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Preservation Watch: Save the “Mother Ditch”?

Posted April 25, 2014 by | 1 Comment
April 23 Zanja Madre photo by William Preston Bowling

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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Dying for Soccer: Should Architects Speak Out About Working Conditions in Qatar?

Posted April 2, 2014 by | Comments Off
Qatar stadium by Zaha Hadid

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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“Ugly” Americans at the Russian Olympics?

Posted February 20, 2014 by | Comments Off

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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Creative Industries Fuel California’s Economy; Still, Could They Use a Boost?

Posted February 12, 2014 by | Comments Off
Economic Contribution

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

Posted January 21, 2014 by | 3 Comments
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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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The Fight to Save an Ice Rink; Planet Granite Responds

Posted January 21, 2014 by | 3 Comments
Ice rink sign from below

Angelenos fight to save an ice rink, as rising land values threaten quality of life.

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Preservation Watch: Goodbye to Irv’s Burgers

Posted October 18, 2013 by | 3 Comments
Irvs burgers

Jason Groman singles out vintage buildings in West Hollywood soon to receive the kiss of the wrecking ball.

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Power to the Pedestrian at Walktober Fest

Posted October 3, 2013 by | Comments Off
walking day of action

Pumpkin spice lattes, sweater weather, and Halloween festivities excite the masses when October rolls around, but make room for Walktober Fest in your autumn-themed fun.
Walktober Fest is a series of four separate walking events hosted by Los Angeles Walks to take place at various locations throughout Los Angeles in the hope of raising the profile of pedestrians in a city where car is king.
Backlash …

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“Please Don’t Get Me Started”: Design, Entrepreneurialism and Obamacare

Posted September 27, 2013 by | 1 Comment

“The Millennial generation (those students that begin college in 2000) are an entrepreneurial generation,” says Art Center’s Mark Breitenberg (who will be on an upcoming show about Art Center’s design accelerator). But two challenges face those young entrepreneurs: college debt and access to healthcare. Alissa Walker pointed out on this DnA, about student debt, that college grads can now stay on their parents’ health plans until age 26. But what happens next? Do would-be …

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Candy Colors and Plastic Fantastic: Apple Unveils a Low-cost iPhone

Posted September 10, 2013 by | 1 Comment
Apple 5C


Steve Jobs may have spurned the notion of taking his products downmarket: “There are some customers which we chose not to serve,” he remarked when asked a few years about whether he would make a lower-cost notebook. Now he is gone, his chief designer Jony Ive seems to be embracing the idea. “The iPhone 5C is beautifully, unapologetically plastic,” he says, as Apple unveils its much-anticipated, more affordable …

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