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If I could give you one thing in this world, it would be the ability to see yourself as others see you.
That way, you would
realize what a truly
amazing person you are.
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— Stefanie of Marlborough High School, LA
"Star twinks at blue heron
Nesting in eucalyptus
As I stroll by
Along Silver Lake.
Night in Culver City is something you all should know, try, and love with all of your heart! It’s eclectic and all-encompassing nightlife options are uncountable. Bourbon or beer, jazz or clubbing, karaoke or lounge City of Culver has it all for you! Hipsters know what is trending, believe me, they won’t hang out in a bad place. Here is a list of five places I personally and my friends from AI career service recommend everyone to chill out on a Friday…
The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks (BPOE) will be celebrating their 150th anniversary on February 16, 2018. This celebration will attract more than two million Members, families and community partners around the nation.
The BPOE is one of the premiere Charitable and Patriotic organizations in the United States.
The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks has made more than $6 billion dollars in donations since first starting…
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Join Councilmember Ryu and the Los Angeles Police Commission for a Community Meeting on Policing, Security and Public Safety in Los Angeles. As the Police Commission seeks a new chief for the Los Angeles Police Department, now is the time to speak up for the future direction of the LAPD
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Thomas Starr King MS is competing for a $30,000 grant from the Scholar Dollars Grant Program, sponsored by the Office of the California State Treasurer. Only one winner in…Continue
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"Nice little preview of our show this coming MONDAY FEB 19 at Zebulon, the last of my February Residency with special guests Magic Wanderers and the amazing JADE CASTRINOS (you know her as the voice of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes' omnipresent song "Home") !!!" - MDT
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Vision Board Workshop
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Thursday, March 1, 7:00–9:00 PM
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Year didn't start out as planned?
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Silver Lakers and nearby folks are welcome to join Silver Lake Time Bank. Check out the About tab on Facebook. Here's one story of SLTB adventures from Lee Conger.
My Time Bank Story for today: Several weeks ago, when Katie from West Adams Time Bank bicycled over here to Silver Lake to help me with unspecified projects, I decided we should go harvest lemons from the un-monitored tree I spotted along the L.A. River several weeks prior. She and I walked and walked, bearing picker and bags, but I had us on the wrong stretch, so we never found the tree. Embarrassing. Recently I made a point of finding the tree and documenting its location. This morning, I saw Leonardo's request for lemons and was able to take him directly there. About 1/3 of the tree hangs over a fence; the fruit drops and rots. We began harvesting. And then the 'Time Bank Miracle' happened. When we offered lemons to passersby, they turned out to be the owners of the tree on the other side of the fence. They were delighted that the lemons would be used. They offered us grapefruit, too. They were interested to learn about the Time Bank and the Neighborhood Fruit Harvest Project and were happy to accept my offer to deliver them a bag of kumquats sometime soon. (Whose story is next?)
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The project was once expected to open this year
In the works for more than three years, the College Station project would bring 770 new apartments to a nearly five-acre parcel of land at the northeast intersection of College and Spring streets. The complex would also include 51,390 square feet of commercial space, including a grocery store, restaurants, a coffee shop, and an ice cream shop.
An early version of the project included a pair of 20-story towers, but plans changed when developer Atlas Capital took over the project. Designed by architecture firm Johnson Fain, the new concept calls for six five-story structures connected by a two-story podium with parking and retail space.
Jerry Neuman, a representative for the developer, tells Curbed the shorter design scheme will allow the project to integrate better with its surroundings, including the neighboring Downtown Los Angeles State Historic Park, which reopened last year after an extensive overhaul.
The environmental report indicates that the project—once expected to wrap up this year—will take about 43 months to construct, after it gains city approval. Neuman says the review process will probably last into next year, putting the opening date somewhere around 2023.
Probably a woman
The surprise announcement that Christopher Hawthorne was leaving his post at the Los Angeles Times to become the city’s first chief design officer generated plenty of discussion about the increasingly important role of design in government.
Among architecture writers, however, conversation quickly pivoted to another pressing issue: Who should hold the paper’s job of architecture critic next?
As the shrinking local news industry means publications have fewer resources to cover topics like architecture, the number of full-time local architecture critic positions has dwindled in recent years—at a time when cities are booming.
