Eavesdrop> Building Bruins: UCLA looks to build off Playa Vista success in Westwood

Eavesdroplet, West
Friday, February 20, 2015
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HERCULES CAMPUS’S TREE-LINED BOARDWALK (EPT DESIGN)

HERCULES CAMPUS’S TREE-LINED BOARDWALK (EPT DESIGN)

UCLA Architecture and Urban Design’s new campus at the Hercules Hangar in Playa Vista has been a great success. Now we hear from a source that the school is looking to design an addition to its Perloff Hall in Westwood. Whispers say that the designer will be the campus architect, which probably wouldn’t make the school’s talented architects very happy. Stay tuned for a potential gossip blockbuster.

Eavesdrop> Sunny Apple: Cupertino HQ makes a big buy for solar power

We have given Apple flack for the suburban nature of its new campus in Cupertino. But we’ve been impressed with the company’s recent attempts to make things more eco-friendly, adding shuttles, bike lanes, a bus transit center, and walking paths. Now we hear Apple is purchasing 130 megawatts worth of energy a year from First Solar. The purchase will power the new HQ as well as all of its other California offices, a large data center, and the 52 retail stores in the state.

New York City is losing the Aluminaire House

The Aluminaire House, designed in 1931 by Kocher and Frey. (Jenosale/Flickr)

The Aluminaire House, designed in 1931 by Kocher and Frey. (Jenosale/Flickr)

New York City is losing the 1931 Aluminaire House and its relocating to Palm Spring, California. The aluminum alloy and steel structure was created by the architect Albert Frey and A. Lawrence Kocher, managing editor of Architecture Record, and was commissioned by the Architecture League for the Allied Arts and Industry exhibition.

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Richard Neutra gets the star treatment in Palm Springs

Architecture, West
Friday, February 13, 2015
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Richard Neutra is now a "Star"-chitect. (William Menking / AN)

Richard Neutra is now a “Star”-chitect. (William Menking / AN)

 

Architects may not get much respect in most American cities, but in Palm Spring, California they’re stars!

Today Richard Neutra who designed the city’s famous Miller House in 1937 and, ten years later, the Kaufmann House will have a star dedicated in his honor on the sidewalk of Palm Canyon Drive just in front of the Palm Springs Architecture Museum.

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On View> “Coop Himmelb(l)au: Dynamischer Raumplan” at SCI-Arc

Architecture, On View, Sustainability, West
Thursday, February 12, 2015
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(Courtesy Coop Himmelb(l)au)

(Courtesy Coop Himmelb(l)au)

 

Coop Himmelb(l)au: Dynamischer Raumplan
Southern California Institute of Architecture
960 East Third Street
Los Angeles
Through March 8, 2015

Environmental consciousness and energy conservation have overhauled the blueprint for urban planning. With efficiency at its heart, today’s back-to-nature paradigm will realize the potential of self-sufficient cities powered instead by clean, renewable resources including the sun, wind, water, and earth. The Dynamischer Raumplan is a spatial installation by Vienna-based firm Coop Himmelb(l)au that operates like a machine to visualize the energy lines that shape a city’s morphology.

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Don’t miss the Palm Springs Modernism Show & Sale beginning February 13

On View, West
Thursday, February 5, 2015
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Scene from the 2013 opening night party at Modernism Week. (Courtesy Modernism Week)

Scene from the 2013 opening night party at Modernism Week. (Courtesy Modernism Week)

 

The Architect’s Newspaper will be headed to California next week for Palm Springs Modernism Week. It’s the sixth year we have served as a media sponsor and we always look forward to the week on the desert as not simply time out from the New York winter but a chance to visit the classic modern houses in the Mojave oasis.

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Hof’s Hut, another famed California mid-century diner, in trouble after back-to-back fires

Architecture, Preservation, West
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
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Hoff's Hutt in its prime (Marvin Rand)

Hoff’s Hutt in its prime (Marvin Rand)

While it appears that Los Angeles’ famed Norms restaurant is safe, at least for the moment, another local dining landmark is in trouble: Hof’s Hut, in Long Beach, which recently suffered “significant damage” due to multiple fires, according to the LA Times.

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Forever 21 flips the switch on Los Angeles’ largest solar project yet

Forever 21's 5MW PermaCity Solar System

Forever 21’s 5MW PermaCity Solar System

On January 21 solar supplier PermaCity and retailer Forever 21 turned on the switch to their 5.1 MegaWatt DC SunPower solar system in Los Angeles’ Lincoln Heights neighborhood. The renovation of the former Macy’s distribution center—now Forever 21’s headquarters— was designed by Forever 21 staff with Culver City architect Brian Reiff.

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Los Angeles’ sustainability chief talks going green in SoCal

Sustainability is a top concern for Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. (Neil Kremer / Flickr)

Sustainability is a top concern for Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. (Neil Kremer/Flickr)

Thanks in no small part to the local AEC industry, Los Angeles is a leader in sustainability in several areas, notably green building. But there is still room for improvement, said Matt Petersen, former president and CEO of Global Green USA. Petersen would know: he’s the city’s first Chief Sustainability Officer, appointed by Mayor Eric Garcetti as part of a broader administrative overhaul. “The mandate the mayor gave me was to build on the great things Los Angeles is already doing, and to put forward a vision for sustainability in the city,” explained Petersen.

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Eavesdrop> Study shows Angelenos hard up for rent

Eavesdroplet, West
Monday, January 12, 2015
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The Los Angeles skyline. (Mulling it Over / Flickr)

The Los Angeles skyline. (Mulling it Over / Flickr)

Forget about San Francisco being the hardest place to rent in California. According to a story in the New York Times (citing zillow.com), Angelenos spend 47 percent of their income on the median rent. That’s the highest in the country, and significantly higher than San Francisco, which ranks sixth on the list at 40.7 percent. And the problem appears ready to get worse as new supply struggles to keep up with demand in the overcrowded city. Maybe we’ll all have to move to Bakersfield.

On View> Sink or Swim: Designing for a Sea Change

(Paula Bronstein)

(Paula Bronstein)

 

Sink or Swim: Designing for a Sea Change
Annenberg Space For Photography
2000 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles
Through May 3, 2015

Sink or Swim: Design for a Sea Change, at the Annenberg Space For Photography, examines worldwide resiliency strategies in architecture and design for the new challenges brought about by climate change and sea level rise.

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December’s Top Five: Here’s what you read most on the AN Blog

Santiago Calatrava's transit center in New York City. (Courtesy Port Authority)

Santiago Calatrava’s transit center in New York City. (Courtesy Port Authority)

With 2014 quickly receding into history, here’s a look at what blog posts AN‘s readers clicked on most last month. Big international stories, many with starchitects attached, abounded in New York, London, Los Angeles, Helsinki, and Rio de Janeiro. All of December’s top stories point toward the future, with many under-construction projects that will be sure to dominate additional headlines this year. Here’s a glimpse at what was in the news.

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