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L.A. Designer: Warren Techentin Builds an Open Cage in Silver Lake

Posted August 28, 2014 by | Comments Off
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The latest installation at Materials & Applications is La Cage Aux Folles, a steel “cage” designed and built by architect Warren Techentin in collaboration with a largely volunteer team of designers and makers. The cage explores the contortionist possibilities of steel. But it also explores ideas about confinement (gilded birdcages, and prisons) while serving all summer as a very open stage for performance and for play. DnA talked to Warren about a structure that has become a summer gathering place.

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5 Design Things To Do This Week (and Labor Day Weekend)

Posted August 25, 2014 by | Comments Off
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Your week in design events from DnA.

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Deborah Sussman Passes After Long And Vivid Career

Posted August 20, 2014 by | 3 Comments
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Deborah Sussman, environmental designer who created the colorful identity for the Los Angeles 1984 Olympics, has died. She was a woman with style and personality as vivid as her work.

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L.A. Recreational Water Use By the Numbers

Posted August 19, 2014 by | 3 Comments
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Recreational Water Use in L.A., by the numbers.

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L.A. Designer: Howard Cummings and Ellen Mirojnick Create The Look For The Knick

Posted August 19, 2014 by | Comments Off
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Howard Cummings, production designer, and Ellen Mirojnick, costume designer, last worked together on creating Liberace’s glittery world for Behind The Candelabra. Most recently they got down in the muck and marvels of medicine at the turn of the last century, creating the astounding look for Steven Soderbergh’s new show The Knick.
It’s a look that both supports the characters ­­and gives us an enthralling window into …

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Keep Off The Lawn: Griffin Enright Stats Revisited

Posted August 19, 2014 by | Comments Off
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This week’s DnA asked why the Slide The City for downtown Los Angeles has become the target of drought-shaming while millions of gallons go unchallenged on other forms of potable water-based entertainment. The show talked about comparative use of water in LA’s archetypal pleasure places including swimming pools, water parks, golf courses and even restaurants.

But it didn’t get into the other big water-guzzler, the Socal lawn.

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Should the City of 43,123 Swimming Pools Say No to “Slide The City”?

Posted August 19, 2014 by | 2 Comments
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A proposed Slip ‘n’ Slide for one day in downtown promised to be an entertaining urban intervention. But it has brought on howls of drought-shaming — even as millions of gallons are poured on water parks, swimming pools and other water-based leisure activities in Los Angeles. Should we be careful of environmental moralizing? And in a drier future, where will we go to cool off?
That’s …

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5 Design Things To Do This Week

Posted August 18, 2014 by | 1 Comment
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Your week in design events from DnA.

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6 Southern California Schools with Fascinating Design Stories

Posted August 13, 2014 by | Comments Off
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Retrofits, a Neutra school by the sea, and a building designed by blindfold-wearing architects are among some of Socal’s fascinating campuses.

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L.A. Designer: Chava Danielson Transforms Welton Becket Building into School

Posted August 13, 2014 by | 1 Comment
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A new L.A. school occupies a retrofitted midcentury Welton Becket building.

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