One of the most emotional issues in the City of Santa Monica right now is the fate of its airport. Competing measures, D and LC, on the ballot next Tuesday, aim to shape the future of the almost century-old Santa Monica Airport (SMO), whose settlement agreement between the city and the FAA is set to expire in 2015.
D is intended to preempt efforts to close the airport; …
Drought, Recent Shows, Speak Out »
Recreational Water Use in L.A., by the numbers.
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A proposed Slip ‘n’ Slide for one day in downtown promised to be an entertaining urban intervention. But it has brought on howls of drought-shaming — even as millions of gallons are poured on water parks, swimming pools and other water-based leisure activities in Los Angeles. Should we be careful of environmental moralizing? And in a drier future, where will we go to cool off?
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Earlier this month, workers excavating the site of a $100-million Chinatown development “discovered a 100-foot section of Los Angeles’ first municipal water system, an ancient maze of brick and wooden pipes and conduits that once fed the city,” reported The Los Angeles Times. “The 4-foot-diameter brick pipe that was found beneath what once was Little Joe’s restaurant is part of the so-called Mother Ditch, or …
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Hundreds of Indian and Nepalese migrant workers have died in Qatar during construction work connected to the World Cup, and thousands more are expected to die if conditions do not improve.
Should Zaha Hadid and other architects connected to the World Cup speak out for the workers? Guy Horton and Andrea Cohen Gehring talk about the ethics and responsibilities of architects.
The awarding of the Pritzker …
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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 …
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Last Friday Otis College of Art and Design issued its biannual report on the “creative economy.” This report, developed with the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation, estimates the numbers of people who are involved in “creative industries,” ranging from entertainment and fashion to toy design and architecture, and the contribution they make to the economy.
To date the study has focused on Los Angeles, but this year Robert A. Kleinhenz, …
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This Week on DnA: The Fight to Save an Ice Rink, and a Liveable LA, in an Age of “Her;” McMansion V Megamansion in Everything Talks
Angelenos fight to save an ice rink, as rising land values threaten quality of life, and Planet Granite responds. LA natives and urban critics debate the emerging LA of ‘Her.’
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Angelenos fight to save an ice rink, as rising land values threaten quality of life.