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Ma Yansong Seeks Harmony With Nature in Museum for George Lucas; Residential Building in Beverly Hills

Posted November 18, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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Chinese architect Ma Yansong discusses his design for the new George Lucas Museum and his philosophy of blending nature with civilization.

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Find Free Water Anywhere, With New WeTap App

Posted November 12, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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A new app from WeTap aims to make it easy for citizens to be able to spot their free water fountains.

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Michael Maltzan and Amy Murphy Design a Dreamscape for Expressionist Film at LACMA

Posted November 6, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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Michael Maltzan is a Los Angeles-based architect who is increasingly taking on the urban scale in architecture, most recently with his quarter-mile long One Santa Fe residential block in downtown’s arts district. Amy Murphy is an architect, professor at USC and film scholar, with an interest in “our post-apocalyptic imagination as evidenced in popular cinema.”
Amy and Michael are also partners in life, and recently joined …

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Palm Springs Architecture and Design Center Opens in Former E. Stewart Williams Bank

Posted November 6, 2014 by | 1 Comment
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A calling card for Palm Springs is its trove of modern architecture. Now that passion for design has been enshrined in a new Architecture and Design Center, opening Sunday.
The Architecture and Design Center, short for Palm Springs Art Museum: Architecture and Design Center; Edwards Harris Pavilion, is a satellite of the Palm Springs Art Museum; it is housed in a former bank designed by …

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‘Birdman’ Costume and Production Designers Talk About Creating the Film’s Look

Posted October 29, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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Birdman, from director Alejandro G. Iñárritu, stars Michael Keaton as Riggan Thomson, a movie star struggling to be appreciated as director and writer of a Broadway play and to escape the shadow of his former role as an iconic super hero. It’s a theme that is familiar both in real life and on the silver screen, but one of the things that makes this movie far more powerful than a typical Hollywood mid-life …

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Lisa K. Weber, Illustrator, Taps Into Her Dark Side With Hex11

Posted October 29, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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Lisa K. Weber is an illustrator with a taste for the dark side. Since graduating from New York’s Parsons The New School For Design she has forged a career illustrating comic books, graphic novelizations of classic literature (including Oscar Wilde and Edgar Allen Poe), textiles and character and backgrounds for animated cartoons.
But she has tapped into her fascination with the otherworldly in her latest project Hex11, a graphic novel that is the first …

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5 Design Things To Do This Week

Posted October 27, 2014 by | 1 Comment
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Your week in design events from DnA.

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Photographer Documents the Cast-off Sofas and Mattresses of LA

Posted October 21, 2014 by | 2 Comments
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Have you ever been on a sofa safari? DnA’s Caroline Chamberlain joined L.A.-based assistant director and photographer Andrew Ward on a recent Saturday morning to hunt down our city’s abandoned sofas and mattresses. It’s part of a photo project he calls “Sofas of LA” (with the sister project Mattresses of LA).
For three hours we toured Highland Park and Silver Lake and found sofas of all …

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In ‘Transparent’ the Characters and Houses Have Complex Identities

Posted October 21, 2014 by | 1 Comment
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Warning, Spoilers below!
The new dramatic comedy series Transparent from Amazon Studios written and directed by Jill Soloway has received widespread acclaim for its portrayal of Maura Pfefferman (Jeffrey Tambor), a transgender woman, as she comes out to her family and grapples with the aftermath of her revelation. The show is largely about coming to terms with one’s identity, one that is both new and familiar at …

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Los Angeles Plays Itself in Michael Connelly’s Bosch

Posted October 21, 2014 by | Comments Off
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LAPD robbery-homicide detective Hieronymous (Harry) Bosch has been fighting the good fight on the streets of Los Angeles for 20 years — in the pages of Michael Connelly’s bestselling mystery novels.

Now he’s coming alive, played by Titus Welliver (left), in an Amazon TV production to stream next year. And so is the LA that he inhabits.

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