OVERDRIVE: LA Constructs the Future, 1940-1990
The J. Paul Getty Museum
Through July 21
Gleaming cars speeding down an intricate freeway system, flashy movie theatres, quirky coffee shops, sleek corporate towers and residential spaces, drive-in churches, the infamous Hollywood sign, LAX Airport (above), and a lucrative petroleum industry are just some of the many impressive characteristics associated with the rich culture of Los Angeles. This exhibition at The J. Paul Getty Museum explores a metropolis that remained in “overdrive” throughout the 20th century, implementing cutting-edge architectural design to effectively respond to civic, environmental, and socioeconomic challenges that plagued the city. In just 50 years, the city rapidly evolved into one the most influential industrial, creative, and economic capitals in the world. Through drawings, photographs, models, animations, oral histories, and ephemera, the exhibition celebrates the notable transformation of the city of Los Angeles from 1940–1990.
The Rockwell Group and NYC Parks unveiled their plans last week to turn a 1.5-acre section of Betsy Head Park in Brownsville into a lush and active playground. When designing Imagination Playground, the firm looked to treehouses for inspiration. The site will feature a winding ramp that snakes around London Plane trees and connects to slides and a series of jungle gyms that spill out into an open area with sand, water, benches, and plantings.
Join AN this Friday, April 19th from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM at the Center for Architecture, award-winning architect Audrey Matlock and New York Daily News real estate editor Jason Sheftell will lead the discussion and bartender and author Toby Cecchini will design the evening’s custom cocktail.
cultureNOW and AIA NY’s Architectural Dialogue Committee have launched a new Friday night lecture series with the purpose of initiating conversation about the design of built environments. The new series, Cocktails & Conversations, connects an architect with a critic, journalist, or curator to direct the discussion while attendees sip custom beverages inspired by the architect’s work.
Members and non-members can register here.