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Curbed Los Angeles - Architecture 2014-07-25 06:06:23
Sure, drones are always spying or dropping bombs on people, but they're also always shooting super-dope videos of stuff we wouldn't otherwise see. (A real mixed blessing!) Thank god, Downtowner Ian Wood has gone with Use Two in this beautiful video of Downtown LA, which, as he writes, "Above the grit and noise of the street ... quietly provides some of …


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Curbed Los Angeles - Architecture 2014-07-18 06:28:19
Yesterday, we heard that actor/comedian Andy Samberg and musician Joanna Newsom have purchased Moorcrest, the famed 1920s house where Mary Astor and Charlie Chaplin once lived. Today, thanks to the semi-secret listing site (hit cancel at the password prompt), we finally get a look inside the estate, and it is damn spectacular. These photos are, in a word, nuts. We'd heard …


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Curbed Los Angeles - Architecture 2014-07-10 00:20:27
[Latest LACMA rendering by Peter Zumthor with Gehry's 8 Spruce Street by kiminnyc] Holy cow, LACMA and Metro are cooking up an extreme gamechanger on the Miracle Mile: a museum/hotel/condo tower, sited on top of a future Purple Line station at Wilshire and Orange Grove (across the street from LACMA) and potentially designed by Frank Gehry. "My dream is some beautiful piece …


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Curbed Los Angeles - Architecture 2014-07-04 03:42:48
For the A +D Museum's fundraiser last week, called Celebrate: Groundswell, big names in architecture and design—Arquitectonica, Richard Meier & Partners, Neil Denari, David Hertz, and many more—created custom surfboards, skateboards, and boogie boards in unusual/eye-catching designs and colors—just look at that eighties-fabulous Rios Clementi Hale surfboard! The "groundswell" concept was meant to invoke not just a surf-and-beach theme, but also …


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Curbed Los Angeles - Architecture 2014-06-25 02:32:05
Starchitect Peter Zumthor released plans last summer for a complete redesign of the LACMA campus, with a huge tar-pit-inspired building oozing through the site and overhanging the La Brea Tar Pits themselves. But that made scientists nervous (the tar pits are still an active research site), so he went back to work and has now released plans that ooze instead across …


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Curbed Los Angeles - Architecture 2014-06-11 22:41:03
Highly popular radio station/NPR-affiliate KCRW is one step closer toward its big, new architectural home at Santa Monica College—according to a statement, the station has broken ground on its new 35,000-square-foot Media Center—quite a change from the "extremely cramped" campus basement they've occupied for the past 30 years. Construction is scheduled to wrap in 2015, and the station's expecting to be …


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Curbed Los Angeles - Architecture 2014-06-06 01:27:28
On the left, the original design; on the right, the "alternative 84" design seen from Fourth/Arizona Starchitect Rem Koolhaas and his firm OMA have been yanked around quite a bit in just the last year or so since Santa Monica selected them to design the Plaza at Santa Monica, a mixed-user with a boutique hotel, restaurants, shops, a marketplace, and cultural and …


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Curbed Los Angeles - Architecture 2014-06-03 17:00:58
Starchitects, the architects so famous you actually know their names, have finally returned to the skies above Los Angeles in the past few years, with a post-recession clutch of projects from hotels to museums to megaprojects. Thom Mayne's Morphosis has just finished a triumph in Hollywood, hometown hero Frank Gehry is at work on major projects on both sides of town, …


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Curbed Los Angeles - Architecture 2014-05-14 21:30:25
[Photos by Elizabeth Daniels] Modernist master Rudolph Schindler only ever designed one church and South LA only has one Modernist building from the formally segregated mid-century era, and they're the same building: Bethlehem Baptist Church in Central-Alameda. But for nearly 40 years it was left more or less abandoned and allowed to deteriorate. Pastor Melvin Ashley of the Faith-Build International church told …


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Curbed Los Angeles - Architecture 2014-05-13 02:42:27
The British Pathé has recently uploaded thousands of wild historic videos to their YouTube, including a 44-second, tantalizing introduction to this very cool, totally precarious-looking house hanging off a Hollywood hillside. "Faced with a building site that seemed suitable only for goats," the announcer says, homeowner Leslie Guthrie and his designer, Modernist architect Richard O. Spencer decided that a 60-foot wooden …


