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Cedars-Sinai through a doctor’s lens

Posted September 24, 2015 by | Comments Off

For four decades, endocrinologist Dr. Roger Lerner walked the halls of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center solely to attend to patients. But when he bought a first-generation iPhone six years ago, he began to see his hospital surroundings in an entirely different way.
That’s when he began snapping photos of the buildings on campus, offering a unique look at a hospital through an artistic lens. His carefully …

Design, Recent Shows »

Clifton’s Cafeteria Opening, Sort of, Almost

Posted September 24, 2015 by | 2 Comments
Yes, there is Jell-O

For the past four years, developer/restaurateur/filmmaker Andrew Meieran has been fielding two questions more than any others. When will Clifton’s reopen? And will there still be Jell-O?
Well, answers to both have finally arrived. Er, sort of.
This past Tuesday was supposed to be the grand public opening but it has been delayed a few days, reportedly due to Meieran’s “perfectionism.” But while you wait …

Design, Exhibitions »

Carla Fernández Says The Future is Handmade

Posted September 23, 2015 by | Comments Off
Carla Fernandez sits amidst her designs, handmade in Mexico; photo by Mallery Roberts Morgan

In a loft on the 6th Floor of 850 South Broadway in downtown Los Angeles you can find an optimist’s vision of the future — indigenous crafting methods and rural communities are kept alive, through the design and fabrication of avant-garde clothes and home accessories that last a lifetime.
That’s the goal of Mexico City-based designer Carla Fernández and her team, who has brought her womenswear line and …

Architecture »

Atop the Wilshire Grand, with “Punks” and Other Builders

Posted September 23, 2015 by | Comments Off

If you’re in downtown Los Angeles or just driving by, it’s easy to spot the construction of the Wilshire Grand Tower as it rises ever higher into the sky. When it’s done, the Wilshire Grand, at 1,1100 feet high,will be the tallest building in L.A. and the tallest west of the Mississippi.
I recently got an opportunity to visit this skyscraper-in-the-making — and met the “punks” …

Changing L.A., News »

A Whole Foods Protest in Silver Lake

Posted September 22, 2015 by | 7 Comments

Some residents of Silver Lake have been eagerly anticipating the arrival of a Whole Foods supermarket in their neighborhood. But then, the upscale grocery chain announced that the Silver Lake venue would be something new and different. And that has some people there upset.
What’s coming instead is a budget version of the store called 365 by Whole Foods Market. It’s a store that mainly …

Events, Exhibitions, Five Design Things »

5 Design Things to do This Week

Posted September 21, 2015 by | 3 Comments
Cliftons Sign, by Gideon Brower

Your week in design events from DnA.

Architecture, Art, L.A. Designer, Public Space »

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 …

Art, Commentary, Exhibitions »

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

Posted September 15, 2015 by | Comments Off

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 …

Five Design Things »

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.

Architecture, People »

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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