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Old July 31st, 2016, 02:25 AM   #1521
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Frank Gehry’s Sunset Strip project is approved — ‘I will do my best to make you proud’

Celebrity architect Frank Gehry’s big residential and retail project on the Sunset Strip is a go. The city’s planning commission on Thursday voted unanimously to give final approval to a cluster of Gehry-designed buildings at 8150 Sunset Boulevard.

Its location at Crescent Heights, directly across from favorite celebrity-haunt Chateau Marmont, is prime, and the developer, Townscape Partners, says it’s an iconic design that will serve as the "eastern gateway" to the strip.

The five buildings with varying heights from three to 15 stories will hold 249 residential units, 15 percent of which will be rented below market rate to tenants with lower incomes. That percentage is an increase from what was initially proposed, a request made by commissioners. Plans also call for a market, restaurant, stores, and new bank. There’s also public space and a public plaza, landscaped with jacaranda and palm trees, plus about 800 parking spaces.

The architecture is classic Gehry. The latest renderings and models show the edges of the buildings curve and undulate, and some look as if they’re bulging. Vertical panels shoot up around the perimeters of rooftops. Large shingles are slapped on the outside of the tallest building. One of the shorter buildings looks like it’s sheathed in twisted columns. The facades will be made of stone and glass with some wood accents.
http://la.curbed.com/2016/7/29/12315...oject-approved
http://urbanize.la/post/gehry-design...ing-commission
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Old July 31st, 2016, 05:22 PM   #1522
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Think you know coffee? Find out at this new coffee training center in Silver Lake

North Carolina-based Counter Culture Coffee, which began 21 years ago and helped pioneer the direct-trade movement, has opened a training center in Silver Lake. Essentially a schoolhouse for coffee for its wholesale partners, with weekly coffee tastings and other events for the public.
http://www.latimes.com/food/dailydis...nap-story.html
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Decking for Wilshire/La Brea subway station begins third phase this weekend
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Old August 1st, 2016, 01:16 AM   #1524
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Promise of 1,500 LA Rams jobs draws crowd to Coliseum

People line up for interviews during a job fair at the Expo Center for people interested in stadium jobs during Los Angeles Rams games. More than 1,500 positions will be available at the job fair, which is being held by Contemporary Services Corp. in conjunction with the South Los Angeles WorkSource Center and EXPO Center. Available positions include guest services, ushers, security officers and other event staff. Los Angeles, CA. July 28, 2016.
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Legendary Barney’s Beanery could become part of new hotel

A proposal to put a 113-room hotel on the West Hollywood site occupied by Barney’s Beanery was presented Wednesday evening to locals by developers Barneys VE LLC, a joint venture of VE Equities and Plus Development Group. The hotel’s most unusual feature is that Barney’s would be, "disassembled and then restored to its current location at the center of the site," reports Wehoville—no small task, as the interior of restaurant and bar is adorned in posters and Christmas lights and filled with knickknacks.

Barney’s Beanery opened in the 1920s and has traditionally been a hangout for bohemian types from Jim Morrison to Quentin Tarantino. (It was also known for a misspelled sign demanding that "Fagots stay out," but that came down in 1984.)

In addition to hotel rooms, the five-story project at 8447 Santa Monica Boulevard would have an underground live music venue and a recording studio. Where the Barney’s would be reinserted on the site, the building’s floors, "are cut back and angled in a faceted fashion to highlight the restaurant’s connection to the pedestrian experience on Santa Monica Boulevard," said Christian Robert of R&A Architecture + Design Inc., the principal architect for the project.

The top floors of the hotel ring a landscaped, U-shaped courtyard. The drop-off and pick-up spots for the hotel would also be underground in an attempt to cut down on gridlock along the street. The project would also have about 244 underground parking spaces where there’s currently a surface parking lot.
http://la.curbed.com/2016/7/28/12319...west-hollywood
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Forever Marilyn statue could return to Palm Springs

The beloved, larger-than-life “Forever Marilyn” statue might soon return to Palm Springs -- for good.

