Entries in architecture (71)
The AIA|LA Design Awards showcase the best of built work located in Los Angeles or by LA-based architects and located elsewhere. Entrants must be members of any chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Award winners will be announced and celebrated at the AIA|LA Awards Party in October.
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This summer, the Hammer Museum will present a new sculptural work by Los Angeles-based architect Greg Lynn. A fantastical attraction for visitors of all ages, Fountain of Toys will be sited in the Museum's outdoor courtyard. As the title suggests, the work is a functioning fountain made entirely out of large found plastic children's toys that have been cut and reassembled in multiple layers, with water spouting from its top and pooling at its base.
Greg Lynn's Fountain of Toys is the first in a new series of projects focused on architecture and design, guest-curated by architectural historian Sylvia Lavin. Taking place approximately once a year over the next three years, these projects will focus on the presentation of new works by architects and designers and will be sited in different locations around the museum.
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Restaurateurs serve as contemporary patrons facilitating award-winning design
By Michael Webb
Judging a restaurant can be challenging because success depends on intangible factors—from the warmth of the welcome to the attentiveness of the servers and the consistency of the cooking. The experience draws people in and keeps them coming back; however, design plays an essential supporting role. It takes skill to calibrate the flow of traffic, the quality of the lighting, and the acoustics, in order to achieve intimacy and comfort. Too many new restaurants are overcrowded and noisy with conversation amplified by hard surfaces; a few are as still as the grave. Eating out should be an event, and restaurants are struggling to play on that sense of occasion as a strategy for survival. Architects can help their patrons by developing frugal solutions that impart character and strengthen the identity of a talented chef. The 2009 AIA/LA Restaurant Design Awards jury considered nearly a hundred national
projects in three categories—restaurants, cafes and bars, lounges and clubs—and chose six winners based on criteria of function, ambiance, and visual impact. The public selected three by popular vote. The five winners serve as elegant examples. Review them in Workbook under Folios.
2010 AIA/LA Restaurant Design Awards
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