Today Curbed National take a look into the paradoxical word of architecture zines: scrappy, independent publications that tell architectural stories by way of collage, comics, illustrations, and more. By nature of being ephemeral, cheap, and accessible, zines operate, in many ways, contrary to what architecture is all about. “The stories here are unscientific and inexact,” the editor of Soiled tells Curbed National. “While we certainly don’t want to clean that mess, we want to make it more productive, to calibrate it. We want to give it sign posts and entry points.” Read on. [Curbed National]
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Today Curbed National takes a look inside the fresh South Carolina digs of music’s John Mellencamp. The house, inspired by a church, features a nave-like central living hall “ringed by a gallery reminiscent of a choir loft.” Photos, this way. [Curbed National]
Using a Community Development Block Grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the city of Long Beach is upgrading a stretch of businesses on Anaheim Street and Long Beach Boulevard, adjacent to the Anaheim station on the Blue Line. Santa Monica-based Gwynne Pugh Urban Studios is heading up the renovations, which include colorful facade additions that will hopefully spur more business and increase foot traffic. Los Angeles artist Hector “Shandu” Calderon also created murals on Anaheim Street that you can make out in the second rendering.
Santa Monica doesn’t screw around when it comes to parking structures: They have the multi-colored, eco-friendly Santa Monica Civic Center Parking Structure by Moore Ruble Yudell, and now there’s Studio Jantzen and Behnisch Architekten‘s Parking Structure 6, another green garage, which looks to have taken inspiration from Paris’s famous Centre Pompidou. Opened yesterday with much fanfare, Structure 6 offers panoramic ocean views from the top of its eight stories, holds 744 cars and dozens of bikes, and includes electric vehicle charging stations, plus groundfloor retail space; there are also solar panels and those striking red staircases that allow easy access to every floor. Parking Structure 6 replaces a shorter and blander garage that held 400 fewer cars.
When developer Tom Gilmore sold the parking lot next to the 137-year-old Vibiana, a former church and current events space, he wanted to ensure nothing tacky and/or out-of-place went up. It looks like his finickiness paid off–renderings from new developer Weintraub Real Estate Group, via Building Los Angeles, show a sleek mixed-use apartment tower that doesn’t loom over the landmark (the site was entitled for a skyscraper) and that seems like it’ll be a nice addition to Second Street. Nadel Architects (1111 Wilshire) are behind the proposed nine-story building, with 238 units, 3,600 square feet of retail, 303 underground parking spots (no parking podium, thank God), and an outdoor plaza linking the building with the Vibiana and its groundfloor restaurant. The project was just presented to the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council’s Planning and Land Use Committee, so we’ve got a ways to go before we see this thing come to life.
· New Look for Vibiana Lofts [Building Los Angeles]
· Lot Next to Vibiana About to Sell With Some Insurance Against Stupid Development [Curbed LA]
[Curbed went inside/outside to tour the newly opened Tongva Park in Santa Monica]
This Week’s Top Stories: Big plans for the restoration of an 11 mile stretch of the LA River were released this week by the Army Corps of Engineers, and while it might not be everything we hoped, it’ still something. Curbed mapped 17 of the oldest homes currently on sale in LA County, and whadyaknow, they include a bunch of big Victorians and tiny bungalows. Kudos to the Santa Monica City Council who this week approved some big changes to 142.5 acres of industrial land in the city in anticipation of the arrival of the Expo Line light rail, creating a more pedestrian friendly and mixed-use community. Since the Mayor’s Office is still asking for ideas to make LA better, we teed up with a list of great ideas borrowed from other cities around the world, including White Nights and Cleaning Day. In cool-map-thing news, a new interactive map from National Atlas lets you see where our rivers originate and where they go to, so now you can see how your trash will probably end up in Long Beach. Grand Theft Auto V’s map of fictional Los Santos has been leaked, and we’re taking a closer look at this alternate universe version of Los Angeles. Poor sad-sack Westwood is getting some much needed urban intervention thanks to the Hammer Museum, who is planning to fill the neighborhood’s empty storefronts with pop-up shops for most of November.
The stretch of Figueroa Street (and environs) between Seventh Street and Exposition Park has been seeing an enormous amount of action lately, so thank heavens LADOT’s MyFigueroa project, which will majorly transform the street itself, is looking healthy following the setbacks of the past few years. MyFig completely redesigns the street to make it more friendly to bikers, pedestrians, and transit riders (in addition to, of course and as always, motorists). LADOT has just released new renderings, plans, and website for the project, and plans to hold a community meeting on April 9. MyFig will still feature “people-focused streetscape elements like pedestrian-oriented signage, transit platforms for boarding buses, and a three-mile bikeway complete with bike signaling … high-visibility crosswalks, widened sidewalks, transit platforms, more street trees and landscaping, better signalization and signage, and public art,” according to a press release. More generally, “the project will physically connect South L.A. and Downtown.”
Streetsblog breaks down the details: “North of exposition the road design calls for five mixed use travel lanes. South of exposition it’s down to four mixed use lanes and a bus only lane. The bus only lane provides a buffer of sorts for bike traffic heading south.” The adjacent stretch of Eleventh Street (from Fig to Broadway) will also be reconfigured–it’ll lose one of its two westbound traffic lanes and get a one-way westbound bike lane; its northern sidewalk will be expanded. Part of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard on the south end of the project will get repaired paving and more lighting and street trees.
Melendrez Design Partners is leading the design work on MyFig. LADOT is still doing a traffic analysis, but construction is supposed to start in January 2014 and wrap up by the end of that year.
· Figueroa Street Overhaul Back on the (Separated Cycle) Track [Curbed LA]
· MyFigueroa [Official Site]