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

Posted July 31, 2015 by | 0 Comments
Verena and Christoph, by FA

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:
Baugruppen (building groups). These are collectively built residential complexes in which individuals own their …

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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 …

L.A. Designer, People »

The Noun Project Signals The Power of Visuals Over Words

Posted July 22, 2015 by | 0 Comments
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Edward Boatman and Sofya Polyakov have crowd-sourced a visual dictionary.

Art, Public Space »

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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Imagineer Kim Irvine on a Life of Designing at Disneyland

Posted July 16, 2015 by | 0 Comments
Kim Irvine

60 years ago this week, Walt Disney welcomed the first visitors to Disneyland Park, built on Orange Groves in Anaheim. To realize his vision he created a team of artists, draughtsmen, model makers, planners, architects and animators who would create the park and the rides. He called them Imagineers, a cross between imagination and engineering, and they have been kept busy ever since; the company’s 6th …

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Pae White Flies High In Berlin

Posted July 6, 2015 by | 0 Comments

As the capital of a reunited Germany, Berlin’s population is surging each year, and every weekend also attracts thousands of partying members of the so-called “Easy Jet set” – Europeans bouncing around the continent on low-budget flights.
So it needed a new airport.
Leading German terminus architects gmp (von Gerkan, Marg and Partners) were hired and the city set to work building the Brandenburg Berlin Airport.
Flughafen Berlin …

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5 Design Things To Do This Week

Posted June 22, 2015 by | Comments Off
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Your week in Design events from DnA.

Design, Energy, L.A. Designer, LA Grows UP »

Could Affordable Eco-Housing Be in Your Backyard?

Posted June 17, 2015 by | Comments Off
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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Mia Lehrer’s 8 Things To Consider Before Ditching Your Lawn

Posted June 9, 2015 by | 8 Comments

Consider this before tearing out your lawn.

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