FROM Peter Zellner
Herzog & de Meuron in the Arts District; OMA in Santa Monica At the intersection of Alameda and 6th Streets in the Arts District, the Irvine-based developer SunCal has plans for a combination of office, live-work and retail space, on a site the size of 11 football fields. The Swiss architecture firm of Herzog & de Meuron is proposing an alternative to car-centric LA -- a high and low-rise combination of work, home and shopping. Meanwhile, in Santa Monica OMA has designed a hotel, residential and office complex for a "superblock" at 4th and Arizona. Will these projects take LA into the future or meet resistance to their height and density?
Surveillance Anxiety Over the past two weeks, the US Justice Department and Apple have been locked in a battle over whether the computer giant will help the FBI's investigation into the San Bernardino terrorist attack by writing software to defeat encryption technology in an iPhone used by one of the shooters. This debate reveals the public's conflicted feelings over government surveillance, and their trust in Apple as a brand, says branding expert Sasha Strauss. Surveillance has been built into the fabric of our cities for centuries, says architect Peter Zellner. And it's played a major role in science fiction, says pop culture aficionado Eric J. Lawrence.
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?