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Is Recycling Rubbish? John Tierney, Adam Minter, Wes Thompson Sort Through the Issues

Posted October 14, 2015 by | 2 Comments
Pile of paper trash

Is recycling rubbish?
Americans are deeply committed to recycling — according to the EPA, in 2013, we generated about 254 million tons of trash and recycled and composted about 87 million tons. That’s a roughly one-third recycling rate, or 1.51 pounds out of the 4.4 pounds each of us generates per day.
But is all this effort worth it? John Tierney, science writer for The New York Times, wrote …

Architecture, Recent Shows »

“Façadomy,” The Broad and the Petersen Automotive Museum

Posted September 25, 2015 by | 2 Comments
The Petersen Museum

Two museums, two skins; one designed by “high-art” architecture firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro, the other by the car-loving Eugene Kohn, partner at corporate architecture firm Kohn Pedersen Fox; both fabricated by LA’s Matt Construction. What do they mean for architecture?

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Clifton’s Cafeteria Opening, Sort of, Almost

Posted September 24, 2015 by | 2 Comments
Yes, there is Jell-O

For the past four years, developer/restaurateur/filmmaker Andrew Meieran has been fielding two questions more than any others. When will Clifton’s reopen? And will there still be Jell-O?
Well, answers to both have finally arrived. Er, sort of.
This past Tuesday was supposed to be the grand public opening but it has been delayed a few days, reportedly due to Meieran’s “perfectionism.” But while you wait …

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Spotlight on Gehry — and the Latest at the LA River

Posted September 10, 2015 by | Comments Off
Marsh park, LA river

It’s 86 year-old architect Frank Gehry’s moment right now, with the opening of a big retrospective at LACMA, the release of a biography by Paul Goldberger and a lifetime achievement award coming his way later this month from the Getty. He’s busy with new projects in LA including a social services building in Watts, designed pro bono, and a development on the Sunset Strip. But …

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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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Berlin’s R50 Baugruppe is a Model of Living Affordably, Collectively

Posted July 31, 2015 by | Comments Off
Verena and Christoph, by FA

The world’s cultural and economic capitals are becoming more crowded and costly to live in at the same time as changes in the family structure mean a generation of singles, boomers and non-traditional families are thinking anew about how they want to live.
On KCRW’s recent trip to Berlin we found an intriguing solution to both challenges: Baugruppen (building groups).
These are collectively built residential complexes in which …

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Joseph Giovannini: Why I’m Against Peter Zumthor’s Design For LACMA

Posted April 21, 2015 by | 3 Comments

Unoriginal, impractical, wasteful of valuable land, and the product of a secretive design process that has given a “mystic” architect too much power. That’s the view of Joseph Giovannini, who says it’s time to stop the Zumthor design for LACMA before it goes too far off-track.

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What’s The Impact of Global Investment in LA Residential Property?

Posted February 25, 2015 by | Comments Off
Spelling Residence

On this DnA we talked about what happens to the life of global cities — like London, New York and LA — when investors park money, but rarely occupy, high-end residential property. 
We’d been thinking for a while about this phenomenon — nicknamed “zombie urbanism” by some city watchers; or, in London, “buy-to-forget.”
But it was crystallized by the publication of Towers Of Secrecy, a fascinating series in the …

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Can you Save The World as you Spend? A Look at Social Entrepreneurship

Posted December 16, 2014 by | 1 Comment
Wholefoods Gifts that Give Back

DnA marked the holiday season with a look at values-based capitalism, with advice on holiday gifts that support a good cause (below), interviews with social entrepreneurs Scott Martin and Jeff Denby, and a look at how you sort out the “good” from the “sounds good” now that social entrepreneurship is a booming trend.
If you walk the aisles of Whole Foods this holiday season you’ll find stands dedicated …

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Landscape Designer “Scotty Claus” And His Elves Put Life into the Christmas Tree Tradition

Posted December 16, 2014 by | 1 Comment
Scotty checks out a tree

DnA talks to the founder of The Living Christmas Company, a Southland business that rents out living trees during the holiday season.

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