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Journey to the Wigwam Motel

Posted June 30, 2011 by | 6 Comments

By Sunil Rampersad
Recently a friend had his birthday party at the Wigwam Motel in San Bernadino. Once I Googled it and saw what it looked like I just had to go. Lady luck was on my side as some digging into my options to get out there revealed the fact that the motel lay not too far from the Rialto Metrolink station. An hour …

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Design, People and Nature: James Corner Field Operations; Hitoshi Abe

Posted June 21, 2011 by | Comments Off
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At a talk he gave last Monday, the landscape architect James Corner, of the firm Field Operations (seen in white with blue baseball cap, left) declared that one of the biggest changes in the design of public space is that today the client is truly “public.”
“We no longer work for kings,” he said, adding later that if he were ever to do a book about his firm’s work, it could …

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Move Over Milan: Here Comes Dwell On Design, LA Design Festival, Little Tokyo Design Week

Posted June 15, 2011 by | 3 Comments

Los Angeles is an engine of design, with one out of every six jobs in the region in the Creative Economy (design, architecture, art, fashion, animation, etc.) Yet, unlike other design capitals — Milan, London, Tokyo, New York — the region has collectively kept its light under a bushel. There’s been nothing here akin to London’s 100 Percent Design or the Milan Furniture Fair.
Well, …

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Scene from the Bus: MOCA’s ‘Art in the Streets,’ Now Free on Monday Nights Courtesy of Banksy

Posted June 8, 2011 by | 1 Comment

This week I got off the bus to look at some art on a bus, and on walls and cars and. . .
So far I’ve been to MOCA’s new exhibition, “Art in the Streets”, twice and plan on going yet again.
If you have not yet seen Art in The Streets, now is the time to do so. Courtesy of Brit bad boy Banksy, MOCA …

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Nicolai Ouroussoff to Exit The New York Times, says AN

Posted June 7, 2011 by | 2 Comments

Nicolai Ouroussoff, architecture critic for The New York Times, is leaving the paper after seven years there, according to the Architects Newspaper. Prior to his podium at the NYT, Ouroussoff was critic at the Los Angeles Times. While here, he garnered a reputation as a promoter of Class A architecture by the darlings of the design world — his favorites: Rem Koolhaas, Frank Gehry, …

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A Different Shade of Green: New Park Design in Los Angeles

Posted June 1, 2011 by | 4 Comments

One of the perennial complaints about Los Angeles is that it does not have enough public parks, and the call is increasingly urgent as the region gets denser and more people live in apartments or condos without the traditional back yard. (Not everybody agrees parks are so essential; I’ve been re-reading Jane Jacobs recently and she laments the notion of creating open space in …

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