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Berlin’s R50 Baugruppe is a Model of Living Affordably, Collectively

Posted July 31, 2015 by | 0 Comments
Verena and Christoph, by FA

The world’s cultural and economic capitals are becoming more crowded and costly to live in at the same time as changes in the family structure mean a generation of singles, boomers and non-traditional families are thinking anew about how they want to live.
On KCRW’s recent trip to Berlin we found an intriguing solution:
Baugruppen (building groups). These are collectively built residential complexes in which individuals own their …

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Berlin Board Games Have Fun with the Cold War and Poolside Competition

Posted July 29, 2015 by | 2 Comments

On a lovely street in the now chic Friedrichshain neighborhood of former East Berlin, lies the world’s first board game cafe called Spielwiese. If you aren’t familiar with board game cafes, they are spaces where people can buy, rent, play or in some cases even design their own games.
“When I started, my place was the first of its kind: a gaming cafe where you …

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Could “Compact” Replace “Small Lot” Homes in LA County? Ask Ric Abramson

Posted July 28, 2015 by | 1 Comment
Ric Abramson, principal of WorkPlay Studio

On today’s DnA we talked about Baugruppen, the Berlin-based cohousing projects that are filling a need for affordable home ownership coupled with living in a semi-collective way.
It’s an inspiring model that begs the question: is it realizable in LA?
One of those who has investigated the possibility is Ric Abramson, principal of architecture firm Workplays Studio. He and three friends looked into the viability of growing …

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Craving a Truly Exotic Beach Destination? Head to Berlin

Posted July 23, 2015 by | 0 Comments

Berlin may not have tropical weather, but it nonetheless boasts some of the most intriguing beach spots.

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5 Design Things To Do This Week

Posted July 20, 2015 by | 0 Comments

Your week in design events from DnA.

Art, Public Space »

Is it Goodbye to the Griffith Park Teahouse?

Posted July 16, 2015 by | 4 Comments
Griffith Park Teahouse, photo by Jeff Adams Ingels

One of the delights of this summer has been the appearance of the Griffith Park Teahouse, a meditative space built on an existing concrete pad in a remote corner of Griffith Park, near Dante’s View. But its pleasures may be short-lived as the Department of Rec and Parks plans to dismantle it, by as soon as July 27.
The teahouse was constructed covertly by an anonymous artists collective as …

Drought, Lawns »

7 Takeaways from the So-Cal Lawn + Landscaping Dilemma

Posted July 16, 2015 by | 1 Comment

Now it’s official; goodbye to the lawn. New rules aimed at limiting the amount of water used in outdoor landscaping say that starting December 1, 2015, only 25% of your yard can be lawn. Translation: the California suburban lawn is on its way out, and owners of new homes will have to get accustomed to a new style of California landscaping.
But debates rage on over how to have a virtuous (and …

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The Labyrinths of Los Angeles

Posted July 14, 2015 by | 2 Comments

Gideon Brower explores some of the labyrinths of Los Angeles.

Becoming a Biker in L.A., Berlin, Changing L.A. »

An L.A. Cyclist’s Take on Biking in Copenhagen and Berlin

Posted July 1, 2015 by | 2 Comments

I live in Los Angeles and belong to the 1% of Angelenos that regularly bikes to work. I am not a purist—I still own a car and probably will for a long time until L.A. realizes many of its ambitious transit goals. Biking in L.A. can be wonderful, but it can also be a terrifying and fragmented experience.
For the past couple of weeks I’ve …

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California Water Crisis: A Board Game That Explores the Politics of Water

Posted June 22, 2015 by | Comments Off

What would you do about the drought if you were Jerry Brown? A new 2-3 player board game by Bay Area-based graphic designer Alfred Twu allows you to play the politics of water in California.
Twu specializes in designing games that try and have fun with complex issues. Currently, he is developing one called “California Housing Crisis” that deals with San Francisco’s runaway housing costs, and he …

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