Something is changing in LA’s architecture trends, something that may signal a new approach to design responsibility. The change is marked by the new Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, called “The Wallis.” Designed by architect Zoltan Pali of Studio Pali Fekete Architects, it was inaugurated with a gala party on October 17, 2013. It is design with good bones and a sensitive rationality and it is relevant for three reasons: 1. its setting in dialogue with the existing urban context; 2. the symbiosis created between an historic landmark and a new building; and 3. the contemporary art language used for its expression.
An interdisciplinary students’ competition, “Solar Decathlon,” for the design of sustainable dwelling units. It is sponsored every two years by the U.S. Department of Energy. In the last one, twenty finalist groups built their version of solar-powered houses that were expected to be cost effective, energy-efficient and attractive. The results were shown in Southern California during the first two weekends of October at the Orange County Great Park. It attracted thousands of people, hungry for housing solutions.
An empty urban lot becomes alive through the performances of a Hispanic theater group and a dance group from CSULB. The event delivers a powerful message on the need for public urban spaces.
The architecture exhibition “A New Sculpturalism: Contemporary Architecture in Southern California” shows a large number of works by both veterans like Gehry, and Morphosis, and by a younger generation of architects. Besides providing an initial taste of it, this video brings the camera to “the real thing,” the sites of two architects’ works: Eric Moss’ multiple buildings in Culver City and Hagy Belzberg’s “Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust,” completed in 2010.