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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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Cedars-Sinai through a doctor’s lens

Posted September 24, 2015 by | 0 Comments

For four decades, endocrinologist Dr. Roger Lerner walked the halls of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center solely to attend to patients. But when he bought a first-generation iPhone six years ago, he began to see his hospital surroundings in an entirely different way.
That’s when he began snapping photos of the buildings on campus, offering a unique look at a hospital through an artistic lens. His carefully …

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Clifton’s Cafeteria Opening, Sort of, Almost

Posted September 24, 2015 by | 2 Comments
Yes, there is Jell-O

For the past four years, developer/restaurateur/filmmaker Andrew Meieran has been fielding two questions more than any others. When will Clifton’s reopen? And will there still be Jell-O?
Well, answers to both have finally arrived. Er, sort of.
This past Tuesday was supposed to be the grand public opening but it has been delayed a few days, reportedly due to Meieran’s “perfectionism.” But while you wait …

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Atop the Wilshire Grand, with “Punks” and Other Builders

Posted September 23, 2015 by | 0 Comments

If you’re in downtown Los Angeles or just driving by, it’s easy to spot the construction of the Wilshire Grand Tower as it rises ever higher into the sky. When it’s done, the Wilshire Grand, at 1,1100 feet high,will be the tallest building in L.A. and the tallest west of the Mississippi.
I recently got an opportunity to visit this skyscraper-in-the-making — and met the “punks” …

Changing L.A., News »

A Whole Foods Protest in Silver Lake

Posted September 22, 2015 by | 7 Comments

Some residents of Silver Lake have been eagerly anticipating the arrival of a Whole Foods supermarket in their neighborhood. But then, the upscale grocery chain announced that the Silver Lake venue would be something new and different. And that has some people there upset.
What’s coming instead is a budget version of the store called 365 by Whole Foods Market. It’s a store that mainly …

Art, Commentary, Exhibitions »

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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Spotlight on Gehry — and the Latest at the LA River

Posted September 10, 2015 by | 0 Comments
Marsh park, LA river

It’s 86 year-old architect Frank Gehry’s moment right now, with the opening of a big retrospective at LACMA, the release of a biography by Paul Goldberger and a lifetime achievement award coming his way later this month from the Getty. He’s busy with new projects in LA including a social services building in Watts, designed pro bono, and a development on the Sunset Strip. But …

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Laura Brody Pimps Out Wheelchairs and Walkers in Exhibit ‘Opulent Mobility’

Posted September 4, 2015 by | 3 Comments

How you ever gone to a medical devices store and been struck by just how grim, grey and clinical all the products look?
That was how artist A. Laura Brody felt when her partner had a stroke and she was thrown into the world of assisted mobility.
Her belief that dependency shouldn’t mean loss of beauty has lead to ‘Opulent Mobility,’ an exhibition of art, designs …

L.A. Designer »

Could the Pop-Up Design of the ’84 Olympics Work Again?

Posted August 27, 2015 by | Comments Off
SP_1984 Olympics_Deborah Sussman, Paul Prejza, Jon Jerde

LA is set to make a bid for the 2024 Olympics. Could it revive its 1984 pop-up success or use the games as a catalyst for ambitious planning?
The Los Angeles City Council is expected to vote soon on whether L.A. should continue its quest to host the 2024 Summer Games, and the mayor is already promising taxpayers they won’t be on the hook for …

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Sam Lubell and Danielle Rago Rethink How We Live in Los Angeles

Posted August 19, 2015 by | 1 Comment
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Notwithstanding its acres of poorly planned, developer-driven residential building, LA’s signature contribution to global architecture has been in the design of the home, from its century of experimentation with the single family house and, less celebrated, multifamily dwellings.
But in a time of rising population and escalating land values, does that experimentation live on? Answering that question is the goal of ‘Shelter: Rethinking How We …

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