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Broad Makes His Mind Up: High Line’s Architect Comes to Downtown LA

Posted August 23, 2010 by | Comments Off

Exciting news for anyone interested in contemporary architecture in LA today. Eli Broad has confirmed what was already widely assumed: his new art museum will be located in downtown LA, with New York firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro as architects (and Santa Monica’s office of the firm Gensler as Executive Architect). Some question the necessity of another art museum as well as the chosen location, and …

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John Chase’s West Hollywood

Posted August 17, 2010 by | 3 Comments

On DnA we talked about how John Chase made his mark on every corner of West Hollywood, helping remake Santa Monica Boulevard into a pedestrian-friendly strip, shepherding high-quality development, creating pocket parks and well-designed signage. If you want evidence of his impact, look no further than this instant memorial, on a Jumbotron just west of The House of Blues. It was created by Joe …

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Mad Men, Talented Woman

Posted August 17, 2010 by | Comments Off

There is something about the women of Mad Men that makes them mysteriously convincing beyond the outerwear so brilliantly conceived to express character by costume designer Janie Bryant. I was lucky enough to meet Janie, last week at LA Center Studios, where Mad Men is made. We talked in the wardrobe department, surrounded by racks and racks of vintage and newly made coats, hats, suits and, …

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John Chase Leaves Us; West Hollywood Urban Designer, Dear Friend

Posted August 13, 2010 by | 10 Comments

I write with immense sadness about another untimely death in the LA architecture community.  Last Friday we lost John Chase, dearest friend to me and many others; brilliant writer, outrageous wit, dandy (as you can see from this photo); and secret weapon in West Hollywood, where, as urban designer, he was responsible for nurturing urbane and adventurous real estate development. He died suddenly, and unexpectedly, …

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Neutra’s Strathmore Apartments to be Overshadowed? Is Smart Growth Giving Way to Fast Growth?

Posted August 10, 2010 by | Comments Off

There was consternation recently in the LA planning and architecture community, at the sudden departure of  Planning Director Gail Goldberg. Goldberg was welcomed four years ago to the City from San Diego by  Mayor Villaraigosa who touted her vision of concentrating development on public transit nodes (AKA Smart Growth).
Barely had Goldberg vacated her office than the Mayor replaced her with Michael Logrande, a cheerful, 39-year old  zoning administrator lauded by …

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Love the iPad? Join KCRW.

Posted August 10, 2010 by | 3 Comments

Would you like to be one of those people relaxing on the sofa, perusing the iPad that rests comfortably on your lap? You have the chance to fulfil that cleverly branded fantasy if you become a member of KCRW today, because every new donor is entered into our Daily Sweeps for a new iPad 3G! Call 1- 800 600 KCRW or go to kcrw.com.
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