Compared to many other areas around the world, it seems rare when Southern California unveils exciting and striking urban design. It's also less common that we advance our transportation infrastructure (though the past few years have seen greater leaps in that category). But last month saw an instance of both with the opening of the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center, or ARTIC.Read More
Integrated Sustainable Design
In the lively, creative city of West Hollywood, Calif., cultivating a strong community is a core value to its residents. The city’s active residents participate in everything from competitive swimming and other intramural sports, to political activism and civic participation, to art exhibition and patronage. A well-equipped community park is an essential space for facilitating these many activities.
Topics: West Hollywood Park, Sustainable Sports Park, Parks and Recreation Design, Rick D’Amato, Integrated Sustainable Design, Civic Architecture, Community Based Master Planning, Urban Neighborhood Revitalization
LPA has been working with the Diocese of Orange to bring the Christ Cathedral campus Arboretum and Tower of Hope into the 21st century without disturbing the architectural significance of its rich history. The Diocese acquired the historic campus, formerly known as Crystal Cathedral campus, in Garden Grove, Calif. in February 2012. It was the original worship area for Reverend Robert Schuller's Crystal Cathedral Ministries, and is now serving as the home for the relocated St. Callistus parish.
As professional architects and designers, we consider ourselves to be life-long learners. We find it critical to have a connection between the profession and academia. It starts in the traditional K-12 setting; perhaps there was a catalyst in our youth that sparked our love for design. It continues as we grow with our higher education credentials, proving ourselves as industry experts, competent to do the work that we love. Even when we’ve “made it” and are working in the industry, we have to continue to learn about industry trends, new technologies and growing our credentials.
As a student, I had the opportunity to participate in some student design competitions. It was an exciting experience that allowed me to put in practice what I had been learning in terms of taking a project through an architectural process—from analysis, design conception to development, refinement and final solution. It also served as validation that I was on the right track. Through mentoring opportunities with a practicing professional I learned about dynamics of the profession that are not part of an academic education, like how to be efficient and deliberate with how you spend your design time.
We first covered the Malibu Library back in April—Earth Day 2012 to be exact—for its star-studded grand opening in the beachside community of Malibu, Calif.
Recently, the library scored a feature in the Library Journal’s Year in Architecture list, a comprehensive compilation of public library building projects and academic libraries.
When I started pooling our designers for their picks of this year’s top architecture and design highlights—as the responses came rolling in, for me, Christmas came early. Not only has our company had an especially exciting year but as individuals there have been a lot of great trips—for research, work, and play—a lot of great projects—and a lot of great moments with our clients. At this time of year especially, we remember that without our wonderful clients we don’t get to do what we love to do, “benefit and enhance people’s lives through great design,” as said beautifully last week, by LPA Design Principal Glenn Carels.
Dear readers, thank you for spending another year with us. We hope you enjoy the highlights we’ve compiled for you below.
Topics: Tonya Pawli, Denise Mendelssohn, Diamond Bar Library, Sunnylands Center Garden, YMCA Long Beach, Rich Bienvenu, Landscape Architecture, Jeremy Hart, Engineering, Edwards Lifesciences, Sustainable Design, Steve Flanagan, Dan Heinfeld, Building Information Modeling, Civic Architecture, Building Reuse, Glenn Carels, Architecture, Year End Architecture Highlights, Master Planning, Integrated Design
I'm a firm believer that sustainability is less about investing in the latest, salvation-providing craze in technology and more about revising habitual thought processes. Being green doesn't have to be flashy or overt. Instead, it's better when adopted as a regular, integrated custom within everyday life. So in that same vein, I take particular interest in building reuse—both in its adaptive reuse form as well as just a general recycling and upgrade of building purposes. I find it worthwhile to take and improve architecture that is already a part of the built environment, bringing it in line with a more efficient and ecologically friendly direction, without relying on a brand new building constructed from scratch.
Topics: Adaptive Reuse, Tenant Improvement, Albert Lam, Sustainable Design, K-12 Schools, Green Modernization, Corporate Facilities, Commercial Interiors, Civic Architecture, Building Reuse, Sustainable Building Design
In the East Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area, is the charming city of Brentwood. Founded by John Marsh, an East Contra Costa County pioneer, the city was incorporated in 1948. Fast forward 60 years and you’ll find the city celebrating its new civic center, which includes a 2.7-acre city park, a 60,000-square-foot city hall, a 32,000-square-foot community center, and a 280-stall parking garage.
It’s not every day A-list celebs attend the grand openings of our libraries. Recently, in Malibu, hundreds came out—including Mayor Laura Zahn Rosenthal, Pierce Brosnan and his wife Keely, and Dick Van Dyke—to celebrate the opening of a very special library remodel. A dynamic metamorphosis of what was once a dark, dated, and inefficient space into what is now a light, bright, and sustainable environment that reflects the history and unique nature of this beachfront community.
With the recent completion of the Fullerton Library Renovation, we thought it was the perfect time to finish our multi-part series on architectural design for libraries. Senior Design Principal Rick D’Amato is back to share more helpful insights about the library design process, and the components involved with making it a successful community space. With more than 17 libraries under his belt, D’Amato is a wealth of information and we’re excited to bring you more of his expertise.