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Wendy Gilmartin Loves LA’s Ugly Buildings

Posted October 8, 2015 by | 0 Comments
Wendy Gilmartin; photo, Frances Anderton

“There are eight million stories in the naked city,” as they say, and many find themselves written into our buildings, which are the mute expressions of their makers, their time and the forces of economics and politics. Sometimes those forces produce buildings generally accepted to be “beautiful.” Mostly, the results are fairly banal, or downright “ugly.”
Wendy Gilmartin is an architect and writer who studies, tours and finds the charm in the ugly, …

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Patrick Marston Brings “Abbot’s Dream” to Google

Posted September 30, 2015 by | 1 Comment

Twenty years ago advertising mogul Jay Chiat came up with a radical notion for the workplace.
“He consigned the concept of private space to the scrap heap of office history — desks, filing cabinets, family photos, and all,” wrote Fast Company. “Instead, workers were given cell-phones, PowerBooks, and the freedom to be creative whenever and wherever the spirit moved them.”
“In place of a traditional office, Chiat …

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Clifton’s Cafeteria Opening, Sort of, Almost

Posted September 24, 2015 by | 2 Comments
Yes, there is Jell-O

For the past four years, developer/restaurateur/filmmaker Andrew Meieran has been fielding two questions more than any others. When will Clifton’s reopen? And will there still be Jell-O?
Well, answers to both have finally arrived. Er, sort of.
This past Tuesday was supposed to be the grand public opening but it has been delayed a few days, reportedly due to Meieran’s “perfectionism.” But while you wait …

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Carla Fernández Says The Future is Handmade

Posted September 23, 2015 by | 0 Comments
Carla Fernandez sits amidst her designs, handmade in Mexico; photo by Mallery Roberts Morgan

In a loft on the 6th Floor of 850 South Broadway in downtown Los Angeles you can find an optimist’s vision of the future — indigenous crafting methods and rural communities are kept alive, through the design and fabrication of avant-garde clothes and home accessories that last a lifetime.
That’s the goal of Mexico City-based designer Carla Fernández and her team, who has brought her womenswear line and …

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5 Design Things to do This Week

Posted September 21, 2015 by | 2 Comments
Cliftons Sign, by Gideon Brower

Your week in design events from DnA.

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Broad Architect Liz Diller Brings Theatrics to Grand Ave., While Losing Her Irony About LA

Posted September 18, 2015 by | 2 Comments
Lobby of the Broad

For several years Angelenos’ expectations for The Broad were shaped by one striking rendering. It showed an expressive, perforated concrete box, lifted at the corners.
This was the proposed facade of a building that endeavored to answer the question, as put by architect Elizabeth Diller: “How do you put a storage facility and an exhibition space on a prominent site on Grand Avenue next to Disney and maintain the urban …

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My Mom Went to Dismaland and All She Got Me Were These Lousy Pictures

Posted September 15, 2015 by | 0 Comments

If you’ve heard enough about Dismaland, exit this post.
But I was tickled when I learned my mom — who is not an art world hipster — recently paid a night-time visit to Banksy’s much talked-about parody of a theme park.
Mom lives in my hometown of Bath, which is not far from the site of Dismaland, a town called Weston-Super-Mare.
Bath is near Bristol, where Banksy grew up, and …

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Laura Brody Pimps Out Wheelchairs and Walkers in Exhibit ‘Opulent Mobility’

Posted September 4, 2015 by | 3 Comments

How you ever gone to a medical devices store and been struck by just how grim, grey and clinical all the products look?
That was how artist A. Laura Brody felt when her partner had a stroke and she was thrown into the world of assisted mobility.
Her belief that dependency shouldn’t mean loss of beauty has lead to ‘Opulent Mobility,’ an exhibition of art, designs …

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Could the Pop-Up Design of the ’84 Olympics Work Again?

Posted August 27, 2015 by | Comments Off
SP_1984 Olympics_Deborah Sussman, Paul Prejza, Jon Jerde

LA is set to make a bid for the 2024 Olympics. Could it revive its 1984 pop-up success or use the games as a catalyst for ambitious planning?
The Los Angeles City Council is expected to vote soon on whether L.A. should continue its quest to host the 2024 Summer Games, and the mayor is already promising taxpayers they won’t be on the hook for …

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Sam Lubell and Danielle Rago Rethink How We Live in Los Angeles

Posted August 19, 2015 by | 1 Comment
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Notwithstanding its acres of poorly planned, developer-driven residential building, LA’s signature contribution to global architecture has been in the design of the home, from its century of experimentation with the single family house and, less celebrated, multifamily dwellings.
But in a time of rising population and escalating land values, does that experimentation live on? Answering that question is the goal of ‘Shelter: Rethinking How We …

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