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Brian Eno, Architect?

Posted July 30, 2014 by | 1 Comment

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.

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Get Your Legos on This Weekend

Posted February 8, 2014 by | 1 Comment
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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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Curmudgeon or Sage? Dave Hickey Talks to Maura Lucking

Posted February 4, 2014 by | Comments Off

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.

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DnA Book Picks

Posted December 20, 2013 by | 3 Comments

It is hard to pick “best ofs” from all the enticing books published this year but following are nine that came across the DnA transom that touch on design in very different but thought-provoking ways.

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Minecraft: The Videogame Parents Approve Of

Posted December 17, 2013 by | 1 Comment

This week on DnA, Frances Anderton spoke with Daniel Goldberg and Linus Larsson about their book about Marcus “Notch” Persson and the story behind Minecraft, the videogame that parents can approve of.

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Putting John Parkinson Back on the Map: Interview with Iconic Vision Author Stephen Gee

Posted November 22, 2013 by | Comments Off
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When TV producer Stephen Gee started hearing the name “John Parkinson” over and over on the L.A. Conservancy tours he was taking of downtown Los Angeles, he decided to find out more. His quest lead him to write a book: “Iconic Vision: John Parkinson, Architect of Los Angeles.” Listen to Lisa Napoli’s interview with Gee, here.

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On Today’s Show: Bad Girls, Bad Boys: Art and Architecture in Counterculture New York and LA

Posted July 30, 2013 by | Comments Off
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A novel and an exhibit bring alive the experimental art and architecture scene in LA and New York in the counterculture years. Pop Art expert Christopher Finch talks about his first novel, “Good Girl, Bad Girl,” a crime yarn set in the Soho art scene in the late 1960s; Sylvia Lavin talks about her MAK Center exhibit “Everything Loose Will Land,” about the “loose” …

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McMaoMansions: California Dreamin’ in China

Posted January 31, 2013 by | Comments Off
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An article of faith for architects and designers schooled since the birth of the Modern is that they should aspire for originality; and a source of great frustration and financial cost to designers is having their original designs copied (see how Apple has trademarked its store design). Not so in China, where piracy is rife in a culture that has a very different view of duplication. …

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RODARTE and the Secret Underground World of Warholaland + WHO’S YOUR DADA?: The Secret Return of Noever

Posted December 25, 2011 by | Comments Off

Scene Around Town, by Bennett Stein (aka The Good4NothingConnoisseur):
I recently accompanied DnA on an outing to Hollywoodland and the epicenter of production companies and sound stages, to what I was promised would be a holiday party. There we found ourselves at the HQ of, the online boutique for the self-described “world’s finest in design, fashion, and art” at a top-secret launch party for Pasadena’s finest, most illustrious fashion …

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The Way We’ll Live Next: Near Airports?

Posted April 6, 2011 by | 8 Comments

By Olga Khazan
Of the many complaints often made about airports – the lines, the body scans, the baggage fees – one you don’t hear every day is that airports aren’t close enough to our houses. After all, LAX is across the city from downtown, necessitating a well-planned shuttle ride, an expensive cab or a kind friend to reach it. But Greg Lindsay, author of …

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