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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 …

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L.A. Designer: Jared Shier, Tam Tran and Mindy King Try to Make a 3d Printing Drone

Posted July 30, 2014 by | 0 Comments
Jared Shier, Tam Tran

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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L.A. Designer: Josh Abarbanel on “Seeing Life”

Posted July 16, 2014 by | 0 Comments

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 …

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Jenny Price Uses Play as Activism at LA’s River and Malibu’s Beaches

Posted July 1, 2014 by | 2 Comments
Jenny Price

“I’m really interested in public space. So the two main places I’ve worked on in L.A. are the L.A. River and the Malibu Beaches, which I really think are two of the great public spaces in Los Angeles that for decades haven’t functioned as great public spaces. . . even though you think that they have nothing in common, our concrete river and our …

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LA Designer: Coolhaus, Staying Cool While Business Heats Up

Posted June 11, 2014 by | 1 Comment
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Five years ago architecture enthusiasts Natasha Case and Freya Estreller created an ice cream sandwich concept called Coolhaus. Now the product has become a national brand. Can they maintain the archi-theme when their product is selling at Whole Foods?

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DnA Goes Camping. . . On the L.A. River?

Posted June 6, 2014 by | Comments Off
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The Rise and Fall and Rise Again of the L.A. River
The L.A. River was once the lifeblood of civilization in Southern California. But it became a forgotten concrete flood control channel in the 20th century after its erratic flooding threatened communities and as the Owens Valley eclipsed the river as a water source. The river was fortified in tons of concrete, and largely abandoned …

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Robert Brunner of Ammunition: The Secret Weapon Behind Beats Headphones

Posted June 3, 2014 by | 1 Comment

In all the talk surrounding the Apple-Beats $3 billion deal, people generally agree that Apple has purchased that elusive thing called “cool,” namely the headphones that have achieved the same must-have status as Apple products themselves, not to mention, from some, the same criticism: high design, high price.
And behind those cool headphones lies a person, specifically Robert Brunner, founder and head of Ammunition design …

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LA Designer: Onna Ehrlich and Joel Bell, Designing and Making In Inglewood

Posted May 28, 2014 by | 4 Comments
Onna and Joel

There is always a new frontier in LA and currently it might be Inglewood. The revival of the LA Forum, and the start this year of construction on both the Crenshaw/LAX light rail line and the former Hollywood Park (being turned into a mix of parks and residences); these on top of a vaunted arts district are indicators that Inglewood is on the rise.
One …

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L.A. Designer: Mia Lehrer, Shaping The City Through Public Space

Posted May 21, 2014 by | 2 Comments
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The green fingerprints of landscape architect Mia Lehrer are over many notable public spaces in Los Angeles, including the Annenberg Beach House, Vista Hermosa Park, Dodger Stadium, the masterplanning of Hollywood Park and the LA River, which takes another step towards habitability with the opening of its summer rec season. Mia talks to DnA about shaping LA though landscape.

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On The Road: Driven By The Pleasure of Architecture

Posted May 16, 2014 by | Comments Off

Every new generation of designers wants to make its own mark. And for ambitious young architects that can be tricky in a profession that tends not to kick off for most practitioners until they reach their 40s. . . unless they create their own venues to showcase their work.
Read about On The Road, here.

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