Going green at ULI’s VerdeXchange: The L.A. River, development, and the future of Los Angeles

The green future of the L.A. River is the subject at the VerdeXchange. (@andresjcruz/ Instagram)

The green future of the L.A. River is the subject at the VerdeXchange. (andresjcruz / Instagram)

If words were water, the Los Angeles River would be overflowing its banks. If pronouncements were viable projects, a very green sustainable Southern California is in the offing. There certainly were a lot of words and pronouncements at the industry heralded “FutureBuild” convocation in L.A. this week, staged over two days by the venerable VerdeXchange conference with the Urban Land Institute.

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For his 87th birthday, Frank Gehry embraces yacht life with a sailboat of his own design

Design, News, West
Friday, January 8, 2016
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Like these sailors in Wales, Frank Gehry embraces yacht life. (Velela / Wikipedia)

Like these sailors in Wales, Frank Gehry digs yacht life. (Velela / Wikipedia)

For his 87th birthday, avid boater Frank Gehry will be living the yacht life. He will receive FOGGY 2.0, the 80-foot-long sailboat he designed for his friend, real estate investor Richard Cohen. Read More

Henning Larsen selected to design University of Cincinnati business school

Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre in Reykjavik, Iceland, is designed by Henning Larsen Architects and Batteriid Archtects. Tha facade was developed by Henning Larsen Architects in collaboration with the artist Olafur Eliasson. Photo by Nic Lehoux *** EDITORIAL USE ONLY ***

Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre in Reykjavik, Iceland, is designed by Henning Larsen Architects and Batteriid Archtects. (Photo by Nic Lehoux/Henning Larsen)

The team of Copenhagen-based Henning Larsen Architects and Cincinnati-based KZF Design have been selected by University of Cincinnati to design and construct the new $100 million Carl H. Lindner College of Business. The project will consist of 250,000 square foot of class rooms and facilities and will sit on the site of the current Russel C. Myers Alumni Center.

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Eric Owen Moss explores the origins of innovation in architecture

Pterodactyl by Eric Owen Moss Architects. (Tom Bonner)

Pterodactyl by Eric Owen Moss Architects (Courtesy Tom Bonner)

Eric Owen Moss, principal and lead designer of Eric Owen Moss Architects, has spent decades in the metaphorical trenches of architectural practice. But when he speaks about truly innovative design, he harkens back to the literal trenches of World War I, where German architect Erich Mendelsohn sketched his Einstein Tower, later built in Potsdam. “Mendelsohn was drawing something that no one else was drawing,” explains Moss, who will deliver the afternoon keynote address at the upcoming Facades+ LA conference. “It was unique to him and his time and place.” Read More

Gehry’s leaked plans for Facebook Seattle show a rooftop park with curving trails and fire pits

Architecture, Interiors, West
Friday, November 20, 2015
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A Facebook Seattle Gehry Model (Facebook via GeekWire)

A Facebook Seattle Gehry Model (Facebook via GeekWire)

Last February, Facebook announced the company was moving its Seattle offices. The company has hired Frank Gehry to design its new Dexter Station space in the burgeoning South Lake Union neighborhood. Now, we the floor plans have been leaked, revealing more detail surrounding the always-amenity-rich tech offices.

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On View> The Cooper Union presents “Drawing Ambience: Alvin Boyarsky & the Architectural Association”

Architecture, Art, East, On View
Friday, November 6, 2015
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Zaha Hadid, The World (89 Degrees), 984. (Zaha Hadid / Collection of the Alvin Boyarsky Archive)

Zaha Hadid, The World (89 Degrees), 984. (Zaha Hadid / Collection of the Alvin Boyarsky Archive)

Drawing Ambience: Alvin Boyarsky & the Architectural Association
Cooper Union
30 Cooper Square, New York
Through November 25, 2015

Boasting a remarkable array of artwork from both past and contemporary architectural figures such as John Hejduk, Michael Webb, Daniel Libeskind, Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid, Rem Koolhaas, and Bernard Tschumi, Drawing Ambience reflects and encourages the late Alvin Boyarsky’s assimilation of architectural drawings.

