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Could the Pop-Up Design of the ’84 Olympics Work Again?

Posted August 27, 2015 by | 0 Comments
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LA is set to make a bid for the 2024 Olympics. Could it revive its 1984 pop-up success or use the games as a catalyst for ambitious planning?
The Los Angeles City Council is expected to vote soon on whether L.A. should continue its quest to host the 2024 Summer Games, and the mayor is already promising taxpayers they won’t be on the hook for …

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Sam Lubell and Danielle Rago Rethink How We Live in Los Angeles

Posted August 19, 2015 by | 1 Comment
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Notwithstanding its acres of poorly planned, developer-driven residential building, LA’s signature contribution to global architecture has been in the design of the home, from its century of experimentation with the single family house and, less celebrated, multifamily dwellings.
But in a time of rising population and escalating land values, does that experimentation live on? Answering that question is the goal of ‘Shelter: Rethinking How We …

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What’s Going on at the LA River?

Posted August 14, 2015 by | 1 Comment
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The news that Frank Gehry has taken on a master planning role at the LA River has prompted a mix of joy, despair — and puzzlement.
Why he’s involved, what is his mandate, who brought him on board, what it means for projects and plans already made, and whether the man who made an aesthetic out of chicken wire and plywood is the right …

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Henk Ovink: Gehry’s Man at the LA River

Posted August 11, 2015 by | 1 Comment
Henk Ovink; photo: Pieter Magielsen

The news about Frank Gehry’s involvement in masterplanning the LA River has brought to the surface a man not yet well-known in Los Angeles, but who is something of a rock star in the world of climate change, resilient design and rivers.
His name is Henk Ovink and he is a brilliant Dutch water infrastructure expert who was tapped by President Obama’s Hurricane Sandy task force to …

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Nora Al Shaikh Brings Riyadh to Decades

Posted August 5, 2015 by | 1 Comment
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In our selfie-loving culture it is unusual to find someone — especially a very beautiful young woman in the world of fashion — who won’t show her face to the camera.
But that was the case when DnA met Nora Al Shaikh, a Saudi designer whose dresses and gowns are on display at Decades, the famed vintage clothing store on Melrose Avenue co-owned by Cameron …

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Berlin’s R50 Baugruppe is a Model of Living Affordably, Collectively

Posted July 31, 2015 by | Comments Off
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The world’s cultural and economic capitals are becoming more crowded and costly to live in at the same time as changes in the family structure mean a generation of singles, boomers and non-traditional families are thinking anew about how they want to live.
On KCRW’s recent trip to Berlin we found an intriguing solution to both challenges: Baugruppen (building groups).
These are collectively built residential complexes in which …

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Does ‘Avenel Cooperative’ Offer Clues For Cohousing in the Future? Rick Corsini has Answers

Posted July 29, 2015 by | 1 Comment
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This DnA explored Baugruppen, the Berlin-based cohousing projects that are filling a need for affordable home ownership coupled with living in a semi-collective way.

It’s an inspiring model that prompted us to ask: could it be realized in LA?
One of the guests who gives a qualified yes is Rick Corsini, principal at Corsini Stark Architects.
While his own firm has explored ways in which to build relatively affordable homes in pricey …

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Could “Compact” Replace “Small Lot” Homes in LA County? Ask Ric Abramson

Posted July 28, 2015 by | 1 Comment
Ric Abramson, principal of WorkPlay Studio

On today’s DnA we talked about Baugruppen, the Berlin-based cohousing projects that are filling a need for affordable home ownership coupled with living in a semi-collective way.
It’s an inspiring model that begs the question: is it realizable in LA?
One of those who has investigated the possibility is Ric Abramson, principal of architecture firm Workplays Studio. He and three friends looked into the viability of growing …

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The Noun Project Signals The Power of Visuals Over Words

Posted July 22, 2015 by | Comments Off
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Edward Boatman and Sofya Polyakov have crowd-sourced a visual dictionary.

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Is it Goodbye to the Griffith Park Teahouse?

Posted July 16, 2015 by | 4 Comments
Griffith Park Teahouse, photo by Jeff Adams Ingels

One of the delights of this summer has been the appearance of the Griffith Park Teahouse, a meditative space built on an existing concrete pad in a remote corner of Griffith Park, near Dante’s View. But its pleasures may be short-lived as the Department of Rec and Parks plans to dismantle it, by as soon as July 27.
The teahouse was constructed covertly by an anonymous artists collective as …

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