Giant Paper Airplanes to Sail Over Olive Court
Apr01

Giant Paper Airplanes to Sail Over Olive Court


If you’ve ever stared out the window of a hermetically-sealed skyscraper office and wondered just how far a paper airplane could sail from this height, you’re not alone in your fantasy.  But until skyscrapers with opening windows become a thing in Los Angeles, you’ll have to settle for Grand Park. That’s where nearly a dozen out-scaled “paper” airplanes will be erected this June as part of a...

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Los Angeles Has a New Skyscraper King
Mar08

Los Angeles Has a New Skyscraper King


  It’s not very often that you have to re-write the list of Los Angeles’ tallest skyscrapers.  But today is one of those days. The Wilshire Grand Plaza is now officially the tallest building in Los Angeles, California, and the western United States.  Earlier today it topped out at 1.099 feet, meaning that when it is completed, it will be the ninth-tallest building in the nation, behind four skyscrapers in Chicago and...

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U.S. Bank Tower’s New Plan to Make You Fudge Your Huggies
Mar03

U.S. Bank Tower’s New Plan to Make You Fudge Your Huggies


It’s hard to think of a skyscraper with a more robust history of unfriendliness. For years, the U.S. Bank Tower has cultivated a culture of open hostility toward anyone who dared admire its striking presence. The Internet is full of hundreds of reports from disgruntled tourists who were admonished, chased away, and even threatened by its security staff for gazing too long at the building. The “guards” have no problem...

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Pershing Square Rehab Advances With Four Design Finalists
Jan05

Pershing Square Rehab Advances With Four Design Finalists


The contest to transform the city’s most over-used, under-maintained, and loved-to-death public space has reached another milepost. The number of firms competing to design a new Pershing Square has been whittled down from 54 to 10 to now just four teams.  This according to KCET television, since the Pershing Square Renewal web site hasn’t been updated in five months. Pershing Square is Los Angeles’ oldest park, and...

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Brits Getting in on Downtown LA’s Boutique Hotel Boom
Jan04

Brits Getting in on Downtown LA’s Boutique Hotel Boom


The boutique hotel trend continues apace in Downtown Los Angeles. The latest entry into the field is the British mini-chain Hoxton. Hoxton is a six-year-old brand that spans hotels, restaurants, retail, events, and seemingly whatever else strikes their fancy. On the surface it is the epitome of hipster exuberance.  But upon closer inspection, the hype is mostly tongue-in-cheek.  This is a high end brand that doesn’t take itself...

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Third LA Area W Hotel Will Take Advantage Of Adjacent Entertainment Complex
Aug20

Third LA Area W Hotel Will Take Advantage Of Adjacent Entertainment Complex


A new W Hotel and mixed-use development is planned at the corner of St. Figueroa and 11th Street in downtown L.A. Starwood Hotels and Hazels Real Estate Group announced the plans for what will be the area’s third W Hotel. The hotel will be known as W Los Angeles Downtown. It will be located in a mixed-use development area across from the L.A. LIVE entertainment complex (home to Microsoft Theatre, Club Microsoft, and ESPN Zone). Key...

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Mark Your Calendar: A+D Reopening in Downtown L.A.
Jun01

Mark Your Calendar: A+D Reopening in Downtown L.A.


Good news for the city’s architecture and design community — Architecture and Design Museum Los Angeles will open in its new home on June 27th.  The new location is 900 East 4th Street. The re-opening comes with a fundraising gala called “Celebrate 2015: Shelter.” This is the museum’s third home since it first opened its doors in 2001.  It recently closed its Wilshire Boulevard location in preparation for the...

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