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Tesla Tosses Patents: Disruptive Altruism or Good Business?

Posted June 17, 2014 by | Comments Off
The Tesla Model S

The message from Silicon Valley is that patents are worth protecting, hoarding and fighting about in court.
So what are we to conclude from Elon Musk’s announcement last week that he was tossing all Tesla’s hard-won patents?
Musk wrote on the Tesla blog:
Yesterday, there was a wall of Tesla patents in the lobby of our Palo Alto headquarters. That is no longer the case. They have …

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Pritzker Winner Shigeru Ban Learned About Japanese Architecture in Los Angeles

Posted March 25, 2014 by | 2 Comments

Reaction to the selection of Japanese architect Shigeru Ban for this year’s Pritzker Prize has been fast and favorable, with critics agreeing the architecture unites beauty, sustainability and humanity in a very important way.

But less commented on is the fact that Ban, the third Japanese Pritzker laureate in the past five years, credits Los Angeles for an education in his native country’s architecture.

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Does Entrepreneur Barbie Need a Redesign?

Posted March 4, 2014 by | 1 Comment

Last month Mattel released Entrepreneur Barbie. And who can argue with sending a message of economic self-empowerment to young girls, especially as employment prospects seem ever more precarious?

But some are arguing this Barbie doesn’t quite fit the woman entrepreneur mold.

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“Ugly” Americans at the Russian Olympics?

Posted February 20, 2014 by | Comments Off

On this week’s DnA, we spoke with Jerry Anderson, senior principal of Populous, the American design firm behind the Olympic Park and Fisht Stadium in Sochi.
Following the broadcast of the show, two colleagues held forth about other aspects of American design in Sochi. Unfictional‘s Bob Carlson felt the US bobsled, an aerodynamic carbon fiber and steel capsule designed by BMW DesignWorks, didn’t come across well on TV as it …

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The Godzilla of Architecture? Rem Koolhaas Builds His Own Delirious New York — in Rotterdam

Posted February 13, 2014 by | 1 Comment

Rem Koolhaas and his firm OMA rarely create a building without effect; and that is true of his latest, a “vertical city” called de Rotterdam in the old harbor district of his chosen city, Rotterdam. Bennett Stein describes the “effect” and asks if it offers anything more?

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Curmudgeon or Sage? Dave Hickey Talks to Maura Lucking

Posted February 4, 2014 by | Comments Off

Last week Dave Hickey was back in Los Angeles, for the launch of a book of essays entitled Pirates and Farmers: Essays on Taste. While here, he managed to provoke a twitterstorm at a MOCA book event with his comments on identity politics and its impact on art and the academy.

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Ace Hotel and the “War on Anything Inauthentic”

Posted January 30, 2014 by | Comments Off

DJ Jason Eldredge says his generation’s rebellion has been to “wage war on anything inauthentic.”

He analyzes Ace Hotel in New York, which he considers a home away from home, and Ace Los Angeles, from the perspective of a quest for “authenticity.”

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Stonehenge Gets A New Visitor Center That’s Almost Not There

Posted January 23, 2014 by | Comments Off
people outside visitors center

One of the tricky problems that sometimes faces architects is figuring out how to design a building that neighbors a historic building. So imagine the challenge of designing a visitor center next to one of humankind’s most venerated and ancient creations: Stonehenge.

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Seinfeld Webseries Features Kooky Car Designs and Googie Style Diners

Posted January 22, 2014 by | Comments Off
Rae's Diner

Jerry Seinfeld’s series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee depicts an L.A. that is slipping away.

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Onwards and Upwards: 10 Ways L.A. Rang in the Changes — of Character — in 2013

Posted December 31, 2013 by | Comments Off
City Hall at New Year 2014

LA is not only growing, it is changing character — and not everyone’s thrilled about it. Following is a look-back at the dominant architecture events of 2013 that are taking LA into the future.

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