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B+U Proposal Featured in LA Times, On View at A+D Museum

The 2009 design proposal for a mixed-use, retail palladium in Downey, Calif. designed by SCI-Arc faculty Herwig Baumgartner and Scott Uriu is slated to be included in an upcoming show at the A+D Museum, Never Built: Los Angeles. A highlight of the exhibition, B+U's proposal will be showcased by a large model, animation and images on view in the exhibit opening July 2013.

B+U, Herwig Baumgartner & Scott Uriu│Firestone Mixed-Use Office Building │Downey, CA

In a recent Los Angeles Times feature, exhibition curators Greg Goldin and Sam Lubell mentioned B+U's design among several other proposals for the city of Los Angeles, going back 100 years. Had they been realized, these designs would have completely changed the city scape. "Los Angeles would now include a ring of thousands of acres of urban and regional parks, a bold, space-age airport, a winged nature center for Griffith Park and hillside housing developments sculpted to the contours of the landscape rather than sitting on graded and terraced scars. We would be living in a very different city."

B+U's design for the Firestone office building aimed to revitalize an industrial area of Los Angeles County located about 12 miles southeast of downtown LA, with Firestone Boulevard as its main artery connecting the city center to two major freeways. Envisioning a unique, elegant office environment that responds to its urban setting, the proposal features an envelope of ornately braided layers of semi-transparent fabric, able to adjust to the different exterior light conditions. While the more delicate fabric encloses the two upper office levels, the restaurant and retail spaces on the ground floor open up to the street with a glass envelope. The project is scheduled for completion in 2017.

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