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Join Archetizer — Offline — in LA Tonight

Posted March 18, 2010 by | Comments Off

Are you interested in joining an online club of architects? If so, check out Architizer.com, a four-month old web site is that serves as a free virtual nexus for architects, clients, critics and fans of contemporary architecture. Better yet, get offline and meet the web creators and LA architects participating in Architizer at a launch party for the site, taking place  tonight at 6:30PM at the new home of A+D Museum …

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Gehry Talks Music and Architecture, at Samohi

Posted March 17, 2010 by | 1 Comment

Frank Gehry may be a global architect but he is also a resident of Santa Monica and will show his support Thursday evening for one of the community’s most treasured assets: the public school music program. He will be interviewed at Barnum Hall, on the campus of Santa Monica High School, by Barbara Isenberg, author of “Conversations with Frank Gehry. They will talk about his work and his inspiration– especially from …

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Today on DnA

Posted March 16, 2010 by | 9 Comments

On today’s DnA, the design of spectacle. With two new high-profile clubs opening in LA — Drai’s Hollywood, atop the new W Hollywood, and Trousdale in Weho –DnA takes a look at the art of nightclub design. It’s one thing to get the lighting, the furnishings, the colors right, but how do you create that ineffable quality essential to any good club: the vibe? …

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The Streets Are Alive with Storefront Art

Posted March 7, 2010 by | 3 Comments

Last week thousands of people stopped by a former Big Lots store on Vine to sample artworks donated by Robbie Conal, Shepard Fairey, Harvey Pekar and many others. They were on show for a brief but buzzing five days, under the bright fluorescent lights of a onetime supermarket, to raise awareness, and funds, for the Courage Campaign, a progressive organization whose causes include overturning Prop …

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Art in Stead of Ads

Posted March 5, 2010 by | 1 Comment

LA’s proliferating and often illegal billboards are a source of great frustration to many –  now prompting a crack down by City prosecutors. Kimberli Meyer, director of the MAK Center at the Schindler House, chose the strategy of, “if you can’t beat ‘em, replace ‘em,” with non-commercial messages by conceptual artists. The result is Art In Stead, 21 images spread thoughout West Hollywood and Hollywood (works …

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Architect Raimund Abraham Killed in Car Accident

Posted March 4, 2010 by | 4 Comments

This just in from SCI-Arc (Southern California Institute of Architecture)
ARCHITECT RAIMUND ABRAHAM (1933-2010)
Dies in Car Accident in Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES –(March 4, 2010)–Architect Raimund Abraham, a visiting faculty member at the Southern California Institute of Architecture, died early Thursday in a car accident in downtown Los Angeles, the school announced. 
Abraham, an accomplished architect and educator in Europe and the United States, was born in 1933 …

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Architecture in 2-D at the Getty Thursday

Posted March 2, 2010 by | Comments Off

As someone who tries to bring architecture alive in print and on radio, I constantly come up against the challenge of representation: just how do you tell the story of a building when you are not in it? Can 2-D representations — be they photographs, drawings, movies or computer-generated models — ever really capture volume and space of a building, or the intangible qualities, …

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