Wednesday, March 02, 2005

quick bits

LA may get more town homes. The city recently passed a new ordinance allowing detached homes on small lots, town homes and row houses. The hope is that the new law will make town homes a more affordable option for home buyers. [Link via planetizen]


Disney Hall will lose some of its luster. The founder's room of frank gehry's concert hall will undergo a $90,000 renovation to dull the glare that has been bothering nearby residents, pedestrians and drivers. the REDCAT marquee will also be dulled as well. the plans to modify the building (agreed to by gehry's firm) have sparked a debate on the nature of architecture as art, the balance between form and function and its responsibility to the public (just a tempest in a teapot compared to the furor over public art like richard serra's tilted arc).


(Brian Vander Brug / LAT)

one of the better soundbites in the LA times coverage: "It's like putting a little more hair on the Mona Lisa or making her smile a little bigger," said Denise Crouse, who takes in the spectacular view of the hall each morning on her way to work at the downtown offices of PricewaterhouseCoopers. "An artist's work should stay an artist's work."


And morphosis continues its quest to build every single government building ever. the LA-based firm (caltrans) won the commission to build alaska's state capital building. apparently, the residents of juneau hated all four proposals but at least morphosis' had a dome.

3 Comments:

At 10:33 AM, Blogger Jessica said...

We'll see how/if the executions of the projects materialize. Remember back in '01-'02 when it seemed as if Rem Koolhaas was destined to design just about every other museum, retail and civic project across the planet? Granted Morphosis's stuff doesn't seem to have the same barriers to buildability as OMA's, but this could be the newest flavor of '04-'05 thing.

 
At 10:40 AM, Blogger marissa said...

agreed. from the article I link to it seems like there isn't much popular support for a new capital. but he does have quite a few municipal buildings already in construction, like the SF fed building.

 
At 10:40 AM, Blogger marissa said...

agreed. from the article I link to it seems like there isn't much popular support for a new capital. but he does have quite a few municipal buildings already in construction, like the SF fed building.

 

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