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Zumthor and Mayne Trade Places: Good or Bad For LA and the Alps?

Posted March 26, 2015 by | 3 Comments
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This week Angelenos got a look at the latest iteration of Swiss architect Peter Zumthor’s design for LACMA.
Meanwhile, in a tiny village in Switzerland called Vals, residents are taking in renderings of a luxury hotel designed by leading LA architect Thom Mayne. He is proposing a towering addition to Therme Vals, a hotel and spa complex whose spa building was designed by Peter Zumthor and is widely considered …

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Schindler Church Up For Sale: Can It Be Resurrected, Again?

Posted March 24, 2015 by | 0 Comments
SChindler Church entrance, photo by Robert Mace

One year ago, DnA reported on the happy news that the Schindler Church on Compton Avenue at 49th in South Los Angeles, the only church designed by the Modernist pioneer R.M. Schindler, had been spruced up and opened for service by Faith-Build International (FBI). It was long dilapidated and inaccessible.
Schindler buffs and church members gathered within the softly lit, interlocking wooden structure on a sunny …

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Gail Kennard Makes the Case for Saving Parker Center

Posted March 19, 2015 by | 1 Comment
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Gail Kennard is the daughter of the late Robert Kennard, an African-American architect who practiced in Los Angeles from 1957 until his death in 1995, and she is now president of the Kennard Design Group.

Kennard is also a member of the Cultural Heritage Commission and has joined with her fellow commissioners in supporting efforts to stop the demolition of the 1955 Parker Center LAPD headquarters, designed by Welton Becket.

Why?

Design, People »

Frei Otto Dies, Wins Pritzker, As His Ideas Become New Again

Posted March 10, 2015 by | 1 Comment
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Frei Otto, the German architect of gorgeous lightweight tent-like structures, has been awarded the Pritzker Prize, just two weeks after his death at 89.

But his influence lives on, most notably in the design for a new Googleplex by Bjarke Ingels and Thomas Heatherwick.

Design, People »

Does the Apple Watch Reflect Jony Ive’s Love of Past and Future?

Posted March 10, 2015 by | 1 Comment
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The Apple Watch has been displayed to the world and the jury is out on its genius.

But one thing that some pundits seem sure of, this is a product of Tim Cook’s tenure.

Or rather, is it Jony Ive’s baby? Based on a past encounter with the lauded designer, DnA thinks it might be.

L.A. Designer »

Leslie Shapiro Joyal: Minimalism Meets Reality TV on Ellen’s Design Challenge

Posted March 4, 2015 by | 0 Comments
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An L.A.-based minimalist furniture designer delves into the chaotic, hyperbolic world of reality television.

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What’s The Impact of Global Investment in LA Residential Property?

Posted February 25, 2015 by | 1 Comment
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On this DnA we talked about what happens to the life of global cities — like London, New York and LA — when investors park money, but rarely occupy, high-end residential property. 
We’d been thinking for a while about this phenomenon — nicknamed “zombie urbanism” by some city watchers; or, in London, “buy-to-forget.”
But it was crystallized by the publication of Towers Of Secrecy, a fascinating series in the …

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5 Design Things To Do This Week

Posted February 23, 2015 by | 1 Comment
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Your week in design events from DnA.

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Turf Mullets and 9 Surprises from “Swimming in Succulents” at Palm Springs; Thank You Designers

Posted February 18, 2015 by | Comments Off
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This weekend DnA went on the road to Palm Springs, to join desert style enthusiasts at Modernism Week. We set up at MW’s “Camp” in front of KCRW’s “living room” filled with objects by LA designers (see below).
While there we hosted a discussion, entitled Swimming With Succulents, about desert backyards in an age of drought. 
What could have been a rather dry topic proved quite juicy …

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5 Design Things To Do This Week

Posted February 13, 2015 by | Comments Off
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