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

Posted July 31, 2015 by | 0 Comments
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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Could “Compact” Replace “Small Lot” Homes in LA County? Ask Ric Abramson

Posted July 28, 2015 by | 1 Comment
Ric Abramson, principal of WorkPlay Studio

On today’s DnA we talked about Baugruppen, the Berlin-based cohousing projects that are filling a need for affordable home ownership coupled with living in a semi-collective way.
It’s an inspiring model that begs the question: is it realizable in LA?
One of those who has investigated the possibility is Ric Abramson, principal of architecture firm Workplays Studio. He and three friends looked into the viability of growing …

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5 Design Things To Do This Week

Posted June 22, 2015 by | Comments Off
Palm Capsule

Your week in Design events from DnA.

Design, Energy, L.A. Designer, LA Grows UP »

Could Affordable Eco-Housing Be in Your Backyard?

Posted June 17, 2015 by | Comments Off
Backyard BI(h)ome by UCLA Citylab and Kevin Daly Architects in Los Angeles, CA; Photo: Nico Marques / Photekt

Can LA solve its affordable housing crisis with demountable, plastic-skinned homes shared with lizards and other urban wildlife?

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10 Pop Art Prints from the ‘Rebel Nun’ Who Was Inspired By Andy Warhol

Posted June 9, 2015 by | Comments Off
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Corita Kent, the so-called “rebel nun” and screen printer, created a rich body of work that has garnered a cult following.

Design, LA Grows UP, Speak Out »

Don’t Weep For The Lawn: Your Drought-Friendly Gardens Reveal The Yard as Personal Art Statement

Posted May 5, 2015 by | Comments Off
Erin Riley

Last week DnA’s Frances Anderton ran into a Hancock Park homeowner who bemoaned the fact he has to get rid of his lawn, asking what could take its place and preserve the loveliness of his Cape Cod-style house.
I assured him there are so many wonderful options, and that in fact, this is an opportunity for him to get creative, and create a personal statement …

Design, Public Space »

Vincent Lamouroux Whitewashes Palm Trees in Projection

Posted April 21, 2015 by | 2 Comments
Projection, in process

An art project by Vincent Lamouroux whitewashes a hotel and it’s neighboring palm trees in Silver Lake.

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Coachella Getaway: Brad Dunning and Moby Talkfest in Palm Springs

Posted April 10, 2015 by | 1 Comment
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If your idea of fun is listening to two droll, hip (NOT hipster) and erudite men talk about buildings, music, cities, Sci-Fi, and why L.A. is so much better than anywhere else (especially New York), then leave the crowd at Coachella on Sunday April 19 and hightail it to Palm Springs Art Museum, to hear Brad Dunning and Moby in conversation.
Brad Dunning is a designer who …

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Frei Otto Dies, Wins Pritzker, As His Ideas Become New Again

Posted March 10, 2015 by | Comments Off
Frei Otto ©2015 The Hyatt Foundation

Frei Otto, the German architect of gorgeous lightweight tent-like structures, has been awarded the Pritzker Prize, just two weeks after his death at 89.

But his influence lives on, most notably in the design for a new Googleplex by Bjarke Ingels and Thomas Heatherwick.

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Does the Apple Watch Reflect Jony Ive’s Love of Past and Future?

Posted March 10, 2015 by | Comments Off
Apple Watch showing health information

The Apple Watch has been displayed to the world and the jury is out on its genius.

But one thing that some pundits seem sure of, this is a product of Tim Cook’s tenure.

Or rather, is it Jony Ive’s baby? Based on a past encounter with the lauded designer, DnA thinks it might be.

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