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Weekly Round-up, February 28

Posted February 27, 2011 by | 1 Comment

Around L.A.:
LACMA lecture: Danish architect du jour Bjarke Ingels will give a lecture at LACMA, in conjunction with the A+D museum. Ingels’ recent and current projects include the Danish Pavilion at the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai, the Danish Maritime Museum and the recently-awarded Waste-to-Energy Plant in Copenhagen that doubles as a ski slope for the city’s residents and visitors. Tickets are $10 for …

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Scene from a Bus: Introductory Article

Posted February 23, 2011 by | Comments Off

By DnA contributor Sunil Rampersad:
“Nobody walks in LA,” so the song goes, meaning that “nobody” uses the bus either. (It has been found that there is a direct link in most cities between pedestrian traffic and the number of people taking public transportation.)

But just as people DO walk in LA (Thom Anderson’s documentary, Los Angeles Plays Itself, shows downtown Broadway overflowing with pedestrians), an …

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Grand Opening of Kanner Architects-designed Rec Center

Posted February 23, 2011 by | Comments Off

The building community in Los Angeles suffered a great loss when architect Stephen Kanner of Kanner Architects passed away last year.
But his widow, Cynthia Kanner, his architect brother-in-law Winston Chappell, and the partners and staff at Kanner Architects committed to keeping the flame alive. Tomorrow they will celebrate the completion of a project that was very dear to Stephen, the Lafayette Park Recreation Center.
Following is information from Kanner Architects:
Tomorrow the Heart of …

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Steel and Shade: Donald Wexler and His Legacy in the Low and High Desert

Posted February 21, 2011 by | 2 Comments
Wexler Steel house (door)

This week is the beginning of Palm Springs Modernism Week (Feb 17-27), in a week of architectural tours, lectures and exhibitions throughout the Palm Springs area that illuminates how modernism transformed this growing community at mid-century and continues to thrive to this day.
Palm Springs plays a critical role in the development of modernism in California and during the week many homes will be available …

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Design Round-up: Banksy, Bots and Art in Inglewood

Posted February 18, 2011 by | 2 Comments

Around town, by Olga Khazan:
Bankable street art hits L.A.: Banksy is in town for the Oscars, and is believed to be stealthily putting up street art that is both revered and reviled. While some of the street artist’s purported stenciled pieces were welcomed, one drawing of a drug-addled Micky and Mini Mouse, reportedly worth millions, was promptly ripped down and left in a crumpled …

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Not Just Green, “Souper”Green Architecture at A+D Museum

Posted February 17, 2011 by | 14 Comments

It may not be easy being green, but it sure is cool-looking. A new exhibit at the Architecture + Design museum in mid-Wilshire explores just how innovative environmentally-integrated architecture can be with its “SouperGreen” exhibit, which opened last week and is on view through April 14th. The exhibit, a collaboration between five different architecture firms, focuses not only on environmentally-friendly “solutions” to man-made problems, …

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The Mulleavy Sisters, the Ackermans and the Alchemy of Creativity

Posted February 17, 2011 by | Comments Off

One of the blessings of hosting DnA — and working at KCRW in general — is the chance to meet extremely interesting people. For example, Kate and Laura Mulleavy, the magical, mysterious Pasadena sisters who are the fashion design company, Rodarte, and guests on this month’s DnA.  They designed the ballet costumes for Black Swan, and they have a show of work, States of Matter, opening next month at MOCA …

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Design Round-Up, February 11

Posted February 14, 2011 by | 3 Comments

There is so much of great interest to DnA that we cannot always cover on air, due to lack of time. But we want to broadcast the news by other means. So, starting today, DnA’s newest associate, Olga Khazan, will post a weekly round-up of design happenings in LA. Send her your news at and olga dot khazan at


“Out of Memory,” a …

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Evelyn and Jerome Ackerman Design Their Own Love Story

Posted February 9, 2011 by | 2 Comments

Charles and Ray Eames, Robin and Lucienne Day, Massimo and Lella Vignelli: all couples who made a big mark on post-war Modern design. LA has also been home to another designing couple, Jerome and Evelyn Ackerman, two Detroit artists who opened a studio in West LA in the early 1950s, and forged a path in artful craft, applying Jerry’s entrepreneurial savvy and Evelyn’s fine artistry to …

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