President Obama and the First Lady have announced their chosen architect for the Obama Presidential Center to be built in Chicago. It’s the firm of Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects based in New York. Architecture critic Joseph Giovannini says they may have just the right temperament and approach for our president.
The Los Angeles City Council is weighing two separate measures to fund solutions to homelessness. One likely applicant for those funds will be the nonprofit developer Skid Row Housing Trust, which has built supportive housing by some of LA’s leading architects. Can good architecture and planning help re-integrate the formerly homeless back into society?
In downtown Los Angeles, there’s an all-ages punk club called The Smell. In the 17 years that it’s been open, it’s become a real hub for local underground music. But after the land it sits on was purchased last year, it now faces the possibility of being shut down. The news sparked outrage mixed with anxiety that the changes taking place in downtown are not all for the better.