Our Man At The AIA/LA Awards

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Friday, November 2, 2012
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Caffe Bene, Yazdani Studio, one of the Next LA Award winners.

[Editor's note: Our fearless correspondent Guy Horton shares his thoughts—Gonzo Style—on the AIA/LA Awards Ceremony that took place on the Broad Stage in the Santa Monica Performing Arts Center. And he was surprisingly assured by it all.  Read ahead, if you dare. And enjoy the slideshow of the Design Award winners at the end.]

To those who missed it,

Man you should have been there. It was crazy. Honestly, the most insane Awards I’ve been to in years. Moby was there. You know he’s been doing this LA architecture blog. He called LA urbanism a “shit show.” Can you believe that? Brilliant. That got repeated a lot and I imagine it will become the buzz-word for the 2012 Awards: The Shit Show. In a good way, of course. He looked a little nervous. Saw him before he went on stage to introduce things. Told me the whole architecture economic situation really sucks. I know, I told him. But that’s OK. We get by.

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Garten’s Rippling New Bridge In Los Angeles

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Friday, November 2, 2012
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(Berg&Associates)

(Berg & Associates)

As we’ve noted before, sculptor Cliff Garten is one of the lucky artists who gets to remake the urban landscape. His latest work is the Baldwin Hills Gateway, a 150-foot-long bridge that marks the entry into the Baldwin Hills Parklands, part of the sprawling Kenneth Han State Recreation Area. The eight-foot-high rail, made of water jet cut and rolled anodized aluminum, is perforated by a rippling pattern inspired by the artist’s survey of the entire park, creating interesting patterns of light and shadow on the bridge’s surface. The project, funded by a grant from the Baldwin Hills Conservancy to the Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative, just opened last week.

More photos after the jump.

Vegas Neon Museum Opens Dramatic New Home

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Thursday, November 1, 2012
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The Neon Museum's new Visitor's Center, inside the lobby of Paul Williams' La Concha Hotel.

The Neon Museum’s new Visitor’s Center, inside the lobby of Paul Williams’ La Concha Hotel.

Las Vegas’ most interesting cultural attraction is not on The Strip. It’s the Neon Museum, which finally opened its new visitors center last weekend inside the lobby of the former La Concha Motel, a Googie masterpiece designed by Paul Williams. The Downtown Vegas museum, which opened in 1996, includes a boneyard containing over 150 neon signs from hotels, motels, roadside attractions, and businesses, dating back to the 1930s. Some of our favorites include the Atomic Age Stardust Hotel sign and a freestanding sign of a man known as the “Mullet Man.” The museum has also installed some of its signs along Las Vegas Boulevard and on Fremont Street. More pix from the boneyard below.  Read More

Friday> MAK’s Light My Way Auction Offers Well-Designed Lamps from Top-Name Architects

Newsletter, West
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
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Sponge Lamp, by B+U. (MAK Center)

Sponge Lamp, by B+U. (MAK Center)

In honor of the Day of the Dead (and to raise some money), LA’s MAK Center is hosting an auction of some amazing lamps this Friday from 7 to 10pm at its Fitzpatrick-Leland House. Those designing pieces for Light My Way, Stranger include Ball-Nogues, Hitoshi Abe, Coop Himmel(l)au, P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S, Hodgetts + Fung, Ehrlich Architects, B+U and many more. We can’t do these objects justice with words, so check out the slideshow. Enjoy!

View the slideshow after the jump.

The Best Architecture In LA Isn’t A Building, It’s the Space Shuttle.

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012
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The shuttle in its new home. (Sam Lubell)

The shuttle in its new home. (Sam Lubell)

Yesterday, AN got a first hand look at the Space Shuttle Endeavor resting inside its new home, the 18,000 square foot Samuel  Oschin Pavilion at LA’s California Science Center. The verdict: go see it. No piece of architecture in recent memory has been as breathtaking as the shuttle.

Continue reading after the jump.

CCA Launches Three New Masters Programs for 2013

Dean's List, West
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
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Buildings on CCA's San Francisco Campus. (Californiaposted.com)

Buildings on CCA’s San Francisco Campus. (Californiaposted.com)

Thinking about getting a masters degree but haven’t found the right field? California College of the Arts (CCA) in San Francisco just made it easier, announcing three new graduate programs beginning in 2013, bringing the total number of post-professional offerings to eleven. The trio of curricula includes: a Master of Architecture in Urban Design and Landscape (MAUDL), a MFA in Comics, and a MFA in Film.

The two-year MAUDL focuses on the future of urbanism and teaches a range of urban design strategies and data-visualization techniques. The three-year MFA in Comics is headed by Eisner-nominated graphic novelist Matt Silady. And CCA’s MFA in Film specializes in multidisciplinary approaches. Classes begin Fall 2013. Applications for all three programs are being accepted now through January 5, 2013 at www.cca.edu.

