News »

DnA On The Road: “Making LA”, DIEM; Guerilla Architecture at the MAK Center

Posted October 21, 2014 by | 0 Comments
Making LA

Making LA (Friday, November 7)
The urban form of Los Angeles has long fascinated artists and architects, social critics and planners.
Often the very people who love it, or at least are intrigued by it, also want to improve it (I love you, you’re beautiful, now change!).
Among those is deLaB, aka Design East of La Brea, the nonprofit helmed by Alissa Walker (in middle of photo above, with child), …

Books, Featured, Headline, L.A. Designer, LA Grows UP, News »

L.A. Designer: Scott Johnson Explains Why New Skyscrapers Look The Way They Do

Posted October 1, 2014 by | 2 Comments
Johnson 02 cropped tight

This week we learned that tall buildings in Los Angeles no longer need to have “flat tops,” the rooftop helipads, mandated for fire safety reasons since 1974, that resulted in few helicopter rescues and a downtown of mostly uninspired, stumpy towers. Ending that rule means the shackles are off for developers and designers wanting L.A. to join other world cities in the race to build the shapeliest skyscrapers.
As fashion maven Simon Doonan …

Design, Featured, News »

Why Has Apple Added Marc Newson To Its Stable of New Talent?

Posted September 9, 2014 by | Comments Off
Lockheed Lounge Chair

Remember the Dish Doctor Dishrack, designed for Magis in 1997 back when plastic was still fantastic (before we knew about entire islands of the stuff ruining marine life).
It is one of many memorable designs by Australian designer Marc Newson, who has been hired to join the Apple design team, by friend and sometime collaborator Jonathan Ive, chief of design at the company.
Of all the earth-shattering news …

Featured, News, People »

Cranbrook Taps New Director, from Long Beach via London

Posted July 30, 2014 by | 1 Comment
Chris Scoates in Long Beach Post

Christopher Scoates, director of the University Art Museum at California State University Long Beach since 2005, has left the Southland to take up a new post as director at the Cranbook Academy of Art in Michigan (whose L.A.-based alumni included L.A.’s Charles and Ray Eames and Gere Kavanaugh). The British-born Scoates studied there himself, acquiring a Master of Fine Arts in Photography.
Scoates, who co-curated while at Long Beach a …

Everything Talks, Featured, News »

Everything Talks: Who Killed The Plastic Bag?

Posted July 1, 2014 by | 1 Comment
2566066211_7a67a11126_b

Large supermarket chains in Los Angeles are banned from bagging food in plastic bags. Starting July 1st that rule applies to mom-and-pop grocery stores as well.
This has paper and reusable bags feeling very pleased with themselves, as we learn from an episode of Everything Talks that takes place in the line of a Wholefoods store, written and performed for DnA by Tom Saunders. Shockingly, …

Design, Featured, News, Recent Shows »

Miracle Mile Gets Curvaceous Makeover

Posted June 19, 2014 by | Comments Off
dna_collage5 (1)

The LA architect Zoltan Pali recently exited the design team for the museum for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, reportedly due to differences over the plan for an attached auditorium in a “spaceship” designed by co-architect Renzo Piano, the famed Italian designer of BCAM, the Resnick Pavilion and the recent master planning of the museum campus.
But that’s not the only upheaval …

Commentary, Energy, Featured, Mobility, News, Recent Shows »

Tesla Tosses Patents: Disruptive Altruism or Good Business?

Posted June 17, 2014 by | Comments Off
The Tesla Model S

The message from Silicon Valley is that patents are worth protecting, hoarding and fighting about in court.
So what are we to conclude from Elon Musk’s announcement last week that he was tossing all Tesla’s hard-won patents?
Musk wrote on the Tesla blog:
Yesterday, there was a wall of Tesla patents in the lobby of our Palo Alto headquarters. That is no longer the case. They have …

Becoming a Biker in L.A., Featured, Mobility, News »

Becoming a Biking City: Showdown Over Fig4All

Posted June 12, 2014 by | 20 Comments
10269175_10202998243091807_3088752948583341602_o

South Fig is becoming a “complete” street; North Fig may not, despite years of efforts to introduce a bike lane and “calming” measures on a dangerous stretch of road in Highland Park. A meeting tonight will bring out hundreds in a test of LA’s progress in changing its infrastructure in keeping with changing times.

Featured, News, Preservation Watch, Speak Out »

Preservation Watch: Save the “Mother Ditch”?

Posted April 25, 2014 by | 1 Comment
April 23 Zanja Madre photo by William Preston Bowling

Earlier this month, workers excavating the site of a $100-million Chinatown development “discovered a 100-foot section of Los Angeles’ first municipal water system, an  ancient maze of brick and wooden pipes and conduits that once fed the city,” reported The Los Angeles Times. “The 4-foot-diameter brick pipe that was found beneath what once was Little  Joe’s restaurant is part of the so-called Mother Ditch, or …

Featured, News, Preservation Watch, Recent Shows »

Rudolph Schindler’s Only Church is Resurrected

Posted April 16, 2014 by | 1 Comment
Schindler Church today, photo by Robert Mace

Architecture enthusiasts and members of the Faith-Build International community are rejoicing in the re-opening of the Bethlehem church on Compton Avenue, designed in the mid-1940s by Modernist pioneer Rudolph Schindler. But did Schindler, a progressive thinker, come to design this radical church in that location at that time?

Related Posts with Thumbnails

BROUGHT TO YOU BY