Photo: Ana Serrano's "Cartonlandia" (2007) at CAFAM's exhibition The US-Mexico Border: Place, Imagination, and Possibility (Avishay Artsy)
FROM THIS EPISODE
Workers install a "smart node" on Wilshire Boulevard. It's part of a
pilot project led by the City of LA's Bureau of Street Services.
Photo by Avishay Artsy
There's an experiment going on in Los Angeles right now - to replace streetlights with multi-functional "smart nodes" that are part of a networked system of city infrastructure.
DnA happened upon the installation of a "smart node" on Wilshire Boulevard, designed by Australian lighting company Ene-hub. It's a slender, slate grey, segmented pole. Inside several of these sections is electronic equipment.
Once online, this pole has the capacity to offer a menu of options: 4G and 5G network capacity, Wi-Fi, smart controlled LED lighting, electric vehicle car charging, public address speakers, help points, USB charging ports, LED lighting. "And then there's spare capacity because technology is evolving very quickly over time," said Ene-hub director Robert Matchett.
Ed Ebrahimian, director of the city of LA's Bureau of Street Lighting
Photo by Frances Anderton
The company is working alongside Ed Ebrahimian, director of the city of LA's Bureau of Street Lighting. He sees many prospects for the "smart node" besides lighting.
"We can have sensors installed on street lighting poles, like CO2 sensors, like temperature, or even gunshot detection sensors. We can have cameras, we can stream video. So, sky's the limit, frankly," Ebrahimian said.
And what happens to LA's streetlights? The Smart Node is a test of what might be a replacement for all of the city streetlights, and as the technology evolves, Ebrahimian predicts the LED lighting will get warmer.
"The Wall: A Border Game" by Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello,
at CAFAM's exhibition "The US-Mexico Border: Place, Imagination, and Possibility."
Photo by Avishay Artsy
Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA is the mammoth presentation of Latino and Latino American art and design. It was recently described by the New York Times as "A Head-Spinning, Hope-Inspiring Showcase of Art." "In Latin American Los Angeles," they wrote, "bridges soar, walls fall."
One of the shows that is particularly timely, in view of DACA and President's Trump's plans for a new border wall, is the show at the Craft and Folk Art Museum, or CAFAM, The US-Mexico Border: Place, Imagination, and Possibility.
There, curators have assembled an eclectic display of art, craft and architectural designs, by Ana Serrano, Tanya Aguiñiga, Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello, Guillermo Bert and many others, that grapple with the border in very different ways.
The border is "a place where two countries overlap… For other people it's been a wound, a separation... And for some artists it's been a way of looking at this area and trying to come up with a creative solution for how we live in a situation that's created by the border," said CAFAM's executive director, Suzanne Isken.
Pacific Standard Time spotlights the arts and crafts made along the US-Mexico border
'Pacific Standard Time LA/LA:' artists without borders
A head-spinning, hope-inspiring showcase of art
For artists, the US-Mexico border is fertile territory
Lovell Moore, the "Crenshaw Cowboy," on board one of his sculptures.
Photo by Gideon Brower
A Los Angeles street artist named Lovell Moore, known as the "Crenshaw Cowboy," has been entertaining thousands of motorists with his trash sculptures, dance moves and motivational signs for years.
But earlier this month, he disappeared along with his sculptures from his usual spot on the 10 freeway on-ramp at Crenshaw Boulevard.
Neither the Los Angeles Police Department, the Sanitation Department nor Caltrans will take responsibility for removing his work. And now he is back on the freeway on-ramp, at least for a while.
Independent producer Gideon Brower has been following the ups and downs of Moore's creative life.
More From Design and Architecture
Cities finalize bids for Amazon's HQ2 Thursday is the deadline for cities near and far to submit bids to internet superstore Amazon for its second global headquarters. Amazon says its new HQ2 will be an economic engine for any city, generating around 50,000 jobs. That has cities in Southern California, including Los Angeles, San Diego, Irvine and Santa Ana licking their chops and offering up incentives in an effort to score the headquarters.
How Amazon changed Seattle, Lawrence Halprin The deadline is this week for cities to bid to host Amazon's second headquarters, or HQ2. What can Seattle teach those cities about becoming Amazon's company town? And the late landscape architect Lawrence Halprin saw gardens through the lens of dance. Los Angeles right now is paying tribute to the visionary designer of modernist parks and plazas.
Can a linkage fee solve LA's housing woes? It's now up to the full, LA City Council to decide whether or not to add an additional fee on developers looking to build in the city. It's being called a “linkage fee” and the hope is that it will bring in as much as $90 million a year to help build more affordable housing. A council committee signed off on the idea this week.
Guns and Hollywood, Institute of Mentalphysics You might think Hollywood and the NRA are at opposite ends of the political spectrum. But recent mass shootings have brought renewed focus to the glamorization of guns in the movies. And a music festival in Joshua Tree this weekend takes place in a setting known for its spiritual qualities as well as its architecture. We hear about the Institute of Mentalphysics.
LATEST BLOG POSTS
Halprin’s reimagining of urban parks on display throughout LA During the era of urban renewal, construction of the interstate highway system and suburban flight, Lawrence Halprin wanted to breathe new life into cities. His landscapes were meant to suggest the rugged wilderness of nature. Read More
5 design things to do this week This week, you can support shelters for homeless cats; get inspired to (re)decorate at WestEdge Design Fair; see an epic Persian story brought to life; check out street art on furniture; and explore LA’s lost cemeteries. Read More
Beverly Willis, plucky advocate for women architects, to be honored in Monterey The architect Beverly Willis, at 89, is about to receive a lifetime achievement award from the American Institute of Architects, California Council. Her confidence and resilience comes from an adventure-filled life that included time spent in an orphanage; crash-landing a plane at 15; and running her own firm at a time when the profession was almost exclusively male. Read More