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LA Designer: Josh Abarbanel on “Seeing Life”

Posted July 16, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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What do you do if you yearn for nature in our digital age?
In the case of artist and digital media professor Joshua Abarbanel you find a way to unite the two, most recently in See Life, an exhibition of bas-reliefs at Hinge Parallel Gallery in Culver City that are inspired by “biological, botanical, and geological structures,” conceived in the computer and cut by a CNC milling …

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L.A. Designer: A “Collective” Creates “Competing Utopias”

Posted July 9, 2014 by | 3 Comments
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Six LA curators and filmmakers attached to the Culver City-based Wende Museum and Archive of the Cold War and the Neutra VDL House in Silverlake who came together as a “collective” to curate an exhibit that explores Modernity in the Cold War-era East and West and asks, 25 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, how were they different and how were they similar?

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KCRW Takes on Drones

Posted July 9, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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KCRW is taking on the thorny topic of drones, aka unmanned aerial systems (UAS) used for everything from filming to surveillance to delivering champagne. The starting point for this discussion: KCRW’s own drone. Yes, the station has acquired a Phantom 2 RTF and we want to know what you think about it.

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5 Design Things To Do This Week

Posted July 7, 2014 by | 2 Comments
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Your week in design events from DnA.

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This Week on DnA: New Rules for CA Buildings and Plastic Bags, Activating Malibu Beaches and the LA River Through Play

Posted July 2, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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Did you know that California is on a par with Europe when it comes to energy-efficiency in its buildings? That’s the view of Buro Happold‘s Julian Parsley, who explains the state’s new California Building Energy Efficiency standards. . .  and why designers and their clients rushed to file projects with planning departments before the rules take effect.
LA.’s river and many of its Malibu beaches have …

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Everything Talks: Who Killed The Plastic Bag?

Posted July 1, 2014 by | 1 Comment
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Large supermarket chains in Los Angeles are banned from bagging food in plastic bags. Starting July 1st that rule applies to mom-and-pop grocery stores as well.
This has paper and reusable bags feeling very pleased with themselves, as we learn from an episode of Everything Talks that takes place in the line of a Wholefoods store, written and performed for DnA by Tom Saunders. Shockingly, …

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Jenny Price Uses Play as Activism at LA’s River and Malibu’s Beaches

Posted July 1, 2014 by | 2 Comments
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“I’m really interested in public space. So the two main places I’ve worked on in L.A. are the L.A. River and the Malibu Beaches, which I really think are two of the great public spaces in Los Angeles that for decades haven’t functioned as great public spaces. . . even though you think that they have nothing in common, our concrete river and our …

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Miracle Mile Gets Curvaceous Makeover

Posted June 19, 2014 by | Comments Off
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The LA architect Zoltan Pali recently exited the design team for the museum for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, reportedly due to differences over the plan for an attached auditorium in a “spaceship” designed by co-architect Renzo Piano, the famed Italian designer of BCAM, the Resnick Pavilion and the recent master planning of the museum campus.
But that’s not the only upheaval …

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Tesla Tosses Patents: Disruptive Altruism or Good Business?

Posted June 17, 2014 by | Comments Off
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The message from Silicon Valley is that patents are worth protecting, hoarding and fighting about in court.
So what are we to conclude from Elon Musk’s announcement last week that he was tossing all Tesla’s hard-won patents?
Musk wrote on the Tesla blog:
Yesterday, there was a wall of Tesla patents in the lobby of our Palo Alto headquarters. That is no longer the case. They have …

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This Week on DnA: Tesla Drops Patents, Miracle Mile Makeover, Coolhaus Loves Architecture

Posted June 17, 2014 by | Comments Off
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Elon Musk continues to disrupt industry with his latest patent move, and changes are headed to Miracle Mile with three museum makeovers; plus, we talk about Coolhaus’s architectural ice cream.

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