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Following in the Footsteps of a Great Lady: DnA’s Frances Anderton Recipient of Esther McCoy Award

Posted September 29, 2010 by | Comments Off

One of the titans of 20th century LA architecture was Esther McCoy (1904-1989; seen, left, in a photo taken at a time when she was working as a draughtswoman for R.M Schindler).
She arrived in LA as a writer of fiction and in the 1940s began writing about architecture. Her decades of writings in trade and mainstream magazines, including the legendary Arts & Architecture,  and books (among them: “Five California Architects” and “Modern …

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Props to Predock Frane and Jorge Pardo

Posted September 28, 2010 by | Comments Off

Props to Santa Monica based architects Hadrian Predock and John Frane for their “Luminous Passage” installation, left, this past weekend at Santa Monica’s GLOW. Judging by the buzz at the event, this beautiful, temporary “tunnel” made of slender strands of electroluminescent wire was the popular favorite at the event — if you don’t count the spontaneous performance art provided by the guys spinning on rings, …

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Blueprints of Paradise

Posted September 28, 2010 by | Comments Off

Joe Osae Addo, pictured, left, with his usual high wattage beam, was for a long time the life and soul of the LA architecture scene (he was one of the original founders of the A+D Museum). Some years ago he moved back to his native Ghana where he is as much of a force as he was here, engaged both in the design of …

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Luminous Passage to GLOW

Posted September 24, 2010 by | Comments Off

Tomorrow evening, starting 7:00PM, is the second outing for GLOW, the art-on-the-Santa-Monica-beach event that attracted 100s of thousands of people two years ago. Although it is shorter (finishing at 4:00 instead of 7:00AM) and will feature a soundtrack accompanying the art provided by KCRW’s own Jason Bentley, instead of DJs, the night promises to be as good as last time. Artists and architects that have …

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Are you Ready to Get FiT? Feed-in Tariffs are Hot Topic in Energy Conservation?

Posted September 22, 2010 by | Comments Off

One of the buzz phrases in energy circles these days is FiT. It stands for Feed-in Tariff, a dry-sounding term that refers to a mechanism that will allow an energy customer to sell power back into the grid – thereby encouraging excess power generation from on-site renewable energy sources such as wind, solar and geo-thermal. FiTs are reportedly common practice in Germany and Spain. Many energy …

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Mobility and Contemplation: CicLAvia and Biking in LA, and Renzo Piano’s new Resnick Pavilion at LACMA

Posted September 21, 2010 by | Comments Off

I just returned from China where I visited, for the first-time, Beijing and Shanghai. They are incredibly interesting and exciting cities (and you’ll hear more about them on an upcoming DnA). One of the many astounding sights is the madness on the roads where buses, cars, pedestrians and bicycles compete for space. But cars of course dominate. It is said that 3000 new cars a day …

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From (Medical) Magic Mushrooms to a Green Grand Prix: Mindshare, Downtown’s Ideas Exchange Meets Tonight

Posted September 17, 2010 by | Comments Off

Downtown used to be a dead zone on a Friday night  (I guess I’m showing my age by saying this) but now it’s pulsing with the  markers of urban life, including intellectualism. Mindshare is a regular forum, cofounded by Art Center alum Adam Mefford, that gathers sparkling minds to share ideas in a party ambience at Exchange LA on Spring Street. Tonight guests Alicia Danforth, Mike Dooley, Ashar Hussain …

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Shingo Francis Adds His Own Glow to the Casa del Mar

Posted September 15, 2010 by | Comments Off

Things are hotting up for GLOW, the all night art-on-the-beach-happening that was so successful two years ago, it is returning to Santa Monica this year on Saturday, September 25th.
The event will feature 20 installations by artists and architects coupled with an intended greater focus on that art  while avoiding the  rave-type atmosphere that developed last time (the city has done away with DJs and opted for a 4:00AM finish instead of 7:00AM …

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But Is It Beautiful?

Posted September 15, 2010 by | Comments Off

Should design be beautiful? Ever since Marcel Duchamp presented a urinal as a found work of art, the topic has been an unmentionable in some art and design circles, as writer Karrie Jacobs found out when she challenged a class of Otis design to seek out places of beauty in Los Angeles and was told by one graphic design student, “If someone says my work is …

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