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FIELDWORKS Celebrates Design-Build in California's High Desert

© Zeno Legner © Zeno Legner

Design lab Space Saloon recently wrapped up its second experimental design-build festival in Southern California. Dubbed FIELDWORKS, the festival aimed to rethink design-build and hands-on education. Following the success of the first workshop, LANDING, the group returned to Southern California to develop site-specific projects and workshops.

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Ehrlich Yanai Outside-In

Ehrlich Yanai Outside-In: New California Modernism
Steven Ehrlich and Takashi Yanai; Zahid Sardar (Introduction)
The Monacelli Press, April 2019

Hardcover | 9-1/2 x 11-3/4 inches | 240 pages | English | ISBN: 978-1580935029 | $60.00

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Recipient of the 2015 Firm Award from the American Institute of Architects, EYRC Architects is internationally recognized for elegant design in a modernist spirit. Residential designs are at the heart of the practice, which now encompasses commercial and institutional projects. Sixteen houses are presented in the book, the majority in Southern California and others near San Francisco and Houston. These designs are characterized by the fusion of powerful, simple forms, with the cultural, climatic, and contextual particulars of place. Accompanying the drawings and luxurious color photography are sketches and source material that reveal the genesis of the design as well as the completed project. As Ehrlich says, “Blurring the boundaries between the built and natural environment, our designs merge California modernism with vernacular design elements. Through details and materials, we maximize the home owner’s connection with the site and natural surroundings.”
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Los Angeles Architect Francois Perrin Passes Away

Francois Perrin. Image Courtesy of Spaceworks Francois Perrin. Image Courtesy of Spaceworks

Los Angeles based architect and curator Francois Perrin has passed away. Perrin was diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer in January, 2019, and passed away on April 1, 2019, in Ventura County, California. As the founder of Air Architecture, the Paris-born architect worked in Southern California while remaining professionally active in France. He is known for his creative and inventive approach to materials, and for his ability to rethink everyday life through his work.

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Mid-Century Modern Architecture Travel Guide

Mid-Century Modern Architecture Travel Guide: East Coast USA
Sam Lubell, photographs by Darren Bradley
Phaidon, October 2018

Flexicover | 5 x 7-1/4 inches | 376 pages | 255 illustrations | English | ISBN: 978-0714876627 | $35.00

Publisher Description:
Featuring architecture by some of the biggest Mid-Century names, including Mies van der Rohe, Marcel Breuer, Eero Saarinen, and Philip Johnson, each of the more than 250 buildings is located on a regional map. The book includes all the additional information needed to find and visit each building. Its cool and functional design makes this book a coveted Modernist-style object in itself.

Including icons from The Met Breuer to the fabulous beach houses of Fire Island, private homes in Connecticut, Manhattan skyscrapers, and the Tropical Modern residences of Sarasota, Florida, it is a must-have guide to one of the most fertile and lesser-known regions for the development of Mid-Century Modern architecture. From the publisher of
Mid-Century Modern Architecture Travel Guide: West Coast USA.
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Space Saloon Announces FIELDWORKS Design-Build Festival in California

Extent by Kyle May. Image © Daniel Schwartz Extent by Kyle May. Image © Daniel Schwartz

Space Saloon has announced a new week long experimental design-build festival in Southern California. Dubbed FIELDWORKS, the festival aims to rethink design-build and hands-on education. Following the success of the first workshop, LANDING, the group is returning to Southern California and the Morongo Valley. The community-in-residence program brings teams of students and designers together to develop site-specific projects that question notions of context and place.

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Spotlight: Charles and Ray Eames

Eames House. Image © <a href=''>Flickr user jkz</a> licensed under <a href=''>CC BY-SA 2.0</a> Eames House. Image © <a href=''>Flickr user jkz</a> licensed under <a href=''>CC BY-SA 2.0</a>

Charles (June 17, 1907 – August 21, 1978) and Ray Eames (December 15, 1912 – August 21, 1988) are best known for their personal and artistic collaboration, and their innovative designs that shaped the course of modernism. Their firm worked on a diverse array of projects, with designs for exhibitions, furniture, houses, monuments, and toys. Together they developed manufacturing processes to take advantage of new materials and technology, aiming to produce high quality everyday objects at a reasonable cost.

Kornerstone International Academy / hyperStiy Architects

© Weiqi Jin © Weiqi Jin
  • Architects: hyperStiy Architects
  • Location: Yinchuan, Ningxia, China
  • Design Team: Yang Shi, Shaojun Li, Yifei Mi, Xin, Li Dijin, Li Cui, Li Bixuan Sui
  • Area: 6000.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2018
  • Photographs: Weiqi Jin
© Weiqi Jin © Weiqi Jin

Text description provided by the architects. With the change of educational concept in contemporary Chinese families, expectations for their children are not only limited to their accumulation of knowledge, but also hope that they can learn from intimate relationships, good habits and good personality in their growth.

LA Metro Releases New Renders of Airport Connector Station by Grimshaw

Airport Metro Connector. Image Courtesy of GRIMSHAW Airport Metro Connector. Image Courtesy of GRIMSHAW

Grimshaw Architects and Gruen Associates have released updated renderings of the Metro station connecting Los Angeles International Airport to light rail. Expected to open in 2023, the $500-million transit hub will span across a 9.5 acre site adjacent to the Crenshaw/LAX Line’s maintenance yard. The design was made to create a fully inter-modal facility that will become a new point of arrival into the city.

“Re-Habit” Transforms Empty Big Box Stores into Housing for the Homeless


Los Angeles-based KTGY Architecture + Planning’s Research and Development studio has unveiled an idea to reuse millions of square feet of empty retail stores as housing for the homeless. The “Re-Habit” concept calls for the installation of bathrooms, dining, sleeping, gardening, and job training facilities, transforming obsolete big-box stores into agents of social change.

The concept comes at a time when vast big box stores such as Macy’s, JC Penney, and Sears are closing in record numbers, leaving large vacant footprints throughout the urban landscape.

The Center for Early Education Campus Redevelopment / Johnson Favaro

© Benny Chan © Benny Chan
  • Architects: Johnson Favaro
  • Location: West Hollywood, California, United States
  • Lead Architects: Johnson Favaro
  • Area: 10000.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2020
  • Photographs: Benny Chan