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Grand Park Wins Design Award, New Huge Guitars For the Strip

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LOS ANGELES: The LA chapter of the American Institute of Architects has announced the winners of its 2012 Presidential Awards (to be officially handed out in October with its Design Awards). They are:

?25-Year Award: Petal House - Eric Owen Moss, FAIA ?
Emerging Practice: Oyler Wu Collaborative
?Design Advocate: Martha Welborne, FAIA ?
Educator Award: Hernan Diaz Alonso ?
Community Contribution: Warren Olney ?
Honorary AIA/LA: Michael Webb ?
Building Team of the Year: Grand Park
?Gold Medal: Hank Koning, FAIA / Julie Eizenberg, AIA [Curbed Inbox]

WEST HOLLYWOOD: Ahead of the Sunset Strip Music Festival (starting August 16), Gibson GuitarTownII has unveiled a new set of 10-foot tall guitar sculptures honoring musicians including Stevie Nicks, The Doors, and Donovan. The guitars will be on display at the festival and go up on the Strip in late August. [Curbed Inbox]