Once desolate, Downtown L.A. was recently hailed by GQ as “America’s Next Great City.” There is no hotter neighborhood at the moment for dining (Alma, Bottega Louie, Orsa & Winston, Redbird), boozing (Perch, The Varnish, Villain’s Tavern), and shopping (Acne Studio, Rory Beca, Aesop) than DTLA. Then there’s the historic Art Deco theaters such as the Orpheum and The Theater at Ace Hotel, where you can take in world-class music, dance, and theater. Explore Grand Central Market, a landmark since 1917 that’s akin to San Francisco’s Ferry Building and home to Eggslut and Belcampo Meat Co., hit up MOCA’s latest, and take a walking tour with the Los Angeles Conservancy for an in-depth look at treasures such as the Bradbury Building, Angels Flight, and the Central Library. The hot real estate market includes loft-style apartments and condos and Art Deco office building conversions with insanely good views.
Nimbus is an art installation that transforms a transitional space into a performance site. Located in the lobby of the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the cloud-like installation kicks off Yuval Sharon’s three-year residency as artist-collaborator at the LA Phil, in conjunction with composer Rand Steiger and artist Patrick Shearn. The installation will remain on view... Keep reading →
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.
Landscape architecture firm Mia Lehrer & Associates has been selected to transform the site of a former state office building into a two-acre public park. At the corner of First Street and Broadway, adjacent to Grand Park, the park design frames a central plaza by creating an iconic and playful arrangement of sculpted canopies intermixed among... Keep reading →
This week, we take a look at the main railway station in Los Angeles and the largest railroad passenger terminal in the Western United States. The Los Angeles Union Station opened in May 1939 as the Los Angeles Union Passenger Terminal, replacing La Grande Station and Central Station. Today, the station is a major transportation... Keep reading →