Photo: Aaron Axelrod (Nick Tatone)
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It’s the end of an era for the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, which has closed its doors after 57 years. It hosted legendary sports events, political conventions and concerts. Bruce Springsteen nicknamed the venue “the dump that jumps.” It will be demolished to make room for a 22,000-seat soccer stadium for the newly-formed Los Angeles Football Club. DnA got an exclusive tour of the building. And you can bid on the contents of the building, from chairs to signage and locker room furniture.
Brian Grant, Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena and Coliseum
Philip Johnson was one of the most influential American architects of the past century, and so was Frank Lloyd Wright. Even though they were unlike in architectural style, philosophy and age, historian Hugh Howard argues in “Architecture’s Odd Couple” that the two were “frenemies” who bookended 20th century American architecture.
Watch Philip Johnson talk about his “frenemy” in Ken Burns’ documentary “Frank Lloyd Wright”
Architectural Digest’s review of “Architecture’s Odd Couple”
The New York Times’ review of “Architecture’s Odd Couple”
Check out Philip Johnson’s Glass House, now open to the public:
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House drew design inspiration from a flower. Now the house and Barnsdall Art Park are about to get bathed in swirling colors and shapes inspired by a hallucinatory plant: ayahuasca. Artist Aaron Axelrod explains his pop-up installation, “Dark Matter,” which will cover the house and park in projection-mapped video, neon-lit mixed-media art and a painting encrusted with crystals.
The Creators Blog: Art After Psychedelics and a Dose of Loneliness
LA Weekly: Aaron Axelrod’s Music and Painting Performances Light Up Downtown’s Vortex Dome
See drone footage of an Axelrod mural at downtown LA’s City National Plaza
Food trucks in LA are constantly outpacing each other with look and cuisine – but who can top fresh pasta brought to you by an actual Italian prince? Emanuele Filiberto di Savoia, grandson of the last king of Italy, has launched the “Prince of Venice” food truck featuring fresh pasta dishes by LA chef Mirko Paderno. What would Italians think of it?
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Bridges and Walls: Invisible Walls There are walls that impact the communities they contain, but are naked to the eye. On today’s “Bridges and Walls” episode we explore three examples of invisible walls: the boundaries that mark gang territories; zoning codes that divide communities; and the West LA eruv, a ritualistic fence that allows Orthodox Jews to perform certain tasks on Shabbat, the traditional day of rest.
Dying mall Westside Pavilion to have new life as offices It’s happening all over the US -- a phenomenon known as dead mall syndrome. A mix of overbuilding of malls in recent decades coupled with dramatic changes in retail habits has caused the demise of many malls. Some however are getting a new lease of life, as something else. And that’s what’s happening to the Westside Pavilion on Pico at Overland in West LA.
Bridges and Walls: LA River, part 2 The Los Angeles River in downtown is getting new bridges and parks. But with the greening of the river may come “green gentrification.” DnA tours a disused railyard that will be turned into a park, hears about dreams for changes in the Lower LA River and talks to architect Frank Gehry and other stakeholders about LA County’s updated masterplan for the entire 51 miles of flood channel.