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Everything Talks 5: MOMA “Deconstructs” the Folk Art Museum

Posted April 2, 2014 by | 0 Comments

In his latest foray into the world of talking objects and buildings, Tom Saunders channels MOMA and the Folk Art Museum.

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

Posted April 2, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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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Shigeru Ban Wins The Pritzker — For Goodness or Good Architecture? With Naomi Pollock

Posted April 2, 2014 by | 1 Comment
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Shigeru Ban has been awarded the Pritzker Prize and critics have responded with delight, saying his work elegantly unites divergent trends in architecture: the creation of showy monuments for the rich, and community-based design for the poor.

So what makes Ban’s work special? Did he get the prize for goodness or good architecture or both?

Find out in this interview with Naomi Pollock.

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

Posted April 1, 2014 by | 10 Comments
Paper emergency shelter for Haiti, by Shigeru Ban

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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L.A. Designer: Ana Serrano Creates Colorful Cardboard Cities

Posted March 26, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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Ana Serrano is an artist and illustrator who creates three dimensional cardboard structures that are colorful representations of city living.

She was born and raised in Los Angeles, and says she finds inspiration and beauty in the regular neighborhoods around her. Whether it’s an unabashedly visible satellite dish on an apartment building, or barbed wire twisted over a fence, she relishes those little marks of urban life that can be anathema to homeowners’ associations.

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Pritzker Winner Shigeru Ban Learned About Japanese Architecture in Los Angeles

Posted March 25, 2014 by | 2 Comments

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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5 Design Things To Do This Week

Posted March 24, 2014 by | 1 Comment
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Your design-filled week in events from DnA.

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LA Designer: Alison Berger, Artful Transmitter of Light

Posted March 19, 2014 by | Comments Off
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Alison Berger, designer of highly alluring “conceptual” blown glass lights and other objects and furnishings, will receive a Star of Design award today at Westweek, the Pacific Design Center’s spring design fair taking place today and tomorrow. The award honors her 25-year body of work exploring the relationship between glass and light. Alison draws inspiration from historical tools and craft, saying her work “is about creating something old and new at once.”

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Preservation Watch: Goodbye to Robinson’s in Beverly Hills, Update on Culver City Ice Arena; A Preservation Report Card

Posted March 18, 2014 by | 2 Comments
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This week in preservation: DnA’s Jason Groman reminisces about a historic Beverly Hills department store that is set for demolition, and DnA learns more about the future of the Culver City Ice Arena. Plus, find out how neighborhoods in L.A. County fared on the Los Angeles Conservancy’s Preservation Report Card issued last week.

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