The Cleantech Corridor, a several-mile-long development zone on the eastern edge of downtown Los Angeles, is the site for a design project just launched by SCI-Arc (The Southern California Institute of Architecture) and the Architect’s Newspaper. A $11,000 prize will be awarded (entries are due September 30) for the project that best creates an urban vision that moves beyond the industrial use of the site. Find more info [via Sci-Arc] and pics below.
When all the pieces finally come together, the September 11 memorial will be impressive, multi-layered, and BIG. To recap: the above-ground museum by Snøhetta sits above work being completed by Davis Brody Bond Aedas, with a memorial by Michael Arad as the centerpiece. A first look inside reveals how the renderings are finally becoming reality (step by step. . . .). [via Fast Company]
The University of Oklahoma College of Architecture is adopting LearnLab technology into their classrooms, the first school in the country to do so. Mobile furniture will enable students to move between lectures and group work, with wireless whiteboards allowing students to share work. It all sounds very futuristic, and the results should be interesting. The Labs will be completed in 2011.
The "Water Cube," the National Aquatics Center created for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, is having a second-life as a fantasy-world water park. While the "Bird’s Nest" stadium is now a “creepy shell of its former self,” the Water Cube is filled with speed slides, whirlpools and fun (and giant squids hanging from above), “like Candy Land on a cocktail combo of steroids and crack.” [via Fast Company]
The Cleantech Corridor (project site for SCI-Arc/Architect's Newspaper Competition):
The (Clean Tech) Corridor, Los Angleles. Photo via Architect's Newspaper
The Corridor (competition site), Los Angeles. Photo via Architect's Newspaper.
The "Green Zone," the City of LA's first design attempt (though entrants are encouraged to design cultural, economic and residental solutions). Photo via Architect's Newspaper.