Pink In 17 Minutes OR Cubicles Bad For Productivity?

The video below discusses how architectural design affects your brain. The presenter makes some interesting points and there are pros and cons to all.
“Pink in 17 minutes” is our favorite… watch and let us know yours!

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All of these concepts and ideas apply to today’s design trends and most will agree that open work spaces promote and/or at least add to, better productivity and worker satisfaction.
About the video… Scott Wyatt, partner at NBBJ, explains how architectural design can solve–or make—problems. Citing shapes, materials and plants as just a few of the design elements that make a workspace truly work, he shows how his architecture firm’s corporate projects designed with employees and the neighborhood in mind.
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LA Architectural Landmarks

The Frank Gehry–designed home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic is, arguably, the cultural centerpiece of downtown L.A. Despite its worldwide fame, a little-known fact remains: Staircases actually line the steel curves of its façade, allowing visitors to scale its peaks.
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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Downtown L.A. Architecture

You love the L.A. skyline, but do you know about the types of architecture that make up Downtown Los Angeles?
Here’s your introduction!
One of the first major types of architecture to come up in Downtown Los Angeles was called Beaux-Arts. Picture the Millennium Biltmore Hotel or The Orpheum Theatre.
This type of architecture is inspired by Greek and Roman structures and the style heavily influenced U.S. architecture until the 1920s.
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Classic Downtown LA Architecture

The following walking tour itinerary was originally posted on October 12, 2012 and then updated on July 9, 2015. It provides some interesting insights on some of the city’s most iconic and classic architectural buildings in downtown LA, so thought we would share it here. Enjoy!
From – October 12, 2012
You can begin this walking tour at Downtown L.A.’s Union Station. The last of the great rail stations (opened in 1939) and carefully restored to its full glamour, Union Station is a romantic blend of Spanish Mission, Moorish and Streamline Moderne elements.
The culmination of over two decades of planning, Union Station embodies the excitement, promise, and wide-open spaces of Southern California in the early and mid-twentieth century.
The grand opening of the John and Donald Parkinson-designed train station was celebrated with a three-day extravaganza attended by nearly half a million people.
The vast and extraordinary spaces now serve as station to the city’s Metro Rail lines, and once again tens of thousands of people course through the building every day. In the mid-1990s, an intermodal transit center and twenty-eight-story office tower was added on the east side of Union Station.
These additions draw on the 1939 station for inspiration, interpreting the vast spaces and southwestern colors in a new way, and incorporating the work of many different artists as part of the public spaces.
Up next… LA Central Public Library

Broad Museum Opens This Week

The design for the ambitious Broad Museum on Grand Avenue, officially opening this weekend, has been referred to since its planning stages as “the veil and the vault.”
The “veil” is the building’s honeycomblike exoskeleton of angled, oval windows, initially meant to be much more ethereal and transparent-looking than it actually is.
Eli Broad, the 82-year-old billionaire art collector behind the museum, is suing the engineering subcontractor that failed to give his building, designed by architects Diller, Scofidio + Renfro, the “quality” that was intended.
“The vault” refers to the storage facility for the art that Broad and his wife, Edye, have collected over the past 40 years.
Through a window in the main stairwell, visitors will be able to peer down into the vault.
This means everyone gets a glimpse behind the scenes — and for free, since the museum will charge no admission.
It’s a little strange — and no doubt intentional — that a $140 million museum paid for by an extremely wealthy businessman (who for years has attached strings to his donations to schools and museums) would position itself as the most transparent cultural institution on a street full of them.

But will the Broad in fact turn out to be transparent — transparent in its mission, its motives and its relations with the community? Read more…

NFL will return to Los Angeles for 2016 season

For more than two decades, billionaire developers, corporate titans, Hollywood power-brokers and four Los Angeles mayors tried and failed to bring the National Football League back to the nation’s second-largest market.
The odyssey ended Tuesday.
NFL owners voted 30-2 to allow the St. Louis Rams to move to Los Angeles for the 2016 season and to give the San Diego Chargers a one-year option to join the Rams in Inglewood.
The Rams’ home will ultimately be on the site of the old Hollywood Park racetrack in Inglewood in what will be the league’s biggest stadium by square feet, a low-slung, glass-roofed football palace with a projected opening in 2019 and a price tag that could approach $3 billion.  Continue reading…

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