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The West Hollywood Design District Presents Decades of Design 1948–2014
November 19, 2014–February 2015
The first-ever retrospective exhibition uncovering, examining and celebrating six decades of rich design history in West Hollywood. The curated ­­gallery will showcase design pioneers and present tastemakers through bold graphics, photographs and original product.

FOG Design + Art Fair
January 15–18, 2015
Benefiting the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), FOG Design+Art is a four-day celebration and exploration of modern and contemporary design, architecture, and art with dynamic exhibits, custom installations, art galleries, lectures, and discussions with leaders in the art and design worlds.

Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio
February 20–May 24, 2015
This February, the Hammer Museum will present the West Coast debut of Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio, featuring the imaginative work of British designer Thomas Heatherwick and his London-based studio. Heatherwick is known for his unique design concepts ranging from products, such as a handbag for Longchamp, to large-scale structures like the new distillery for Bombay Sapphire Gin.

 

 

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Wednesday
Nov262014

Wayback Wednesday: The Evolution of Place: LA

Elleven, part of the South Collection from the South Group, marked one of the first residential high rises to be built in Downtown LA since the 1970s. Image courtesy The South Group.Over the last few months, we've been featuring some favorite articles from our past issues to celebrate our 15th year. Today, we bring you a feature from our May/June 2007, one of the first to be available in print and online. The territory covered is one we're passionate about here at FORM—the evolution of Los Angeles. Written now over seven years ago, we hope it gives you a chance to think back and forward about our dynamic city. 

By John Southern

Step out of your car on a typical residential street in the San Fernando Valley or West Los Angeles, and all you may hear is the far off hum of traffic doing its mechanical Foxtrot on one of the region’s many freeways. The density is remarkably horizontal in nature; there is little evidence that you are in a metropolitan area of more than 13 million people. Fly into Los Angeles, however, and you get an entirely different picture. The Los Angeles metropolitan region stretches out before your eyes, seemingly infinite in its scope—an almost unfathomable conglomeration of freeways and streets, industrial districts, parks, downtowns, and residential neighborhoods. Hundreds of cities form an urban patchwork of hyper-development that only in recent years has begun to show signs of slowing its outward march into the surrounding desert.

Because the city has traditionally eschewed verticality in favor of flatness, Los Angeles is poised to evolve into a vibrant hybrid of hyper-stratified urbanity and suburban expansiveness in the twenty-first century as it introduces denser (and it is assumed more vertical) housing conditions atop the lower density of the suburban strip. This hybrid has the potential to redefine the way we understand both urban and suburban domestic environments, as these two housing typologies collide to produce a context that questions the very definition of what a city can be.

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Wednesday
Jun042014

FORM on Design: Bryson Reaume—Preserving and Building

Bryson Reaume and City Constructors have had a hand in some of the key historic preservation projects across Los Angeles, including the Blossom Room at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. Image courtesy City Constrcutors Inc. Bryson Reaume knows a little bit about urban frontiers. His company, City Constructors, has had a hand in the transformation of Downtown Los Angeles. Back when he landed in a loft at 7th and Figueroa, though, “It was a ghost town at night,” recalls Reaume. “All the shops were closed—I wanted to get a cup of coffee and nothing was open.” He immediately saw “a huge opportunity to make this a vibrant downtown core,” he says. And, as it turned out, just so happened to be working with some visionary developers who felt the same way, adapting some of the area’s historic buildings to fit 21st-century needs.

His work in the area began with the Douglas Building Lofts, just as Downtown’s revival was heating up. “It was a labor of love for the entire team, and something new for everybody,” he says, so there was a substantial learning curve for all involved. During the renovation, they were able to keep old windows and a mosaic tile corridor. The original elevator design was also brought back to life. “I’m very proud of what was created,” he says.

The company's first foray into preserving Downtown LA's architectural heritage was the Douglas Building Lofts. Image courtesy City Constructors Inc

From there, he rolled in to more historic renovations, including tackling over a dozen projects at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, burnishing the gem. Among them was a gut renovation of the hotel’s Blossom Room, site of the first Academy Awards. “It had been destroyed,” says Reaume, who was asked to bring the space back to its former glory. “We peeled off paint, used old photos to recreate chandeliers and lanterns and found an old fountain.” 

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Monday
Jun022014

VIDEO: Scott Johnson and Performative Skyscraper: Tall Building Design Now

Last month, our publisher, Balcony Press, had the pleasure of sponsoring a signing to celebrate the release of Scott Johnson's new book, Performative Skyscraper: Tall Building Design Now. The event featured remarks by Qingyun Ma, Dean and Della + Harry MacDonald Chair, USC School of Architecture. It was held at Johnson Fain Studios in Downtown LA.

To purchase the book, (all proceeds go to the USC School of Architecture) contact Natalie Egnatchik.

Wednesday
Nov062013

Events: Celebrating and Preserving Architecture in Los Angeles

This weekend, the LA Conservancy hosts a walking tour of Downtown LA's Arts District. Also on for weekend is LA Forum's ForumFest 2013, honoring architect Michael Maltzan. Photo by Annie Laskey/L.A. Conservancy.This weekend is a big one for architecture and design lovers in Los Angeles. On Saturday, November 9, The Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design will host its annual fundraiser, ForumFest 2013. This year, the honoree will be architect Michael Maltzan, and the event will be held at Inner-City Arts, a building of Maltzan’s own design. 

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Saturday
Jan082011

Eli Broad Announces Plan for New Museum in Downtown L.A.

Billionaire art-collector Eli Broad unveiled plans last Thursday for the porous-concrete-shelled structure that will house his 2,000-piece art collection and provide an anticipated catalyst for downtown's halting renaissance.

The Broad Art Foundation features a three-story layout designed by New York-based firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro, and consists of a spongelike mantle that lets light into the 40,000-square feet of gallery space, which itself sits atop a vast storage vault.

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