It Wasn't All Bad: Bright Spots in LA in 2010
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2010 was hard on the design and construction industry in LA. But at the end of a difficult year, DnA looks at the upside and finds the place with "no there there" uniting around a quest for community. Los Angeles design experts share their favorite projects; Maureen Sullivan, Lisa Watson and residents discuss design by women for women at the Downtown Women’s Center; and designer Raul Rodriguez, manager Robert Cash and others discuss the collective design spirit that animates the Rose Parade.
Banner image: City of Torrance float, designed by Raul Rodriguez, before flowers are added
Bright Spots in a Bad Year ()
Even if 2010 was tough on the design and construction industry in LA there were still some—even surprising—bright spots. DnA asked some design and architecture experts to offer their choice of the best thing to happen to the built environment in the past year, and found that creating community was a dominant theme. Hear Juan Devis, Christopher Hawthorne, Linda Dishman, Sam Lubell, Rochelle Mills, Guy Horton and Katherine Perez on such highlights as connecting neighborhoods with the Expo Line, taking back the streets with CicLAvia and bringing fine architecture to Skid Row.
- Rochelle Mills: Director of Mills Studio and founder of Architours
- Sam Lubell: California Editor, The Architect's Newspaper
- Juan Devis: Director of Production, KCET New Media, @jdevis
- Katherine Aguilar Perez: Executive Director, Urban Land Institute Los Angeles
- Christopher Hawthorne: Architecture Critic, Los Angeles Times, @hawthorneLAT
- Linda Dishman: Executive Director of the Los Angeles Conservancy
- Guy Horton: Architecture Critic, Huffington Post, @GuyHorton
Designing Women at the Downtown Women's Center ()
Women are the fastest growing homeless population in the country. So the Downtown Women's Center has opened a new complex that includes permanent residences, a day center, as well as a store and café, on Skid Row. The architect Maureen Sullivan, of Pica + Sullivan Architects, DWC executive director Lisa Watson and DWC residents talk about the healing power of good design—by women, for women.
Downtown Women's Center
The Passion Behind the Rose Parade ()
The Rose Parade has been rolling through the streets of Pasadena for an astounding 122 years. But rather than wither under the onslaught of competing entertainments, it has bloomed into a massive event, uniting thousands of designers and volunteers in the annual creation of the floats. DnA talks to veteran float designer Raul Rodriguez, his manager Robert Cash, floral director Jim Hynd and others about the passionate commitment and collective design process behind the New Year’s Day floral spectacle.
Discover float, designed by Raul Rodriguez, before flowers are added
Volunteers at work on Fiesta Parade Floats
City of Torrance float, designed by Raul Rodriguez, before flowers are added
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