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Los Angeles Architecture: New Football Stadium Breaks Ground in Exposition Park

Located just south of Downtown Los Angeles, Exposition Park is home to a world-class collection of museums, sports facilities and recreational areas. Exposition Park also offers diverse cultural, entertainment and educational activities. The 160-acre site was founded as Agricultural Park in 1872 and subsequently renamed Exposition Park in 1910. The park has since become one of L.A.’s premier cultural and special event destinations.

The L.A. Sports Arena ended its life in March with a sold-out Bruce Springsteen concert, and now construction has begun on a new sports venue in Exposition Park. Since 1959, the L.A. Sports Arena has hosted a variety of sports and entertainment venues, notably the L.A. Lakers, L.A. Clippers and college basketball teams from USC and UCLA. It served our community well.

Los Angeles Hosts Another Sports Venue

A new sports venue is arriving in LA! The new venue will be a $250-million Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC). Designed by architectural firm Gensler, it will begin its life in Exposition Park. Banc of California Stadium will be a 22,000-seat stadium, featuring a ‘European-style’ design. The new design will be an open-air venue with steeply-raked and sweeping style seating shaped around the field. The design will also put fans in a closer relationship with the playing field and significantly enhance their viewing experience.

The complex will also feature commercial and restaurant opportunities that will be geared towards the larger community. It will also welcome the community with generous pedestrian areas and tree-lined walkways which will lead to other attraction and venues in the park. The stadium joins a number of new attractions coming to the park area, including the recently-proposed Lucas Museum of Narrative Art (LMNA).

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New custom fire sculptures for a new project in San Diego. Sketch by Gerald Olesker.

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Creative Architects: What They Do When They’re Bored

So, just imagine you are a creative architect and you have been selected to design and building an amazing structure in downtown. What a rush right? You better believe it is! The project starts and you spend years designing the perfect structure to exacting specs. The clients and investors are thrilled. Now, it’s time to build the structure. That takes years also to see your vision rise into the downtown skyline. It has been ages since the start of the project to the finish of the building. In between the start and finish, you are busy, but there are periods where things are slow or stopped. So, what does an architect do when they are in a lull in their current project?

Creative Architects Find Creative Outlets

If you know a creative, their minds never stop. You can bet they have a notebook by the bed for notes when they wake at 3 am and need to jot down an inspiration. Their minds are consistently in high gear and they don’t stop, just because of a lull in the project. Matter of fact, for an architect, that down time can be extremely frustrating. Many of those creative minds turn to fields as diverse as filmmaking and boatbuilding to spur creativity, develop ideas, and hone skills. It helps that they’re already good at three-dimensional thinking and digital manipulation.

“A world which sees art and engineering as divided is not seeing the world as a whole.”

– Professor Sir Edmund Happold

Here are a few areas that creative architects dabble in when they aren’t building:

Furniture – Architects love designing chairs, and the best of them have penned some classics.

Jewelry – Some use CNC milling and 3-D printing to create intricate jewelry fashioned from precious metals and composite materials.

Video Games – Video game designers create worlds, which makes the medium a natural for architects.

Wallpaper – Anonymous architects have taken wallpaper to new levels with digital, artsy formats.

Lighting – Architects love lamps almost as much as they love chairs, and they’re often reimagining the form.

From the Factory Floor

Progress rendering to a wooden handled brass lantern…

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Los Angeles Architecture: Highlighting African American Architecture

“If there is any kind of profession that’s gotten away with a kind of benign neglect of diversifying itself over the course of the last 30 years, it’s architecture.”

Ted Landmark, President of Boston Architectural College in 2007

In 1980, the first African-American woman was named a fellow by the American Institute of Architects. That architect was Norma M. Sklarek, the first African-American woman to earn an architecture license. She moved form New York to Los Angeles in the mid-1960’s and joined the firm of Gruen Associates. She became a director with that firm. Norma stated that, “In architecture, I had absolutely no role model.”

African Americans Influence Los Angeles Architecture

Over the years, architecture has lacked visual role models from the African-American community. Even though there was a lack of role modeling or mentoring, the professional accomplishments of African-American architects in Los Angeles was growing.

One discovery was a fascinating network of influence and mentorship radiating from Paul Revere Williams, the most famed and successful African-American architect in Los Angeles (as well as in the United States). Williams designed thousands of buildings both locally and nationally over a five-decade career. In 1923, he was the first African-American architect to join the AIA, and in 1957 was honored as an AIA fellow. In December 2016, he was posthumously awarded the AIA’s 2017 Gold Medal — the first African-American to receive the organization’s highest honor.

A new map produced by the Los Angeles chapter of the AIA marks over 50 buildings in the city with significant input by African-American architects. Until now, this history, which reveals an impressive breadth of projects, from colleges to hospitals, housing to civic centers, churches, temples, restaurants, and the iconic LAX Theme Building, was never collected into one visual.

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Sculpture install for a fountain…

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Architectural Photography: The World’s Largest Collection…All from an Obsession

If you appreciate architecture and the photography of architecture, your architectural fantasy awaits you in London. Housed in a limestone-clad art deco style building in the heart of London, you will find the world’s greatest collection of architectural photography. This astounding collection contains more than 1.5 million items, including prints and negatives from around the globe.

The building that houses this mass collection is the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is a professional body for architects primarily in the United Kingdom, but also internationally, founded for the advancement of architecture under its charter granted in 1837 and Supplemental Charter granted in 1971.

Amassing a Great Archive of Architectural Photography

Upon going the RIBA in 1976 as the librarian, the late Robert Elwall immediately recognized the ability of photography to capture the energy and life of architecture. He spent the rest of his life preserving, protecting and championing architectural photography. Elwall also understood the aesthetic value and transformative power of architecture. The photography was the means he employed the protect the future and promote knowledge.

“What really made Robert special was his absolute dedication to sharing the photographs with the widest possible audience.”

Valeria Carullo, Curator, RIBA

Elwall had a strong desire to disseminate historic architectural photography to the wider public, not least in giving many talks, and in books written in an informative but very readable style. He produced a dozen or so monographs, and his 2004 book, Building With Light: the International History of Architectural Photography was nominated for the 2005 Bruno Zevi Book Award.

From the Factory Floor

Stone finials for a client’s columns in Calabasas, CA.

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