Eavesdrop> The Subtleties of Logic: Is Herzog & de Meuron designing in the Los Angeles Arts District?

Architecture, Eavesdroplet, West
Tuesday, December 8, 2015
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(Tommy Wooh / Flickr)

(Tommy Wooh / Flickr)

Is Los Angeles going to get another bit of Swiss subtlety? Forget the Zumthor debates over on Miracle Mile, whispers in the wind suggest a Herzog & de Meuron mixed-use complex in the Arts District is in early planning stages.

Selldorf-designed Hauser Wirth & Schimmel to open in Los Angeles with a Revolution

Architecture, Art, West
Monday, November 23, 2015
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Lee Bontecou in her Wooster Street studio, New York, 1964. (Ugo Mulas © Ugo Mulas Heirs/ Courtesy Archivio Ugo Mulas, Milano – Galleria Lia Rumma, Milano/Napoli)

Lee Bontecou in her Wooster Street studio, New York, 1964. (Ugo Mulas)

The March 2016 opening of Hauser Wirth & Schimmel’s Arts District complex is getting closer and the gallery just announced its inaugural Los Angeles exhibition: Revolution in the Making: Abstract Sculpture by Women, 1947–2016.

More after the jump.

Eavesdrop> Eric’s Waffle House: Fancy restaurant could fill Eric Owen Moss’ Waffle Building

Eavesdroplet, West
Friday, November 20, 2015
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The Waffle. (Courtesy Eric Owen Moss)

The Waffle. (Courtesy Eric Owen Moss)

A prominent Los Angeles foodie with a taste for architecture tipped us off that Eric Owen Mosssteel-wrapped Waffle building would soon be the home of a new restaurant. But don’t expect any breakfast items on the menu. We’re told that the plan is for a high-end, 24-seat chef’s table–style joint. Ask the sommelier for the corkage fee on BYO-syrup.

Cecil Balmond to design sculpture honoring Persian emperor Cyrus the Great in Los Angeles

Architecture, Art, West
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
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Cecil Balmond's winning sculpture honoring Cyrus the Great. (Courtesy Farhang Foundation)

Cecil Balmond’s winning sculpture honoring Cyrus the Great. (Courtesy Farhang Foundation)

Soon a Cecil Balmond sculpture will grace Santa Monica Boulevard. The Farhang Foundation announced that the British hyphenate—artist-architect-engineer—is the winner of Freedom: A Shared Dream, an international art competition to create a urban art/sculptural landmark in honor of the ideals of Persian emperor Cyrus the Great who, according to the foundation, “championed the principles of religious diversity and personal freedom for all.”

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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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On View> Cao Fei’s “Shadow Plays” explores the rapid pace of Chinese development

Art, Development, On View, West
Monday, November 16, 2015
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(Courtesy the Mistake Room)

(Courtesy the Mistake Room)

Cao Fei: Shadow Plays
The Mistake Room
1811 E. 20th St., Los Angeles
Through November 21, 2015

Cao Fei’s first solo exhibition in Los Angeles, Shadow Plays, features a chaotic conglomerate of contemporary urban forms in Chinese life. Focusing on the obscurities, Fei’s work offers a surreal sideways glance at China’s rapid development.

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On View> Matter, Light, and Form: Architectural Photographs of Wayne Thom, 1968–2003

Architecture, On View, Preservation, West
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
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Denver Art Museum (Wayne Thom)

Denver Art Museum (Wayne Thom)

Matter, Light, and Form: Architectural Photographs of Wayne Thom, 1968-2003
WUHO Gallery
6518 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles
Through December 20, 2015

Best known for his keen documentation of Late Modernism, Wayne Thom’s architectural photography brings drama and beauty to a period marked by corporate and developer-driven design. Now, the Julius Shulman Institute at Woodbury University presents an exhibition of Thom’s work at the WUHO Gallery in Hollywood.

View a gallery of Thom’s work after the jump.

Guy Horton behind the scenes at the 2015 AIA Los Angeles Design Awards

Architecture, Awards, West
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
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Gold Medal recipient Steven Ehrlich speaks to the crowd about the power of collaboration, which he first learned in Africa. (David Lena Photography)

Gold Medal recipient Steven Ehrlich speaks to the crowd about the power of collaboration, which he first learned in Africa.
(David Lena Photography)

Going to the AIA/LA Design Awards is a totally different experience when you’ve been on the jury, as I was this year. For one, you get to see the entire spectrum of the awards program, the behind-the-scenes production and the staging of what seemed like a thousand projects flashing before you in a darkened room. Not only do you have the heavy responsibility of judging all of these, but also you then have to champion and defend the ones that really speak to you. There was a lot of debate and discussion—and even some yelling and throwing of chairs involved. And probably way too much caffeine.

Continue reading after the jump.

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

Eavesdrop> Grrrl Power: Los Angeles has a ways to go for women’s equality in architecture

Eavesdroplet, West
Wednesday, November 4, 2015
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Julia Morgan's Herald Examiner Building. (FLOYD B. BARISCALE)

Julia Morgan’s Herald Examiner Building. (FLOYD B. BARISCALE)

We live in a listicle age. Why write an article when you can clump a few names together and call it a trend? So when Los Angeles Magazine listed six women who have changed the face of Los Angeles architecture, which included one dead AIA Gold Medalist and two New Yorkers, it was bound to create outcry. Brava to the three local gals who made the cut, but let’s celebrate all the women of the L.A. architecture and design scene. When local schools put one lady on the lecture series and pat themselves on the back, we know more needs to be done for gender equity.

Marmol Radziner’s Past Forays into Guerrilla Architecture

Architecture, Urbanism, West
Thursday, October 29, 2015
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Stairway offers access to fenced off park circa 1998. (Courtesy Marmol Radziner)

Stairway offers access to fenced off park circa 1998. (Courtesy Marmol Radziner)

An architectural Banksy lurks behind the well-tailored facade of Marmol Radziner.

While the architecture and design-build practice is best known for its modern and high-end contemporary designs—they recently received two preservation awards one from the California Preservation Design Awards for the rehab of Richard Neutra’s 1955 Kronish House and the Pioneer in Modern Restoration & New Design Award from the Palm Springs Modern Committee—the firm recently revealed that it has a radical soul.

Continue reading after the jump.

Hammer Museum Announces Expansion into Occidental Petroleum Tower

Architecture, Art, West
Monday, October 26, 2015
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Will Matlzan design the expanded Hammer Museum? (Courtesy Michael Maltzan Architecture.)

Will Maltzan design the expanded Hammer Museum? (Courtesy Michael Maltzan Architecture)

A bigger Hammer is happening in Westwood. The museum just announced that the museum a 99-year lease and will be expanding into 40,000 square feet of gallery and support space. Read More

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