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SHOUTS & MURMERS
Dutton Lectures on the Architecture of Barcelona Modernisme
At the 2017 CNU in Seattle, John Dutton lectured on Barcelona Modernisme and Architectural Character.
The panel focused on the idea of character, as opposed to style or typology, two better-known terms these days. Character implies the notion of architectural judgment, as articulated in Samir Younes’ “The Imperfect City: On Architectural Judgment.”
Dutton explained how the specific version of modernism that emerged in Barcelona was the result of both extrinsic and intrinsic forces. Extrinsic forces were cultural, social, and political. The intrinsic forces were more architectural and historical references.
Hillside house in Brentwood with ocean views starts construction
Dutton Architects is creating a new two-story addition to a modern house in Brentwood and renovating the rest of the house. The addition accommodates two home offices for the couple, both TV/film writers, three bedrooms, a kitchen, a family room, and other support spaces.
On the Boards: Design of New House for Artist Mr. Brainwash
A new house for the celebrated artist Mr. Brainwash is under design by Dutton Architects. The house is very open, and fluid, with very tall ceilings on both floors and some double height spaces. As befitting an artist, lots of light, especially through a central circulation atrium space that divides the front and the back. The volumes of the house are a collage of materials: corrugated steel, concrete, wood, and large Neolith panels. Accents of wood warm the space, and furniture-like elements help bring the scale down.
AIA Award for Grey Gardens
John Dutton, and Barbara Bestor (of Bestor Architecture), won a Next LA award from the American Institute of Architects (A.I.A.) for their collaboration on their new senior housing prototype for the emerging baby-boom generation that is healthier, more social, active, and urban than previous generations.
Silver Lake Guest Pavilion Design
Dutton Architects has completed a design for a guest pavilion and meditation room on a spectacular site on top of Micheltorena Avenue in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles.
Dutton teaches in Japan
John Dutton taught in Japan for USC’s AALU (Asian Architecture and Landscape Urbanism) program his fall, where he brought students to Kyoto, Kanagawa, Takyama, and Tokyo. They analyzed the architecture and urbanism of these cities, and visited internationally renown design studios such as SANAA.
John Dutton presents Grey Gardens at Dwell on Design
John Dutton and Barbara Bestor presented their Grey Gardens concept for senior housing at Dwell On Design 2015. They discussed the history and evolution of California modern housing, and presented their project as an urban alternative for baby boomers instead of the warehouses of elderly in the desert.
LA Greenways Presented at Dwell Conference
John Dutton presented his award-winning proposal for the transformation of Los Angeles freeways into a new network of Greenways. In place of the ribbons of freeway concrete will be transit, bike lanes, recreational parks, community gardens, multi-modal stations, and vertical gardens.
Dutton’s Studio Masterplans Istanbul Waterfront
This spring, John Dutton taught a combined architecture and landscape studio at USC focusing on Eminonu waterfront in the historic center of Istanbul.
Dutton Architects submits entry for WHO Headquarters
Dutton Architects submitted an entry for the international competition to design the new headquarters of the World Health Organization.
For more information see the WHO project page.
Beverly Hills house completed
Dutton Architects recently completed a major renovation of a 1960’s post and beam house in the hills of Beverly Hills.
Below are the most recent images of the Instagram feed for Dutton Architects. The images represent some visual observations of Los Angeles and other areas I’ve travelled to. For the full grid of past images please go to #duttonarchitects.