Architecture Lab Latest News, Events, Competitions Tue, 02 Sep 2014 05:58:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Prominent L.A. developer to build unconventional office at Playa Vista Tue, 02 Sep 2014 05:58:30 +0000 Robert F. Maguire III, a prominent developer who helped shape L.A.’s skyline in the 1980s and ’90s, is back. Maguire led development of several of the city’s best-known office buildings including U.S. Bank Tower, the tallest structure in Southern California. Now, at 79, Maguire says he is gearing up to develop again. He plans to […]]]> 0 The Undulating Ceiling Tue, 02 Sep 2014 05:34:15 +0000 The installation went live at a Scandinavian energy conference. But when Lundin asked Scandinavian Design Group for a proposal for their booth, Staal proposed something that actually isn’t a booth at all: An undulating ceiling of honey-colored tubes that would rhythmically move in response to the visitors walking underneath. They’re calling it Breaking the Surface. […]]]> 0 Havana. Autos and Architecture Tue, 02 Sep 2014 05:19:36 +0000 Norman Foster’s visits to Havana over the past ten years have enabled him to meet a variety of Cuban artists and architects. Inspired by his travels, ‘Havana. Autos and Architecture’ features historic and current photographs that allow the reader to marvel over Cuba’s love affair with classic cars. In it, Mauricio Vicent guides us through […]]]> 0 An Architecture Festival that Celebrates the Arctic Tue, 02 Sep 2014 05:11:43 +0000 This weekend, a tiny Norwegian island in the Arctic Circle is host to a architecture and culture festival that is anything but small. Set upon the white sandy beaches of Sandhornøy, SALT features three monumental structures that were inspired by traditional Norwegian fiskehjeller (fish racks) and designed by Rintala Eggertsson Architects. In celebration the days […]]]> 0 What can ‘forensic architecture’ reveal about the conflict in Gaza? Mon, 01 Sep 2014 13:25:40 +0000 The latest instalment of the six-part film series Rebel Architecture opens with architect Eyal Weizman approaching one of the watchtowers along the separation wall that runs through the West Bank. An Israeli soldier shouts down, audible but invisible in the turret room: “Don’t come any closer!” Weizman shouts back in response: “Why? Is this place […]]]> 0 Why Are There Not Enough Women Architects? Mon, 01 Sep 2014 10:46:34 +0000 I’m not sure whether I should be happy or sad that there was a standing-room-only crowd earlier this week for a panel discussion on the profession’s failure to promote and retain women. The good news, the half-glass-full perspective, is that the first step to rectifying this problem is acknowledging its existence. That the audience at […]]]> 0 The Embassy of South Africa Designed by Davis Brody Bond Mon, 01 Sep 2014 09:10:21 +0000 Adapting and reusing two historically significant structures on Embassy Row – the Ambassador’s Residence (1936) and the Chancery (1963) – Davis Brody Bond was commissioned by the Embassy of South Africa to consolidate and modernize the complex. The rehabilitation project upgrades the embassy to meet their current and future programmatic Chancery needs by providing a […]]]> 0 AIA/LA hosts tour of 5 sustainable homes by David Hertz Mon, 01 Sep 2014 08:09:00 +0000 The Los Angeles chapter of the American Institute of Architects will devote its entire fall tour to the designs of David Hertz, founder of Studio of Environmental Architecture and a staunch proponent of environmentally sensitive design, during its latest home tour on Oct. 5. “I employ green techniques in all my work,” he told architecture […]]]> 0 Leaders of FLW School of Architecture divided over maintaining accreditation Mon, 01 Sep 2014 07:54:37 +0000 The future of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture has divided the institution named for the iconic designer. The quest to keep its accreditation status has some school board members concerned the degree program will end, while its foundation denied the school is in danger of closing. The Scottsdale-based Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, which […]]]> 0 Westminster tries to block the mega mansions Mon, 01 Sep 2014 04:55:16 +0000 The super-house would link two five-storey, Grade II-listed townhouses in Green Street and Dunraven Street, close to Hyde Park, with a vast basement extension. The plans include a spa with a basement pool and his and hers beauty salons, plus a cigar room and formal and informal “majlis” — meeting or entertaining rooms in Arabic. […]]]> 0