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Mobile Village: Kitchen Brings Nutrition and Good Design To Foster Kids

Posted November 25, 2015 by | 0 Comments

So often architecture is associated with high price custom homes and fancy institutional buildings.
But many designers are also helping shape the city with pro bono work for nonprofits in less affluent neighborhoods. One in the news recently is the Campus For At-Risk Children in Watts being designed by Frank Gehry.
And unveiled Saturday – with a celebratory Thanksgiving meal — is Mobile Village: Kitchen, designed by LA architect Deborah Richmond for …

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Turning inspiration into action at the Skirball

Posted November 18, 2015 by | 1 Comment

As we enter the holiday season of giving, many of us think about how we can donate our time and money in a meaningful way. A new exhibition at the Skirball Cultural Center aims to introduce visitors to people and organizations attempting to tackle issues of human rights and poverty around the world. And when people leave the galleries, they will be encouraged to …

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Time’s Running Out to get KCRW T-Shirt by The Noun Project

Posted November 16, 2015 by | 0 Comments
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A few months back DnA met Edward Boatman and Sofya Polyakov (above), the creators, with Scott Thomas, of The Noun Project. That’s a web site and app that aggregates, catalogs and curates pictograms created and uploaded by designers from all over the world, for use by anyone that wishes to download them.
Now they’ve created this T-shirt to support KCRW, featuring black and white line drawings of some of LA’s architectural icons, including …

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5 Design Things to Do This Week

Posted November 16, 2015 by | 0 Comments
Rendering of ActionLab section of "A Path Appears" at the Skirball. Courtesy C&G Partners.

Learning from Olympics past, envisioning a future without water, and the latest in automotive technology. Your week in design events from DnA.

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LA County’s first bike-sharing program comes to Santa Monica

Posted November 11, 2015 by | 2 Comments
Santa Monica Breeze Bikes at a station at Cloverfield and Broadway. Photo by Avishay Artsy.

Thursday, Nov. 12 is a big day for local cyclists.
The city of Santa Monica plans to unveil its much-anticipated bike-sharing program – the first of its kind in Los Angeles County.
Five hundred bikes will be docked at about 80 different hubs across Santa Monica, and parts of Venice. You sign up online or through an app, which shows you where available bikes are parked. You …

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Exploring lost landscapes with Rick Prelinger

Posted November 10, 2015 by | 0 Comments
Beany's Drive-In Restaurant in Long Beach, from "Lost Landscapes of Los Angeles"

Our schizophrenic feelings towards mass transit may be because despite all the problems presented by the car, it still represents personal freedom and mobility. And in the event you’d forgotten that feeling, look no further than a very intriguing film called “No More Road Trips?” It’s one of two movies made by veteran film archivist Rick Prelinger that will screen in Los Angeles this …

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5 Design Things to Do This Week

Posted November 9, 2015 by | 0 Comments
J.B. Blunk "Untitled," acrylic on redwood panel, c. 1990. In J.B. Blunk's handmade house.

Design debates in West Hollywood, sculpting wood with a chainsaw, and lost landscapes of LA in cinema. Your week in design events from DnA.

Architecture, Drought, LA Grows UP »

Will Water Cisterns Be the New Norm in the Southland?

Posted November 4, 2015 by | 1 Comment
The painted pavement indicates the underground cistern at the Pico Library in Santa Monica

With periods of extreme drought expected to increase in the Southland, as well as an El Niño on the immediate horizon, city officials across the region are looking at ways in which to become “water self-sufficient.” And they are going public with their programs in a bid to encourage widespread water-capture, both in private homes and in public buildings. But will it be a drop in the bucket for …

Mobility, Public Space »

Competing Visions for Piggyback Yard

Posted November 4, 2015 by | 0 Comments
Piggyback Yard

The Los Angeles River has become a major focus for redevelopment in the city. Long the butt of jokes as a concrete channel without water, there’s now a confluence of big interests at the channel that could transform a piece of land you probably never heard of called Piggyback Yard.
It involves plans for revitalization of the LA River and for housing Olympians, but it all hangs …

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Tyrone Drake Redesigns the Black Panthers’ Ten-Point Plan

Posted November 4, 2015 by | 0 Comments

Tyrone Drake was fed by the Black Panthers when he was a child growing up in Oakland, California. Now he is a graphic designer and teacher at Art Center College of Design and he has re-visualized the Panthers’ Ten-Point Plan, for an exhibition opening this weekend.

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