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JFAK was named one of the top 50 firms shaping the Los Angeles skyline by Interior Design Magazine in this year’s PowerGridLA ranking. The overall ranking, based on all applicable information available at the time, as interpreted by Interior Design, is an evaluation of the top 50 firms based on their total square footage of development projects completed in the past 18 months combined with ones the firms are currently working on. The survey requested information on firms’ development projects completed in the past 18 months and current on-the-boards development projects within downtown L.A., Arts District, Culver City, Santa Monica, Venice Beach, Long Beach, and Pasadena. The data was compiled and analyzed by the Interior Design market research staff in New York, led by Wing Leung, research director. Read more at interiordesign.com
A trio of small multifamily residential buildings in West Hollywood is set to make way for a condo development of a four-story building that would feature 22 condominiums above 48 parking spaces on two basement levels.
JFAK Architects is designing the proposed low-rise development, wrapping around an interior courtyard.
The Spaulding Condos call for a mix of one- and two-bedroom floor plans, with a total of four units to be set aside as affordable housing at the very-low-, low-, and moderate income levels.
ULI Los Angeles - in coordination with the office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti - recently tapped a trio of architecture firms to create conceptual designs for emergency shelter facility's under the "A Bridge Home" program, which is intended to help homeless Angelenos transition into long-term housing.
The three architecture firms - DLR Group, Studio One Eleven, and JFAK Architects - worked with three landscape architecture firms - EPT Design, RELM Studio, and SWA Group - on three different site challenges: a 50-bed site, a 100-bed site, and a 150-bed site.
According to a press release, ULI Los Angeles is currently working with CBRE and Gensler to identify suitable sites in each of the 15 Los Angeles City Council Districts that are owned by government agencies to facilitate the development of these temporary shelter facilities.
Read more at urbanize.LA
LA Times: Architects were asked to design appealing homeless shelters on a $1-million budget. Here's what they came up with
The designs — depicting shelters of 50, 100 and 150 beds — produced by a group of architects working pro bono in support of Mayor Eric Garcetti’s $20-million initiative to build shelters in all 15 of Los Angeles’ City Council districts.
The goal is to come up with standard designs that could be placed on a lot anywhere in the city, and are pleasing enough to help the shelter plan overcome its two biggest obstacles: First is the reputed aversion homeless people have for the dreary conditions in shelters. Then there’s the almost inevitable community opposition that shelter proposals encounter.
The architects were recruited by the nonprofit Urban Land Institute. Working independently, all three teams came up with similar ideas for easing the isolation and regimentation of traditional shelters, where cots are lined end to end in a large building with limited access to the street.
ARCHITECT'S NEWSPAPER | "Meet the incubators and accelerators producing the new guard of design and architecture start-ups. This is part of a series profiling incubators and accelerators from our April 2018 Technology issue.
At the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI), participating members get a lot of bang for their buck. Originally started in 2011, the outfit moved in 2016 into a 60,000-square-foot complex, known as the La Kretz Innovation Campus and owned by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. The campus is one of the inaugural public amenities of a new Cleantech Corridor planned by the City of Los Angeles for a vast area stretching from the Lincoln Heights neighborhood, in East L.A., to the Arts District, downtown."
"The following ten projects—all built during the past five years—showcase a variety of creative approaches to bringing the public and private sectors together to provide sorely needed infrastructure, economic revitalization, transit-oriented housing, and community resources...Local architecture firm John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects renovated a 61,000-square-foot (5,700 sq m) masonry warehouse, built in 1903, to accommodate offices, conference rooms, laboratories, prototyping workshops, and event space, as well as laboratories for the LADWP. Completed in 2016, the facility offers open, semi-open, and closed workspaces." Read more about this and ten other projects here.
Alice Kimm was a guest on KPCC's AirTalk this week, discussing a new high-end residential complex and its effects on Los Angeles real estate.
