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LACMA’s Tarpit-Inspired Design Oozes Across Wilshire

Posted July 16, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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Director of LACMA Michael Govan talks about the museum’s new design scheme.

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This Week on DnA: LACMA Redesigns Its Redesign, Builders Use Drones

Posted July 15, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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On this week’s DnA, Michael Govan, director of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, talks about Peter Zumthor’s design and why the blob now bridges Wilshire Boulevard.

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Why Do Builders Use Drones?

Posted July 15, 2014 by | 1 Comment
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In late June, a Seattle woman was shocked when a drone flew past her window as she was getting dressed. It turns out the drone operator had been hired by a developer wanting to capture panoramas of the surrounding area. Once he had been located, the drone operator apologized to the resident, assuring her he was not a peeping Tom.
Not only did this play …

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This Week on DnA: New Rules for CA Buildings and Plastic Bags, Activating Malibu Beaches and the LA River Through Play

Posted July 2, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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Did you know that California is on a par with Europe when it comes to energy-efficiency in its buildings? That’s the view of Buro Happold‘s Julian Parsley, who explains the state’s new California Building Energy Efficiency standards. . .  and why designers and their clients rushed to file projects with planning departments before the rules take effect.
LA.’s river and many of its Malibu beaches have …

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Camping On Concrete at the L.A. River

Posted July 1, 2014 by | 2 Comments
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What is it like to camp on L.A.’s concretized river?

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Miracle Mile Gets Curvaceous Makeover

Posted June 19, 2014 by | Comments Off
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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 …

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Tesla Tosses Patents: Disruptive Altruism or Good Business?

Posted June 17, 2014 by | Comments Off
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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 …

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Robert Brunner of Ammunition: The Secret Weapon Behind Beats Headphones

Posted June 3, 2014 by | 1 Comment
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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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This Week on DnA: Apple Buys Beats; But Who Designed the $3B Brand? With Robert Brunner, Barbara Bestor, Bianca Bosker

Posted June 3, 2014 by | 3 Comments
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Apple has bought Beats for three billion dollars. What did they buy exactly? A lot of style for starters. We’ll hear from the designers behind the image.

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This Week on DnA: Putting the “Cool” Back in LA Mobility, from the Bus to the eBike

Posted May 13, 2014 by | Comments Off
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LA has long been celebrated as a city of “mobility,” a place that was defined by its freedom of movement, where you could zip across the Southland feeling cool in a stylin’ car.
But now we are trapped in gridlock of our own making. Can we restore the joy to getting around? Find out on this show, on making Metro “cool” and why eBikes might be the “missing link” in LA transportation.

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