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Wendy Gilmartin Loves LA’s Ugly Buildings

Posted October 8, 2015 by | 0 Comments
Wendy Gilmartin; photo, Frances Anderton

“There are eight million stories in the naked city,” as they say, and many find themselves written into our buildings, which are the mute expressions of their makers, their time and the forces of economics and politics. Sometimes those forces produce buildings generally accepted to be “beautiful.” Mostly, the results are fairly banal, or downright “ugly.”
Wendy Gilmartin is an architect and writer who studies, tours and finds the charm in the ugly, …

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Posted October 5, 2015 by | 2 Comments

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Patrick Marston Brings “Abbot’s Dream” to Google

Posted September 30, 2015 by | 1 Comment

Twenty years ago advertising mogul Jay Chiat came up with a radical notion for the workplace.
“He consigned the concept of private space to the scrap heap of office history — desks, filing cabinets, family photos, and all,” wrote Fast Company. “Instead, workers were given cell-phones, PowerBooks, and the freedom to be creative whenever and wherever the spirit moved them.”
“In place of a traditional office, Chiat …

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Posted September 28, 2015 by | 0 Comments
Arne maynard

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“Façadomy,” The Broad and the Petersen Automotive Museum

Posted September 25, 2015 by | 2 Comments
The Petersen Museum

Two museums, two skins; one designed by “high-art” architecture firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro, the other by the car-loving Eugene Kohn, partner at corporate architecture firm Kohn Pedersen Fox; both fabricated by LA’s Matt Construction. What do they mean for architecture?

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Carla Fernández Says The Future is Handmade

Posted September 23, 2015 by | 0 Comments
Carla Fernandez sits amidst her designs, handmade in Mexico; photo by Mallery Roberts Morgan

In a loft on the 6th Floor of 850 South Broadway in downtown Los Angeles you can find an optimist’s vision of the future — indigenous crafting methods and rural communities are kept alive, through the design and fabrication of avant-garde clothes and home accessories that last a lifetime.
That’s the goal of Mexico City-based designer Carla Fernández and her team, who has brought her womenswear line and …

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Posted September 21, 2015 by | 2 Comments
Cliftons Sign, by Gideon Brower

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Broad Architect Liz Diller Brings Theatrics to Grand Ave., While Losing Her Irony About LA

Posted September 18, 2015 by | 2 Comments
Lobby of the Broad

For several years Angelenos’ expectations for The Broad were shaped by one striking rendering. It showed an expressive, perforated concrete box, lifted at the corners.
This was the proposed facade of a building that endeavored to answer the question, as put by architect Elizabeth Diller: “How do you put a storage facility and an exhibition space on a prominent site on Grand Avenue next to Disney and maintain the urban …

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My Mom Went to Dismaland and All She Got Me Were These Lousy Pictures

Posted September 15, 2015 by | 0 Comments

If you’ve heard enough about Dismaland, exit this post.
But I was tickled when I learned my mom — who is not an art world hipster — recently paid a night-time visit to Banksy’s much talked-about parody of a theme park.
Mom lives in my hometown of Bath, which is not far from the site of Dismaland, a town called Weston-Super-Mare.
Bath is near Bristol, where Banksy grew up, and …

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Posted September 14, 2015 by | 1 Comment
Ambulante screening in downtown LA, 2014; photo by Priscilla Rodriguez

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