Once an abandoned and depressing collection of industrial buildings on the eastern side of DTLA, near Little Tokyo and west of the L.A. River, the Arts District is now one of L.A.’s most happening neighborhoods. The Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), located in the 110 year-old, quarter-mile long former Santa Fe Freight Depot, offers excellent lectures and talks, and across the street is the 438-unit One Santa Fe building, designed by Michael Maltzan Architecture. Coffee is an art form here, with Blue Bottle Coffee Co., Stumptown Coffee Roasters, and Blacktop Coffee acting as the reigning champs. Shop for design-oriented gifts at Poketo, socially conscious fashion at Apolis, organic groceries at Urban Radish, and vintage linen bedding at Matteo. Don’t miss the roast suckling pig and house made salumi at Bestia—if you can get a reservation. The Factory Kitchen, Cerveteca, and Church & State are all excellent backups.
This week, we take a look at Patrick Shearn‘s public sculpture above Downtown Los Angeles’ Pershing Square. The 15,000 square foot installation rises from 15 to 115 feet off the ground and is made of holographic mylar and monofilament. Created in collaboration with now art LA and AAV school, the work is designed to be... Keep reading →
Designed by Los Angeles-based firm Michael Maltzan Architecture, the Star Apartments transformed an existing one-story commercial building in downtown Los Angeles into a mixed-used complex with 102 apartments for formerly homeless individuals. The LEED for Homes Platinum development sets a new model for urbanism and increased density by adding new community spaces and residential levels above.
By Kathy McDonald Resurgent real estate development is transforming the city’s core Downtown los angeles is getting a makeover to the tune of $16.5 billion in new development. Changes includes the addition of a slew of mixed-used projects combining ground floor retail and upper level living, a new Whole Foods supermarket, sprouting indie restaurants, three... Keep reading →
ediBOL, a new bowl-centric concept will join Café Gratitude in the sprawling mixed-used Arts District community One Santa Fe. Owner Andrea Uyeda cut her teeth working graveyard shifts at a local bakery while attending Princeton, and moved on to co-own The Border Grill truck, catering operation, and restaurant over the span of 18 years. The... Keep reading →