Tourism-promotion group P.S. Resorts has started negotiating an agreement with the RumChata Foundation, a charitable foundation formed by the tropical liqueur-producing company that donates to causes it believes will improve a community, to cover half the cost of relocating the blonde bombshell.
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One of the Ugliest Buildings in LA Will Finally Get a Makeover

8500 Melrose is about to emerge from its three-decades-long awkward phase to morph—just maybe—into a beautiful swan. The outdated mini-mall at Melrose Avenue and La Cienega, which is best known and also loathed for its facade with horizontal black and white stripes and pink trim, is on the verge of a big facelift.
http://la.curbed.com/2016/7/25/12277...se-black-white
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Old August 2nd, 2016, 05:33 AM   #1528
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2024 Summer Olympics | Games of the XXXIII Olympiad - Candidate Cities
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LA 2024 Olympic bid gets an advocate on athletes' commission, but so does Paris

Los Angeles' bid for the 2024 Summer Games got some good news — and some not-so-good news — on Monday as the International Olympic Committee continued its meetings here.

Former U.S. hockey player Angela Ruggiero, who serves as chief strategy officer for the LA 2024 bid committee, was elected as the new chair of the IOC athletes' commission.

In a world where connections can make all the difference, Ruggiero now leads a small group of athletes who will eventually take part in the vote to select the 2024 host.

She also earns a seat on the IOC's influential executive board.

“It is an important time within the Olympic movement and our [athletes'] commission has a great responsibility," Ruggiero said in a statement. "I will make sure our voices aren’t just heard but that they are effective and that we empower athletes around the world to do the same.”

If L.A. received a boost from the athletes' commission election, so did rival bidder Paris — one of its leaders, former canoeist Tony Estanguet, was named vice chair of the commission.
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Old August 2nd, 2016, 05:42 AM   #1529
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Here’s South Park’s newest towering hotel, Fig+Pico

Announced earlier this year, the hotel would have two towers—one with 28 stories and another with 40 stories—but be operated by three hotel brands. The two towers will have a combined 1,100 rooms and a total of three pools, plus bars and restaurants. They would also have 20,000 square feet of retail space and six levels of parking.

The two-towers will replace a parking lot and two restaurants, Hooters and El Compadre, on the site right now. The New York-based real estate investor and developer Lightstone recently submitted plans for the Gensler-designed project to the city.
http://la.curbed.com/2016/7/29/12328...hotel-fig-pico
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Rams' first official practice since their return to L.A. is a reality show, in the best sense

is whole business about the Rams returning to Los Angeles?

It just got real.

On a cloudless, scorching Saturday afternoon at UC Irvine, it filled bleachers surrounding two makeshift football fields with nearly 10,000 folks who sprinted to their seats early and stood screaming for autographs late.

All for a Rams event that had no score, no statistics and no drama.

It was just a practice. It was just a dummy-thumping, horn-rattling, saggy-sweats practice.

But this being the Rams’ first training-camp practice as a Los Angeles franchise in 22 years, it was horned gold.

“The people in St. Louis were like, we can’t root for the Rams because we’ll all be at the beach . . . well, I guess not,” said Randy Troy, a member of the former Bring Back the Los Angeles Rams group and one of many fans wearing a sweaty jersey and a sunscreen smile.

They cheered calisthenics. They cheered field-goal drills. They cheered dudes making flying interceptions of intentionally lofted passes that they were supposed to intercept.
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34-Story Broadway Tower Scheduled for October Groundbreaking

The property, located at the intersection of 4th Street and Broadway, is slated for a 34-story high-rise building which would feature 450 residential units and approximately 7,000 square feet of ground-floor commercial space. A groundbreaking for the proposed tower is scheduled for October 2016, with completion expected by 2020.

The project site - currently home to a one-story commercial complex - was entitled for development by prominent Downtown landlord Izek Shomof. Shomof sold the property to SCG in late 2015.
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^ That's the kind of stuff LA's Old Downtown needs! Go New Classical!

Though the tower would profit from some setbacks and rounded corners to get a soaring appearance.
It should be more like the podium building. Somehow, it reminds me of Frankfurt's Opernturm.
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Old August 3rd, 2016, 07:44 PM   #1533
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^ That's the kind of stuff LA's Old Downtown needs! Go New Classical!

Though the tower would profit from some setbacks and rounded corners to get a soaring appearance.
It should be more like the podium building. Somehow, it reminds me of Frankfurt's Opernturm.

