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Video Interlude: Watch: Exploring the Spooky Abandoned Hawthorne Mall

In episode 16 of Tom Explores Los Angeles, Tom goes inside the abandoned Hawthorn Plaza mall in the City of Hawthorne. Closed for 15 years, the husk of the building is all that's left of the indoor mall that...

Architectural Craziness: This Grounded Boat is Actually an Eco-Friendly Restaurant

Photo via Inhabitat Getting washed ashore and permanently grounded doesn't have to mean the end of the line for a seafaring vessel. Some, like the Florida Keys houseboat-turned-beach house of hotelier Conrad Hilton, go on command heft multi-million-dollar asking prices,...

Video Interlude: A Primer on Lakewood, the "Archetype of the American Suburb"

It's hard to imagine, but there was once a time when houses were built to be affordable. The post-WWII planned community of Lakewood had 17,500 single-family houses all mass-produced assembly-line-style, completed in under three years, and sold for what...

Flexmls for iPhone v1.0.4 – Talking Back to Your MLS

Apple has been reviewing and approving new versions faster than usual, so I’m pleased to report that Flexmls for iPhone version 1.0.4 is available for download. This new version includes the ability to start a listing search using the quick launch, which I wrote about a few days ago. That post [...]

Video Interlude: A Video Exploration of the Cornfield, One of LA's Most Historically Important Sites

The intrepid webseries Tom Explores Los Angeles often spotlights the under-the-radar or forgotten places like San Pedro's Sunken City or South LA's Manchester Square, but this time, Tom heads to the well-known LA State Historic Park in Chinatown (colloquially...

Morning Linkage: Beverly Hills Residents Are Monsters, the Hits of Central Ave.

Above LA from Chris Pritchard on Vimeo. · Meryl Streep takes the pricechopper to her 1954 Research House · F Beverly Hills and their snobbish dedication to keeping outsiders out · Is Donald Sterling still a racist landlord post-lawsuits?...

Empathy and bad marketing breath

The search for the perfect message that resonates with consumers and sells products never ends. It’s a process marketers toil … Read more

Where the Hell is….

I just came across this video, Bounce. You should watch it. My bet is that you’ll get through the whole thing. It’s basically a soccer version of Where the Hell is Matt. Some of you may have seen several of the Where the Hell is Matt videos over the years. Show More Summary

Video Interlude: Watch Los Angeles's Road Network Grow, From 1888 to 2010

Los Angeles is famous for its enormous network of roads (the incredibly sorry state of those roads is another thing we're famous for). But how often do we consider all the roadways and how they link up instead of...

Video Interlude: Drive Down Ed Ruscha's Hollywood Boulevard in 1973 & 2002

Los Angeles artist Ed Ruscha's fascination with the "vernacular architecture" of Los Angeles drove him to exhaustively photograph several of the city's arterial streets over a period of more than 40 years. More than a million of his images...

Zoning Out: 14 of the Weirdest Land Uses in Los Angeles's Zoning Code

Los Angeles is in the midst of giving its old, 1946-era zoning code a complete makeover, and it's keeping the public up to speed on all the process via re:code LA. The code crusaders over at the site have...

Fun With 3D Printing: Largest-Ever 3D-Printed Scale Model of San Francisco Unveiled

When developer Tishman Speyer wanted to tell the story of urban development in SoMa, Autodesk and Steelblue responded by collaborating to create the largest-ever 3D printed model of San Francisco. The model covers...

2 trends to get ready for now

Mary Meeker dropped her 2014 Internet Trends Report at the conference in San Francisco today. As always, it’s an … Read more

Starchitecture for Sale: Say It Ain't Subdivisions for This Neglected 1955 Neutra

The nearly year-long string of really, really, ridiculously good-looking homes by midcentury master (and passing Simpsons reference) Richard Neutra hitting the market has ground to an unceremonious halt with this four-bedroom in West Covina. The listing doth protest too...

PreservationWatch: Neglected 1955 Neutra in West Covina Needs a Hero

Cue up the Bonnie Tyler—looks like yet another one of SoCal's architecturally significant structures could use a hero. Located on a 3.45-acre lot in the south hills of West Covina, the JM...

Video Interlude: Take a Video Tour Through the Abandoned Minnelli Mansion

When we first got a look inside the abandoned Beverly Hills mansion that once belonged to Liza Minnelli's father, Vincente Minnelli, and was for years at the center of a terrible family battle, it was clear that the place...

Celebrity Landlords: Actors Sacha Baron Cohen—Borat!—and Isla Fischer...

Actors Sacha Baron Cohen—Borat!—and Isla Fischer want tenants for their four-acre compound in L.A. In 2010 the couple paid $14M for the property—which includes a vine-tangled villa (very nice!), a detached screening room, a guest pavilion, a caretaker's cottage, and...

Weekend Linkage: Chinatown's Vertical Park, World Cup at Port of LA

· New vertical park with amphitheatre planned for Chinatown hillside · Burbank to narrowly define "family" to keep out group homes · Plans in the works to upgrade Hermosa Beach surfing museum · Damn kids! Laguna residents are dodgin...

Video Interlude: Here's Mies' Farnsworth House Turned Into a Tron Setpiece

Photo via Archinect With all of the recent preservation drama surrounding Mies van der Rohe's Farnsworth House—which could soon get moved or set up atop hydraulic jacks to save it from the occasional flooding of a nearby river—wouldn't it be...

The Quotable Bjarke Ingels: The Six Best Lines From Bjarke Ingels' Architizer Interview

Screengrab via Vimeo Architizer has crowned BIG, the firm of Danish-born enfant terrible of the built environment Bjarke Ingels, with its Firm of the Year award, citing the practice's "pragmatic utopian architecture" and quick rise to taking on large commissions...

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