Carren's Pitch

Life by Design

I go the East Valley because of the Chinese food. I had never thought of it as a destination in itself, which is why I was glad to see this architectural standout in the middle of the area. Now, perhaps there's another reason to stop by.

Arquitectonica does East Los Angeles.
Text by: Carren Jao
Edited by: Sam Lubell
Published: 20 July 2011, The Architect's Newspaper

East LA, usually off the city’s cultural radar, gets back on the map with the opening of East Los Angeles College’s new $65-million, 160,000-square-foot Performing and Fine Arts Complex designed by Miami-based Arquitectonica. The project is the second largest in the LA Community College District's $6 billion Sustainable Building Program, which includes 85 new structures and more than 500 total projects. The program came under fire for corruption and mismanagement this spring, leading to the firing of its director, Larry Eisenberg. But controversy notwithstanding, it has produced some impressive architecture. [read more]


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