FROM Ricky Burdett
The Only Way Is Up: The Venice Biennale and Vertical Living The Venice Architecture Biennale used to showcase landmarks by star architects. This year the stars of the show were exploding mega-cities, like Los Angeles, São Paolo and Shanghai. Frances Anderton, just back from Venice, talks with director of this year's Biennale about what designers and architects are doing to make life more liveable in the megalopolis. Also, sizing up the fuss over model size and what it means for the fashion design world, how unstoppable population growth and a severe housing shortage have converted LA into a vertical city, and a legendary architectural photographer on his favorite building in Los Angeles.
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?
Securing Public Spaces, Super Wealthy Asians Vehicles are increasingly being used as weapons, as seen in the London Bridge attack over the weekend and in New York’s Times Square last month. The Compton-based company Calpipe is designing security bollards to help make public spaces safer. And novelist Kevin Kwan satirizes the “crazy rich” Asian jet set and their luxurious tastes in his latest book, “Rich People Problems.”
How do Trump supporters feel about the Paris Accord? Globally and around the U.S., there are strong opinions whether or not the Paris Climate Accord is a good idea. The American exit is either a horrifying abdication of American leadership or a forceful and long overdue statement about U.S. sovereignty.