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Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas and his firm OMA are designing a new events center for Wilshire Boulevard Temple, a historic synagogue in Koreatown. It was built in 1929 under the supervision of Rabbi Edgar Magnin, known as the "Rabbi to the Stars," and funded by Hollywood moguls. The events center has a far more contemporary and open feel from the Byzantine-domed sanctuary. DnA producer Avishay Artsy asks the rabbi, why did the temple need a name brand architect? And will the two buildings "talk" to each other?
At the intersection of Alameda and 6th Streets in the Arts District, the Irvine-based developer SunCal has plans for a combination of office, live-work and retail space, on a site the size of 11 football fields. The Swiss architecture firm of Herzog & de Meuron is proposing an alternative to car-centric LA -- a high and low-rise combination of work, home and shopping. Meanwhile, in Santa Monica OMA has designed a hotel, residential and office complex for a "superblock" at 4th and Arizona. Will these projects take LA into the future or meet resistance to their height and density?