From Placemaking to Social Media: Takeaways from AIA San Francisco’s NEXT Conference


The NEXT Conference, sponsored by the AIA San Francisco, just concluded its first year, and The Architect’s Newspaper was there moderating two panels. Day one convened in a historic bayside dock transformed into a children’s Exploratorium. We moderated a session on the urban planning concept of “Placemaking” that featured David Burney, Jennifer Wolch, and two “makers,” Anisha Gade and Sue Mark of the firm Marksearch.

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

Eavesdroplet, West
Friday, November 20, 2015
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.

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

Art, Development, On View, West
Monday, November 16, 2015
(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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Guy Horton behind the scenes at the 2015 AIA Los Angeles Design Awards

Architecture, Awards, West
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
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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Eavesdrop> Grrrl Power: Los Angeles has a ways to go for women’s equality in architecture

Eavesdroplet, West
Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Julia Morgan's Herald Examiner Building. (FLOYD B. BARISCALE)

Julia Morgan’s Herald Examiner Building. (FLOYD B. BARISCALE)

We live in a listicle age. Why write an article when you can clump a few names together and call it a trend? So when Los Angeles Magazine listed six women who have changed the face of Los Angeles architecture, which included one dead AIA Gold Medalist and two New Yorkers, it was bound to create outcry. Brava to the three local gals who made the cut, but let’s celebrate all the women of the L.A. architecture and design scene. When local schools put one lady on the lecture series and pat themselves on the back, we know more needs to be done for gender equity.

First renderings revealed for SOM’s San Francisco 1500 Mission residential tower [UPDATE]

Architecture, Development, West
Monday, October 26, 2015
Exterior Rendering (Courtesy SOM)

Exterior Rendering (Courtesy SOM)

With backing from developers Related California, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) is moving forward with a new residential tower project at 1500 Mission Street and South Van Ness in the Bay Area of San Francisco.

View the first renderings after the jump.

Adam Sokol’s tall and skinny hotel revealed on Los Angeles’ Spring Street

Architecture, Skyscrapers, Unveiled, West
Tuesday, October 20, 2015


A skinny hotel is set to rise in Downtown Los Angeles’ historic core. Designed by Buffalo, New York–based Adam Sokol Architecture Practice (asap) for developer Lizard Capital, the new Spring Street Hotel will tower 325-feet over the street and feature 176 guest rooms. At 28-stories, the design introduces tallness to an area that’s currently mid-rise area, but not for long.

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

Eavesdroplet, West
Friday, October 9, 2015
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.

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> An Austrian Staycation

Eavesdroplet, West
Thursday, October 1, 2015
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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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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OMA does weddings and bar mitzvahs on Wilshire Boulevard

Architecture, News, Newsletter, West
Thursday, September 17, 2015


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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