Season 5 Episode 10: The State of Iconic Architecture in Los Angeles
You might have noticed that we have been spending a bit more time showcasing the classics in architecture and design here in Southern California. That’s why it is only fitting for the annual ‘State of Iconic LA Architecture’, our annual visit to city hall for a conversation with Ken Bernstein, Manager and Principal City Planner in the Office of Historic Resources. I met Ken for the first time in 2016 and we first spoke on the podcast in 2017. I went back for an update and there is so much happening with regard to Los Angeles architecture and design, I realized that we might need to visit more often. If you are interested in LA’s hidden gems, artisan housing stock and how to find amazing homes, walking tours and more… Ken is going to share everything you need to know. A very special thank you to the City of Los Angeles Historic Preservation Office and to Ken for taking the time to catch us up. Enjoy this conversation and please note that it was recorded outside in the courtyard at City Hall. Part of the joy for me in this episode is the constant activity and buzz that surrounds LA’s beautiful City Hall (and you will hear it all). For those who are curious, the building was completed in 1928 with three lead architects on the project; Albert C. Martin, John C. Austin and John Parkinson. The building was described by Austin in 1928 as “Modern America”. The art deco structure is easily one of the most identifiable buildings in Los Angeles and you probably remember some of the film exteriors in which it appears like Speed, Die Hard 2 or the original Dragnet. Way to many close-ups to list here. If you like what you hear, and I hope you do, please go to “Ratings and Reviews” on iTunes, leave us a note and a positive review. Positive ratings helps us attract new listeners to the podcast.. and it is very much appreciated. Enjoy this episode of Convo By Design Presented By Snyder Diamond.
Takashi Yanai is a master of architectural context, spatial framing and residential architecture. Yanai is the Residential Studio Director at Ehrlich, Yanai, Rhee, Chaney Architects where he has held this position since 2004. He is a nationally and internationally celebrated architect who lectures, travels and is an avid photographer. This brings us to the subject at hand. Yanai takes a unique approach to the concept of “view” and applies it to his architectural approach. This conversation covers his project called, "Blue Sail". This interview was filmed at WestEdge Design Fair in the California Follies Cabana designed by Kelley Jackson Interiors and built by the Warner Bros. Property Department.
Music provided by Electric Sol
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