FROM Li Wen
AltaSea seeks to combine marine education, research and commerce The Wharf Plaza, an Education Pavilion, and a park will be part of the Waterfront Promenade at AltaSea Courtesy of Gensler AltaSea is a 35-acre campus being built on a century-old wharf at the Port of Los Angeles. The $150 million expansion brings together marine research and education, workforce development, tourism and commerce around issues of ocean-related food, energy and climate security. Jenny Krusoe, executive director of AltaSea, points to a rendering for the new Waterfront Promenade at AltaSea, designed by Gensler. Photo by Avishay Artsy. Nonprofit foundations and government sources, including the Port of Los Angeles and the Economic Development Administration, are funding AltaSea. It will be built in phases, eventually offering seawater laboratories, offices, a lecture hall, interpretive center and a wave tank. The new waterfront promenade, aquaculture research center, and science hub is seen as a cornerstone of the waterfront redevelopment of San Pedro.
Happy 100th birthday, I.M. Pei! A portrait of Chinese-American architect I.M. Pei. Photo by Forgemind ArchiMedia I.M. Pei turns 100 on Wednesday. The Chinese-American architect's birthday will be celebrated at one of his noted buildings, the National Gallery of Art's East Building in Washington, DC. His many buildings include the once-controversial glass pyramid in front of the Louvre Museum in Paris, and the Creative Artists Agency's original headquarters in Beverly Hills, built in 1989. His longtime collaborator Perry Chin and Gensler design principal Li Wen reflect on the designs, character and influence of I.M. Pei.
Farewell LA freeways, Peter Shire is back Angelenos don't want more freeways but we seem not to want mass transit either. Metro has killed the 710 freeway extension, and bus and train ridership is down across the region. What's the future of getting around in LA? And, Peter Shire is having a comeback. What attracts a new generation to his playful ceramics and furniture?
Securing Public Spaces, Super Wealthy Asians Vehicles are increasingly being used as weapons, as seen in the London Bridge attack over the weekend and in New York’s Times Square last month. The Compton-based company Calpipe is designing security bollards to help make public spaces safer. And novelist Kevin Kwan satirizes the “crazy rich” Asian jet set and their luxurious tastes in his latest book, “Rich People Problems.”