Especially in Los Angeles, which faces a shortage of news outlets alongside accelerated real estate development, this role is perhaps more relevant than ever.
During his tenure, Hawthorne broadened the focus of the traditional architecture beat to write about issues like transportation planning and housing policy, a trend evocative of architecture criticism in general, said Frances Anderton, host of KCRW’s DnA: Design and Architecture. “In the last couple decades, architecture criticism has gone from emphasis on formal expression—the wow factor—to repudiation of formal expression and preoccupation with the urban realm, grassroots engagement, and issue of identity,” she said.
Many of Hawthorne’s peers hope that LA’s new critic will continue down this path—and look at the city even more holistically, like Hawthorne’s New York Times counterpart Michael Kimmelman, who has incorporated climate change and food justice into his beat.
“It’s not so much adding a new voice to the debate as bringing in someone who can continue to explain how design fits in—and why insisting on the best possible buildings and spaces matters so much in the long run,” said John King, architecture critic at the San Francisco Chronicle.
Speaking truth to architectural power becomes critical at a time when a city’s future could be determined by a single corporate headquarters.
The job of the architecture critic at LA’s paper of record may become even more important as Hawthorne ascends to City Hall to align with these leaders, as the Chicago Tribune’s architecture critic Blair Kamin noted: “It is equally important that this critic possess the fortitude to hold the powerful—architects, developers, and officials, including Christopher in his new government role—to account.”
Speaking truth to architectural power at the local level becomes critical at a time when a city’s future could be determined by the recruitment of a single corporate headquarters, or, perhaps more relevant in LA’s case, the bid for the Olympics.
At the same time, the Los Angeles Times is undergoing its own major changes—the newsroom unionized but also saw significant layoffs, and the paper was bought by billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong—leading many to worry that the position will not be filled at all.
“It is my sincere hope that the LA Times doesn’t use Chris’ departure as an excuse to not have an architecture critic anymore,” lamented San Francisco-based critic Allison Arieff. “Now more than ever we need smart thinkers to help us all make sense of the rapid changes happening in cities today.”
Mark Lamster, architecture critic for the Dallas Morning News, echoed Arieff’s concerns. “I think it’s critically important that the job is not left vacant, and that whomever does take it on is someone who cares about the entire city and also cares deeply about architecture,” he said.
In 2014, when Philadelphia Inquirer architecture critic Inga Saffron won the Pulitzer Prize for criticism, Architect counted 13 full-time architecture critics at newspapers. Almost four years later, that number has shrunk to 11: David Brussat left the Providence Journal and has not been replaced, and Robert Campbell hasn't written a story for the Boston Globe since 2017. (Julie Iovine clarified to Curbed that she has been a columnist, not a full-time critic, at the Wall Street Journal since 2007; and, while not a newspaper, Justin Davidson is a locally focused architecture critic on staff at New York Magazine.)
It’s also important to note that, with the exception of Hawthorne’s imminent departure, there has been no turnover in these other critic roles. The voices that have been given the biggest megaphones about how U.S. cities are changing have remained largely the same for over a decade.
Of the American writers who do have full-time positions as architecture critics, at newspapers or for online outlets, very few of them are women or people of color.
Do we even know if the LA Times will replace him? In times of journalistic upheaval and financial pressure architecture criticism is rarely a high priority for management. I agree it would be a catastrophe for L A to leave Chris’s slot open. https://t.co/PlSCb46XYP— Paul Goldberger (@paulgoldberger) March 13, 2018
Even on the current Los Angeles Times masthead, the arts critics are mostly white men.
Many architecture critics are calling for Hawthorne’s replacement to buck the trend.
“It should be a woman,” said Curbed’s architecture critic Alexandra Lange. “This may be the last open job for a newspaper architecture critic in America. 2.5 of them are currently women. We need more input from women about the design and planning of cities and here is a prime place for it, not to mention plenty of qualified candidates.”
Indeed, of the potential candidates for the job suggested online and in interviews for this story, a majority were women: Anderton, writer and author Karrie Jacobs, Lange, Los Angeles Times arts columnist Carolina A. Miranda, architecture writer Kate Wagner, critic and author Sarah Williams Goldhagen, journalist and critic Mimi Zeiger, as well as the author of this story.
