Yesterday, USC's School of Architecture handed out its Architecture and Urbanism Awards and receiving the 12th Parkinson Spirit of Urbanism Award: Architect and preservationist Brenda Levin, founder and principal of Levin & Associates Architects. Known for her work on the new Griffith Observatory, she's also doing the new Autry National Center at Griffith Park, which is slated to get a $100 million makeover. Yes, that's a lot of money.
Excerpt from the Times: "Plans for the Autry's expansion and renovation are under review by city agencies. Barring objections, museum President John Gray expects construction to start this year, with a reopening in 2011. The project.. would increase galleries, classrooms and collection storage areas from about 110,000 square feet to 189,000 square feet...Levin took design cues from the landscape instead, emphasizing horizontal lines that conjure the wide-open expanses of the West....Levin also aims to send wild horses galloping across the Autry's rear wall, which faces the Golden State Freeway. They would be emblazoned above the traffic in reds and yellows, on a screen of perforated metal about 100 feet long and 15 feet high." [All renderings via Autry National.com.]