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Remembering Leonard Aube, a Maker of Civic Space

Posted April 13, 2015 by | 1 Comment
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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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Does the Apple Watch Reflect Jony Ive’s Love of Past and Future?

Posted March 10, 2015 by | Comments Off
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The Apple Watch has been displayed to the world and the jury is out on its genius.

But one thing that some pundits seem sure of, this is a product of Tim Cook’s tenure.

Or rather, is it Jony Ive’s baby? Based on a past encounter with the lauded designer, DnA thinks it might be.

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Honoring a beloved professor with a passion for type

Posted December 11, 2014 by | Comments Off
The late professor Leah Hoffmitz with one of her students at Art Center

Leah Hoffmitz Milken had taught typography and graphic design at Art Center College and Design for over 20 years when she passed away at the age of 61 after a long illness.

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Find Free Water Anywhere, With New WeTap App

Posted November 12, 2014 by | Comments Off
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A new app from WeTap aims to make it easy for citizens to be able to spot their free water fountains.

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Lisa K. Weber, Illustrator, Taps Into Her Dark Side With Hex11

Posted October 29, 2014 by | Comments Off
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Lisa K. Weber is an illustrator with a taste for the dark side. Since graduating from New York’s Parsons The New School For Design she has forged a career illustrating comic books, graphic novelizations of classic literature (including Oscar Wilde and Edgar Allen Poe), textiles and character and backgrounds for animated cartoons.
But she has tapped into her fascination with the otherworldly in her latest project Hex11, a graphic novel that is the first …

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L.A. Designer: LA2050′s Tara Roth Talks about Crowdsourcing Civic Improvement

Posted October 8, 2014 by | 2 Comments
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DnA spoke with the president of the Goldhirsh Foundation about crowdsourcing ideas for improving L.A.

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“Contact In The Desert” — A UFO Lovefest

Posted September 23, 2014 by | 1 Comment
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Faced with the enormity of human impact on earth, extraterrestrial life is looking more appealing. At least, that is the view of some who attended ‘Contact In The Desert,’ a four-day conference that took place mid-August at the Joshua Tree Retreat Center. 
Bennett Stein, aka The GOOD4NOTHING CONNOISEUR, attended this be-in for UFO consciousness-seekers and first-hand recountings of close encounters of the 3rd kind.
He went armed with skepticism but says …

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L.A. Designer: Ellen Bennett Designs Aprons for SpaceX and Earthling Cooks

Posted September 23, 2014 by | 1 Comment
Ellen in Space X apron

This young designer is behind the aprons at your favorite L.A. restaurants and the SpaceX cafeteria.

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Architect Kurt Meyer: From Switzerland to Los Angeles to the Himalayas

Posted September 23, 2014 by | Comments Off
Bunker Hill Towers in the background; the flowers in the foreground are now the World Trade Center.  Photo courtesy Pamela Meyer

Kurt Meyer, the Swiss-born architect who made a mark on Los Angeles with his work in preservation, design and master planning, and his chairmanship of the downtown Community Redevelopment Agency, died last month at the age of 92. One of his late-in-life acquaintances was KCRW’s arts reporter Lisa Napoli, who shared with Meyer a passion for the remote country of Bhutan (where Napoli helped found a …

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