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“There are eight million stories in the naked city,” as they say, and many find themselves written into our buildings, which are the mute expressions of their makers, their time and the forces of economics and politics. Sometimes those forces produce buildings generally accepted to be “beautiful.” Mostly, the results are fairly banal, or downright “ugly.”
Wendy Gilmartin is an architect and writer who studies, tours and finds the charm in the ugly, …
An Eames Anthology, edited by Daniel Ostroff, is the first-ever anthology of Charles and Ray Eames’ writings.
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Gift ideas for the design-oriented procrastinator.
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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 …
A Kickstarter Campaign reissues NYC’s iconic Transit Authority Graphics Standards Manual.
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This week we learned that tall buildings in Los Angeles no longer need to have “flat tops,” the rooftop helipads, mandated for fire safety reasons since 1974, that resulted in few helicopter rescues and a downtown of mostly uninspired, stumpy towers. Ending that rule means the shackles are off for developers and designers wanting L.A. to join other world cities in the race to build the shapeliest skyscrapers.
As fashion maven Simon Doonan …
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As Christopher Scoates leaves Long Beach UAM for Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bennett Stein contemplates Scoates’ book about the “Visual Music” of Brian Eno — and finds the soul of an architect.
The Lego Movie opens this weekend, riding a huge wave of positive critical reviews– striking given the pervasive skepticism that has preceded its release.
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Last week Dave Hickey was back in Los Angeles, for the launch of a book of essays entitled Pirates and Farmers: Essays on Taste. While here, he managed to provoke a twitterstorm at a MOCA book event with his comments on identity politics and its impact on art and the academy.