Housing prices keep going up in Southern California, making homeownership out-of-reach for many Angelenos. As the city and state tackle the housing crunch and affordable housing issues, one of the most expensive homes in America is on the market right here in L.A. It’s a behemoth in Bel-Air that features 20 bedrooms -- the largest one clocks in at 5,500 sq ft, four swimming pools, and a commercial-size beauty salon. And the asking price? Just $500 million. Would a listing like this change the high-end real estate game in L.A.? Could this spur a nuclear arms race of over-the-top houses? Who might actually buy such an expensive building?
John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects' Roberts Pavilion at Claremont McKenna College was selected as one of of this year's Facilities of Merit by Athletic Business, and earned its spot as the cover feature on this month's publication. The winners will be celebrated at a reception at the this year's AB Show in Orlando. Judges were impressed with the visual relationships between the interior and exterior of the building, and the relationship between the building's facades. Judges commented:
"The design concept successfully carries through from the exterior to the interior. A compact and efficient plan is maximized with an expressive facade, interior forms and skylights that deliver light deep into the building." — Kalman Nagy
"Interesting solution of window orientation to provide natural light as much as possible without impacting energy use. Fantastic interior space!" — Lynn Reda
"Really cool and dynamic building! The main lobby interior is striking and full of natural light. The building program configuration and connection to the exterior is exceptional. This is a place you want to exercise and spend time in." — Stephen Sefton
Alice Kimm was a guest on KPCC's Take Two this week, discussing the housing crisis and the ways in which architecture can present a solution.
The cost to live in L.A. has been rising, and people are trying to find solutions. Solving the housing crisis might take cramming all of L.A.'s greatness into smaller homes like micro-units, which can be less than 400 square feet...."But how can you adequately provide a unit that can house somebody comfortably in that amount of space? That's a real design challenge," said Kimm.
Alice Kimm was a guest on KPCC's Take Two this week, discussing Downtown Los Angeles' newest skyscraper - the Wilshire Grand.
The tallest building west of the Mississippi opened up, last weekend – the Wilshire Grand in downtown LA. It stands at 1,100 feet ... IF you count the 300 foot high spire that juts up from the top. Otherwise it's actually shorter than its rival a few blocks away, the US Bank building. Roof-to-roof, the Wilshire Grand is 34 feet shy of out-"talling" it (934 ft vs 968 ft). But really, when it comes to architecture, does size really matter?
The Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence (RBA) kicked off site visits to the five finalist projects, located in Bethlehem (Pennsylvania), Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, and New Orleans. The committee is spending spending several days at each site, conducting research, and gathering additional information that they then present to the award’s selection committee in June, when they will determine the recipient of the Gold Medal and $50,000 cash prize.
JFAK's La Kretz Innovation Campus, home to Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator and the LADWP's Customer Engagement Center, was the first stop for the Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence selection committee.
Click through to see the full article in Metropolis Magazine: it's is part of a series written and curated by RBA that focuses on advancing conversation about placemaking in American cities and offers a detailed look at the 2017 award cycle and site visits. Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, RBA is a biennial design award recognizing transformative places that contribute to the economic, environmental, and social vitality of the nation’s urban center.
"It is a truth universally acknowledged that a town with five colleges must be in need of an athletic facility...“We wanted to create this dramatic sculptural statement that was also a floating volume with an athletic character itself,” [John Friedman] says. “We wanted to create powerful floating athletic element, and a light-filled interior.”
Read more on architectsandartisans.com
"The La Kretz Innovation Campus (LKIC), designed by John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects (JFAK), is a new business incubation center in Los Angeles developed by the Department of Water and Power (LADWP), the Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles, and Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI), a nonprofit tasked to transform the city into a green-collar hub...The complex is meant to be a place where, as JFAK founder and principal Alice Kimm said, “Ideas for new goods and services can be birthed, researched, developed, prototyped, and pushed out to market from under one roof.”
Read more at archpaper.com