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Deborah Sussman Passes After Long And Vivid Career

Posted August 20, 2014 by | 1 Comment
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Deborah Sussman, environmental designer who created the colorful identity for the Los Angeles 1984 Olympics, has died. She was a woman with style and personality as vivid as her work.

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L.A. Designer: Howard Cummings and Ellen Mirojnick Create The Look For The Knick

Posted August 19, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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Howard Cummings, production designer, and Ellen Mirojnick, costume designer, last worked together on creating Liberace’s glittery world for Behind The Candelabra. Most recently they got down in the muck and marvels of medicine at the turn of the last century, creating the astounding look for Steven Soderbergh’s new show The Knick.
It’s a look that both supports the characters ­­and gives us an enthralling window into …

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Keep Off The Lawn: Griffin Enright Stats Revisited

Posted August 19, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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This week’s DnA asked why the Slide The City for downtown Los Angeles has become the target of drought-shaming while millions of gallons go unchallenged on other forms of potable water-based entertainment. The show talked about comparative use of water in LA’s archetypal pleasure places including swimming pools, water parks, golf courses and even restaurants.

But it didn’t get into the other big water-guzzler, the Socal lawn.

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Should the City of 43,123 Swimming Pools Say No to “Slide The City”?

Posted August 19, 2014 by | 2 Comments
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A proposed Slip ‘n’ Slide for one day in downtown promised to be an entertaining urban intervention. But it has brought on howls of drought-shaming — even as millions of gallons are poured on water parks, swimming pools and other water-based leisure activities in Los Angeles. Should we be careful of environmental moralizing? And in a drier future, where will we go to cool off?
That’s …

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Cranbrook Taps New Director, from Long Beach via London

Posted July 30, 2014 by | 1 Comment
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Christopher Scoates, director of the University Art Museum at California State University Long Beach since 2005, has left the Southland to take up a new post as director at the Cranbook Academy of Art in Michigan (whose L.A.-based alumni included L.A.’s Charles and Ray Eames and Gere Kavanaugh). The British-born Scoates studied there himself, acquiring a Master of Fine Arts in Photography.
Scoates, who co-curated while at Long Beach a …

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This Week on DnA: Wearables, Drones and Tech for Tech’s Sake

Posted July 30, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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From wearables to drones, technology continues to redefine our everyday lives, for better – or weirder?
The Wacky World of Wearables
Apple has reportedly been granted a patent for a smartwatch. This news further stoked rumors that the company will unveil a new “iWatch” this fall. Meanwhile, Amazon UK just launched a wearable technology store a few weeks ago, selling fitness trackers, smart watches, and wearable cameras. So what exactly …

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L.A. Designer: Lorcan O’Herlihy Rethinks Big Blue Bus Stops

Posted July 23, 2014 by | Comments Off
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Lorcan O’Herlihy designed the perky new Big Blue Bus stops that have started popping up in Santa Monica. But not all riders are happy. O’Herlihy addresses riders’ criticisms, tells us why well-designed infrastructure matters, and explains what we can expect when all 300+ of them roll out.

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L.A. Designer: Josh Abarbanel on “Seeing Life”

Posted July 16, 2014 by | Comments Off
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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 | Comments Off
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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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