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Miracle Mile Gets Curvaceous Makeover

Posted June 19, 2014 by | Comments Off
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The LA architect Zoltan Pali recently exited the design team for the museum for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, reportedly due to differences over the plan for an attached auditorium in a “spaceship” designed by co-architect Renzo Piano, the famed Italian designer of BCAM, the Resnick Pavilion and the recent master planning of the museum campus.
But that’s not the only upheaval …

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L.A. Designer: Ben Adair of Our Malibu Beaches

Posted June 18, 2014 by | 1 Comment

Environmentalist/activist Jenny Price has made it her mission to arm the public with the know-how to access beaches in affluent Malibu communities that are legally public, but have become de facto private as a result of efforts by some homeowners to obscure access in various ways (concealed gates, fraudulent ‘No Parking’ signs and so forth).
She started gathering information several years back (initially following the …

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Tesla Tosses Patents: Disruptive Altruism or Good Business?

Posted June 17, 2014 by | Comments Off
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The message from Silicon Valley is that patents are worth protecting, hoarding and fighting about in court.
So what are we to conclude from Elon Musk’s announcement last week that he was tossing all Tesla’s hard-won patents?
Musk wrote on the Tesla blog:
Yesterday, there was a wall of Tesla patents in the lobby of our Palo Alto headquarters. That is no longer the case. They have …

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This Week on DnA: Tesla Drops Patents, Miracle Mile Makeover, Coolhaus Loves Architecture

Posted June 17, 2014 by | Comments Off
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Elon Musk continues to disrupt industry with his latest patent move, and changes are headed to Miracle Mile with three museum makeovers; plus, we talk about Coolhaus’s architectural ice cream.

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Becoming a Biking City: Showdown Over Fig4All

Posted June 12, 2014 by | 20 Comments

South Fig is becoming a “complete” street; North Fig may not, despite years of efforts to introduce a bike lane and “calming” measures on a dangerous stretch of road in Highland Park. A meeting tonight will bring out hundreds in a test of LA’s progress in changing its infrastructure in keeping with changing times.

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5 Design Places to Watch the World Cup in L.A.

Posted June 12, 2014 by | Comments Off
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Here’s where to watch the World Cup in L.A. if sports bars aren’t your thing.

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LA Designer: Coolhaus, Staying Cool While Business Heats Up

Posted June 11, 2014 by | 1 Comment
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Five years ago architecture enthusiasts Natasha Case and Freya Estreller created an ice cream sandwich concept called Coolhaus. Now the product has become a national brand. Can they maintain the archi-theme when their product is selling at Whole Foods?

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5 Design Things To Do This Week

Posted June 9, 2014 by | Comments Off
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Your week in design events from DnA.

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DnA Goes Camping. . . On the L.A. River?

Posted June 6, 2014 by | Comments Off
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The Rise and Fall and Rise Again of the L.A. River
The L.A. River was once the lifeblood of civilization in Southern California. But it became a forgotten concrete flood control channel in the 20th century after its erratic flooding threatened communities and as the Owens Valley eclipsed the river as a water source. The river was fortified in tons of concrete, and largely abandoned …

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