3 Firms, 3 Visions For The Future Of Los Angeles

3 Firms, 3 Visions For The Future Of Los Angeles

I have a love/hate relationship with the city of Angels. I’ve lived here since 2002 and in that short time have come to accept some of L.A.’s defining qualities. Sure the traffic gets to me, the pollution and the ever looming threat of the “big one” but what will it really be like in 2030? Newsweek has a cool interactive feature offering glimpses called The Future Of Work. Three visions by three firms – Michael Maltzan Architecture, Gensler and cityLAB.

0 Website: The Future Of Work by Newsweek

Beirut's Most Fabulous Wine Bar

Beirut’s Most Fabulous Wine Bar

I don’t generally like to rate a restaurant or bar without having been there to taste their rootbeer, but this looks amazing. This is “Burgundy” wine bar/restaurant, Beirut – Lebanon. Look at those lights! Hanging near wooden beams that slice through a wire mesh covering the ceiling, these light objects are made up of conical tubes filling a hypothetical spherical area. Under the lights, a substructure divided into one area for the bar and another for dining.

0 Designer: .PSLAB Beirut

Large Lovely Shipyard Taiwan

Large Lovely Shipyard Taiwan

This project goes by the title “Shipyard Taiwan.” As you probably have already guessed, it’s a Taiwanese shipyard, one that’s designed, planned, and visualized by Motion Code Blue. Built onto and into an existing u-shaped hall and production building for motor yachts, this project aims to add an office building, green and recreational spaces, and a showroom. And in the vein of near-impossible design requirements the world over, the commissioner asks MCB to give this project “landmark-like characteristics.” It’s sort of like saying “make it godly, please.”

0 Designer: Motion Code Blue

D3's Housing Tomorrow Competition 2010 Top 5

D3′s Housing Tomorrow Competition 2010 Top 5

Who loves houses? Everyone. Everyone loves at least the idea of living inside their very own abode. Thusly, since I think you know that everyone also loved competitions, it’s always a fun time to look at the results of a housing design competition. Here’s one! This one’s held yearly by D3 and is called “Housing Tomorrow.” We’ve got the top five concepts right here, all of them housing, all of them hot, all of them architecture-tastic.

0 Designers: Entrants into D3 Housing Tomorrow 2010

Boxlike Business Interior

Boxlike Business Interior

Welcome to the “Toolbox,” a design interior made for incubating ideas and working in a creative manner efficiently, effectively, and in as lovely an environment as possible. Made specifically to “mediate user plurality and diversity with the coherence of the design concept.” Made of a series of both standard and odd materials such as cork and rubber. It’s all very boxy, as I say.

0 Designer: Caterina Tiazzoldi

Cutting Back the Hills

Cutting Back the Hills

Designers at 24° Studio were given a task to create a structure for a pretty specific area of wetlands, a structure that not only provided passage through and safe space for people to enjoy, but one that did not present a danger to the wetlands now or in the future. The area: wetlands along Old Pacific Highway 101 in San Diego California. The solution: Cut Back Hills.

0 Designers: Fumio Hirakawa and Marina Topunova of 24° Studio

Mobile Home Living 2010

Mobile Home Living 2010

Let’s talk. Let’s talk about a way of living that’s really gotten a bad reputation, as far as ways of living go – that being mobile home living. People who live in trailer parks – they’re poor. People who live in trailer parks – they’re not the best kind of people to be hanging around with. That’s the kind of talk that’s basically standard in the USA, but if a project so fabulous as the one I’m about to show you takes off, that image is sure to change.

0 Designer: Hangar Design Group

Square House, Back Yard

Square House, Back Yard

How square would you like you home to be? So square? Me too. Let’s talk about this house right here. It goes by the name of “Backyard House” and it’s designed by Thomas Schaer of SHED Architects. Sitting right up on the hill looking down over downtown Seattle and Elliott Bay. Spaces and finishes and big fat giant walls of glass for optimum in livability and having a really, really amazing time just sitting in the living room.

0 Designer: Thomas Schaer of SHED Architects

Bamboo Computer Tent

Bamboo Computer Tent

So when you think… laptop… how quickly does your mind drift or skippy skip on over to bamboo? Not quick! But let me tell you, when the two are rammed together, you’ve got comfort. You’ve got some floor pillows, low tables, and rugs for your loving eyeballs to glance upon. This is the 2010 Manila Fame International April 2010 Buyers Lounge as designed and whipped up by designer Antonio ”Budji” Layug.

0 Designer: Antonio "Budji" Layug

No More Water Down There

No More Water Down There

You’ve got a garage for your business. It’s down there. It’s below street level. Dangit! It seemed like a great idea until you realized you were in Fargo. It’s gonna flood! Ya! It’s gonna! You can’t avoid it! Unless of course you do, and how are you going to be doing that then? Use the “Floodbreak.” It’s spiffy. It comes up from the ground and it stops that water cold! I don’t know if it’s gonna do much against the snow though.

0 Designer: Floodbreak, LLC

Frozen Unit for a Frozen Unit

Frozen Unit for a Frozen Unit

Allow me to get cold hearted with you for a moment. Let me warm your brain up with some lovely Industrial Design of the conceptual sort. This might also be called architecture, if you be so inclined to be specific. An ice-tastic structure designed by the 2-B-2 crew, one by the name of “Arctic Mobile Unit.” It is a solution to the problem of existing in such a climate, a climate not suitable for human beings, an environment that will freeze your tootsies off.

0 Designer: Andrey Bondarenko for 2-B-2 Architecture

Sitting Pretty in Nagoya City

Sitting Pretty in Nagoya City

That’s right! Nagoya! Do you know where that is? The exact location of this project is 3-38-10 Osu Naka-Ku Nagoya City – Aichi, Japan. The project? A cafe! Yay for coffee and snacks! This place of business, art, and design goes by the name “AG Cafe” and aims to tend to artists and consumers of Osu Shopping Street in the center of Nagoya City. Why are we looking at it? Because it’s super lovely! At the direction/request of the future owner of the cafe, this was designed and built to be organically connected to the environment around it.

0 Designer: Kidosaki Architects Studio

Massive Agricultural Urbanism

Massive Agricultural Urbanism

One of the biggest challenges in architecture is to create homes that provide more than just shelter. We’re on a slow march of strip mining our resources so the question is, can a home benefit the community and in turn, the environment? Agricultural Urbanism is a proposed residential project that combines thousand year old terrance farming with modern construction.

0 Designer: Greg Chung Whan Park