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In ‘Transparent’ the Characters and Houses Have Complex Identities

Posted October 21, 2014 by | 1 Comment

Warning, Spoilers below!
The new dramatic comedy series Transparent from Amazon Studios written and directed by Jill Soloway has received widespread acclaim for its portrayal of Maura Pfefferman (Jeffrey Tambor), a transgender woman, as she comes out to her family and grapples with the aftermath of her revelation. The show is largely about coming to terms with one’s identity, one that is both new and familiar at …

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Los Angeles Plays Itself in Michael Connelly’s Bosch

Posted October 21, 2014 by | Comments Off
Titus Welliver as Bosch

LAPD robbery-homicide detective Hieronymous (Harry) Bosch has been fighting the good fight on the streets of Los Angeles for 20 years — in the pages of Michael Connelly’s bestselling mystery novels.

Now he’s coming alive, played by Titus Welliver (left), in an Amazon TV production to stream next year. And so is the LA that he inhabits.

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DnA On The Road: “Making LA”, DIEM; Guerilla Architecture at the MAK Center

Posted October 21, 2014 by | 1 Comment
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Making LA (Friday, November 7)
The urban form of Los Angeles has long fascinated artists and architects, social critics and planners.
Often the very people who love it, or at least are intrigued by it, also want to improve it (I love you, you’re beautiful, now change!).
Among those is deLaB, aka Design East of La Brea, the nonprofit helmed by Alissa Walker (in middle of photo above, with child), …

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5 Design Things To Do This Week

Posted October 20, 2014 by | Comments Off
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Your week in design events from DnA.

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L.A. Designer: Alex McDowell and Students “World-Build” New Island City

Posted October 15, 2014 by | Comments Off
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Production designer and teacher Alex McDowell has been working with students, architects, movie and game designers and many others on the creation of an island city named Rilao, a fantastical hybrid of Rio de Janeiro and Los Angeles. What would an LA/Rio fusion look and sound like? What is the point of the project?

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5 Design Things To Do This Week

Posted October 13, 2014 by | Comments Off
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Your week in design events from DnA.

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Los Angeles, The City, Has 3.5 Stars on Yelp

Posted October 9, 2014 by | 1 Comment
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“Your Souls, Like Your City, Are 95% Concrete”
Los Angeles is a city that rarely gets lukewarm reception. People love it or they hate it, and there’s perhaps no place where this is more evident than on the City of Los Angeles’s Yelp page. Yes, apparently entire cities, like your local coffee shop, or the Italian place down the street can be summed up and picked apart by a …

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NYC Subway Standards Reissue Sets High Standard for Kickstarter Campaigns

Posted October 9, 2014 by | Comments Off
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A Kickstarter Campaign reissues NYC’s iconic Transit Authority Graphics Standards Manual.

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L.A. Designer: LA2050′s Tara Roth Talks about Crowdsourcing Civic Improvement

Posted October 8, 2014 by | 2 Comments
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DnA spoke with the president of the Goldhirsh Foundation about crowdsourcing ideas for improving L.A.

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Software, Skyscrapers and Goodbye to Stumpy Towers in L.A.

Posted October 7, 2014 by | Comments Off

The city of Los Angeles has just cast out an old rule that mandated that skyscrapers have helipads on their roofs. Dating back to 1974, the rule had produced very few rooftop rescues and a skyline of “flat topped” stumpy towers (as in photo above by Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times.)
Does ending that rule means the shackles are off for developers and designers wanting …

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