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Sarah Horowitz Designs Fragrances Just for You

Posted February 3, 2016 by | 0 Comments

In a recent article New York Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman wrote about sound in architecture and how invasive noise is now the scourge of cities whereas “during the Middle Ages, smell was the unspoken plague of cities.”
The article was an important reminder of the role of the senses in our designed environment. Which brings us to pleasant smells and the work of Sarah Horowitz-Thran.
Horowitz-Thran is a …

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Go West, Young Man. . . On a Citi Bike

Posted January 27, 2016 by | 1 Comment
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Might you consider a solo bike ride across America? If so, would you choose a sturdy, heavy NYC Citi Bike with just three gears? 
That was the ride of choice of 35-year-old New York commuter Jeffrey Tanenhaus.
Last Saturday he pedaled into a welcoming crowd at the Santa Monica Pier, looking very relaxed for someone who had just spent five months riding up to 40 …

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Erin Walline: Engineering Change in the Tech Industry

Posted January 12, 2016 by | 1 Comment
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The relative lack of women in senior management and engineering positions in the tech industry is widely discussed (one survey has found that only 5.8 percent of programmers in Silicon Valley identify as female).
This imbalance was in evidence at last week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, where few women could be spotted among the almost 200,000 attendees.
One who breaks the stereotype is Erin …

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Seeing Blue: John Griswold Curates “A Revolution of the Palette”

Posted December 23, 2015 by | 1 Comment
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Blue is the world’s most popular color. But there was a time when it was expensive and hard to create for artists wishing to capture it in painting — until the discovery of synthetic blue.

That story and its effect on oil painting is the subject of “A Revolution of the Palette: The First Synthetic Blues and Their Impact on French Artists,” an exhibition at the Norton Simon Museum, curated by John Griswold.

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Tyrone Drake Redesigns the Black Panthers’ Ten-Point Plan

Posted November 4, 2015 by | Comments Off

Tyrone Drake was fed by the Black Panthers when he was a child growing up in Oakland, California. Now he is a graphic designer and teacher at Art Center College of Design and he has re-visualized the Panthers’ Ten-Point Plan, for an exhibition opening this weekend.

Architecture, People »

Eric Owen Moss on Passing the Torch at SCI-Arc: “You Are Never Done”

Posted September 12, 2015 by | 1 Comment
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This weekend marks the culmination of months of intensive work for students at LA’s 43 year-old architectural laboratory SCI-Arc, as they present and defend their thesis projects before large panels of critics at the annual Graduate Thesis Weekend. The proceedings culminate in a Graduation Ceremony Sunday, at which the Commencement Speech will be given by architect Eric Owen Moss.
That speech formally marks the passing of the torch, from Moss, …

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Henk Ovink: Gehry’s Man at the LA River

Posted August 11, 2015 by | 3 Comments
Henk Ovink; photo: Pieter Magielsen

The news about Frank Gehry’s involvement in masterplanning the LA River has brought to the surface a man not yet well-known in Los Angeles, but who is something of a rock star in the world of climate change, resilient design and rivers.
His name is Henk Ovink and he is a brilliant Dutch water infrastructure expert who was tapped by President Obama’s Hurricane Sandy task force to …

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The Noun Project Signals The Power of Visuals Over Words

Posted July 22, 2015 by | Comments Off
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Edward Boatman and Sofya Polyakov have crowd-sourced a visual dictionary.

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Remembering Leonard Aube, a Maker of Civic Space

Posted April 13, 2015 by | 1 Comment
Leonard Aube

Remembering Leonard Aube, the executive director of the Annenberg Foundation, who brought many civic amenities to L.A.

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Frei Otto Dies, Wins Pritzker, As His Ideas Become New Again

Posted March 10, 2015 by | Comments Off
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Frei Otto, the German architect of gorgeous lightweight tent-like structures, has been awarded the Pritzker Prize, just two weeks after his death at 89.

But his influence lives on, most notably in the design for a new Googleplex by Bjarke Ingels and Thomas Heatherwick.

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