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This Week on DnA: The Art of Ritual: Coachella, Passover, a Schindler Church

Posted April 16, 2014 by | 1 Comment
Lightweaver by day by Alex Pieros

The worship of higher beings has traditionally inspired the beautification of objects and buildings, and today’s show looks at today’s variations on that impulse — installations at Coachella, the artistry of seder plates and the resurrection of a Rudolph Schindler-designed church in South Los Angeles — as spring brings its explosion of seasonal rituals.

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This Week on DnA: Shigeru Ban, Zaha Hadid and the Ethics of Architects

Posted April 1, 2014 by | 10 Comments
Paper emergency shelter for Haiti, by Shigeru Ban

Shigeru Ban is praised for humanitarianism; Zaha Hadid is criticized for inhumanity. What are the ethics and responsibilities of architects?

And, what do MOMA and the Folk Art Museum really think of each other?

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L.A. Designer: Ana Serrano Creates Colorful Cardboard Cities

Posted March 26, 2014 by | 0 Comments
orange building

Ana Serrano is an artist and illustrator who creates three dimensional cardboard structures that are colorful representations of city living.

She was born and raised in Los Angeles, and says she finds inspiration and beauty in the regular neighborhoods around her. Whether it’s an unabashedly visible satellite dish on an apartment building, or barbed wire twisted over a fence, she relishes those little marks of urban life that can be anathema to homeowners’ associations.

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This Week on DnA: Silicon Valley Gets an Edifice Complex

Posted March 18, 2014 by | 2 Comments
Apple_Campus_2_rendering

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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5 Design Things to do This Week

Posted March 17, 2014 by | Comments Off
native north american beadwork

Your week in design events in Los Angeles from DnA.

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5 Design Things To Do This Week

Posted March 10, 2014 by | Comments Off
Leonard Knight Salvation Mountain

Your week in design events from DnA (including the Architecture and Design Film Festival.)

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Philippe Vergne’s Path to MOCA Paved by Maria Seferian and Team

Posted March 7, 2014 by | Comments Off
Alma Ruiz, Maria Seferian

Philippe Vergne will take up the post of director at MOCA This coming Monday, amidst high hopes for the museum’s restart. And Vergne starts his new job with MOCA in far better financial shape than in a long while, thanks to a campaign helmed by Maria Seferian and team. DnA spoke with Seferian about her experience as interim director, just before she hands off the reins to the new chief.

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Mao Jackets a Platform for Architectural “Investigation” at USC

Posted March 7, 2014 by | 1 Comment
Mao jacket of erasers

Move over Fashion Week. This afternoon USC School of Architecture will display 14 Mao Jackets, designed and created by the 5th year undergraduate students of Lee Olvera. The jackets are handmade with materials ranging from thumbtacks assembled with building caulk to hand-woven magnetic audio cassette tape to 12,244 pencil-top erasers sewn together-by hand (bottom left).
Olvera, an architect and professor at the school, conceived the Mao Jacket project …

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