FROM Bette Jane Cohen
Bette Jane Cohen remembered Bette Jane Cohen was a fledgling filmmaker and student of architecture at SCI-Arc when she happened to tour a house designed by John Lautner. Cohen realized that both the man and his architecture were extraordinary. Her documentary The Spirit in Architecture: John Lautner helped birth a renaissance in interest in Lautner. On October 19, 2016 Cohen passed. DnA remembers her spirit and her film with this tribute.
The Sheats-Goldstein Residence Last week LACMA announced it has received a big gift - a house in the slopes above Beverly Hills designed by John Lautner. He is the architect who got his start working for Frank Lloyd Wright and went on to design astounding homes that helped seal LA's reputation as a laboratory for experimental houses. The Sheats-Goldstein Residence was built in the early 60's for an artist, Helen Sheats, and her husband Paul, a university professor. It changed hands and was bought by James Goldstein in 1972. He worked with John Lautner to restore and adapt the house. DnA producer Avishay Artsy toured the house last week and met its owner.
Gov. Jerry Brown: California and China will fight climate change together President Donald Trump reportedly wants the U.S. to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, and he’s expected to announce a decision soon. California Governor Jerry Brown heads to China to strengthen climate and clean energy ties.
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.”
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."