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.
Accusations of lying fly between James Comey and White House During his testimony Thursday, former FBI Director James Comey accused President Trump and other White House officials of lying when they said the FBI was in disarray and its staff had lost confidence in him. President Trump’s lawyer said Comey was wrong -- that the president never asked for his loyalty, and never asked him to back off the investigation into former NSA director Michael Flynn.
Shaking up the USDA, 'The Beef Cookbook' and 'Tartine All Day' Peggy Lowe explains why Trump’s pick for USDA Secretary is rattling rural America. Dario Cecchini talks future plans for Chianti ramen, and Richard Turner shares cuts from “PRIME: The Beef Cookbook.” Writer Matthew Sedacca looks at the controversy behind liquid smoke. Jonathan Gold tries Chengdu-style dishes, and Elisabeth Prueitt of Tartine fills us in on the latest. Plus, chef Michael Beckman shares a recipe for cactus confit.
Trump says goodbye Paris Accord: What does it mean for U.S. and the planet? President Donald Trump announced Thursday that the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, the landmark international agreement to limit greenhouse gas emissions. Trump was to renegotiate a new deal, but will that happen?