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L.A. Designer: Alex McDowell and Students “World-Build” New Island City

Posted October 15, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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Production designer and teacher Alex McDowell has been working with students, architects, movie and game designers and many others on the creation of an island city named Rilao, a fantastical hybrid of Rio de Janeiro and Los Angeles. What would an LA/Rio fusion look and sound like? What is the point of the project?

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NYC Subway Standards Reissue Sets High Standard for Kickstarter Campaigns

Posted October 9, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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A Kickstarter Campaign reissues NYC’s iconic Transit Authority Graphics Standards Manual.

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L.A. Designer: LA2050′s Tara Roth Talks about Crowdsourcing Civic Improvement

Posted October 8, 2014 by | 2 Comments
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DnA spoke with the president of the Goldhirsh Foundation about crowdsourcing ideas for improving L.A.

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Software, Skyscrapers and Goodbye to Stumpy Towers in L.A.

Posted October 7, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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The city of Los Angeles has just cast out an old rule that mandated that skyscrapers have helipads on their roofs. Dating back to 1974, the rule had produced very few rooftop rescues and a skyline of “flat topped” stumpy towers (as in photo above by Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times.)
Does ending that rule means the shackles are off for developers and designers wanting …

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Everything Talks: Lawns

Posted October 7, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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What did the green lawn say to the brown lawn during a historic drought?

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L.A. Designer: Scott Johnson Explains Why New Skyscrapers Look The Way They Do

Posted October 1, 2014 by | 2 Comments
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This week we learned that tall buildings in Los Angeles no longer need to have “flat tops,” the rooftop helipads, mandated for fire safety reasons since 1974, that resulted in few helicopter rescues and a downtown of mostly uninspired, stumpy towers. Ending that rule means the shackles are off for developers and designers wanting L.A. to join other world cities in the race to build the shapeliest skyscrapers.
As fashion maven Simon Doonan …

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5 Design Things To Do This Week

Posted September 29, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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Your week in design events from DnA.

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L.A. Designer: Ellen Bennett Designs Aprons for SpaceX and Earthling Cooks

Posted September 23, 2014 by | 1 Comment
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This young designer is behind the aprons at your favorite L.A. restaurants and the SpaceX cafeteria.

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L.A. Designer: Miriam Mulder, Architect of a City

Posted September 16, 2014 by | Comments Off
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On this DnA we talked about Santa Monica’s Big Blue Bus stops, the strong public reaction to their bold design and what the debate reveals about our expectations of public space.
But the bus stops are just one project among many city beautification projects in Santa Monica that are under the supervision of Miriam Mulder, City Architect. Others include the red-staired Parking Structure #6 on 2nd Street; Tongva …

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Why Has Apple Added Marc Newson To Its Stable of New Talent?

Posted September 9, 2014 by | Comments Off
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Remember the Dish Doctor Dishrack, designed for Magis in 1997 back when plastic was still fantastic (before we knew about entire islands of the stuff ruining marine life).
It is one of many memorable designs by Australian designer Marc Newson, who has been hired to join the Apple design team, by friend and sometime collaborator Jonathan Ive, chief of design at the company.
Of all the earth-shattering news …

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