• 03/08/16 Uncategorized

    EXPLORING LA | THE RETURN OF THE CALIFORNIA INCLINE

    2016 will go down as the year that it became more convenient than ever for Angelenos to get sand between their toes in Santa Monica. The new Expo Line extension opened in time for Memorial Day, dropping ambulatory adventurers a few minutes from the peer. And the gloriously photogenic California Incline is set to reopen just in time for Labor Day, after a year off for construction.

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    EXPLORING LA | THE RETURN OF THE CALIFORNIA INCLINE
  • 27/07/16 Uncategorized

    CURRENT LA | WATERFALL PAVILION

    Los Angeles-based architecture firm wHY and Argentinian conceptual artist Rirkrit Tiravanija, have recently collaborated together to design a temporary structure for CURRENT: LA Public Art Biennial entitled, “Waterfall Pavilion”. Enjoying its inaugural year, CURRENT is a citywide cultural event, which features designs that focus on issues affecting Los Angeles and aim to inspire and instigate civic discourse. CURRENT LA has re-envisioned the international biennial, by having all featured art set in outdoor locations. CURRENT believes this “democratizes the way people access art”, but more uniquely, forces Los Angelenos to leave their neighborhoods and explore other parts of the city.

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    CURRENT LA | WATERFALL PAVILION
  • 20/07/16 Uncategorized

    BRENT GAISFORD | LITTLE PINK HOUSES FOR YOU AND ME

    The Los Angeles housing crunch is quite real, and it is brutal. Rents significantly have outpaced incomes across America for decades, particularly in LA, which Forbes ranks as the nation’s third toughest market for renters. Brent Gaisford is a developer, blogger, and organizer for the new advocacy group Abundant Housing LA, and he believes that those in the Los Angeles architecture, design, and urban planning spheres have a responsibility to communicate about the affordable housing crisis, in their work and in their lives.

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    BRENT GAISFORD | LITTLE PINK HOUSES FOR YOU AND ME
  • 13/07/16 Uncategorized

    DTLA SUMMER | TURF: A MINI GOLF PROJECT

    No plans for the weekend? Short on cash? No problem. Grab your cutest pair of golfing shoes and head on over to Echo Park for a round of putt-putt at pop-up installation, TURF: A Mini-Golf Project. TURF is the result of experimental architecture non-profit, Materials & Applications (M&A) efforts to utilize “impractical” architectural design to address and interpret Los Angeles’s unique terrain and territory, as well as an opportunity to demonstrate that architecture is not a limited field.

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    DTLA SUMMER | TURF: A MINI GOLF PROJECT
  • 06/07/16 Uncategorized

    MIDCENTURY MEETS 21ST CENTURY

    Palm Springs is getting popular, and not just because Coachella 2017 has already sold out its advance passes. The perennial vacation spot is drawing in not just tourists but new homesteaders, drawn to its laid-back, photogenic lifestyle and Midcentury Modernist architectural legacy. We hope William Francis Cody would be pleased.

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    MIDCENTURY MEETS 21ST CENTURY
  • 29/06/16 Uncategorized

    SKYSLIDE: NEW AERIAL VIEWS OF DTLA

    The US Bank Tower in downtown Los Angeles is the tallest building west of the Mississippi and is the 65th tallest building in the world. Though it may soar at a staggering 1,018 feet, the Bank Tower’s status as tallest building in Los Angeles is soon to be challenged. Scheduled for completion in 2017, the currently under-construction Wilshire Grand building is proposed to tower at an impressive 1,100 feet. Thus, faced with new competition, the Bank Tower has devised some thrilling attractions to keep Los Angelenos and tourists coming back for more.

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    SKYSLIDE: NEW AERIAL VIEWS OF DTLA
  • 22/06/16 Uncategorized

    EXPLORING DTLA | THE BLOC

    Just in time for the first week of summer, The Bloc has opened at 7th and Flower in Downtown Los Angeles. It takes over for the widely disliked “Macy’s Fortress” as part of an escalating local trend toward open retail centers that let Angelenos catch a breeze while they’re sipping craft beer or Starbucks.

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    EXPLORING DTLA | THE BLOC
  • 15/06/16 Uncategorized

    EXPLORING DTLA | SAVING THE SMELL

    As Downtown Los Angeles continues to experience its transformative gentrification, many of its smaller spaces are under pressure to be revamped, rebuilt or in some cases demolished. DIY art and music venue, The Smell is such a space at risk. An intimate, one-storey building located at 247 South Main St, The Smell recently received a notice of demolition on Memorial Day. Even before this upsetting news, The Smell has seen hard times. The Smell’s rent, as with many parts of Downtown, has skyrocketed seventy percent within the last year.

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    EXPLORING DTLA | SAVING THE SMELL
  • 08/06/16 Uncategorized

    HOTEL CECIL | AN UNINTENDED AMERICAN GROTESQUE

    Let’s pour one out for Hotel Cecil, a Neoclassical marvel and one of the last remaining specters of DTLA as it existed before gentrification blew in.

    Downtown News reports that Simon Baron Development, based in New York, has bought a 99-year lease on the building. It is already being gutted, and Baron shows no inclination to preserve any of the elements of Loy Lester Smith’s elaborate and eccentric design, which has endured since its 1924 debut and which Baron describes as a “hodgepodge” not worth preserving.

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    HOTEL CECIL | AN UNINTENDED AMERICAN GROTESQUE
  • 01/06/16 Uncategorized

    EXPLORING DTLA | “INTRUDE” PUBLIC ART INSTALLATION

    On its four city run of the US, Australian artist, Amanda Parer will bring her outdoor public light installation ‘Intrude’ to downtown Los Angeles from June 5 – 11. ‘Intrude’ consists of seven, white, nylon-sewn inflatable rabbits. At the height of 23 feet, these immense internally lit bunnies have gallivanted the globe from Sydney to Toronto, and will find temporary lodgings at Los Angeles’s Bank of America Plaza (333 S. Hope St.), the Wells Fargo Center (330 S. Hope St.) and FIGat7th (735 S. Figueroa St).

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    EXPLORING DTLA | “INTRUDE” PUBLIC ART INSTALLATION

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