SCI-Arc in Mexico City, Identity in Design President Trump may diss Mexico but designers and architects are flocking there. Now SCI-Arc has set up a satellite school in the capital and LA is learning from Mexico City. And, the buzz is starting for “Crazy Rich Asians.” Nelson Coates talks about the “unbelievable unabashed joy” of working as production designer on the movie and the role of identity in design below the line.
Will SB 827 smash local control?, Boyle Heights artists A proposed state law could radically change California’s residential neighborhoods. Supporters hope the bill will create much-needed housing in the state’s growing cities. Critics say it will ruin their communities. And, Boyle Heights art galleries have been the target of an anti-gentrification campaign by artist-activists. One gallery owner offers to shut down to symbolically “acknowledge their practice.”
The challenge of building new housing in density-resistant Los Angeles A has a massive housing problem. There are a number of initiatives to resolve the homeless crisis and the creation of more affordable housing. But, do any of these solve the basic problem in LA, which is resistance to the construction of new housing?
Zuckerberg Testifies, House of Dust, Bombay Beach Biennale Facebook has tweaked its design to give users clearer control over their information. Can these changes help the social media giant become “friends” again with its users? The Bombay Beach Biennale has come to the Salton Sea. How do the locals feel about the influx of art and opera? And CalArts marks the 50th anniversary of the “House of Dust,” a house inspired by a computer-generated poem.
Driverless Cars, LA’s Chief Design Officer California is beginning to allow the testing of self-driving cars with no humans at the wheel. Critics say the technology is not ready for the roads, but supporters say autonomous vehicles will make streets safer. And Christopher Hawthorne is leaving his post as the Los Angeles Times’ architecture critic to take up a new job as the city of LA's first-ever Chief Design Officer. What does that job entail exactly?
Self-driving cars move forward, with roadblocks As Uber investigates last week’s fatal crash in Tempe, Arizona involving a self-driving car, the company has decided to pull its application to test self-driving cars on California streets. What does this mean for California's plans to continue testing autonomous vehicles?
Bridges and Walls: The Fourth Border The final episode of DnA’s Bridges and Walls examines the “4th Border,” the Southland’s seashore. Undersea cables are being laid to connect LA virtually to the Pacific Rim and the rest of the world. But why do so many land in Hermosa Beach? What are we giving away in return for these connections? And how about using the ocean as an alternate route for traffic-weary Angeleno commuters? We'll find out what it would take to ferry passengers between the beach towns.
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5 design things to do this week See art and design by Angeleno talents at the Schindler House and Barnsdall Art Park; go to a SCI-Arc gala (honoring Frances Anderton, supporting students); see rare 19th century drawings of planets at the Huntington Library; dream up architecture in the virtual world at UCLA; and shop for vintage pieces at Modernica’s Downtown Modernism sale. Read More
Boyle Heights gallery MaRS offers protesters “symbolic and actual” closure Boyle Heights art galleries have been the target of an anti-gentrification campaign by artist-activists. One gallery owner has offered to shut down, saying he has begun to “unpack the symbolism of the white cube.” Read More
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