Eavesdrop> Go Art, Go: Who will design Santa Monica Museum of Art’s Downtown Los Angeles move?

Eavesdroplet, West
Monday, February 1, 2016
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FREDERICK FISHER AND PARTNERS' WINNING SCHEME AT THE BERGAMOT STATION ARTS CENTER. (COURTESY FREDERICK FISHER AND PARTNERS)

FREDERICK FISHER AND PARTNERS’ WINNING SCHEME AT THE BERGAMOT STATION ARTS CENTER. (COURTESY FREDERICK FISHER AND PARTNERS)

After a bitter fight at Bergamot Art Station, the Santa Monica Museum of Art is decamping to Downtown Los Angeles. Reports of an eastward move come with hints of a necessary name change as well a shortlist for its new space in the Arts District. Players are tightlipped, but AN’s sources say Gensler, Zellner Naecker Architects, and wHY (a longtime museum collaborator) have been invited to submit design proposals.

Ever-growing MoMA splits its controversial expansion plans into three phases

Architecture, East, News
Thursday, January 28, 2016
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DS+R's original MoMA expansion plans called for demolishing the American Museum of Folk Art to erect a glass curtain wall at MoMA's main entrance on 53rd Street. (Courtesy DS+R)

DS+R’s original MoMA expansion plans called for demolishing the American Museum of Folk Art to erect a glass curtain wall at MoMA’s main entrance on 53rd Street. (Courtesy DS+R)

When MoMA debuted its Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R)–led expansion and renovation plans in 2014, the reaction from the public was overwhelmingly negative. Those plans called for demolishing the Tod Williams and Billie Tsien–designed American Folk Art Museum and creating a glass curtain wall that would open MoMA’s entire first floor to the public, for free. It’s not the free part critics took issue with: It was the perceived chaos of the museum-goer experience and wholesale destruction of the folk art museum.

MoMA took note, and pulled plans back. This week, revised plans were revealed. DS+R is still the architect (with Gensler), and the original objective—to create unfettered movement between galleries—remains. But a lot has also changed.

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Chicago’s Willis Tower falls off top ten list of tallest buildings in world

Chicago in 2010. (Monika Thorpe via Flickr)

The former tallest building in the world, now 11th, the Willis Tower in Chicago. (Monika Thorpe/Flickr)

The Willis Tower (formerly known as, and still referred to by locals as, the Sears Tower) has been bumped from the Council on Tall Buildings & Urban Habitat’s (CTBUH) top ten tallest buildings in the world list with the completion of the Gensler-designed Shanghai Tower in Shanghai, China.

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New York City’s ubiquitous sidewalk sheds re-imagined by PBDW, Gensler, Gannett Fleming, and Francis Cauffman

Construction sheds, like this one on Roosevelt Island, are usually uncomely and often impede pedestrian traffic (Nick Normal / Flickr)

Construction sheds, like this one on Roosevelt Island, are usually uncomely and often impede pedestrian traffic (Nick Normal / Flickr)

What’s uglier than a construction shed? The sheds cover nearly 200 miles (!) of sidewalks across the five boroughs, enveloping pedestrians in drab tunnels of darkness. Past competitions in New York City have attempted to resolve the ubiquitous blight that sheds present, but the winning designs were never implemented. Now, the New York Building Congress has announced four winners of its Construction Shed Design Competition, an invitation to create a more aesthetically pleasing shed.

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Chicago’s Blue Demons break ground on massive Pelli Clarke Pelli arena

Architecture, Midwest, News, Other
Monday, November 23, 2015
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McCormick Place Event Center Roof (courtesy Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects Moody Nolan)

McCormick Place Event Center Roof (courtesy Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects Moody Nolan)

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel was on hand for last week’s groundbreaking of Chicago’s next new sports and entertainment arena by Pelli Clarke Pelli.

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Eavesdrop> Town ‘n Gown: Fall means change in Los Angeles

Eavesdroplet, Shft+Alt+Del, West
Monday, November 16, 2015
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(Courtesy SCI-Arc)

(Courtesy SCI-Arc)

Although the weather seems like summer will never end, fall has been a tizzy of school daze–related comings and goings. After raising eyebrows a couple years ago when he left his practice and teaching behind to join AECOM’s Los Angeles office, Peter Zellner recently left the corporate world to hang a shingle with former AECOM-er Paul Naecker and is back molding young minds at SCI-Arc.

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Oakland Uber Alles: Gensler unveils new East Bay headquarters for booming ride-share company

Architecture, Development, Other, Preservation, West
Thursday, September 24, 2015
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Revamped Sears building with facades on both Broadway and Telegraph Avenue. (Steelblue)

Revamped Sears building with facades on both Broadway and Telegraph Avenue. (Steelblue)

Not content with 423,000 square feet designed by SHoP Architects in San Francisco’s Mission Bay, Uber is expanding into Oakland. The company purchased the former Sears building from developer Lane Partners, who bought the building last year. Genlser is on deck to transform the old department store into 330,000 square feet of creative office space. The iconic chunk of real estate prominently faces both Broadway and Telegraph Avenue and its redevelopment marks a turning point for Oakland.

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From fortress to town square: Los Angeles launches a competition to remake Pershing Square

PERSHING SQUARE AS IT LOOKS NOW. (DAVID A GALVAN / FLICKR)

PERSHING SQUARE AS IT LOOKS NOW. (DAVID A GALVAN / FLICKR)

Ricardo Legorreta’s much maligned design for Pershing Square is getting a makeover. The day after the Los Angeles City Council voted to support a public-private partnership to overhaul the five-acre urban park, councilmember José Huizar and Pershing Square Renew announced an international design competition geared to rethink the open space that now sits ingloriously on top of an underground parking garage.

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Gensler opens parKIT, Washington, D.C.’s first-ever seasonal parklet

(Flickr/ aueagle2006)

(Flickr/ aueagle2006)

A new parklet has popped up in Washington D.C., and unlike the short-lived public spaces that appear in parking spaces for PARK(ing) Day, this one is sticking around until mid-October. The seasonal space, dubbed parKIT, opened on July 14 and takes over two parking spots.

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Playful op-art beats out fifty shades of gray in competition to design new Los Angeles Convention Center

Architecture, West
Thursday, June 18, 2015
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HMC Architects and Populous.

HMC Architects and Populous.

Call it a win for color. A bright-hued design for the renovation and expansion of the Los Angeles Convention Center by Populous and HMC Architects beat out the gray proposals by the other two finalists—Gensler and Lehrer Architects and AC Martin and LMN Architects—in a city-led competition.

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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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Gensler’s Kristopher Stuart on Houston’s Facades Scene

Facades+AM makes its Houston debut June 18. (Katie Haugland / Flickr)

Facades+AM makes its Houston debut June 18. (Katie Haugland / Flickr)

For Kristopher Stuart, design director and principal at Gensler, Houston‘s rapid evolution is exactly what makes practicing architecture there exciting. Read More

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