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Stradella / SAOTA

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  • Architects: SAOTA
  • Location: Los Angeles, United States
  • Lead Architects: Mark Bullivant, Tom Burbidge
  • Landscaping: Fiore Landscape Design
  • Interior Décor: MINOTTI Los Angeles
  • Area: 1865.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2016
  • Photographs: Adam Letch
  • Architects Of Record: CM Peck
  • Development Managers: PLUS Development
  • Contractor: Gordon Gibson Construction
  • Structural Engineers: JLA Structural Engineers
  • Brokering Company: Bond St Partners
  • Lighting Consultant: Oculus Light Studio
  • Artwork: Creative Art Partners

Spotlight: William Pereira

Geisel Library. Image © Darren Bradley Geisel Library. Image © Darren Bradley

Winner of the 1942 Acadamy Award for Best Special Effects, William Pereira (April 25, 1909 – November 13, 1985) also designed some of America's most iconic examples of futurist architecture, with his heavy stripped down functionalism becoming the symbol of many US institutions and cities. Working with his more prolific film-maker brother Hal Pereira, William Pereira's talent as an art director translated into a long and prestigious career creating striking and idiosyncratic buildings across the West Coast of America.

Wilson School of Design / KPMB Architects + Public: Architecture + Communication

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  • Architects: KPMB Architects + Public: Architecture + Communication
  • Location: 5600 Kwantlen St, Richmond, BC V6X 2X9, Canada
  • Lead Architect: Bruce Kuwabara (KPMB)
  • Project Architects: Glenn MacMullin; Associate in Charge (KPMB) , Geoffrey Turnbull (KPMB), Chris Forrest (Public Project)
  • Interiors: Carolyn Lee (KPMB)
  • Principal: Luigi LaRocca (KPMB)
  • Area: 60000.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2018
  • Photographs: Andrew Latreille

Spotlight: Richard Neutra

Lovell House, 1929. Image © <a href=',_Los_Angeles,_California.JPG'>Wikimedia user Los Angeles</a> licensed under <a href=''>CC BY-SA 3.0</a> Lovell House, 1929. Image © <a href=',_Los_Angeles,_California.JPG'>Wikimedia user Los Angeles</a> licensed under <a href=''>CC BY-SA 3.0</a>

Though Modernism is sometimes criticized for imposing universal rules on different people and areas, it was Richard J. Neutra's (April 8, 1892 – April 16, 1970) intense client focus that won him acclaim. His personalized and flexible version of modernism created a series of private homes that were—and still are—highly sought after, making him one of the United States' most significant mid-century modernists.

Gentrification, Alienation, and Homelessness: What Really Happens When Amazon Moves to Town?

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This article was originally published by Common Edge as "A Seattleite Reflects on the City in the Age of Amazon."

At first, it was just a crane or two, a little urban renewal down on Westlake, a rumor that Paul Allen was cleaning things up, wanted a huge park with bike trails. I thought that might be nice and didn’t think about it again for a while.

What to Get an Architect for Christmas [2017]

In what has become an annual “must write” post, I present to you THE definitive list of “What to Get an Architect for Christmas.” This is the 8th version of this list and I’m not going to lie, I’m starting to feel a little like Ebenezer Scrooge about the whole thing because I have unknowingly started to come up with some internal rules that govern what sort of gifts do, and do not, make my list. For the most part, I have tried to move away from do-dahs and bric-a-brac … because why? I want these gifts to be something that will live on past this particular holiday season, and that means that I focused more on longevity, purpose, and substance over style … I suppose substance AND style are preferred.

Does that make me a Scrooge? Maybe a little, but the stuff on this list isn’t meant for a 5-year-old, it’s gender-neutral, and I think most of these items your co-workers would want to steal (which, for most people, is really the measure of a desirable gift).

So on Dasher and Dancer, and Prancer, and Vixen, and … all the rest of those reindeers. Here are 43 things, one of which will surely make that irritatingly picky architect friend of yours truly happy.

WestEdge Design Fair Premieres October 3-6, 2013 In Santa Monica

A design experience to engage, entertain and inspire with exhibits from leading names in the industry, plus educational programs & workshops, networking events and more. WestEdge Design Fair makes its debut October 3-6, 2013 in Santa Monica, California at the Barker Hangar. This newest destination for modern design showcases a curated selection of over 150 leading national and international brands, many new to the West Coast. Attendees will find design inspiration, and be able to shop from leading manufacturers of furniture, lighting, kitchen, bath, outdoor furnishings and other products for the home. The show caters to trade, press and consumers alike, and offers a complete experience for attendees, including panel discussions and workshops, custom installations, a series of special events, and an opening night party to benefit Heal the Bay. WestEdge featured exhibitors include: BDDW This iconic American furniture company is dedicated to the creation of well-crafted timeless designs. Tyler Hays, a painter and sculptor, is the company founder and head designer. BDDW is known for their heirloom quality solid wood furniture, traditionally joined, in select domestic hardwoods. Their finishes are all hand rubbed with natural oils and lacquers. In beds, tables, seating, lamps and storage, BDDW has created dozens of classics and is constantly producing new and innovative work BDDW Brenda Houston Designer Brenda Houston has chosen WestEdge to debut her new collection. She offers a comprehensive collection of unique handcrafted furniture, lighting and accessories for residential, retail and hospitality arenas. Each piece in the collection represents unparalleled luxury, intended to be handed down for generations to come. The company’s clients include top interior design firms, celebrities, Royal Family members, and A-list hoteliers throughout the world.

US Megaregions: Algorithm Redefines Boundaries of Metropolitan Areas

[ By WebUrbanist in Culture & History & Travel. ]


A new geographical study of the United States reveals the functional boundaries of megapolises around the country, defining them by usage rather than arbitrary political borders. Unlike gerrymandered districts or state lines, these sprawling areas are rooted in deep data analytics versus historical accident.


Historical geographer Garrett Dash Nelson teamed up with urban analyst Alasdair Rae to publish a paper using commuting information and computational algorithms. Studying over 4,000,000 commutes, they traced interconnections between economically connected points and reported the results in An Economic Geography of the United States: From Commutes to Megaregions.