Wim De Wit Stepping Down At the Getty

Shft+Alt+Del, West
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
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Wim de Wit is stepping down at the Getty (Yoshihiro Makino)

Wim de Wit is stepping down at the Getty. (Yoshihiro Makino)

Major news in the world of architectural scholarship. Wim de Wit, Head of the Department of Architecture and Contemporary Art at the Getty Research Institute (GRI), is stepping down. He’s moving to Stanford, where he will be Adjunct Curator of architecture and design at the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts. De Wit’s wife, Nancy Troy, has been a professor of art at Stanford since 2010.

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Get On The Road This Sunday

West
Friday, May 31, 2013
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The site of On The Road, this Sunday (Courtesy On The Road)

The exhibition will take place inside and around several U-Haul trucks. (Courtesy On The Road)

If you’re near LA’s Little Tokyo this Sunday you should check out On The Road, a one day exhibition made up of 17 emerging studios and individuals showing off their in-progress investigations inside and around a caravan of U-Haul Trucks. The location: the corner of Temple and Alameda Streets, a.k.a. the MOCA Parking Lot. The date, June 2, and the location, MOCA, are not an accident. They match the original plan for MOCA’s New Sculpturalism show, which has been delayed until later in the month. “The MOCA show looks at the last 25 years, we want to look at the next 25 years,” explained curator Danielle Rago, who notes that the exhibition will showcase the city’s experimental tradition, but in a completely new way, for instance blurring the boundaries that once divided architecture from other disciplines. Participants’ models, boards, and installations will be grouped three to four in a truck, and some will be shown outside the trucks altogether. Designer Jimenez Lai, for one, will be putting together a “six hour endurance drawing project” on the exterior of the trucks. The show will take place on Sunday from 12pm to 6pm. See previews of the work below.

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Los Angeles Architect Planning Best Play Structure Ever

West
Friday, May 31, 2013
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Coolest Playhouse.. Ever. (Shawn Keltner)

Coolest. Playhouse. Ever. (Shawn Keltner)

LA architect Shawn Keltner, whose day job is lead designer at Los Angeles-based  tecDESIGN (the design branch of Swiss firm tecARCHITECTURE), is doing some important work on the side: developing a wondrous play structure for his two young daughters, Kelty and Kree, aged five and two. The irregularly-shaped, 50-square-foot building, which he will put together on his family’s sloped lot in Glassell Park, will be made out of home-made SIPs and clad with Hardie Panels and polycarbonate.

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Xavier Veilhan’s “Architectones” Transforms Lautner’s Sheats-Goldstein House

West
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
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Onlookers admire the Sheats Goldstein festivities. (Elizabeth Daniels)

Onlookers admire the Sheats Goldstein festivities. (Elizabeth Daniels)

Yesterday, AN reported on the incredible new entertainment complex that millionaire James Goldstein is building next to John Lautner’s Sheats Goldstein Residence in Beverly Hills. But even without an adjacent nightclub, the house often hosts splashy events, the most recent of which was the latest art/architecture installation that’s part of artist Xavier Veilhan’s Architectones series. As he did at Richard Neutra’s VDL House and Pierre Koenig’s Case Study House 21, Veilhan created several site specific installations for the site, ranging from a life size statue of John Lautner to a series of cords stretching over the home’s pool. The project was curated by architect Francois Perrin and organized by Galerie Perrotin.

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Los Angeles Mayoral Race: Who Will Help Architects?

West
Monday, May 20, 2013
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LA seal

In case you’ve missed it (and you certainly wouldn’t be alone), Los Angeles is voting for mayor tomorrow. And if you’re an architect, planner, or design lover, you probably want to know who will serve your interests. There are a number of resources, starting, of course, with the candidates’—Eric Garcetti’s and Wendy Greuel’s— web sites. You should also have a look at the AIA/LA’s groundbreaking candidates’ forums, moderated by city planning commissioner Bill Roschen and LA Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne. Among so many other debates, another favorite was this one, hosted by KCRW radio host Warren Olney.

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MOCA’s “New Sculpturalism” Show Moving Forward

West
Friday, May 17, 2013
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Rendering of Surface-to-Volume by Tom Wiscombe Design.

Rendering of Surface-to-Volume by Tom Wiscombe Design, part of the PST show.

AN just heard from MOCA that their embattled show, A New Sculpturalism, Contemporary Architecture in Southern California, is moving ahead. The date has been pushed back from June 2 to June 16, but it will still take place inside MOCA’s Geffen Contemporary, presumably featuring the same roster of both emerging and star architects, minus Frank Gehry, of course. The show had been put on hold for several weeks for reasons that vary according to whom you ask. Curator Christopher Mount had blamed mismanagement at MOCA, while others had blamed apprehension about the show’s direction, and Gehry’s withdrawal.

