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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 | 0 Comments
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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 | 0 Comments
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Jon Jerde, Design Czar for the 1984 Olympics Who Remade Retail Destinations, Dies at 75

Posted February 9, 2015 by | 2 Comments
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Jon Jerde, an architect who had a profound impact on the cityscape of Los Angeles and beyond, through his reinvention of the shopping center as an “experiential” and entertainment destination, has died after a long illness.
About Jerde’s contribution, the architect Craig Hodgetts once wrote: 
“Jon Jerde is one of that breed of innovative architects whose contagious vision redefines not only an era, but so shapes the …

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House Music, Gehry Style, by Composer Andrew Norman for L.A. Chamber Orchestra

Posted February 4, 2015 by | 0 Comments
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Frank Gehry’s iconic Santa Monica House has inspired a piece of music by composer Andrew Norman, to be performed this week by the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. Sarah Spitz gives this preview.

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Why Architecture For Humanity Will Survive The Demise of ‘Architecture For Humanity’

Posted January 29, 2015 by | Comments Off
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The news of the closure of Architecture For Humanity prompted one paper to suggest the group’s demise means the “future of socially responsible design may hang in the balance.” Read on to find out why “socially responsible design” will outlive AFH.

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Thom Mayne Shares His Plans For “Next Generation Case Study” on the Bradbury Site

Posted January 21, 2015 by | 3 Comments
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Preservationists and Ray Bradbury fans were shocked when the late author’s former home in Cheviot Hills was suddenly torn down. And design buffs were bemused when the perpetrators turned out to be architect Thom Mayne and his wife Blythe Alison-Mayne. But it turns out they have plans for the site that might have piqued the late futurist’s interest.

Thom Mayne is principal of the architectural firm Morphosis, and …

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Ray Bradbury Center Supportive of Mayne’s Changes to Bradbury’s Former Home

Posted January 15, 2015 by | 2 Comments
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News broke this week that the former Cheviot Hills home of the late Ray Bradbury has been torn down to make way for a new home for the property’s new owner, the architect Thom Mayne. While some mourn the loss of the celebrated Sci-fi writer’s creative lair, others see promise in the changes, among them Jonathan R. Eller, Director of the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies and Editor of the …

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