FROM Linda Dishman
Neutra's Silver Lake house named a national historic landmark A corner of the Neutra VDL Studio and Residences in Silver Lake Photo by David Hartwell Pioneering architect Richard Neutra's VDL Studio and Residences in Silver Lake have been added to the list of national historic landmarks. This past Sunday a crowd of supporters gathered at the house for a celebration. The home's owner, Cal Poly Pomona Foundation, shepherded the application. It got help in DC from Los Angeles Congressman Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee. He takes time out from investigating the Trump-Russia connection to talk about the pleasures of architecture and the importance of art in challenging times.
L.A.’s Historic Preservation Casualties Norms Restaurant on LaCienega Boulevard has stood as an increasingly rare example of space-age Googie architecture since 1956. But maybe no more. Last week, L.A.’s Department of Building and Safety gave the diner’s owners permission to raze it. This same week, we found out that sci-fi author Ray Bradbury’s home in Cheviot Hills, where he lived for more than 50 years, has been knocked down by new owner and celebrity architect Thom Mayne. Why isn’t L.A. more stringent about preserving its iconic buildings?
Bright Spots in a Bad Year Even if 2010 was tough on the design and construction industry in LA there were still some—even surprising—bright spots. DnA asked some design and architecture experts to offer their choice of the best thing to happen to the built environment in the past year, and found that creating community was a dominant theme. Hear Juan Devis, Christopher Hawthorne, Linda Dishman, Sam Lubell, Rochelle Mills, Guy Horton and Katherine Perez on such highlights as connecting neighborhoods with the Expo Line , taking back the streets with CicLAvia and bringing fine architecture to Skid Row .
Preserving the White House of the West Today, the National Trust for Historic Preservation put the Century Plaza Hotel on the list of America's eleven most endangered historic places . But the current owner wants to tear it down and replace it. Linda Dishman is Executive Director of the Los Angeles Conservancy .
Why did Jared Kushner want a back channel with Russians? News broke Friday that President Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner, tried setting up a back channel between the Trump transition team and the Russian government. What are the consequences for Kushner, President Trump, and the investigation into Russian meddling?
George Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo (Part I) Lincoln in the Bardo dramatizes a grieving President Lincoln as he visits the grave of his beloved son Willie, who died at age eleven. In the novel, the buried dead believe they're not dead -- "they're sick and refer to their coffins as "sick boxes."
Farewell LA freeways, Peter Shire is back Angelenos don't want more freeways but we seem not to want mass transit either. Metro has killed the 710 freeway extension, and bus and train ridership is down across the region. What's the future of getting around in LA? And, Peter Shire is having a comeback. What attracts a new generation to his playful ceramics and furniture?