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

Posted August 27, 2015 by | 0 Comments
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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What’s Going on at the LA River?

Posted August 14, 2015 by | 1 Comment
Los Angeles River

The news that Frank Gehry has taken on a master planning role at the LA River has prompted a mix of joy, despair — and puzzlement.
Why he’s involved, what is his mandate, who brought him on board, what it means for projects and plans already made, and whether the man who made an aesthetic out of chicken wire and plywood is the right …

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Henk Ovink: Gehry’s Man at the LA River

Posted August 11, 2015 by | 1 Comment
Henk Ovink; photo: Pieter Magielsen

The news about Frank Gehry’s involvement in masterplanning the LA River has brought to the surface a man not yet well-known in Los Angeles, but who is something of a rock star in the world of climate change, resilient design and rivers.
His name is Henk Ovink and he is a brilliant Dutch water infrastructure expert who was tapped by President Obama’s Hurricane Sandy task force to …

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Nora Al Shaikh Brings Riyadh to Decades

Posted August 5, 2015 by | 1 Comment
Abaya redesigned, by Nora Al Shaikh

In our selfie-loving culture it is unusual to find someone — especially a very beautiful young woman in the world of fashion — who won’t show her face to the camera.
But that was the case when DnA met Nora Al Shaikh, a Saudi designer whose dresses and gowns are on display at Decades, the famed vintage clothing store on Melrose Avenue co-owned by Cameron …

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

Posted July 31, 2015 by | Comments Off
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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 to both challenges: Baugruppen (building groups).
These are collectively built residential complexes in which …

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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 | Comments Off

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 | Comments Off

Your week in design events from DnA.

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