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Gehry’s Los Angeles River study awarded one million dollar grant

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Is there gold in the L.A. River? The Los Angeles River Revitalization Corporation just released news that it was awarded a million dollar matching grant from the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy in support of the Frank Gehry-led study of the 51-mile waterway. Read More

Tigerman’s Epiphany: New photomontage update of “Titanic” unveiled at the Chicago Architecture Biennial

Architecture, Art, Midwest, News, On View
Wednesday, November 4, 2015
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Stanley Tigerman's follow up to his iconic 1978 "Titanic" image. Courtesy Chicago Architecture Club

Stanley Tigerman’s follow up to his iconic 1978 “Titanic” collage. (Courtesy Chicago Architecture Club)

On October 22nd, marking the 130th anniversary of the Chicago Architecture Club and as part of the ongoing Chicago Architecture Foundation‘s Currencies of Architecture exhibition, Stanley Tigerman unveiled a follow up to his 1978 “Titanic” photomontage. Entitled “The Epiphany,” the new image, somewhat ironically, is a protest against what Tigerman sees as a contemporary infatuation with icons.

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Eavesdrop> Rahm Emanuel, Archi-critic

Eavesdroplet, Midwest
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
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333 Wacker Drive facing east toward Wolf Point.

333 Wacker Drive facing east toward Wolf Point. (Photo Credit: VXLA via Flickr)

In an interview with the Chicago Tribune’s Blair Kamin, Mayor Rahm Emanuel rattled off a few of his favorite buildings in the fair city of Chicago. Rahmbo steered clear of the supertalls—no Sears, Hancock, or Trump—and he’s apparently a thoroughly modern guy, skipping the old Water Tower, the Board of Trade or any classical designs.

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On View> MoMA presents “Endless House: Intersections of Art and Architecture”

Architecture, Art, East, On View
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
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A model of the Torus House in Old Chatham, New York, by Preston Scott Cohen.

A model of the Torus House in Old Chatham, New York, by Preston Scott Cohen. (Courtesy MoMA, Preston Scott Cohen)

Endless House: Intersections of Art and Architecture
Museum of Modern Art
The Robert Menschel Architecture and Design Gallery
11 West 53rd Street, New York
Through March 6, 2016

The Museum of Modern Art pays homage to the single-family home in Endless House: Intersections of Art and Architecture, a rich exhibition comprised of photographs, drawings, video, installations, and architectural models from MoMA’s collection.

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Gehry, Gehry, Gehry: the architect’s retrospective opens at LACMA on September 13

Architecture, Newsletter, On View, West
Thursday, September 10, 2015
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Frank Gehry, Gehry Residence, model, 1977–78 and 1991–94, Santa Monica, California (Courtesy MAK—Austrian Museum of Applied/Contemporary Art, Vienna, © 2015 Gehry Partners, LLP, © 2015Gerald Zubmann/MAK)

Frank Gehry, Gehry Residence, model, 1977–78 and 1991–94, Santa Monica, California. (Courtesy Gerald Zubmann/MAK; Gehry Partners)

With the entire hubbub over the L.A. River non-master plan, Gehry Partner’s new designs for Sunset Boulevard, a medal from the Getty, and critic Paul Goldberger’s hagiographic biography it’s easy to forget that a major retrospective simply entitled Frank Gehry opens LACMA on September 13.

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Gehry Partners presents preliminary Los Angeles River study, not master plan

Gehry Partners is using a LIDAR unit by Trimble to create a 3-D model of the L.A. River (Courtesy of Gehry Partners)

Gehry Partners is using a LIDAR unit by Trimble to create a 3-D model of the L.A. River (Courtesy of Gehry Partners)

“This is not a master plan,” said Omar Brownson, executive director of the Los Angeles River Revitalization Corporation (LARRC) at an event to introduce members of the press to the work underway by Gehry Partners on the Los Angeles River. The news earlier this month that Frank Gehry was spearheading a new master plan for the river drew surprised and mixed responses from design, development, and landscape communities near and far. Read More

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