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If you think LA’s skyline seems a little flat, you’re not the only one. Apparently LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa thinks so too. According to LA Department of Building and Safety General Manager Robert “Bud” Ovrom, the Mayor was disappointed at how the skyline stood in comparison to what he saw in a recent trip to China. The city's flat-topped skyline was investigated in a two part-series from Curbed LA. We followed up with Ovrom. The city skyline is perennially leveled off because of a 20-year old Los Angeles Fire Department code requiring helipads on all tall buildings, the only such code in any major city around the country. On Mayor Villaraigosa’s behest, Ovrom has been put in charge of talks between a seemingly intransigent LA Fire Department, which views the flat roofs as a progressive asset in fire safety and the Planning Department.
“It’s going to be a long and serious discussion,” Ovrom told AN. So far, only a three to four talks have commenced between the departments tackling a separate issue on robotic parking (also a no-no to the LAFD). He forecasts that discussions on flat top roofs will only begin after the holidays and before the fiscal year is over in June.
To aid LA skyline’s case, Ovrom is calling for support from the AIA Los Angeles chapter, as well as other professionals who have had experience working with other cities and codes. “If every other city can do it, why can’t we?” Parties with any suggestions or proposals can contact Ovrom directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Nobody knows about Market Street,” said Mercier. “But it already has the infrastructure to be something special.” The street is narrow, pedestrian-friendly, and lined with shops, rich plantings, small islands, and beautiful (if not well-kempt) historic buildings along its entire length. “Everyone wants to save downtown, but they don’t have the faith in what it can be,” added Pierson.Read the entire article about revitalizing Inglewood at The Architect's Newspaper.
Born and reared in Los Angeles, Williams came to define the high-style look of Hollywood in the mid-1900s, and he was well known as “architect to the stars,” but he always considered himself an expert in the design of small homes. Williams was also a leader in developing new types of buildings that were demanded by the post-WWII suburban economy. His buildings contributed significantly to the popular image of 20th century Los Angeles and to the California style, but his work didn’t stop at the state line or even the national boundary. Williams was also licensed in Washington, D.C., Nevada, New York, and Tennessee, where he designed the original building for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis and a master plan for Fisk University in Nashville. He also had a busy practice in Colombia, South America, and projects in Mexico, Europe, and Africa.A public reception will take place on the evening of October 22 at 5:00 and the exhibit runs through January 8, 2011 at the Art Museum of the University of Memphis.