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The Godzilla of Architecture? Rem Koolhaas Builds His Own Delirious New York — in Rotterdam

Posted February 13, 2014 by | 1 Comment
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Rem Koolhaas and his firm OMA rarely create a building without effect; and that is true of his latest, a “vertical city” called de Rotterdam in the old harbor district of his chosen city, Rotterdam. Bennett Stein describes the “effect” and asks if it offers anything more?

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Stonehenge Gets A New Visitor Center That’s Almost Not There

Posted January 23, 2014 by | Comments Off
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One of the tricky problems that sometimes faces architects is figuring out how to design a building that neighbors a historic building. So imagine the challenge of designing a visitor center next to one of humankind’s most venerated and ancient creations: Stonehenge.

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Fashion Galore: An Exhibition About Isabella Blow, Muse to Philip Treacy and Alexander McQueen

Posted December 30, 2013 by | 1 Comment
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Isabella Blow discoveredcand served as a muse for legendary designers including Alexander McQueen and milliner Philip Treacy. Now she is the subject of an exhibition at London’s Somerset House. Bennett Stein, aka the GOOD4NOTHING Connoisseur, checked out the show and found that it inspired him to a new year’s resolution.

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Atoms For Peace Use Light and Sound to Create Hallucinatory Experience at the Bowl

Posted October 17, 2013 by | 3 Comments
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Thom Yorke, Flea and longtime Radiohead lighting designer Andi Watson turned the Hollywood Bowl into a high tech design temple Wednesday night.

In this review of the Atoms For Peace show, Bennett Stein says the band “rearranged all matter and reality via open source funk sonic and savvy majestic lighting design.” Read more here.

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Everything Loose Will Land: Teleporting Us Back to The ’70s

Posted May 10, 2013 by | Comments Off
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The design pack was out in force Wednesday night at the opening of the Mak Center’s Everything Loose Will Land at the Schindler House, the So Cal HQ for bohemian salons and unfettered progressive thinking and making since the 1920s. The Good4Nothing Connoisseur, aka Bennett Stein, reports.
The history-rich scene show (and what is history really but the right now anyway) is guest curated by Sylvia …

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Paolo Soleri’s Passing Marks End of Era for Counterculture Architecture — or Does It?

Posted April 11, 2013 by | Comments Off
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There are certain cultural figures whose passing seems to mark the end of an era. Paolo Soleri was one of those. Even if you never actually got to visit Arcosanti, the maverick builder and his off-the-grid, concrete fantasy occupied a place in the imaginations of a generation — both architects and non-architects — akin to that of counterculture gurus like Timothy Leary or John …

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Thomas Heatherwick – Olympic Cauldron Designer Carries Torch for the Art of Making

Posted July 26, 2012 by | 5 Comments
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The coup de grâce of London 2012 Olympics’ opening celebrations was the ceremonial lighting of the cauldron, signaling the start of the competition. That spectacle — a piece of pure theater in which 204 copper petals were carried in individually, each by a competing nation, then laid together, and lit by a young athletes who took the torch from soccer player David Beckham. Then the …

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Breaking News – Code Red – James Franco’s “Rebel” Vandalized: Everyone A Person Of Interest

Posted June 5, 2012 by | 9 Comments
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Hollywood, June 5, 2012 – The Good4Nothing Connoisseur (aka Bennett Stein)
Auto-destruction adherents are on high alert as authorities canvass witnesses, chase down leads and sift through clues to solve an unspeakable act of violence in a city turned upside down. Evidence indicates that early Sunday morning armed assailants broke in and took axes, sex toy prosthetics and barbed epithets to Joel Chen’s Hollywood showroom that …

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Don Giovanni Meets Architexture: Frank Gehry, Rodarte, El Duderino & Co. Swing Opera Buffa

Posted June 1, 2012 by | 3 Comments
(Stefan Kocan (Commedatore), Aga Mikolaj (Donna Elvira),  Kevin Burdette (Leporello), Mariusz Kwiecien (Don Giovanni), Pavol Breslik (Don Ottavio) and Carmela Remigio (Donna Anna) _Autumn de Wilde (2), small file

Several weeks ago I went to Frank Gehry’s office and he showed me a sketch model of his set for Don Giovanni, a seeming cluster of scrunched-up paper balls. He said, jokingly, something along the lines of, “critics have said my buildings are like crumpled paper; well, this set will be crumpled paper.” As it turns out, he wasn’t joking. His set was that …

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Thanks For The Head Trip: James Franco’s Riff on James Dean

Posted May 17, 2012 by | 10 Comments
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Joel Chen’s hideaway showroom on Highland Avenue has been appropriated for a few weeks by MOCA and recast as the Chateau Marmont by James Franco and a gang of artists for their show, Rebel, organized by MOCA’s Lyn Winter. Bennett Stein, aka The Good4Nothing Connoisseur, went to the opening and found himself seduced by the exhibit.
Question: are you obsessed? Ever been obsessed by anything? I mean obsessed by anything cool… with …

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