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

Posted January 29, 2015 by | 0 Comments
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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 | 2 Comments
Photo of Thom Mayne by Michael Powers

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
Ray Bradbury circa 1972. Photo by the Los Angeles Public Library Photo Archive

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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Chen Man: Fashion Photographer, Artist and Poster Child For the Post-1980 Chinese

Posted January 7, 2015 by | 0 Comments
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One of the darlings of Chinese fashion and photography is making a mark on Los Angeles. But her work offers a fascinating window onto contemporary China.
This past Tuesday evening a spillover crowd — of largely youthful, fashion-conscious Asians and Asian-Americans — jammed the gallery of the venerable L.A. Louver Gallery in Venice for an appearance by the 34-year old Chinese superstar of fashion and art …

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DnA’s 2014 Gift Guide for Procrastinators

Posted December 22, 2014 by | Comments Off
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Gift ideas for the design-oriented procrastinator.

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Will Building Boom Again in Havana, Cuba?

Posted December 17, 2014 by | Comments Off
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What will normalizing relations between Cuba and the U.S. mean for buildings in Havana?

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Can you Save The World as you Spend? A Look at Social Entrepreneurship

Posted December 16, 2014 by | 1 Comment
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DnA marked the holiday season with a look at values-based capitalism, with advice on holiday gifts that support a good cause (below), interviews with social entrepreneurs Scott Martin and Jeff Denby, and a look at how you sort out the “good” from the “sounds good” now that social entrepreneurship is a booming trend.
If you walk the aisles of Whole Foods this holiday season you’ll find stands dedicated …

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Landscape Designer “Scotty Claus” And His Elves Put Life into the Christmas Tree Tradition

Posted December 16, 2014 by | 1 Comment
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DnA talks to the founder of The Living Christmas Company, a Southland business that rents out living trees during the holiday season.

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Sink Or Swim: Designing for a Sea Change

Posted December 10, 2014 by | 1 Comment
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How are people building in the face of rising seas? That’s the topic of Sink Or Swim: Designing For a Sea Change, an exhibition about “resilient” architecture from adaptation for survival through to visionary plans for the future. It’s a story that’s been told through dramatic imagery by photographers including Iwan Baan, Stephen Wilkes, Jonas Bendiksen, Paula Bronstein and Monica Nouwens, as well as unbuilt plans. The exhibition was curated …

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L.A. Designer: Louise Sandhaus’ New Book Shows California Graphic Design As Riot of Creativity

Posted December 10, 2014 by | 1 Comment
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Louise Sandhaus’s new book is an eye-popping history of California graphic design.

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