Other writers named included critic Greg Goldin, Lamster, editor and critic Sam Lubell, journalist and author Geoff Manaugh, journalist and podcaster Colin Marshall, and even a call to bring back Hawthorne’s predecessor, Nicolai Ouroussoff.
The sale of the Los Angeles Times will be finalized April 1, and it is unlikely that any hiring decisions will be made until then, according to a source at the paper who asked not to be named. Plus, the paper needs to fill other roles, like national editor, which will likely take precedence over architecture critic, at least for now.
Promoting someone immediately from within the paper seems to be an especially wise decision for both the beat and the city, which is why many critics named Miranda as the clear frontrunner. Hawthorne himself specifically cited Miranda’s distinct voice when asked about who should succeed him.
Miranda is the obvious choice, agreed Jacobs, who was herself a candidate for the Los Angeles Times architecture critic job when Ouroussoff was hired in 1996. “Before taking her current position at the LA Times writing about art, she wrote persuasively about architecture for a variety of publications,” said Jacobs of Miranda. “She has a strong, unique point of view. When she writes a piece about the architecture of porn theaters, I am thrilled to read about the architecture of porn theaters. And I can’t imagine a better fit for Los Angeles at this moment in time than a Latina architecture critic.”
A new book highlights the work of students at the USC School of Architecture to shelter the city’s most vulnerable residents
For close to 100 years, Los Angeles has been a haven of architectural innovation and ingenuity. For even longer, it’s been home to countless residents living without a roof over their heads on a given night.
With homelessness in the city reaching epidemic levels, it’s fair to ask whether the many creative architects and builders who call LA home can contribute to growing efforts to alleviate the crisis.
In 2016, the Martin Architecture and Design Workshop set out to answer that question, sponsoring a “Homeless Studio” at the USC School of Architecture for the fall semester. The program resulted in a new initiative called Homes for Hope, which plans to provide short-term housing to those awaiting placement in permanent supportive housing facilities tailored to serve the needs of homeless residents.
Homes for Hope has already partnered with Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission to design a concept for a small complex of prefabricated, easily reproducible units of housing. Working with the city, the organization plans to replicate the concept in other areas.
The formation of Homes for Hope and the work that students undertook to get the initiative off the ground is chronicled in a new book, Give Me Shelter. Curbed caught up with author Sofia Borges—also an instructor at the USC Homeless Studio and director of MADWORKSHOP—to talk about the role of architecture and design in solving LA’s homelessness crisis.
In the book, you talk about working with students to see homelessness as an architectural typology. How is homelessness itself an architectural typology?
If you think about the idea of someone having to relocate multiple times per day every day for the indefinite future, it’s a crazy idea. Move everything you own? [Homeless residents] really are master builders. They’re versatile, they’re experimental, they are adaptive. And there is absolutely a vernacular to homelessness.
Even just the inventive ways that people use tarps—some of the students defined this as “tarpitechture.” There’s also the bicycle caravan, outfitting a bicycle to have different kinds of storage components. There’s a lot of ideas about mobility and flexibility that then informed the prototypes that students were developing.Photo by Buddy Bleckley A prototype of a shelter unit.
What lessons can architecture students learn studying “tarpitecture” and homeless encampments?
I think there’s a couple things. One is you don’t have to be so precious about materiality to still produce really surprising and delightful spaces. And that there’s so many cheap—or free—solutions for building and repurposing. Now, students in this class look at the world in a totally different way. Like, that’s not garbage; that’s the top of my house. Basically it’s this idea that everything and everybody can have a second chance.
During the class, makeshift homes students had designed for homeless residents in Vernon were seized by the city. That must have been frustrating.
I get it, it’s not to code, but what was there right before? That’s to code? It’s frustrating because everyone can see that it helps. We put out those homes when it started to rain and people were dry and safe. They could lock their doors. It was such a huge improvement from how they were living. To have them seized, it wasn’t surprising, but it was like, “where’s the humanity in that?”
That’s why we’re working with the city [of Los Angeles] super closely and intentionally to make sure that the real solution is one that’s not only supportive but can last, because I don’t want to ever do another thing that just gets bulldozed.
These modular “Homes For Hope” created by MADWORKSHOP and featured in the new book “Give me Shelter,” are just one of the alternative forms of housing we’re exploring to help our homeless neighbors get a roof over their head and the critical support they need. pic.twitter.com/5eUZ08CpAC— Mayor Eric Garcetti (@MayorOfLA) March 11, 2018
In the book you write that this is a personal project for you because you lost your brother, who was homeless and struggling with mental illness when he died. How did that affect your career trajectory and approach to architecture?
