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La Burbuja Has Landed

Posted August 21, 2012 by | Comments Off
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La Burbuja has landed! Hear how the designers turned an ambitious concept into a cool silver and hot pink place where people want to confide their stories — with Hugo Martinez, Christin To, Megan Pryor, Wendy Carrillo and Carlos Moreno. Plus, women designers are the flavor of the summer. Why? Hear from Bill Stern, Tibbie Dunbar, Gere Kavanaugh and Iris Anna Regn.
Banner image: (L-R) Christin To and Megan Pryor in La Burbuja. Photo by Eric …

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Design Teams Shortlisted for Sixth Street Bridge; You Can Chime In

Posted August 21, 2012 by | 4 Comments
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On this DnA, we talked about plans to replace LA’s classic Sixth Street Viaduct (shown, left, photo: Kevin Break) and the good news that the Bureau of Engineering had raised the bar in terms of design ambition. One of the guests on that show was Alex Ward, Chairman of Friends of the Los Angeles River (FOLAR), which had campaigned for several years for a bridge with vision. …

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On This DnA: Birthing A Hot Pink Bubble; Giving Voice to Women in Design

Posted August 21, 2012 by | 5 Comments
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Since its inception ten years ago, DnA has discussed design happenings in LA and beyond. With the launch of a competition to find a designer for a sound booth for Sonic Trace, KCRW and DnA became pro-active in creating a design project. And it’s been a very interesting process.
Today’s show features the last installment of a journey that began three months ago and culminated at a …

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Unfinished Business: The LA Forum Grows Up

Posted August 18, 2012 by | 3 Comments
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In the previous blog post, architecture historian Maura Lucking considered the evolution of SCI-Arc on its 40th anniversary. This year another institution that’s been part of the dialogue about LA architecture also hits a milestone: the LA Forum. Founded 25 years ago, the LA Forum started out as a loose group of architects, designers, critics, students who came together to discuss ideas about design …

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SCI-Arc at Forty: The Original “Alternative” Architecture School

Posted August 17, 2012 by | 15 Comments
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It has been a monumental, and monumentalizing, year for SCI-Arc, Los Angeles’ famed experimental architecture school. The Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) celebrates its fortieth anniversary this year, with special programming, building initiatives and a new digital archive of decades of guest lecture videos. The school was also the focus of an exhibition at the MAK Center for Art and Architecture.
The anniversary coincides with a …

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Peeling Back the Layers: Lisa Little and Emily White at PMCA

Posted August 9, 2012 by | 2 Comments

How do you add soul to design by algorithm? That seems to be a goal of design duo Lisa Little and Emily White, co-founders of architecture firm Layer. Like a number of LA architects, Little and White have explored the spatial and formal possibilities of digital design and fabrication through installations in public art settings and their latest is on display at Pasadena Museum of California …

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The Burbuja Has Landed

Posted August 9, 2012 by | 4 Comments
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We’re almost done! Just three months ago we launched a competition on DnA to find a designer of a sound booth for the independent radio project, Sonic Trace. In June we announced the winner. Now, after weeks of sleepless nights and head-scratching days — trying to figure out how to build the curvacious structure and clad it in a scratch-proof silvery surface, all for an …

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