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Posted February 23, 2015 by | 0 Comments

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Turf Mullets and 9 Surprises from “Swimming in Succulents” at Palm Springs; Thank You Designers

Posted February 18, 2015 by | 0 Comments

This weekend DnA went on the road to Palm Springs, to join desert style enthusiasts at Modernism Week. We set up at MW’s “Camp” in front of KCRW’s “living room” filled with objects by LA designers (see below).
While there we hosted a discussion, entitled Swimming With Succulents, about desert backyards in an age of drought. 
What could have been a rather dry topic proved quite juicy …

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That Honeycomb, From Inside: Eli Broad’s Museum is His “Dream Come True”

Posted February 16, 2015 by | 0 Comments
Interior and window wall, photo by Ted Habte

In a Valentine to the city, the Broad opened its doors this past Sunday to almost 3,000 paying guests, giving them a preview of the museum that is expected to open later this year.
People flocked to experience the much-touted, column-free, third floor space and its main feature designed by architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro: the honeycomb “veil.”
Not all visitors were wowed — DnA heard from people who said …

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Jon Jerde, Design Czar for the 1984 Olympics Who Remade Retail Destinations, Dies at 75

Posted February 9, 2015 by | 2 Comments
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Jon Jerde, an architect who had a profound impact on the cityscape of Los Angeles and beyond, through his reinvention of the shopping center as an “experiential” and entertainment destination, has died after a long illness.
About Jerde’s contribution, the architect Craig Hodgetts once wrote: 
“Jon Jerde is one of that breed of innovative architects whose contagious vision redefines not only an era, but so shapes the …

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Why Architecture For Humanity Will Survive The Demise of ‘Architecture For Humanity’

Posted January 29, 2015 by | Comments Off
Kimisagara Football for Hope Centre, Central Kigali, by Architecture For Humanity

The news of the closure of Architecture For Humanity prompted one paper to suggest the group’s demise means the “future of socially responsible design may hang in the balance.” Read on to find out why “socially responsible design” will outlive AFH.

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Thom Mayne Shares His Plans For “Next Generation Case Study” on the Bradbury Site

Posted January 21, 2015 by | 3 Comments
Photo of Thom Mayne by Michael Powers

Preservationists and Ray Bradbury fans were shocked when the late author’s former home in Cheviot Hills was suddenly torn down. And design buffs were bemused when the perpetrators turned out to be architect Thom Mayne and his wife Blythe Alison-Mayne. But it turns out they have plans for the site that might have piqued the late futurist’s interest.

Thom Mayne is principal of the architectural firm Morphosis, and …

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How To Prevent Historic Places from Slipping Through the Preservation Net

Posted January 20, 2015 by | 2 Comments
Ray Bradbury House

Ken Bernstein of Los Angeles Department of City Planning outlines how preservationists can identify — and perhaps save — buildings of historic-cultural significance.

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