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

Posted April 21, 2015 by | 2 Comments
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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
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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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Henry Rollins and Tom Schnabel: Audiophiles United

Posted November 19, 2014 by | 10 Comments
Henry's McIntosh amplifier, which according to Tom and Henry has seductive powers.

Henry Rollins leads Tom Schnabel and Frances Anderton on a sonic tour of his high-fidelity audio-equipped home.

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Los Angeles Plays Itself in Michael Connelly’s Bosch

Posted October 21, 2014 by | Comments Off
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LAPD robbery-homicide detective Hieronymous (Harry) Bosch has been fighting the good fight on the streets of Los Angeles for 20 years — in the pages of Michael Connelly’s bestselling mystery novels.

Now he’s coming alive, played by Titus Welliver (left), in an Amazon TV production to stream next year. And so is the LA that he inhabits.

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Software, Skyscrapers and Goodbye to Stumpy Towers in L.A.

Posted October 7, 2014 by | Comments Off
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The city of Los Angeles has just cast out an old rule that mandated that skyscrapers have helipads on their roofs. Dating back to 1974, the rule had produced very few rooftop rescues and a skyline of “flat topped” stumpy towers (as in photo above by Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times.)
Does ending that rule means the shackles are off for developers and designers wanting …

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Everything Talks: Lawns

Posted October 7, 2014 by | Comments Off
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What did the green lawn say to the brown lawn during a historic drought?

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5 Cool Architects Compete To Design LGBT Center

Posted September 3, 2014 by | 3 Comments
Current center exterior

Twenty years ago many architecture firms did not want to be associated with the L.A. Gay and Lesbian center. Now it is a sought-after client that has attracted some noted firms from Los Angeles and beyond in a limited competition to design a new campus: Michael Maltzan, Frederick Fisher, Predock Frane, MAD and Leong Leong. Hear CEO Lorri Jean talk about the goals for the center, and read about the shortlisted …

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L.A. Recreational Water Use By the Numbers

Posted August 19, 2014 by | 3 Comments
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Recreational Water Use in L.A., by the numbers.

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