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The latest installation at Materials & Applications is La Cage Aux Folles, a steel “cage” designed and built by architect Warren Techentin in collaboration with a largely volunteer team of designers and makers. The cage explores the contortionist possibilities of steel. But it also explores ideas about confinement (gilded birdcages, and prisons) while serving all summer as a very open stage for performance and for play. DnA talked to Warren about a structure that has become a summer gathering place.
Deborah Sussman, environmental designer who created the colorful identity for the Los Angeles 1984 Olympics, has died. She was a woman with style and personality as vivid as her work.
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Howard Cummings, production designer, and Ellen Mirojnick, costume designer, last worked together on creating Liberace’s glittery world for Behind The Candelabra. Most recently they got down in the muck and marvels of medicine at the turn of the last century, creating the astounding look for Steven Soderbergh’s new show The Knick.
It’s a look that both supports the characters and gives us an enthralling window into …
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This week’s DnA asked why the Slide The City for downtown Los Angeles has become the target of drought-shaming while millions of gallons go unchallenged on other forms of potable water-based entertainment. The show talked about comparative use of water in LA’s archetypal pleasure places including swimming pools, water parks, golf courses and even restaurants.
But it didn’t get into the other big water-guzzler, the Socal lawn.
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A new L.A. school occupies a retrofitted midcentury Welton Becket building.
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An Elysian Park-based designer talks about how to design gardens during a drought.
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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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On this DnA we talked about how builders and architects are using UAVs with cameras attached to scope out views. And that’s how the growing number of drones in civilian use in the US are mostly being applied — to film stuff. But under the radar there is a growing number of drone hobbyists who see unmanned aerial vehicles as robotic devices that can be customized for other …
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Lorcan O’Herlihy designed the perky new Big Blue Bus stops that have started popping up in Santa Monica. But not all riders are happy. O’Herlihy addresses riders’ criticisms, tells us why well-designed infrastructure matters, and explains what we can expect when all 300+ of them roll out.
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What do you do if you yearn for nature in our digital age?
In the case of artist and digital media professor Joshua Abarbanel you find a way to unite the two, most recently in See Life, an exhibition of bas-reliefs at Hinge Parallel Gallery in Culver City that are inspired by “biological, botanical, and geological structures,” conceived in the computer and cut by a CNC milling …