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Curbed Los Angeles - Architecture 2014-05-12 23:50:34
Last week, the world learned about the long lost John Lautner house of Echo Park. Lautner is one of the most important Modernist architects to work in Southern California (his Organic Modernism is warmer and a lot more visceral than the International style of architects like Rudolph Schindler; his work is often associated with film villains), but no one seemed to …


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Curbed Los Angeles - Architecture 2014-05-12 23:24:43
A reader has provided some dizzying new pictures of the under-construction Pterodactyl office project in Culver City's Hayden Tract, designed by prolific Hayden firm Eric Owen Moss Architects. The roughly 16,000-square-foot Pterodactyl, described by its designers as an "intersection of nine elevated rectangular boxes," is being built atop an existing four-level parking garage located behind the Stealth Building on Hayden Avenue. …


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Curbed Los Angeles - Architecture 2014-05-09 04:38:08
Aren't we lucky: some of the greatest architects of the Twentieth Century spent years building little (and big) gems all over Southern California, so many that we could lose track of some and only learn about them decades later. A "long lost" house by John Lautner—who designed some of the most incredible Modernist houses anywhere—is about to hit the market in …


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Curbed Los Angeles - Architecture 2014-05-01 02:10:13
[Photos by Elizabeth Daniels] Someone is still building affordable housing in Los Angeles, and damn, it's even good-looking. Lehrer Architects designed these two prototype houses in the old school South Park, just south of Downtown (plus three others, in SP, Vermont Knolls, and Watts), at just $165 a square foot, which includes all the landscaping and site work. They're about 1,300 square …


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Curbed Los Angeles - Architecture 2014-04-10 23:10:52
[Image via WeHoville] The Sunset Strip is getting an eye-catching new two-billboard structure, near La Cienega, designed by an actual architect and rendered in a can't-miss bright blue, because you don't want to miss the ads just because you're focusing on the road. The structures, designed by Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects, are "inspired by the stream of traffic coursing below" and intended to …


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Curbed Los Angeles - Architecture 2014-04-10 22:53:28
[Image via LA Conservancy] The 1960s Googie-style façade of the Superior Grocers supermarket in Highland Park has been demolished and the store will soon begin its transformation into a "faux-Craftsman" for some reason. (Googie is an irreverent Jet Age style that was born in SoCal; think of LAX's theme building or a Norms diner.) The building came close to receiving landmark status …


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Curbed Los Angeles - Architecture 2014-04-05 03:15:28
[Inset of the Krisel Residence by Julius Shulman, via Modernist Architecture; main photo via A/N] All that's left of famed modernist William Krisel's one-time residence on Tigertail Road in Brentwood are some handsome Julius Shulman photos, because it's right now being ripped apart, reports the Architect's Newspaper. Two months back, a concerned tipster wrote us, worried that the house on tony Tigertail …


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Curbed Los Angeles - Architecture 2014-03-13 06:17:01
[Images via DesignMilk] Just as Palm Springs's Modernism Week has glamorously wrapped, our pals at Curbed National hear that there may be some new/old Joseph-Eichler-style modernism making its way to that classy corner of the desert for the first time ever. KUD Properties, a PS-based developer, has made an agreement to license original plans by the prominent mid-century developer to build a …


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Curbed Los Angeles - Architecture 2014-02-26 01:14:21
[One of Eric Owen Moss's buildings within Hayden Tract. Photo via Flickr/Scott Moore.] In the midst of the sprawling Los Angeles basin, halfway between Downtown Los Angeles and the beach, lies Culver City, home to movie studios, startups, Obama's former campaign headquarters, and, by Los Angeles standards, relatively cheap rents. Just across from Culver City's redeveloped downtown lies Hayden Tract, a former …


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Curbed Los Angeles - Architecture 2014-02-11 07:04:38
The Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design is Kickstarting a book that will be titled Dingbat 2.0 and explore the past, present, and future of those ubiquitous (earthquake-vulnerable) apartment buildings with units cantilevered over the parking, supported only by a few spindly poles: "the first critical study of the most ubiquitous and mundane building type in Los Angeles: the …


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