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Broad Architect Liz Diller Brings Theatrics to Grand Ave., While Losing Her Irony About LA

Posted September 18, 2015 by | 2 Comments
Lobby of the Broad

For several years Angelenos’ expectations for The Broad were shaped by one striking rendering. It showed an expressive, perforated concrete box, lifted at the corners.
This was the proposed facade of a building that endeavored to answer the question, as put by architect Elizabeth Diller: “How do you put a storage facility and an exhibition space on a prominent site on Grand Avenue next to Disney and maintain the urban …

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My Mom Went to Dismaland and All She Got Me Were These Lousy Pictures

Posted September 15, 2015 by | 0 Comments

If you’ve heard enough about Dismaland, exit this post.
But I was tickled when I learned my mom — who is not an art world hipster — recently paid a night-time visit to Banksy’s much talked-about parody of a theme park.
Mom lives in my hometown of Bath, which is not far from the site of Dismaland, a town called Weston-Super-Mare.
Bath is near Bristol, where Banksy grew up, and …

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5 Design Things To Do This Week

Posted September 14, 2015 by | 1 Comment
Ambulante screening in downtown LA, 2014; photo by Priscilla Rodriguez

Your week in design events from DnA.

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Eric Owen Moss on Passing the Torch at SCI-Arc: “You Are Never Done”

Posted September 12, 2015 by | 1 Comment
Moss, DiazAlonso

This weekend marks the culmination of months of intensive work for students at LA’s 43 year-old architectural laboratory SCI-Arc, as they present and defend their thesis projects before large panels of critics at the annual Graduate Thesis Weekend. The proceedings culminate in a Graduation Ceremony Sunday, at which the Commencement Speech will be given by architect Eric Owen Moss.
That speech formally marks the passing of the torch, from Moss, …

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Spotlight on Gehry — and the Latest at the LA River

Posted September 10, 2015 by | 0 Comments
Marsh park, LA river

It’s 86 year-old architect Frank Gehry’s moment right now, with the opening of a big retrospective at LACMA, the release of a biography by Paul Goldberger and a lifetime achievement award coming his way later this month from the Getty. He’s busy with new projects in LA including a social services building in Watts, designed pro bono, and a development on the Sunset Strip. But …

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Tom Lazarus, Playwright, Talks About “The Princes Of Kings Road”

Posted September 10, 2015 by | 1 Comment
Kings Road House, designed by Rudolph Schindler, 1922; image courtesy Ensemble Theatre/LA

Austrian-born Richard Neutra and Rudolph Schindler were contemporaries with a profound influence on the development of LA’s early Modernism. They were also friends and business partners who became bitterly estranged in 1953. . . until 23 years later, when they found themselves by chance in the same hospital room in Cedars of Lebanon Hospital. 
What might have transpired between the two ailing men in that hospital room?
That’s the fascinating …

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5 Design Things To Do This Week

Posted September 8, 2015 by | 1 Comment

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Laura Brody Pimps Out Wheelchairs and Walkers in Exhibit ‘Opulent Mobility’

Posted September 4, 2015 by | 3 Comments

How you ever gone to a medical devices store and been struck by just how grim, grey and clinical all the products look?
That was how artist A. Laura Brody felt when her partner had a stroke and she was thrown into the world of assisted mobility.
Her belief that dependency shouldn’t mean loss of beauty has lead to ‘Opulent Mobility,’ an exhibition of art, designs …

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5 Design Things To Do This Week

Posted August 31, 2015 by | 1 Comment

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Could the Pop-Up Design of the ’84 Olympics Work Again?

Posted August 27, 2015 by | Comments Off
SP_1984 Olympics_Deborah Sussman, Paul Prejza, Jon Jerde

LA is set to make a bid for the 2024 Olympics. Could it revive its 1984 pop-up success or use the games as a catalyst for ambitious planning?
The Los Angeles City Council is expected to vote soon on whether L.A. should continue its quest to host the 2024 Summer Games, and the mayor is already promising taxpayers they won’t be on the hook for …

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