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A Long Design Weekend

Posted June 30, 2010 by | 3 Comments

Many of you may have attended one or more of the design events that took place this past weekend, including the launch of A5: Los Angeles at A+D, City Listening or Ford & Ching’s saucy-sounding Cul is Cool photo event with music mixed by Dwell editor-in-chief Sam Grawe, both in downtown on Saturday evening, and the big cahuna, Dwell on Design, at the Convention Center all weekend. …

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A Squid-like Cloud in Silverlake

Posted June 28, 2010 by | 5 Comments

One of the goals of DnA is to stay on top of the most interesting design events going on around town. So I am delighted that DnA has been recently joined by a roving design aficionado and photographer, Nicholas Mercure. In the last week Nicholas has been all over town, tracking events, and he’ll be filling this blog with his visual reports. First off, …

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Classic EOM House Seeks New Custodian

Posted June 23, 2010 by | 6 Comments

When I moved to LA almost 20 years ago, this was one of the houses of the moment, the Lawson/Westen House in Brentwood, designed in the early 90s by idiosyncratic architect Eric Owen Moss. The project, described then by architecture critic Joseph Giovaninni, as “… a soaring extravaganza of metal stairs, circular landings, decks and porous views, all spinning within a tilted cone,” is the only …

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A5 Los Angeles Meets Synnterstitial at A+D Museum

Posted June 23, 2010 by | Comments Off

Helios House, the “green” gas station at Robertson and Olympic (for, er, BP) designed by Johnston Marklee, shown left, top row, is one of many must-see projects conceived in the last few years by Los Angeles architects and now gathered in a book, A5: Los Angeles. The book, edited and written by Berlin-based architect Casey Mathewson and published by ORO editions, was launched last week, June 24, at A+D Museum. Casey Mathewson was …

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What Do Rem Koolhaas and Cameron Sinclair Have in Common?

Posted June 17, 2010 by | 3 Comments


On the face of it, not much. But what they share is they are both brilliant communicators. Over the course of many years covering the design and architecture world, I’ve been fascinated not only by what is being conceived and made but also by how it is pitched to the world, how designers get their message out.
And in late July I’ll be spending two days …

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City Listening, Part II

Posted June 16, 2010 by | Comments Off

How do we really experience the city, especially one as mediated, dramatized and analyzed as Los Angeles? In its tangible, built form? Or through verbal and visual interpretations by artists and writers? Recognizing the power of description, de LaB (Design East of La Brea, a group founded by Alissa Walker and Haily Zaki, now joined by Marissa Gluck, formerly editor at Curbed LA) has assembled …

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Let There Be Shade

Posted June 15, 2010 by | 2 Comments

I love LA, I really do.  I relish its oddities and non-conformity to conventional, older, urban models. But at times the oddities tip over into the bizarre, even dangerous, such as the severe lack of shade in schools and public spaces in a region that bakes under near-equatorial sun. In a way that I hope does not sound too preachy, we explore this topic today: why …

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Ernest Fleischmann Departs

Posted June 15, 2010 by | Comments Off

On today’s DnA, we talk about Eli Broad and his latest architectural efforts on Grand Avenue. But Grand Avenue would not be the way it is now without Ernest Fleischmann, longstanding and brilliant manager of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, who passed Sunday night at age 85. Without Fleischmann, not only would we not have our world-class orchestra, we might not have the Walt Disney Concert Hall. He …

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Dwell on Design and City Listening

Posted June 10, 2010 by | 2 Comments

Los Angeles is always a destination for design, but during one weekend in June it takes on more of global-epicenter kind of vibe. We’re talking of course about the arrival of Dwell on Design which this year is taking place June 25-27. Once again Frances and DnA associate producer Alissa Walker (who is currently penning this post!) are hard at work on Dwell’s annual …

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A Rumble in Faux Fur and Plastic

Posted June 7, 2010 by | 1 Comment

Yesterday, curator Sylvia Lavin hosted parties at both Fountain and The Artless Drawing. They were a precursor to Rumble, the all-day review of UCLA architecture students’ work culminating in a party tonight, starting 6:00PM at Perloff Hall. DnA volunteer Pavlina Aleksandrova is a student at UCLA and explains why it’s fun to Rumble:  “The 750o square feet exhibit space will showcase installations — made of such …

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