Yeap!!..Agree about the Broadway area.
Furthermore,Thom Mayne is the one Beautiful Los Angeles deserves to fully embrace its "Blade Runner"spirit!
....Very few cities in the world can compete with LA about the architectural heritage richness!
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Old August 3rd, 2016, 09:37 PM   #1534
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What Los Angeles (and most of the world for that matter) needs is not a copy of the past, but reflection of current trends in a sustainable and long-lasting "classic" design.
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Old August 4th, 2016, 04:53 AM   #1535
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Koreatown is a bustling city within a city

Dense, diverse and undeniably L.A., Koreatown today is a dizzying hub of all-you-can-eat barbecue spots, karaoke bars, high-rise condos and 24-hour spas.

In the 1920s and 1930s, though, the neighborhood was the stomping grounds of cravat-sporting men and of women who wore their diamond rings over the fingers of their elbow-length satin gloves. These high-society folks would guzzle Champagne by the magnum and while away their days darting around town in their massive chauffeur-driven Duesenbergs.

But the area has evolved beyond its days as a simulacrum of the Upper East Side into a vibrant, polyglot neighborhood that could exist only in L.A.
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Proposed DTLA Tower Receives Key Approval
Trammell Crow Residential bringing modern tower to Hill Street.

Last week, developer Trammell Crow Residential received welcome news from the Los Angeles Department of City Planning (LADCP), which has approved the Texas-based company's proposal to build a residential tower in Downtown's Historic Core.

The project, known as the Alexan, would replace a surface parking lot at 9th and Hill Streets with a 27-story building featuring 305 residential units above approximately 6,200 square feet of ground-floor retail space. Plans also call for a landscaped roof deck, a swimming pool and a fitness center.

Designed by CallisonRTKL, the 320-foot tower would use columns and window lines to mimic the horizontal alignment of nearby historic buildings such as the Broadway Trade Center. A portion of its above-grade parking garage would be masked from view metal screens, concrete and two-story townhouse units.
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What Los Angeles (and most of the world for that matter) needs is not a copy of the past, but reflection of current trends in a sustainable and long-lasting "classic" design.
The arguably most fruitful eras of the west (and the US for that matter) in the cultural sense -renaissance, classicism, industrialisation- took inspiration from the past. Architects need to re-learn classical qualities to create good urbanism and sustainable archtitecture again. Luckily, the United States have a great grasp of that concept.

This saying holds true especially for architecture: Sometimes you need to go back to reach forward.
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Disneyland update: Progress on 'Star Wars' land and a new Starbucks opens at Downtown Disney

The forces of the Empire and Rebellion are still working on “Star Wars” land at Disneyland as a variety of retaining walls and other concrete foundations began appearing in the construction zone.

Meanwhile, Disney announced the formal start of construction for the new parking structure that will be built east of Harbor Boulevard, near the Santa Ana Freeway. It will also occupy portions of the current Pumba parking lot. When complete, some time in 2018, the structure will hold more than 6,000 cars.

It will connect to the Disneyland Resort via a new Eastern gateway, that will also serve as a new transportation hub for buses and shuttle buses and taxis. Eventually, there will be an access way built through to the Disneyland Resort on the land currently occupied by the Carousel Inn, which Disney now owns. The Inn will be closed in October, those with reservations past that month will be relocated to other area hotels, according to Disney officials.
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Construction is set to begin on La Plaza mixed-use project in downtown L.A.

Almost two years after county officials approved it, construction is set to begin on a $140-million, mixed-use project that will be built on a pair of former county parking lots near Olvera Street — a project that will also funnel upward of $250,000 a year to a local nonprofit.

The La Plaza Village project, on the corner of Spring Street and Cesar E. Chavez Avenue, will include stores and restaurants and 355 housing units, 71 of which are required to be affordable to low- and moderate-income tenants.

A landscaped walkway with signage about the area’s history will join the project with the nearby Olvera Street merchants district, the Plaza de Cultura y Artes center and Union Station.

The new project will also house a commercial kitchen that will hold culinary classes and broadcast demonstrations of Mexican cooking, and will be the site of the Los Angeles headquarters of the Cesar Chavez Foundation.
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Expo Line doesn't have enough rail cars for its surging ridership
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