January 29, 2012 |
The new Matthew Marks Gallery in West Hollywood isn't just the first ground-up building by the 42-year-old Los Angeles architect Peter Zellner. A clean-lined, windowless stucco box on Orange Grove Avenue just south of Santa Monica Boulevard, it is also almost entirely free-standing. Attached on one of its four sides to a mortuary, it is otherwise visible in the round, making it one of the most conspicuous architectural debuts to appear in Southern California in a number of years. At the same time, Zellner's design operates in large part as the straightforward and accommodating backdrop for an artwork by the 88-year-old artist Ellsworth Kelly.
October 6, 2006 |
The University of Southern California has named Chinese architect Qingyun Ma as dean of its School of Architecture, the first foreign national to hold the position and a reflection of the university's international ambitions, according to Provost C.L. Max Nikias. Ma replaces Robert H. Timme, who died last October. The new dean, 41, is based in Shangai and is founder of the firm MADA s.p.a.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 2, 1997 |
A group of architects says something important is missing in Orange County: a full-fledged school of architecture. To that end, the year-old Emerging Architects group sent a proposal to Marina del Rey-based Southern California Institute of Architecture last month about opening a branch school in Orange County, possibly in Santa Ana.
June 12, 2006 |
An Ottawa war museum, a Toronto university building and an installation commemorating the struggle against apartheid in South Africa are contenders for the inaugural Lubetkin Prize for architecture, the Royal Institute for British Architects said Friday. The institute, known as RIBA, cited the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa, a sweeping building with a grass roof designed jointly by Moriyama and Teshima Architects and Griffiths Rankin Cook Architects.
January 3, 1993 |
Just before Christmas, 12 USC architecture students and two architects built five wooden shelters, each 7-by-2 1/2 feet, and gave them to two men living in less sturdy quarters beside a freeway ramp west of Downtown. The builders called it guerrilla architecture for the homeless. For Larry, one of the men living in the shelters, it means a chance to stay dry and warm.
HOME & GARDEN
April 27, 2006 |
Robert Winter's new book, "The Architecture of Entertainment: L.A. in the Twenties," details how advertising and movies introduced eclecticism and exoticism to Southern California architecture. Passages from the work: BY 1929 an estimated 20 million to 30 million Americans were watching movies every week, and the film industry was claiming the largest portion of the average American's recreation budget.
February 25, 1989 |
"We are not making people happy in our buildings," architect Ricardo Legorreta of Mexico told a capacity audience at UC Irvine on Thursday night. "In good architecture, either a queen or a beggar would feel very happy."
July 22, 1997 |
Thirteen architectural firms, one architect and two works of art were honored at the 22nd American Institute of Architects Orange County Design Awards, held Friday night at Noguchi Garden. Innovative use of natural light and a concern for public interaction with architecture were the deciding factors in the two Jury's Special Awards. One went to Stoutenborough Inc. in Irvine for its renovation of the 36,000-square-foot entertainment court at Puente Hills Entertainment Center in Industry.
December 14, 1989 |
Is there a way to mandate good architecture by virtually dictating architectural styles? A group of more than 30 San Diegans calling itself the Architectural Advisory Committee doesn't think so, and it is sending a message to the city of San Diego that, when it comes to city involvement in design, less is more.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 1988 |
In 1983, about 100 office workers in Ottawa, Canada, picketed the Les Terrasses de la Chaudiere, a large new government office building, protesting indoor air pollution, uncomfortable offices and, in general, what they described as a poor working environment. Complaining of nausea, fatigue and headaches, they refused to go back to work until the problems were corrected.