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What Can Design and Architecture do for Haiti

Posted January 19, 2010 by | 1 Comment

Among causes of Haiti’s earthquake devastation was poor constuction, in a chaotic, overpopulated urban center. On today’s DnA, we’ll look at the history of architecture in Haiti, its connection to the powers that have dominated the country, as well as the ideas being circulated within the Haitian diaspora and many others who want to help, as to how best to rebuild the capital and its surroundings in a way that is …

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How You Can Help Haiti

Posted January 14, 2010 by | Comments Off

The earthquake in Haiti has us wondering how to help; and many in the architecture and design community are already thinking ahead to  reconstruction. Obviously, there is much to do right away with immediate and basic relief but for those interested in the reconstruction effort that will follow, here are some links. More to come.
Architecture for Humanity is taking donations to support its reconstruction …

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Serious Illness Shapes Architect’s View of Healing Environment

Posted January 13, 2010 by | 1 Comment

Yesterday’s LA Times ran a very moving story about two architects who lost their sight and, rather than give up their passion — architecture –  found a way to design, without being able to see. 
This brings to mind a local architect who has found his own approach to design changed by illness.  Jeff Tohl of Studio City specializes in the design of cancer laboratories, and is now …

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Architecture lecture, in Plain English, by Hodgetts + Fung, Monday

Posted January 10, 2010 by | 1 Comment

Having been to architecture school I can vouch for the fact that architects are not trained to talk; or let’s say, they are not trained to talk in plain, or better yet, entertaining, English. But there’s one architecture duo that does not need a translator and that’s Craig Hodgetts + HsinMing Fung, architects and professors (he at UCLA, she at SCI-Arc) whose latest building, …

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Can You Love a Good but Bad Building?

Posted January 8, 2010 by | 11 Comments

I love architecture.  Some buildings, by no means all, spark in me a visceral thrill comparable to a deeply powerful piece of music. They can be thrilling for their sensory qualities: light, space, materials and relationship to nature; or they can be thrilling for their bravado and sensation and sheer chutzpah. But sometimes those very same buildings, especially the ones bursting with chutzpah, can be troubling on …

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Calling all dreamers who like to get their hands dirty

Posted January 6, 2010 by | Comments Off

Silverlake-based Materials and Applications (M&A) is going offsite this weekend for a collaborative design and build project at the Barnsdall Art Park in Los Feliz/East Hollywood — and you are invited to bring your ideas and join in.
Here’s the deets from M&A (whose most recent installation, Back to Basics, is shown in the image, left):
We will spend both Saturday and Sunday (01/10 & 01/11) …

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The Oughts (or the Noughties) Revisited

Posted January 4, 2010 by | 1 Comment

It’s that time of year, for looks-back and ahead, an end-of-year ritual that is amplified by being the end of the decade, so everywhere you look print and broadcast media are running “best-of,” “worst-of,” “cleverest invention,” “most embarrassing moment” stories. It’s such a cliche that DnA was very tempted to counter-program. But the fact is this decade has been quite extraordinary in many ways, …

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