It completely changed my career trajectory because it became a lot harder to justify doing things without social value. It became harder to justify being a designer, designing for those who have money—or talking about design for the upper class and completely neglecting the fact that there are humans out on the streets who don’t have shelter.
Doctors take an oath to help anybody, and I think as architects, we should do the same. We have a very specific skill set—to provide shelter. And shelter should be a basic human right. We have to be accountable to the fact that there’s a whole group of people that needs shelter, and we’re not providing it.
You call the shelter concept in the book a draft. Are you expecting revisions?
There’s no ego here; there’s no stake in this being the only way or the right way. This is the way the city will support and get behind—and hopefully be able to do—but if you have a better idea, go for it. Let’s just do something. We all just need to do something. There’s people out there in the rain and the cold, and we’re not doing anything.
I’m all for all the ideas, all the revisions. But I hope that it makes people want to act, because I can’t do it alone. Nobody can. We have to strengthen our ties as a community and decide that this isn’t an acceptable way to live with tens of thousands of people outside suffering.
This interview has been edited for length and clarity.
How to get around on race day
Less than a week remains before the starting gun fires at the 33rd annual Los Angeles Marathon. The race begins at 6:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 18 and if you plan on driving or riding the bus that day, you’ll want to take a good look at the planned street closures along the route.
The marathon starts at Dodger Stadium and winds its way through Downtown before cutting up past Echo Park Lake and over to Sunset Boulevard. Runners will follow the street up to Hollywood Boulevard and head west, passing the Walk of Fame along the way.
The course then drops down to the Sunset Strip and then down again to Santa Monica Boulevard. After a quick detour in Beverly Hills, it extends north toward the VA Hospital and cuts west on San Vicente. Finally, runners enter the final stretch on Ocean Avenue and finish the race just short of the Santa Monica Pier.
The National Weather Service expects that rain predicted for Friday will clear up by Saturday, meaning racers will keep dry and drivers won’t have to worry about slick streets on top of road closures.
Most of the streets closed for the race will shut down between 4 and 5 a.m., though stretches of Main Street and Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica will be closed to traffic at midnight. Streets will start to reopen between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Aside from the streets that are actually included in the course (which can be found here), a number of nearby thoroughfares will also be temporarily closed at different points throughout the day (those you can find here).
Numerous freeway ramps along the 110, 101, and 405 will also be closed off, though race organizers and transportation officials have released a list of alternate routes if you’re trying to access those areas.
If you’re more of a visual person, the handy map above charts the race route, as well as all the additional street closures nearby.
For a closer look at the planned closures, take a look at these detailed maps released by the Los Angeles Department of Transportation.
Numerous buses will be affected by the street closures, and many lines that go through the area will be on detour routes for much of the day. Metro has released a list of affected bus lines here.
It’s also worth noting that pedestrians and cyclists won’t be allowed on the course during the marathon—though a pre-race bicycle ride along the route is planned for the wee hours of the morning.
And, if all this is just too confusing, take the train. Rail service shouldn’t be impacted by the marathon—in fact, Metro is adding additional cars to Red Line trains throughout the day and running enhanced Expo Line service between 7 and 9 a.m. That should help riders easily travel to the race’s finish line—and give runners an option for getting home.
It’s got beamed ceilings and a host of built-ins
This suave midcentury modern home in Long Beach was built in 1956 and appears to have been kept in excellent condition in the years since.
The 1,911-square-foot home has three bedrooms and two bathrooms, with hardwood floors, built-in shelving, beamed ceilings, multiple fireplaces, and walls of glass. The wood-paneled family room is fronted by a brick wall with a fireplace and pockets of shelving. It leads into a vintage kitchen with oak cabinetry, a double oven, and a built-in breakfast nook.
The home sits on a roomy 9,888-square-foot lot in the city’s quiet La Marina Estates neighborhood. Fronted by a neatly landscaped front yard, the house has a long driveway and an attached two-car garage. In the back is a large, pergola-shaded dining patio, a couple other seating areas, a hot tub, and brick planters throughout the yard.
On the market for the first time since its construction, the home is asking $939,000.