Deborah Sussman, environmental designer who created the colorful identity for the Los Angeles 1984 Olympics, has died. She was a woman with style and personality as vivid as her work.
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This week’s DnA asked why the Slide The City for downtown Los Angeles has become the target of drought-shaming while millions of gallons go unchallenged on other forms of potable water-based entertainment. The show talked about comparative use of water in LA’s archetypal pleasure places including swimming pools, water parks, golf courses and even restaurants.
But it didn’t get into the other big water-guzzler, the Socal lawn.
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What do you do if you yearn for nature in our digital age?
In the case of artist and digital media professor Joshua Abarbanel you find a way to unite the two, most recently in See Life, an exhibition of bas-reliefs at Hinge Parallel Gallery in Culver City that are inspired by “biological, botanical, and geological structures,” conceived in the computer and cut by a CNC milling …
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Six LA curators and filmmakers attached to the Culver City-based Wende Museum and Archive of the Cold War and the Neutra VDL House in Silverlake who came together as a “collective” to curate an exhibit that explores Modernity in the Cold War-era East and West and asks, 25 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, how were they different and how were they similar?
Every new generation of designers wants to make its own mark. And for ambitious young architects that can be tricky in a profession that tends not to kick off for most practitioners until they reach their 40s. . . unless they create their own venues to showcase their work.
Read about On The Road, here.
Reinventing The Wheel will consider the future of mobility of LA and whether the mass transit, two-wheelers and self-driving cars — that are all part of our patchwork of tomorrow’s transit options — can exert the same allure as the car did, before gridlock, characterless styling and climate change.
Meanwhile, KCRW’s Tom Schnabel, has been checking out some gorgeous cars that once ruled the road. He reports from Beverly Hills; Concours d’Elegance.
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This Saturday, May 3rd, Union Station celebrates a big birthday. So too does another LA landmark, albeit it is a place that has faded from public memory and it represents a very different set of ideals from the rapacious rail companies — ideals that might have resonance during this time of a growing economic divide.
Llano Del Rio was a 1000-strong socialist “colony” founded on May Day 1914 …
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LA has long been celebrated as a city of “mobility,” a place that was about relishing its freedom of movement as much as staying still, and where people identified with their cars as much as their homes. But now the region has become immobile. Join KCRW’s DnA for an event where we talk about the future of mobility in L.A.
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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.