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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Morphosis designs OCMA, is childhood overdesigned? Orange County Museum of Art gets new a museum designed by Morphosis Architects, and it tips its hat at Richard Serra’s “Connector.” Will it bring urban life to suburban Costa Mesa? And design critic Alexandra Lange explores “good” toys and playgrounds and wonders if children would be just as free and creative if left to play with a cardboard box.
Orange County Museum of Art gets a Morphosis-designed home The Orange County Museum of Art closes this weekend. But not forever. After 41 years in Newport Beach, it’s moving to its new permanent home in Costa Mesa. And one of LA’s best-known architects, Thom Mayne and his firm Morphosis, has designed it.
Big dreams for North Korea, Santa Monica takes on e-scooters A historic summit between President Trump and Kim Jong-un raises hopes among Korean-Americans. Could brothers and sisters reconnect? Could technology and infrastructure in the hermit kingdom make a great leap forward? And Santa Monica considers a pilot program for dockless e-scooters, as competition heats up between rival companies. Will it limit a popular, clean, first mile last mile solution -- or contain a public nuisance?
Celebrating LA’s “crazy, weird” design community Starting Thursday, LA’s design community will congregate at the four-day Los Angeles Design Festival (LADF), an annual celebration that celebrates our city’s rich design culture. It includes four days of conversations, studio tours, design shows, and parties all centered at ROW DTLA in downtown LA’s industrial district.
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