Friday, July 25, 2014

Architecture & Urban Design

Eastside Design: A modern outlook on the bay window

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MOUNT WASHINGTON — When it came to design homes for a pair of neighboring hillside lots, Simon Storey faced several challenges, including  regulations that limited the size of each residence to about 1,000 square-feet.  To get the most use out of the relatively modest-sized, modern-style buildings, ... Read More »

Councilman Cedillo comes out against saving old Riverside-Figueroa Bridge*

First District Councilman Gil Cedillo says a last-minute proposal to save the old  Riverside-Figueroa Bridge, which spans the L.A. River between Cypress Park and Elysian Valley,  is “not feasible” or a “fiscally sound decision” for the city. Cedillo’s position was made public after supporters of the ... Read More »

Will Silver Lake honor architect Richard Neutra with a 100-foot geyser and an Ecology Garden?

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SILVER LAKE — The Modernist homes designed by architect Richard Neutra rise across many of the hillsides of Silver Lake. On Sunday, April 27, the neighborhood will remember the legendary architect with the Neutra Institute’s 4th Run/Walk For Health and tours of several Neutra designed homes, ... Read More »

Echo Park makes room for the new

ECHO PARK  –   The century old bungalows and Spanish Colonial apartments that have long defined Echo Park are getting some new neighbors with a modern sensibility. Not everyone is a fan of the contemporary-style homes and apartments now popping up on hillsides and busy avenues, and ... Read More »

What does a Craftsman-style supermarket look like?


HIGHLAND PARK –  The L.A. Conservancy reports that the Googie-style facade of the Superior Grocers store has been demolished a few months after Councilman Gil Cedillo sided with the property owner and blocked the historic landmark nomination that would have helped preserve the structure. Instead, the ... Read More »

El Sereno’s Soto Street Bridge may not have a historic leg to stand on

The Soto Street Bridge appears to have a date with a wrecking crew after a city staff report said that the nearly 80-year-old El Sereno span was not worthy of historic monument status, which could  keep the bulldozers at bay. The nearly 500-foot-long bridge, which once ... Read More »

Councilman proposes El Sereno’s first historic district


Councilman Jose Huizar has his eyes set on a corner of El Sereno for historic preservation. Huizar wants to create a historic district, called the Berkshire Craftsman and Revival Bungalow District, in the northeast part of El Sereno next to South Pasadena. The homes and streets ... Read More »

What a difference 2+ years makes on York Boulevard

York Boulevard has undergone plenty of change in the last few years, with numerous  businesses coming and going on the Highland Park street. The stretch of road that has been deemed L.A.’s coolest street (whatever that means) doesn’t show any signs of slowing down with  the ... Read More »

Silver Lake’s Polka Dot Plaza to become a permanent fixture

It’s been nearly two years since a section of Griffith Park Boulevard was closed off and painted with a green-on-green polka dot pattern to create Sunset Triangle Plaza – aka Polka Dot Plaza. The Silver Lake experiment in public-space making on the cheap was a temporary ... Read More »

Exhibit showcases the ideas and innovation of Silver Lake exhibition space


An exhibit that surveys more than a decade of experiments in landscape and architecture  at Silver Lake’s Materials & Applications opens on Saturday, January 25 in the University Art Museum at Cal State Long Beach. “Materials & Applications: Building Something (Beyond) Beautiful: Projects, 2002-2013”  covers the center’s first ... Read More »