Munching on air pollutants: Would you eat these meringues made from the smog you breathe every day?

(Courtesy The Center for Genomic Gastronomy)

(Courtesy The Center for Genomic Gastronomy)

How do you coax city slickers to really take notice of air pollution? Start selling meringues, of course. At this year’s Ideas City festival in New York City, the Center for Genomic Gastronomy set up a “Smog Tasting” food cart introducing aeroir (a play on terroir for the atmospheric taste of place) meringues infused with recreated urban smog from four cities.

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Eavesdrop> Jerde Music: Noted architect gets an exuberant farewell at Los Angeles’ Union Station

Eavesdroplet, Obit, West
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
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(Ali Wade / Flickr)

(Ali Wade / Flickr)

One of Los Angeles‘ most influential architects, Jon Jerde, who recently passed away, was known for the ebullience and animation of his designs. So it was only fitting that his funeral be held at LA’s stunning Union Station, inside the Grand Concourse, accompanied by nothing less than a full Mariachi band. When Eavesdrop finally goes to the Page Six in the sky, this is exactly how we would like to go out.

San Francisco’s “Murmur Wall” installation tells your secrets in public

Murmur Wall by Future Cities Lab  (Photo: Peter Prato Photography)

Murmur Wall by Future Cities Lab. (Peter Prato Photography)

We’ve all heard a lot about “smart cities” and “responsive architecture,” by what about architecture that tells secrets? Murmur Wall, designed by Jason Kelly Johnson and Nataly Gattegno of the experimental design practice Future Cities Lab, does just that. The pair describes their site-specific installation at the main entrance to Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco in as “artificially intelligent architecture.”

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Sea Ranch is 50: Kenneth Caldwell looks at the history and future of the iconic California site

Architecture, West
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
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Sea Ranch Condominium One (Eric Staten)

Sea Ranch Condominiums. (Eric Staten)

Studio Visit subject Moore Ruble Yudell is the legacy firm of architectural master Charles Moore, who founded the company more than thirty years ago with John Ruble and Buzz Yudell. Many of Moore’s architectural priorities are encapsulated in a unique community of oceanside homes he helped design, Sea Ranch, which just celebrated its fifty year anniversary. Celebrations of Sea Ranch’s birthday wind down over Memorial Day with a concert by the Kronos Quartet. Last fall AN contributor Kenneth Caldwell attended The Once and Future Sea Ranch, a one-day symposium on the community’s history and future. Below are his notes.

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Here are three bold designs from winning teams that completely reimagine the Los Angeles Convention Center

Architecture, News, West
Friday, May 22, 2015
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HMC Architects and Populous.

HMC Architects and Populous.

The Los Angeles Convention Center is desperately in need of an overhaul. Architect Charles Luckman designed the original boxy structure in 1971 and James Ingo Freed added the glassy Annex in 1997. Today, both buildings lack the square footage and amenities to add up to a competitive venue. Centers in Las Vegas or Chicago eclipse LA’s meager 870,000 square feet by double or triple square footage. Indeed, in the decades since the venue was constructed the whole approach to convention center design has changed.

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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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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.

But, wait. There more.

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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Wilshire Boulevard Temple announces shortlist for its “Gathering Place” building

Architecture, News, West
Monday, May 4, 2015
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Sanctuary ceiling from Wilshire Boulevard Temple’s recent renovation. (Tom Bonner)

Earlier this year AN‘s Eavesdrop column predicted the shortlist for Wilshire Boulevard Temple’s “Gathering Place,” a 55,000-square-foot event space across the street from the institution’s sanctuary. The final list has been revealed and includes big hitters such as OMA, Kengo Kuma & Associates, Morphosis Architects, and Steven Holl Architects.

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