 2015
Hennessey + Ingall's Santa Monica location will remain open. (Hennessey + Ingalls)

Hennessey + Ingall’s Santa Monica location will remain open. (Hennessey + Ingalls)

Art and architecture book nirvana Hennessy + Ingalls closed its Hollywood location on Sunday after just six years in business. The store had been situated in a bow truss structure inside Space 15 Twenty on Cahuenga Boulevard, just north of Sunset.

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As Westweek wraps up in West Hollywood’s Pacific Design Center, developer floats an unlikely expansion scheme

Architecture, West
Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Cesar Pelli’s Pacific Design Center. (Courtesy PDC)

The Pacific Design Center (PDC), designed by Cesar Pelli, is celebrating its 40th year, and last week it wrapped its biggest yearly event, Westweek, which featured panels, lectures, and the debuts of furnishings and interior resources from over fifty companies.

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San Francisco never looked as grand as in this nighttime time lapse video

Architecture, Skyscrapers, West
Monday, March 30, 2015
Still from Gotham City SF.

Still from Gotham City SF.

This black-and-white time-lapse video by Toby Harriman shows San Francisco at its most dramatic. The skyline emerges quietly from its famous fog as the city and its bridges twinkle in the distance—including Leo Villareal’s Bay Lights installation. As the music builds, Gotham City SF picks up pace, showing dramatic angles at high speeds completely appropriate for an action thriller. You’d have to watch to really understand.

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