Architects & Engineers in LA Reimagine Billboards as Gardens

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Friday, October 26, 2012
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Now this looks like a good idea: a group of architects and engineers called Urban Air are trying to turn a billboard next to LA’s 10 Freeway into a suspended bamboo garden. The technique: they remove the signage, install planters and then the bamboo, and then install water misters and sensors to make sure it’s properly irrigated. Voila! If it’s successful with the first sign the group wants to create similar gardens across the country. The ambitious plan is being crowd-funded through Kickstarter and with 46 days left has raised nearly $6,000 of its $100,000 goal as of this publishing. You can check out their Kickstarter campaign and contribute here.

More pix of the scheme after the jump.

Last Weekend to Check Out Heather Flood’s Kinetic Wonder Wall in Los Angeles

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Friday, October 26, 2012
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Wonder Wall, a kinetic piece by Heather Flood (Courtesy Heather Flood)

Wonder Wall, a kinetic piece by Heather Flood (Courtesy Heather Flood)

Before the show closes on Monday, head over to the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery’s COLA Visual Arts Awards Exhibition to view artist/architect Heather Flood’s Wonder Wall, an intriguing application of graphic design principles in 3D construction. Inspired by the visual color effects of the tartan—a plaid cloth where interweaving thread colors give way to the appearance of a new blended color— Flood turned strips of perforated colored aluminum into a gyrating wall of mesmerizing color.

Wonder Wall is composed of interlocking vertical and horizontal anodized aluminum strips that gently rotate. Rendered in high-contrast colors (blue, yellow, and green), the piece tricks the eye for a moment to reveal new colors where the aluminum strips overlap, similar to the visual play where weft and warp threads cross each other at right angles in tartans.

“I’ve always wanted to work on a project where I could really explore the visual effects produced by a graphic means of construction,” said Flood. She is looking to extend the concept into her architectural practice, perhaps as an architectural facade, enclosure, or fencing system. The exhibition features seven other talented local artists, so make sure to visit this weekend.

More images after the jump.

Tonight! Fill Your House With Bestor

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Thursday, October 25, 2012
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Bestor has brought Yolk's colorful interior outside. (Meara Daly)

Bestor has brought Yolk’s colorful interior outside. (Meara Daly)

This evening from 4:30-7:30 Los Angeles-based architect and hipster icon Barbara Bestor is introducing her line of gift items for LA brand SOLA (that stands for Sisters of Los Angeles) at Silver Lake store Yolk. Bestor created the vivid graphic designs for the mugs, glasses, i-phone cases, keychains, t-shirts, and more. The event will also reveal Bestor’s redesigned YOLK exterior, with its fierce yellow, red and blue patterns stemming from designs already found inside the store.

See a slideshow of the Bestorware after the jump.

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Seattle Goes “Deep Green”

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Thursday, October 25, 2012
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Stone34 Southwest Facade (LMN Architects)

Seattle has approved Skanska USA’s controversial five-story “deep green” Brooks Sports headquarters building dubbed Stone34 at Stone Way North and North 34th Street under a new code provision that allows the developer to build 20 feet higher than zoning normally allows. While community leaders and activists opposed the project, claiming that it is out of scale with the neighborhood, Skanska says the extra height is necessary to make the project work economically.

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Magic? Capitol Records Building May Vanish Behind New Development

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012
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The two towers would sandwich Capitol Records. (Handel Architects and Roschen Van Cleve Architects)

The two towers would sandwich Capitol Records. (Handel Architects and Roschen Van Cleve Architects)

We’ve finally gotten a reveal of Millenium Hollywood, the two residential and hotel towers planned on either side of the Capitol Records building in Hollywood. The verdict: What Capitol Records Building? New renderings suggest the landmark 1956 Welton Becket-designed structure could basically disappear from view.

Continue reading after the jump.

Separated At Birth? Meet the Sixth Street Viaduct’s Mission Impossible Cousin

Newsletter, West
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
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Dubai's Meydan Bridge, left, and LA's Sixth Street Viaduct, right.

Dubai’s Meydan Bridge, left, and LA’s Sixth Street Viaduct, right. (Elia Locardi and HNTB)

We could’t help noticing that LA’s new Sixth Street Viaduct, which is being designed by a team led by HNTB, bears a striking resemblance to Dubai’s Meydan Bridge, the royal VIP entrance to the Meydan racetrack where the prestigious Dubai World Cup is held annually. The bridge was featured in the recent film, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, but sits empty for most of the year. Of course there are differences between the two: Meydan’s arches are made of steel, not concrete, it’s not cable-stayed, and its upper arches don’t touch the ground, but they’re still very close in all their wavy glory.

Judge for yourself in the videos after the jump.

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