Photo: DnA’s Frances Anderton descends LA’s Skyslide at the US Bank Tower. (Sean Dellorco)
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There’s a new attraction in downtown LA that has everyone talking: the Skyslide. The outdoor glass slide, part of OUE Skyspace LA, allows riders to slide from the 70th floor of the city’s iconic US Bank Tower, once the tallest building in the world. It’s part of an effort to reinvigorate the financial district. DnA braved a ride down the slide and asked the building’s original architect, Henry Cobb, what he thought of the addition.
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At the northeast corner of Echo Park Lake, Materials & Applications – a non-profit that focuses on experimental and alternative architecture – has set up a mini-golf course called TURF. Each of TURF’s nine putting challenges – from wind turbines to rubber waterbeds – is inspired by the real-life urban design challenges that come with Los Angeles’ terrain and territory.
Bottom-up, interventionist approaches to citymaking are having a moment. The 2016 global Architecture Biennale in Venice, Italy, showcased many projects with this sensibility. Among them was an adventure playground designed by the Turner Prize-winning British collective Assemble, in collaboration with a community in Scotland. DnA spoke with Luis Schulz and Maria Lisogorskaya, two members of Assemble, about their work and why they were on a scouting mission in LA.
New Statesman: Meeting the Young Architects Who Are Shortlisted for the Turner Prize
The Guardian: Turner Prize Winners Assemble: ‘Art? We’re More Interested in Plumbing’
Watch a video of Maria Lisogorskaya discussing Assemble at a 5x15 event
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