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Mexican Modernism and More This Weekend

Posted April 30, 2010 by | 2 Comments

Did Carmen Miranda leave her hat on this chair? This 1940s piece by Mexican designer Arturo Pani is one of many items in the broad-ranging LA Modernism show, taking place this weekend at the Barker Hangar at Santa Monica Airport. This piece is being sold, without the fruit, by the LA and New York dealer, Downtown; the 60-plus other exhibitors include Robert Berman Gallery and Los Angeles Modern Auctions …

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Frederick Fisher: Thinking By Hand

Posted April 27, 2010 by | 2 Comments

A building is a spectacular act of optimism, creating something of permanence and resilience where there was nothing. But for the architect, faced with the challenge of filling that “nothing,” how does he or she start the conceptual process? For architect Frederick Fisher (recent projects: Annenberg Beach House, Santa Monica; Information Science and Technology, Cal Tech), it starts with drawing and watercolor painting: elemental …

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The Permanent Pop-Up Museum Parties in its New Home

Posted April 26, 2010 by | 2 Comments

A permanent pop-up museum sounds like a contradiction but that’s long been the state of the A+D Museum, a nimble showcase for design and architecture that’s been a nomad since it came into existence almost ten years ago. Founded by architects Stephen Kanner, Joe Addo and friends, A+D started life in a space at the back of  The Bradbury Building; one of its early exhibits was a …

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Cross Manufacturing in Instant Architecture

Posted April 25, 2010 by | 2 Comments

Ball-Nogues Studio, masters of “instant architecture,” have produced yet another one of their magnetic social gathering areas: the installation Table Cloth for the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, Schoenberg Hall. The piece is intended to evoke creativity in various aspects and at the same time transfers the perception of sustainability to the next level: “cross manufacturing” defined by Ball-Nogues as the ability of …

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Today on DnA: Apple Worship and the Art of Branding

Posted April 20, 2010 by | 1 Comment

A couple weeks back I was fascinated to read that some Cornell students had determined — based on an analysis of 35 million Flickr images — that the Apple Cube on 5th Avenue  is the fifth most photographed landmark in New York–beating out the Statue of Liberty!–and the 28th most popular worldwide.  Around the same time, the iPad went on sale, selling a reported 300,000 units on …

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The Basic and The Beautiful

Posted April 18, 2010 by | 1 Comment

Design by Nanao Shimizu & Dohnbi Kim – Sci-ARC Citation Award
In the design below from students at OTIS, as described by one of the competition jurors, Steve Fleischli, the waste composting system provides numerous benefits: It does not require water, and it turns waste into a resource (i.e. compost). Liquid output from the system also can be mixed with water and used as a fertilizer …

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Sustainability: Unraveled at Ecology.Design.Synergy

Posted April 14, 2010 by | Comments Off

Decades before “sustainability” became fashionable, not to mention, essential, in the US, a German firm (note that Germany has long had stringent energy codes) was showing how to integrate energy efficiency with extremely elegant and liveable design. That firm is Behnisch Architekten, now an international firm whose portfolio includes the stunning Genzyme Center in Cambridge.
Now Behnisch Architecten, in collaboration with Transsolar KlimaEngineering, …

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“A Necessary Ruin” Documents the Demise of an Industrial Classic

Posted April 12, 2010 by | 1 Comment

Landscape architect Evan Mather is also a film-maker engaged with the landscape of memory, specifically the recently demolished Union Tank Car Dome in his native home of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Mather has made a documentary about the construction and subsequent destruction of the building, which was based on the engineering principles of the visionary designer-inventor Buckminster Fuller, and, at 384 feet in diameter, was the largest …

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Jason Payne and Hernan Diaz Alonso at UCLA April 12

Posted April 11, 2010 by | Comments Off

A long anticipated dialog between two of LA’s most prestigious Architectural alma maters, UCLA and Sci Arch, will take place on Monday, April 12 at 6:30pm at the UCLA Auditorium in The Broad Art Center. The dynamic conversation between Jason Payne and Hernan Diaz Alonso is going to touch on current news and trends in the domain of design and architecture.
Before joining UCLA Architecture …

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Activism Through Art at CSPG

Posted April 8, 2010 by | 3 Comments

One of best-kept secrets in LA is the CSPG, or Center For the Study of Political Graphics, a collection of over 70,000 posters produced since WWII in support of  social change movements. The Center is decidedly progressive-leaning but whatever your politics, this collection is fascinating for its demonstration of the power of strong, often hand-drawn, graphics to convey a message. The Center’s current show is “Art Against Empire: Graphic Responses to US …

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