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Wendy Gilmartin

New Big Blue Bus stops; Credit: Photo by Wendy Gilmartin

Santa Monica's New Big Blue Bus Stops: The L.A. Weekly Review

The renovation of Santa Monica's Big Blue Bus route stops began in 2009, when city stakeholders chose local firm Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects to re-think the functionality, look and feel of the city's stops, and accommodate for new amenities like solar lighting and real-time arrival information. Five years later, the stops......
La Brea and Wilshire; Credit: Wendy Gilmartin

What's the Fugliest Building on the Miracle Mile?

As far as L.A. boulevards go, Wilshire has a fare share of beautiful buildings: There's the lovely sea-blue glazed tile Pellissier building (better known as the Wiltern theater), and the art deco inspired E. Clem Wilson building (also known as the Samsung building because of the giant blue advertisement that......
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Design, Bitches Shakes Up L.A. Architecture

Architects Catherine Johnson and Rebecca Rudolph stand amidst the scaffolding and concrete dust as they discuss electrical wiring locations with their contractor and client, Andre Guerrero. By springtime, this dumpy former sushi joint will morph into the Hollywood location of Guerrero's Oinkster, the next restaurant in his growing empire of......
Crowd at the opening of the Getty's "Overdrive: L.A. Constructs the Future

10 Biggest L.A. Architecture Stories of 2013

This year saw downtown continue its rapid-fire gentrification, organized groups of kayakers toured the wilds of the L.A. river through Frogtown, the city's housing market bounced back hard, we continued to densify and use our cars less (surprised?), and the city was awash in architecture exhibitions, lectures, panels, tours and......
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A Tour Through the L.A. That Could Have Been

This week, the Architecture+ Design Museum's long-awaited exhibition "Never Built: Los Angeles" opens, highlighting plans for the city that never made it off the page. To mark the occasion, L.A. Weekly takes a tour through the L.A. that would have existed today if these proposals had been realized. Our account......