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LA Designer: Alexis Rochas and Andreas Froech of Stereo.bot

Posted April 16, 2014 by | 3 Comments
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Alexis Rochas of Stereo.bot and Andreas Froech of Machineous have joined forces in a meeting of “structure” and “skin.” They have just built Lightweaver at Coachella; read this interview with DnA for their views on “mirage architecture” and their ambitions for highly efficient and experimental buildings of the future.

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Is Coachella an Art Museum for the 21st Century?

Posted April 16, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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In times past, Coachella was only about the music but the huge art installations are increasingly central to the total experience, so much so that one designer calls music festivals the “art museums of the 21st century.” Hear all about it in this segment with Jason Bentley, Alexis Rochas and Andreas Froech.

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LA Designer: Ben Medansky, Potting His Way From Arizona to Milan

Posted April 9, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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This week thousands of furniture, lighting and product designers and buyers are gathering in Milan for the annual Salone Internazionale del Mobile di Milano. But how much does it matter to young Angeleno designers? Hear from ceramicist Ben Medansky maker of desert-inspired bowls, cups and marijuana pipes.

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This Week on DnA: Shigeru Ban, Zaha Hadid and the Ethics of Architects

Posted April 1, 2014 by | 10 Comments
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Shigeru Ban is praised for humanitarianism; Zaha Hadid is criticized for inhumanity. What are the ethics and responsibilities of architects?

And, what do MOMA and the Folk Art Museum really think of each other?

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Pritzker Winner Shigeru Ban Learned About Japanese Architecture in Los Angeles

Posted March 25, 2014 by | 2 Comments
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Reaction to the selection of Japanese architect Shigeru Ban for this year’s Pritzker Prize has been fast and favorable, with critics agreeing the architecture unites beauty, sustainability and humanity in a very important way.

But less commented on is the fact that Ban, the third Japanese Pritzker laureate in the past five years, credits Los Angeles for an education in his native country’s architecture.

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The Shape of Things to Come in Silicon Valley; With Paul Goldberger

Posted March 18, 2014 by | 1 Comment
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Silicon Valley’s tech whizzes have transformed technology and society. And they have done so in a region noted for its suburban ordinariness, with its great inventions starting life in tinkerers’ garages.

That’s about to change.

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Apple’s “Spaceship” is Coming; Will it Change Cupertino? With Elina Shatkin and Paul Finch

Posted March 18, 2014 by | 1 Comment
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Silicon Valley’s tech whizzes have transformed technology and society. And they have done so in a region noted for its suburban ordinariness, with its great inventions starting life in tinkerers’ garages.

That’s all about to change, with the advent of two major buildings, the new campus for Apple by Britain’s Sir Norman Foster and the new headquarters for Facebook, by LA’s Frank Gehry.

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This Week on DnA: Silicon Valley Gets an Edifice Complex

Posted March 18, 2014 by | 2 Comments
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Silicon Valley’s tech whizzes have transformed technology and society. And they have done so in a region noted for its suburban ordinariness.
That’s about to change– with the landing of Apple’s Norman Foster-designed “spaceship” in Cupertino and Frank Gehry’s vast new headquarters for Facebook in Menlo Park.
But will these buildings change the fundamental character of Silicon Valley?

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Mao Jackets a Platform for Architectural “Investigation” at USC

Posted March 7, 2014 by | 1 Comment
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Move over Fashion Week. This afternoon USC School of Architecture will display 14 Mao Jackets, designed and created by the 5th year undergraduate students of Lee Olvera. The jackets are handmade with materials ranging from thumbtacks assembled with building caulk to hand-woven magnetic audio cassette tape to 12,244 pencil-top erasers sewn together-by hand (bottom left).
Olvera, an architect and professor at the school, conceived the Mao Jacket project …

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