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Schindler Church Up For Sale: Can It Be Resurrected, Again?

Posted March 24, 2015 by | 0 Comments
SChindler Church entrance, photo by Robert Mace

One year ago, DnA reported on the happy news that the Schindler Church on Compton Avenue at 49th in South Los Angeles, the only church designed by the Modernist pioneer R.M. Schindler, had been spruced up and opened for service by Faith-Build International (FBI). It was long dilapidated and inaccessible.
Schindler buffs and church members gathered within the softly lit, interlocking wooden structure on a sunny …

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5 Design Things To Do This Week

Posted March 23, 2015 by | 0 Comments

Your week in design events from DnA.

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Gail Kennard Makes the Case for Saving Parker Center

Posted March 19, 2015 by | 1 Comment
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Gail Kennard is the daughter of the late Robert Kennard, an African-American architect who practiced in Los Angeles from 1957 until his death in 1995, and she is now president of the Kennard Design Group.

Kennard is also a member of the Cultural Heritage Commission and has joined with her fellow commissioners in supporting efforts to stop the demolition of the 1955 Parker Center LAPD headquarters, designed by Welton Becket.


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Architecture and Dancers Lighten Up in Heidi Duckler’s “Space Opera”

Posted March 17, 2015 by | 1 Comment
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Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre has spent 30 years staging contemporary dance performances in intriguing spaces, from Laundromats and gas stations to corporate offices and, now, the offices of Thom Mayne’s Morphosis.

But while the choreography played with the locations, none confronted the makers of the space as directly as “Space Opera.”

The result is a piece, says Bennett Stein, that has some fun with architects at the same time as it elevates the space.

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5 Design Things To Do This Week

Posted March 16, 2015 by | 1 Comment
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Your week in design events from DnA.

L.A. Designer »

Rose La Grua Makes Beige Sparkle on Los Angeles Fashion Week Runway

Posted March 11, 2015 by | 0 Comments
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Notwithstanding the influx of fashion world glitterati for the Tom Ford runway show staged in L.A. on Oscars weekend, noone will claim that Los Angeles Fashion Week is on a par with those of the world’s fashion capitals.
But for young local designers like Rose La Grua, the disparate series of runway shows, presentations and parties of Fashion/Week/LA offer the chance to showcase work in a less competitive environment …

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Leslie Shapiro Joyal: Minimalism Meets Reality TV on Ellen’s Design Challenge

Posted March 4, 2015 by | 0 Comments
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An L.A.-based minimalist furniture designer delves into the chaotic, hyperbolic world of reality television.

Drones, News, Public Space »

What We Learned From Flying a Drone in Leimert Park

Posted March 4, 2015 by | 1 Comment
INKD (ck) ultimately found the drone. He said it was an telepathic experience. He just knew it was nearby.

It was a sunny February day in Los Angeles. The sky was perfectly blue, unmuddled by smog. We were in Leimert Park in South Los Angeles to see a new “People Street.” And we brought our drone.
The People Street program is a partnership initiative between LADOT and local community organizations to transform small stretches of underused streets into pedestrian-friendly plazas or parklets. Leimert Park’s plaza …

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Interior Designer Natasha Baradaran Adds Luster to the Homes of the Global Elite

Posted February 25, 2015 by | Comments Off

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Natasha Baradaran is an interior designer and furniture maker who launched her own firm back in 2000. On this week’s DnA, we spoke with Baradaran in the context of a discussion about so-called “zombie urbanism,” namely, the urban impact of the growing trend for investors to park money in — but rarely occupy — residential real estate in global cities.
She spoke of a …

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What’s The Impact of Global Investment in LA Residential Property?

Posted February 25, 2015 by | 1 Comment
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On this DnA we talked about what happens to the life of global cities — like London, New York and LA — when investors park money, but rarely occupy, high-end residential property. 
We’d been thinking for a while about this phenomenon — nicknamed “zombie urbanism” by some city watchers; or, in London, “buy-to-forget.”
But it was crystallized by the publication of Towers Of Secrecy, a fascinating series in the …

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