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And They’re Off! Hollywood Park Race Track to Be Redeveloped as Neighborhood

West
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
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A vintage postcard view of Hollywood Park. (Metro Transportation Library and Archive / Flickr)

A vintage postcard view of Hollywood Park. (Metro Transportation Library and Archive / Flickr)

Less than two weeks ago, the “Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports” sent 20 thoroughbreds racing around the track at the Kentucky Derby, but across the country, Inglewood’s Hollywood Park race track has announced that it will be ceasing all races at the end of this year. Forever.

The race track is set to be replaced by about 3,000 homes, more than 600,000 square feet of retail space, 75,000 square feet of commercial space, a renovated casino, about 25 acres of parks, and and a 300-room hotel.

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Petition Launched To Save MOCA’s New Sculpturalism Exhibition

Other
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
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Rendering of P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S' Pavilion for MOCA's New Sculpturalism. (Courtesy P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S)

Rendering of P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S’ Pavilion for MOCA’s New Sculpturalism. (Courtesy P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S)

Los Angeles architect Arshia Mahmoodi, founder of the firm VOID, has launched an online petition to try to help save the troubled exhibition, A New Sculpturalism: Contemporary Architecture in Southern California at MOCA. The show, scheduled for a June 2nd opening, is currently in a holding pattern, and its curator Christopher Mount told AN he feared it would be cancelled. Mount blames mismanagement at MOCA, while several news reports have pointed to general apprehension about the show, and the recent withdrawal of Frank Gehry. Mahmoodi released the petition—directed to MOCA director Jeffrey Deitch—yesterday.

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San Francisco Passes Major Earthquake Retrofit Measure

West
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
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Soft story building damaged after the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. (Courtesy California Watch)

Soft story building damaged after the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. (Courtesy California Watch)

A big one hasn’t hit California for a little while, which means it’s the perfect time to enact more stringent retrofit legislation. Just in case, you know… Near the end of last month San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee signed into law the city’s new mandatory soft-story retrofit program, which calls for retrofits to buildings with large openings for storefronts or garages. There are quite a few in the city: 2,800, home to about 58,000 people and 2,000 businesses, according to the Mayor’s office.

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Where’s the Money, MOCA? Questions surround the possible cancellation of A New Sculpturalism

West
Thursday, May 2, 2013
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Frank Gehry's Walt Disney Concert Hall. (Courtesy Gehry Partners)

Frank Gehry’s Walt Disney Concert Hall. (Courtesy Gehry Partners)

The intrigue continues at MOCA, whose upcoming show A New Sculpturalism: Contemporary Architecture in Southern California, is close to being cancelled, according to multiple sources. The show’s curator Christopher Mount has told AN that Frank Gehry’s withdrawal is not the cause for the exhibition’s possible demise, as was suggested yesterday in the Los Angeles Times. The real reason, he said: MOCA director Jeffrey Deitch, who halted installation of the show a few weeks ago, claiming that money for the undertaking had run out. Mount, however, says there is plenty of money left in the show’s budget. Read More

LACMA Transformation Coming Into Focus

West
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
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(Diana Lee Photography / Flickr)

(Diana Lee Photography / Flickr)

The Wall Street Journal recently published a confirmation of two things we’ve been hearing whispers of for years: One, Michael Govan is more of a builder than a museum director; and two, that Govan and Peter Zumthor are planning to basically take LACMA apart and start over. The full scope of the plans will be unveiled in June, with LACMA’s exhibition, The Presence of the Past: Peter Zumthor Reconsiders LACMA. But for now the story has gleaned that under Zumthor’s plan, four of the museum’s midcentury structures will be replaced by “curvaceous modern glass structures.”

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Apple Makes Adjustments To Silicon Valley Campus Proposal

West
Friday, April 26, 2013
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Newly released pedestrian improvements planned for Apple's Silicon Valley headquarters. (Courtesy Apple)

Newly released pedestrian improvements planned for Apple’s Silicon Valley headquarters. (Courtesy Apple)

Apple’s spaceship-like campus plans, designed by Foster and Partners, have been criticized for—among other other things— a lack of pedestrian friendly design. It appears the company has listened. New documents presented to the city of Cupertino show extended bike paths, winding walkways and private roads both circling the grounds and running through the center of the campus.  The bike lanes would have buffer lanes to protect them from cars, pedestrian walkways would have increased lighting, a transit center would be the focal point for buses, and the plans also make room for public art projects.

Not all the changes are eco/pedestrian friendly. The new design calls for an increase in parking spaces from 10,500 to 10,980. Slated for completion in 2016, the campus has also been in the news for budget overruns and delays, with Bloomberg Businessweek reporting its cost ballooning from $3 billion to $5 billion. The first phase of the campus is scheduled to be complete by 2016.The original date was 2015.

More new renderings of Apple’s campus after the jump.

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