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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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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Eavesdrop> Raging River Rumors: What’s next for the Los Angeles River?

The Los Angeles River. (Courtesy LA River Revitalization Corporation)

The Los Angeles River. (Courtesy LA River Revitalization Corporation)

We’ve been collecting dribs and drabs about the next phase of development along the already booming Los Angeles River, and the next is that the LA River Revitalization Corporation—the non-profit created to oversee development around the changing waterway—is hoping to put together a dream team of architects and planners to do something ambitious. The group won’t comment on the specifics (though their last board meeting did discuss “projects, infrastructure, and investment, according to the agenda), but we’re very curious to learn more about this.

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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Pictorial> Austin Kelly, 1966–2015

Architecture, Obit, Pictorial, West
Monday, May 4, 2015
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XTEN's Nakahouse (Steve King)

XTEN’s Nakahouse (Steve King)

Austin Kelly, truly one of Los Angeles’ most talented young architects, sadly passed away last month. He was only 49, and the cause of death was cancer. Kelly studied architecture at Yale and worked for Frank Israel, Frank Gehry, Eric Owen Moss, and DMJM/Keating before founding XTEN Architecture with his wife Monika Haefelfinger in 2000.

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Q+A> French artist Vincent Lamouroux turned this Los Angeles building into a stark, white ghost

Art, On View, Q+A, West
Friday, April 24, 2015
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(Elizabeth Daniels)

(Elizabeth Daniels)

Silver Lake’s so-called Bates Motel—it’s actually the soon-to-be-demolished Sunset Pacific Motel—is in the process of getting whitewashed with lime wash as part of French artist Vincent Lamouroux’s installation, Projection. The undertaking, which opens to the public on Sunday and lasts for two weeks, was sponsored and organized by downtown LA gallery Please Do Not Enter. AN West Coast Editor Sam Lubell talked with Lamouroux to get the scoop on his ambitious urban piece.

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Edward Cella’s art and architecture gallery opens its new Culver City space in May

Architecture, Art, Interiors, West
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
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(Edward Cella Art and Architecture)

(Edward Cella Art and Architecture)

Renowned Los Angeles gallery Edward Cella Art and Architecture, which left its six-year home on Wilshire Boulevard last year, is opening its new location on La Cienega Boulevard in Culver City on May 9.

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On View> Gregory Ain: Low-Cost Modern Housing and The Construction of a Social Landscape

Architecture, Art, On View, West
Monday, April 20, 2015
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Ain's Dunsmuir Flats (Julius Shulman)

Ain’s Dunsmuir Flats (Julius Shulman/ J.Paul Getty Trust)

Gregory Ain: Low-Cost Modern Housing and The Construction of a Social Landscape
WUHO Gallery
6518 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles
Through April 26

Gregory Ain was a pioneer in the development of low-cost modern housing, and many of his efforts fused radical, left-wing politics and cooperative living with architecture. And a new exhibit in Los Angeles spotlights five of the architect’s most innovative housing projects.

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Chinese developers see gold in Downtown Los Angeles

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(courtesy Gensler/ Shenzhen-Hazens)

It’s a good time to be a Chinese developer in Downtown Los Angeles. Beijing-based Oceanwide and Shanghai-based Greenland are already building two of the largest projects in the city: Fig Central and Metropolis. Now according to LA Downtown News, Shenzhen-based Shenzhen-Hazens has announced plans to build a $700 million, Gensler-designed project on Figueroa street across from LA Live.

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Another architectural bookstore bites the dust: Hennessey+Ingalls closes Hollywood location

Architecture, Art, West
Thursday, April 2, 2015
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Hennessey + Ingall's Santa Monica location will remain open. (Hennessey + Ingalls)

Hennessey + Ingall’s Santa Monica location will remain open. (Hennessey + Ingalls)

Art and architecture book nirvana Hennessy + Ingalls closed its Hollywood location on Sunday after just six years in business. The store had been situated in a bow truss structure inside Space 15 Twenty on Cahuenga Boulevard, just north of Sunset.

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