Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Architecture & Urban Design

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 »

City to pony up $125,000 for Silver Lake saddle sculpture*

The City Council  is scheduled to vote today on spending nearly $125,000 – or 25% more than initial estimates – to create and install a saddle-shaped metal monument in Silver Lake’s Sunset Junction. The sculptural piece – officially known as BLOOMRS – was the winner of ... Read More »

City says Boyle Heights traffic roundabout is moving in the right direction

Plans to build a major traffic roundabout at Cinco Puntos, the busy and confusing Boyle Heights intersection near Evergreen Cemetery, are moving ahead after the project has been under discussion for more than a decade. Los Angeles Department of Transportation Senior Engineer Carlos Rios, in a ... Read More »

What’s 400-feet long and orange? The planned Taylor Yard river bridge

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Concept designs for the Taylor Yard bikeway and pedestrian bridge were revealed to a crowd at the Elysian Valley Recreation Center Tuesday night, with mock ups and a model showcasing a bright orange, light weight steel span  that will allow pedestrians and cyclists to cross the ... Read More »