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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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L.A. Designer: Alex McDowell and Students “World-Build” New Island City

Posted October 15, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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Production designer and teacher Alex McDowell has been working with students, architects, movie and game designers and many others on the creation of an island city named Rilao, a fantastical hybrid of Rio de Janeiro and Los Angeles. What would an LA/Rio fusion look and sound like? What is the point of the project?

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Los Angeles, The City, Has 3.5 Stars on Yelp

Posted October 9, 2014 by | 1 Comment
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“Your Souls, Like Your City, Are 95% Concrete”
Los Angeles is a city that rarely gets lukewarm reception. People love it or they hate it, and there’s perhaps no place where this is more evident than on the City of Los Angeles’s Yelp page. Yes, apparently entire cities, like your local coffee shop, or the Italian place down the street can be summed up and picked apart by a …

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NYC Subway Standards Reissue Sets High Standard for Kickstarter Campaigns

Posted October 9, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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A Kickstarter Campaign reissues NYC’s iconic Transit Authority Graphics Standards Manual.

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L.A. Designer: LA2050′s Tara Roth Talks about Crowdsourcing Civic Improvement

Posted October 8, 2014 by | 2 Comments
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DnA spoke with the president of the Goldhirsh Foundation about crowdsourcing ideas for improving L.A.

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Software, Skyscrapers and Goodbye to Stumpy Towers in L.A.

Posted October 7, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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The city of Los Angeles has just cast out an old rule that mandated that skyscrapers have helipads on their roofs. Dating back to 1974, the rule had produced very few rooftop rescues and a skyline of “flat topped” stumpy towers (as in photo above by Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times.)
Does ending that rule means the shackles are off for developers and designers wanting …

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5 Design Things To Do This Week

Posted October 6, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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Your week in design events for DnA.

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CityLab 2014: Should You Grow Old in Cities?

Posted October 1, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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Growing old in the 21st century city isn’t easy.

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L.A. Designer: Scott Johnson Explains Why New Skyscrapers Look The Way They Do

Posted October 1, 2014 by | 2 Comments
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This week we learned that tall buildings in Los Angeles no longer need to have “flat tops,” the rooftop helipads, mandated for fire safety reasons since 1974, that resulted in few helicopter rescues and a downtown of mostly uninspired, stumpy towers. Ending that rule means the shackles are off for developers and designers wanting L.A. to join other world cities in the race to build the shapeliest skyscrapers.
As fashion maven Simon Doonan …

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