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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How landscape architects at SWA created the country’s largest Zero-Net Energy community at UC Davis

West Village Community at University California Davis

West Village Community at University California Davis.

In 2011 SWA built the nation’s largest planned Zero-Net Energy (ZNE) community. Working in collaboration with the University of California Davis and developer West Village Community Partnership (WVCP), the project houses over 2,000 students and 500 staff and faculty families.

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Q+A> Jennifer Dunlop Fletcher: Behind the scenes at SFMOMA’s architecture and design department

Architecture, Q+A, Technology, West
Monday, September 28, 2015
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(Courtesy Snøhetta)

(Courtesy Snøhetta)

Although the Snøhetta-designed SFMOMA expansion won’t open until mid-2016, there’s a lot going on behind the scenes. Earlier this month the museum promoted Jennifer Dunlop Fletcher to the Helen Hilton Raiser Curator of Architecture and Design and head of the Department of Architecture and Design. Dunlop Fletcher (who joined the museum as an assistant curator in 2007) co-curated the impressive Lebbeus Woods, Architect exhibition in 2013. AN spoke to her about the future of architecture and design in San Francisco and Silicon Valley.

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Oakland Uber Alles: Gensler unveils new East Bay headquarters for booming ride-share company

Architecture, Development, Other, Preservation, West
Thursday, September 24, 2015
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Revamped Sears building with facades on both Broadway and Telegraph Avenue. (Steelblue)

Revamped Sears building with facades on both Broadway and Telegraph Avenue. (Steelblue)

Not content with 423,000 square feet designed by SHoP Architects in San Francisco’s Mission Bay, Uber is expanding into Oakland. The company purchased the former Sears building from developer Lane Partners, who bought the building last year. Genlser is on deck to transform the old department store into 330,000 square feet of creative office space. The iconic chunk of real estate prominently faces both Broadway and Telegraph Avenue and its redevelopment marks a turning point for Oakland.

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High Brow Eye Brow: The Broad gets a piercing

Architecture, Eavesdroplet, West
Friday, September 18, 2015
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Pierced Broad (Jeremy J. Quinn)

Pierced Broad. (Jeremy J. Quinn)

The Broad Museum officially opens to the public this weekend, and has only been allowing visitors in Downtown Los Angeles for a couple days. But it has already started to rebel against its billionaire art-collector parents. Sources sent AN this picture revealing that the rambunctious young museum has gone and gotten its eyebrow pierced. What’s next for this quickly adapting Angelino? Implants and botox?

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Rios Clementi Hale’s parklet rains on Park(ing) Day in Los Angeles

Architecture, Design, Urbanism, West
Friday, September 18, 2015
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Rios Clementi Hale Studios’ “Paradise in a Parking Spot” for Park(ing) Day 2015. (Rios Clementi Hale Studios)

Park(ing) Day, the annual tradition of making micro-parks out of parking spots, calls attention to the need for public space in cities. A pop-up park by Rios Clementi Hale Studios in Los Angeles takes the educational imperative further with a parking space that teaches the benefits of stormwater capture—just in time for this winter’s predicted El Niño.

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A Porous Building Skin for Downtown Los Angeles

Architecture, Envelope, Other, West
Friday, September 18, 2015
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The Broad Museum at dusk (image courtesy Iwan Baan)

The Broad Museum at dusk (image courtesy Iwan Baan)

The veil functions both as the primary facade and the daylighting system, providing a sense of connection between the gallery spaces and the city.

The Broad Museum will open its doors to the public on Sunday, 5 years after after Diller Scofidio + Renfro won a small invite-only design competition to design a space for Eli Broad’s immense contemporary art collection. All of the public spaces in the museum are created between the building’s two enclosure systems, coined the “vault and veil” by DS+R. The veil, a daylight-absorbing concrete exoskeleton balances performance with fashion, while an interior vault protects a nearly 2,000 piece art collection. Visitors move over, under and through the vault, which consumes almost half of the 120,000 sq. ft., 3-story building.

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OMA does weddings and bar mitzvahs on Wilshire Boulevard

Architecture, News, Newsletter, West
Thursday, September 17, 2015
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SANCTUARY CEILING FROM WILSHIRE BOULEVARD TEMPLE’S RECENT RENOVATION. (TOM BONNER)

Word of an OMA-designed building for the Wilshire Boulevard Temple has been in the grapevine for months. The firm was on the short list this past spring along with Kengo Kuma & Associates, Morphosis Architects, and Steven Holl Architects for the 55,000-square-foot event space across the street from the institution’s recently restored 1929 Byzantine-Revival sanctuary. Now, a new building is moving forward with a name, an architect, and a fundraising campaign.

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Hennessey +Ingalls to move from Santa Monica to Michael Maltzan’s One Santa Fe in 2016

Architecture, News, Open, West
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
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Hennessey + Ingall's Santa Monica location will close at the end of the year. (Courtesy Hennessey + Ingalls)

Hennessey + Ingall’s Santa Monica location will close at the end of the year. (Courtesy Hennessey + Ingalls)

Hennessey + Ingalls is a rarity in an age when bookstores that survived the rise of Amazon are often indistinctive superstores or exercises in hipster curation. Los Angeles’ long-established mecca for art and architecture is neither. Fans were nervous when the store shuttered its Hollywood annex in Space Fifteen Twenty last spring. While the Santa Monica store on Wilshire and 2nd will close at the end of the year, it will reopen in a new space at One Santa Fe, the mixed-use development complex designed by Michael Maltzan Architecture.

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Behind the Veil: The Broad opens September 20

Architecture, Art, Urbanism, West
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
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The Broad. (Courtesy Iwan Baan)

The Broad. (Courtesy Iwan Baan)

When The Broad opens to the public on September 20, Angelenos will finally get to see how Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s design compliments philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad’s powerhouse collection of 2,000 pieces of contemporary art in their eponymous museum. Works by Ed Ruscha and Cindy Sherman will hang in the 35,000-square-foot, column-free gallery space lit by some 300 skylights.

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California studying a highway-topping wildlife bridge to keep cougars out of traffic

Environment, Transportation, Urbanism, West
Monday, September 14, 2015
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Proposed wildlife crossing infrastructure. (Courtesy Resource Conservation District)

Proposed wildlife crossing infrastructure. (Courtesy Resource Conservation District)

A car driving on a section of Interstate 5 just north of Los Angeles struck a mountain lion named P-32 one early morning this past summer. The cat was once of a small population that has been tracked roaming Southern California wilderness areas. The death, while reported as “sad, but unsurprising,” drew attention to the close proximity of these animals. Our transportation and urban infrastructures draw unnatural lines through their natural habitats.

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Here are ten beautiful views of pop-up architecture (and Bjarke Ingels) from the 2015 Burning Man Festival

Architecture, Art, West
Friday, September 11, 2015
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Courtesy Bjarke Ingles Instagram

(Courtesy Bjarke IngelsInstagram)

As the Burning Man festival comes to a close, here’s a look at what pop-up architecture was exhibited at the Black Rock site in Nevada.

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