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Could Affordable Eco-Housing Be in Your Backyard?

Posted June 17, 2015 by | 0 Comments
Backyard BI(h)ome by UCLA Citylab and Kevin Daly Architects in Los Angeles, CA; Photo: Nico Marques / Photekt

Can LA solve its affordable housing crisis with demountable, plastic-skinned homes shared with lizards and other urban wildlife?

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Frank Gehry Still Glows: Revisits “Available Light” and Fish Lamps

Posted June 5, 2015 by | Comments Off
fishlamp

At 86, the incorrigible Frank Gehry is still moving forward, with projects aplenty. But today he’s taking a breather to revisit — and update — two of his creations from the early 1980s.
Fish Story
Back in 1984 the architect introduced the world to his interest in fish, with striking lamps whose scales were made of then pioneering new Formica material Colorcore.
He updated those lamps with a new …

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Chris Francis Creates Shoes Made For Gawking

Posted May 28, 2015 by | Comments Off
Chris Francis at work

Shoe designer Chris Francis explains what inspired his bold shoe designs currently on display at the Craft & Folk Art Museum.

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Filmmaker James Cameron Creates Solar ‘Sun Flowers’ to Power Muse School

Posted May 21, 2015 by | Comments Off
Solar Sunflower from front

Director James Cameron and his wife Suzy Amis Cameron discuss the new solar Sun Flowers that the filmmaker designed for their childrens’ school.

Mobility, News »

Will California’s High Speed Rail Be Safe?

Posted May 15, 2015 by | Comments Off
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In the wake of the Amtrak train crash this week, how safe will High Speed Rail be?

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Chris Burden’s Wisdom Revisited

Posted May 13, 2015 by | Comments Off
Urban Light

Audiences of Chris Burden’s early conceptual performances, during which he was “shot, pierced, starved, crucified, electrocuted, cut by glass, kicked down stairs, locked up, dropped from heights and nearly drowned,” would likely never have imagined that this punky artist would wind up creating one of LA prettiest artworks: Urban Light, the thicket of more than 200 cast-iron street lamps at the entrance to LACMA that is beloved …

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Cliff Garten Opens “Heart of Compassion” in Koreatown

Posted May 13, 2015 by | Comments Off
Los Angeles Opens Its Hearts of Compassion, designed by Cliff Garten

Artist Cliff Garten has a new public sculpture open at The Vermont in Koreatown.

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Don’t Weep For The Lawn: Your Drought-Friendly Gardens Reveal The Yard as Personal Art Statement

Posted May 5, 2015 by | Comments Off
Erin Riley

Last week DnA’s Frances Anderton ran into a Hancock Park homeowner who bemoaned the fact he has to get rid of his lawn, asking what could take its place and preserve the loveliness of his Cape Cod-style house.
I assured him there are so many wonderful options, and that in fact, this is an opportunity for him to get creative, and create a personal statement …

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