Designing Facades for a Changing Environment

NBBJ's Samsung America Headquarters in San Jose, California. (Courtesy NBBJ)

NBBJ’s Samsung America Headquarters in San Jose, California. (Courtesy NBBJ)

When it comes to responding to climate change, said Stacey Hooper, senior associate at NBBJ, architects have tended to be more reactive than proactive. “Our industry is so insular,” she explained. “As a profession, we’re really interested in the coolest, newest thing—not necessarily how we’re going to support these bigger global challenges.” Hooper had this in mind when she sat down with co-chair Luke Smith (Enclos) and the rest of the planning team to lay out the inaugural Facades+ LA conference, taking place in February in downtown Los Angeles. “We were talking about, ‘Who are the influencers?’—not just in the building industry,” recalled Hooper. “Where will real influence come from?”

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Winner chosen for another billion dollar addition to LAX

Transportation, West
Tuesday, December 23, 2014
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LAX People Mover plan (LAWA)

LAX People Mover plan (LAWA)

Last year LAX opened its soaring new Tom Bradley International Terminal addition. But that was just the beginning of changes at Los Angeles’ woefully-out-of-date airport. The biggest news: Last week the LA Board of Airport Commissioners awarded Turner|PCL (a joint Venture with Corgan/Gensler) a contract to design and build a $1.25 billion Midfield Satellite Concourse (MSC) North Project.

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Eavesdrop> LA’s Westside Urban Forum hands Renzo Piano, Peter Zumthor Darth Vader Awards

Awards, Eavesdroplet, West
Tuesday, December 23, 2014
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Renzo Piano's Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Museum was awarded a Darth Vader Award. (Montage by AN)

Renzo Piano’s Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Museum was awarded a Darth Vader Award. (Montage by AN)

 

It’s good to see some good old-fashioned roasting, and that’s what the Westside Urban Forum’s WUFFIES awards are all about. This year’s event, held earlier this month at the Los Angeles Times of all places, was full of the usual snipes on botched RFPs and difficult County Supervisors. But it also got in some good jibes at architecture’s expense. Our favorite: the Darth Vader Award, which went both to Peter Zumthor’s foreboding, jet black LACMA expansion and to Renzo Piano’s Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Museum with its helmet-looking theater bulging out of the old May Company Building.

Pictorial> Dramatic new pedestrian bridge design chosen for Palo Alto

City Terrain, Unveiled, Urbanism, West
Monday, December 22, 2014
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(HNTB)

Oblique view from bridge path. (HNTB/Bionic/64North)

A team made up of HNTB (which is also leading the 6th Street Viaduct in Los Angeles), 64North, Bionic Landscape Architecture, and Ned Kahn have won a competition to design a new pedestrian and bicycle bridge spanning the 101 Freeway in Palo Alto at Adobe Creek. The winning proposal for the Adobe Creek Overcrossing, called Confluence, is highlighted by a multi-story, leaning steel arch integrated with an intricate web of cables and floating steel disks.

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Time Inc. sells Cliff May’s midcentury modern Sunset campus in Menlo Park

Architecture, Preservation, West
Thursday, December 18, 2014
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Entrance to Cliff May's Sunset campus (Charles Birnbaum)

Entrance to Cliff May’s Sunset campus (Charles Birnbaum)

After weeks of rumors, Time Inc. earlier this week announced that it had sold Sunset‘s Cliff May–designed, seven-acre campus in Menlo Park, CA to real estate investment firm Embarcadero Capital Partners. Sunset, which has been published in some form or another since 1898, moved into the classic midcentury campus in the 1950s. They will stay through the end of next year.

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Larry Scarpa on Los Angeles and the Building Envelope

Center for Manufacturing Innovation, Metalsa CIDeVeC in Apodaca, Nuevo Leon, designed by Brooks + Scarpa. (Courtesy Brooks + Scarpa)

Center for Manufacturing Innovation, Metalsa CIDeVeC in Apodaca, Nuevo Leon, designed by Brooks + Scarpa. (Courtesy Brooks + Scarpa)

With its combination of warm temperatures, low humidity, bright sun, and vulnerability to earthquakes and fires, Southern California presents a unique set of opportunities and challenges to facade designers and builders. “It’s way more forgiving here than in most places,” said Larry Scarpa, principal at Los Angeles-based Brooks + Scarpa. “I’ve been on design reviews in various parts of the country where you have to do things much differently with the building envelope. In Southern California you have a lot of freedom to explore things that you don’t in other parts of the world.” Scarpa and other AEC industry movers and shakers will gather in early February at Facades+ LA to discuss possibilities and trends in building envelope design, both in Los Angeles and beyond.

