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LA Designer: Alexis Rochas and Andreas Froech of

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Alexis Rochas of and Andreas Froech of Machineous have joined forces in a meeting of “structure” and “skin.” They have just built Lightweaver at Coachella; read this interview with DnA for their views on “mirage architecture” and their ambitions for highly efficient and experimental buildings of the future.

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The Seder Plate: A Canvas for Contemporary Design and Values

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Futura seder plate by Jonathan Adler

The seder plate has for centuries been a vehicle for artists to express religious devotion through beautification; Avishay Artsy explores how contemporary seder plate design reflects the evolving nature of the seder dinner itself.

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Rudolph Schindler’s Only Church is Resurrected

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Schindler Church today, photo by Robert Mace

Architecture enthusiasts and members of the Faith-Build International community are rejoicing in the re-opening of the Bethlehem church on Compton Avenue, designed in the mid-1940s by Modernist pioneer Rudolph Schindler. But did Schindler, a progressive thinker, come to design this radical church in that location at that time?

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Is Coachella an Art Museum for the 21st Century?

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In times past, Coachella was only about the music but the huge art installations are increasingly central to the total experience, so much so that one designer calls music festivals the “art museums of the 21st century.” Hear all about it in this segment with Jason Bentley, Alexis Rochas and Andreas Froech.

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This Week on DnA: The Art of Ritual: Coachella, Passover, a Schindler Church

Posted April 16, 2014 by | 1 Comment
Lightweaver by day by Alex Pieros

The worship of higher beings has traditionally inspired the beautification of objects and buildings, and today’s show looks at today’s variations on that impulse — installations at Coachella, the artistry of seder plates and the resurrection of a Rudolph Schindler-designed church in South Los Angeles — as spring brings its explosion of seasonal rituals.

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LA Designer: Ben Medansky, Potting His Way From Arizona to Milan

Posted April 9, 2014 by | 0 Comments
Medansky installation in Milan

This week thousands of furniture, lighting and product designers and buyers are gathering in Milan for the annual Salone Internazionale del Mobile di Milano. But how much does it matter to young Angeleno designers? Hear from ceramicist Ben Medansky maker of desert-inspired bowls, cups and marijuana pipes.

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Everything Talks 5: MOMA “Deconstructs” the Folk Art Museum

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In his latest foray into the world of talking objects and buildings, Tom Saunders channels MOMA and the Folk Art Museum.

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Dying for Soccer: Should Architects Speak Out About Working Conditions in Qatar?

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Qatar stadium by Zaha Hadid

Hundreds of Indian and Nepalese migrant workers have died in Qatar during construction work connected to the World Cup, and thousands more are expected to die if conditions do not improve.
Should Zaha Hadid and other architects connected to the World Cup speak out for the workers? Guy Horton and Andrea Cohen Gehring talk about the ethics and responsibilities of architects.

The awarding of the Pritzker …

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Shigeru Ban Wins The Pritzker — For Goodness or Good Architecture? With Naomi Pollock

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Shigeru Ban has been awarded the Pritzker Prize and critics have responded with delight, saying his work elegantly unites divergent trends in architecture: the creation of showy monuments for the rich, and community-based design for the poor.

So what makes Ban’s work special? Did he get the prize for goodness or good architecture or both?

Find out in this interview with Naomi Pollock.

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This Week on DnA: Shigeru Ban, Zaha Hadid and the Ethics of Architects

Posted April 1, 2014 by | 10 Comments
Paper emergency shelter for Haiti, by Shigeru Ban

Shigeru Ban is praised for humanitarianism; Zaha Hadid is criticized for inhumanity. What are the ethics and responsibilities of architects?

And, what do MOMA and the Folk Art Museum really think of each other?

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