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“Contact In The Desert” — A UFO Lovefest

Posted September 23, 2014 by | 1 Comment
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Faced with the enormity of human impact on earth, extraterrestrial life is looking more appealing. At least, that is the view of some who attended ‘Contact In The Desert,’ a four-day conference that took place mid-August at the Joshua Tree Retreat Center. 
Bennett Stein, aka The GOOD4NOTHING CONNOISEUR, attended this be-in for UFO consciousness-seekers and first-hand recountings of close encounters of the 3rd kind.
He went armed with skepticism but says …

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Brian Eno, Architect?

Posted July 30, 2014 by | 1 Comment
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As Christopher Scoates leaves Long Beach UAM for Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bennett Stein contemplates Scoates’ book about the “Visual Music” of Brian Eno — and finds the soul of an architect.

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This Week on DnA: Silicon Valley Gets an Edifice Complex

Posted March 18, 2014 by | 2 Comments
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Silicon Valley’s tech whizzes have transformed technology and society. And they have done so in a region noted for its suburban ordinariness.
That’s about to change– with the landing of Apple’s Norman Foster-designed “spaceship” in Cupertino and Frank Gehry’s vast new headquarters for Facebook in Menlo Park.
But will these buildings change the fundamental character of Silicon Valley?

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Curmudgeon or Sage? Dave Hickey Talks to Maura Lucking

Posted February 4, 2014 by | Comments Off
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Last week Dave Hickey was back in Los Angeles, for the launch of a book of essays entitled Pirates and Farmers: Essays on Taste. While here, he managed to provoke a twitterstorm at a MOCA book event with his comments on identity politics and its impact on art and the academy.

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Stonehenge Gets A New Visitor Center That’s Almost Not There

Posted January 23, 2014 by | Comments Off
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One of the tricky problems that sometimes faces architects is figuring out how to design a building that neighbors a historic building. So imagine the challenge of designing a visitor center next to one of humankind’s most venerated and ancient creations: Stonehenge.

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Sun Shines Brightly on Solar Decathlon Designs, Now Open to Public on West Coast

Posted October 2, 2013 by | Comments Off
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Hear about the Solar Decathlon on the Reporter’s Notebook of this Which Way LA.
Since 2002, the Solar Decathlon has been a biennial competition hosted in Washington D.C. that has challenged collegiate teams with the task of designing affordable, sustainable and attractive solar-powered homes. But this year they parted with tradition and the event has come to the Golden State in Irvine’s Great Park. Founder …

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On Today’s Show: Art Center, Caltech and Idealab Team Up to Accelerate Design Entrepreneurialism

Posted October 2, 2013 by | Comments Off
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Many design grads no longer dream of employment in a large corporation. Carren Jao reports on the Design Accelerator, a program created by Art Center College of Design, Caltech and Idealab to support students with a bright idea in an age of entrepreneurialism. With Lorne Buchman, Mark Breitenberg, Bill Gross, Gabriel Wartofsky, Elisabeth Neigert, Bob Vander Woude and Jacques Perrault. Plus, Matt Holzman reports …

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“Please Don’t Get Me Started”: Design, Entrepreneurialism and Obamacare

Posted September 27, 2013 by | 1 Comment
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“The Millennial generation (those students that begin college in 2000) are an entrepreneurial generation,” says Art Center’s Mark Breitenberg (who will be on an upcoming show about Art Center’s design accelerator). But two challenges face those young entrepreneurs: college debt and access to healthcare. Alissa Walker pointed out on this DnA, about student debt, that college grads can now stay on their parents’ health plans until age 26. But what happens next? Do would-be …

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Everything Talks: An Eames Lounge Chair and an LC3 Grande Sofa Tell us What They Really Think

Posted September 20, 2013 by | 3 Comments
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Did it ever occur to you that our inanimate objects might have an opinion on things? Probably not.
Comedy writer Tom Saunders (Arrested Development, The Larry Sanders Show, Just Shoot Me), on the other hand, has long fantasized that the stuff around us actually talks, and he has created a series for DnA, called Everything Talks, that proves it.
In Everything Talks, produced and edited in collaboration with Frances Anderton, …

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“Shy, Nerdy Personalities and Bombastically Confident Alter Egos”: Why I love Comic-Con

Posted July 19, 2013 by | 1 Comment
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In March 1970, 145 people attended the “Golden State Comic-Con.” Now it’s known as San Diego Comic-Con International and is descended on annually by over 100,000 lovers of horror, animation, anime, manga, toys, collectible card games, video games, webcomics, zines and fantasy novels.  
And it still feels fresh. That’s according to Glen Warren, an LA-based graphic designer and marketing consultant, who bought a four-day pass and headed …

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