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New Buildings Institute catalogues the nation’s net-zero buildings

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation's headquarters in Los Altos, California is a relatively rare example of certified net-zero built work in the U.S. Completed in 2012, the building features a sophisticated cooling system, natural ventilation, and is certified LEED Platinum. (Jeremy Bittermann via Esherick Homsey Dodge & Davis)

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation’s headquarters in Los Altos, California is a relatively rare example of certified net-zero built work in the U.S. Completed in 2012, the building features a sophisticated cooling system, natural ventilation, and is certified LEED Platinum. (Jeremy Bittermann via Esherick Homsey Dodge & Davis)

The Vancouver-based New Buildings Institute (NBI) tracks energy efficient built work, and their 2014 update, “Getting to Zero”, provides a snapshot of the emerging U.S. market for net-zero buildings—those are structures that use no more energy than they can gather on site.

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LACE by Jenny Wu, Prêt-à-3D Print

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Jenny Wu's jewelry line, LACE, includes digitally-designed, 3D printed necklaces, earrings, and rings. (Courtesy LACE)

Jenny Wu’s jewelry line, LACE, includes digitally-designed, 3D printed necklaces, earrings, and rings. (Courtesy LACE)

Oyler Wu Collaborative partner delves into jewelry design.

Oyler Wu Collaborative partner Jenny Wu had long dreamed of designing jewelry—just as soon as she found some spare time. Last fall, she realized that she might wait forever for a break from her busy architecture practice. “At some point I decided, ‘I’ll design some pieces, and the easiest way to make it happen is just to 3D print them,'” said Wu. She fabricated a couple of necklaces, and brought them on her just-for-fun trip to Art Basel Miami Beach 2013. “I wore my pieces around, and I was stunned by the response I was getting,” she recalled. “People kept coming up to me, literally every five seconds. After a while, I thought, ‘Maybe I do have something that’s unique, especially for a design crowd.'”
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On View> HOME is Where the Art Is at the El Segundo Museum of Art

ESMoA's HOME juxtaposes works from different styles, media, and periods in an apartment-like setting. (Courtesy ESMoA)

ESMoA’s HOME juxtaposes works from different styles, media, and periods in an apartment-like setting. (Courtesy ESMoA)

Forget “home is where the heart is.” Home is where the art is—or so argues the latest show from the El Segundo Museum of Art (ESMoA). HOME isn’t your typical art exhibition, just as ESMoA isn’t your typical art museum. (In fact, ESMoA prefers the terms “experience” and “laboratory,” respectively. ) The experience, which runs through February 1, 2015, invites visitors to re-evaluate their personal definitions of art, the home, and—most especially—art in the home.

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On View> Groundswell: Guerilla Architecture in Response to the Great East Japan Earthquake

Architecture, On View, West
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
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(Hiroyasu Yamauchi)

(Hiroyasu Yamauchi)

Groundswell: Guerilla Architecture in Response to the Great East Japan Earthquake
MAK Center
835 North Kings Road
West Hollywood, California
Through January 4, 2015

The Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011 devastated the island nation, setting off a tsunami that destroyed over 300 miles of coastline, causing the failure of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, and leaving more than 20,000 people dead and 470,000 without homes. The severe damage from the catastrophe propelled architects to take action, swiftly and creatively, as illustrated in a new exhibit, Groundswell: Guerilla Architecture in Response to the Great East Japan Earthquake.

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On View> Public Work, Lines of Desire: Peter Shire at Los Angeles’ A+D Museum

Art, On View, West
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
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(Peter Shire)

(Peter Shire)

Public Work, Lines of Desire: Peter Shire
A+D Architecture and Design Museum
6032 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, California
Through January 31, 2015

The A+D Museum is displaying the public and private architectural commissions of Los Angeles artist Peter Shire in Public Work, Lines of Desire. Shire’s architectural work combines graphic forms and structural geometry with highly saturated colors in a meditation on the collision between popular culture and the visual language of design that explores the line between “fine” and “applied” art.

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Palm Springs Architecture & Design Center opens tomorrow, November 9th

Architecture, Art, Design, Southwest, West
Saturday, November 8, 2014
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The renovated building. (Courtesy Palm Springs Art Musuem, Architecture and Design Center, photo by Daniel Chavkin)

The renovated building. (Courtesy Palm Springs Art Musuem, Architecture and Design Center, photo by Daniel Chavkin)

Palm Springs Architecture and Design Center will officially open on November 9 with its inaugural exhibition, An Eloquent Modernist, E. Stewart Williams, Architect. Williams is a member of the group of early post-World War II architects that landed in the Coachella desert and helped turn the resort into a fledgling center of modern design mostly for vacation and retirement homes but also of schools, commercial buildings, and civic monuments.

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