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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LA Designer: Patrick Tighe and John Mutlow Create “Architecture That Doesn’t Discriminate” in West Hollywood
Courtyard at La Brea is a new 32-unit housing complex on La Brea just north of Santa Monica whose developers invested in quality design even as they struggled to gather the funding for affordable housing.
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Last month Mattel released Entrepreneur Barbie. And who can argue with sending a message of economic self-empowerment to young girls, especially as employment prospects seem ever more precarious?
But some are arguing this Barbie doesn’t quite fit the woman entrepreneur mold.
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LA Designer: Geoff McFetridge, Creator of “Her” Subway and Computer Interfaces, Talks with Alissa Walker
Many Angeleno viewers of the movie Her were taken not just by the story but by. . . the subway map. This representation of an idealized subway system for the Southland was created by noted graphic artist and illustrator Geoff McFetridge, who also designed the interfaces on the computers and handhelds used by Theo Twombly in the movie.
Alissa Walker recently caught up with Geoff at his studio in Atwater Village.
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Architecture and design generally play a supporting role at the movies, providing backdrop, characterization and mood for the story and characters.
Sometimes however, they taking a starring role, in films where the story is the design and architecture, and the love, hope and strife that go into creating objects and buildings. 30 such films will be featured in the Architecture and Design Film Festival (ADFF), running March 12-16 …
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On this week’s DnA, we spoke with Jerry Anderson, senior principal of Populous, the American design firm behind the Olympic Park and Fisht Stadium in Sochi.
Following the broadcast of the show, two colleagues held forth about other aspects of American design in Sochi. Unfictional‘s Bob Carlson felt the US bobsled, an aerodynamic carbon fiber and steel capsule designed by BMW DesignWorks, didn’t come across well on TV as it …
“We have unsatisfactory experiences when we use banks, buses, health services and insurance companies. They don’t make us feel happier or richer. Why are they not designed as well as the products we love to use such as an Apple iPod or a BMW? (from Service Design: From Insight to Implementation)
The troubled rollout of Obamacare earlier this year cast a spotlight on the design …
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Space used to be depicted in movies as gleaming and futuristic, but in Alfonso Cuarón’s story of lone survival it is filled with flying junk and a disintegrating International Space Station.
Andy Nicholson, production designer, created the sets and found they involved the same level of intense, detailed research and photorealistic recreation as he would apply to creating the backdrop for a “period piece.”
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Her is the Spike Jonze story of love and seductive technology in near future Los Angeles.
But its depiction of LA has created a buzz among people interested in the future of real LA. K.K. Barrett talks about creating the look for idealized city living, but says he still loves his car.
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The Winter Olympic Games are Russia’s display of regained power on the world stage. But the designers behind it are American.
Jerry Anderson, Senior Principal at Populous, talks about the challenges and rewards of working with the country that has had a tricky relationship with the US.