Artbound 2012: Best of Architecture/Design


Over our first season, we published hundreds of articles, produced twenty-two short documentaries, and aired three hour-long television episodes. We traversed the cultural landscapes sprawling across our state from the metropolises to the towns, between the coast and the desert, across the border, and into the mountains. On New Year's Day, we will be airing a three-hour Artbound Marathon which will feature all of our episodes mashed up into one explosion of Southern California arts and culture. But for the next few days, we will be reliving some of the most read articles by our contributors, breaking down the most popular articles by county and discipline. We hope you enjoy catching up on all the artistic discussions and activities that make California the creative capital of the world!

The Hidden History of the Kaufmann House

View from poolside. | Photo: Patrick McGrew.

Arguably the most famous home in Palm Springs, the Kaufmann desert house is a masterpiece -- a structure of unexcelled modernism and sophistication that continues to serve as a model of its type, style, and period.

Coastal Modern: Architect Mark Mills

Hass House, Mark Mills Architect, Carmel, 1969. | Mark Mills Papers, Special Collections, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

Designing primarily along California's Big Sur Coast, Mark Mills was an experimental architect of structures of an organic quality with emphasis on modern elegance that was informed by the building sites' natural landscape.

Architectural Drawings Reveal Roots of 'California Modern'

Four unit apartment house project by Carl Louis Maston, n.d. | Courtesy of the USC Libraries' Helen Topping Architecture and Fine Arts Library.

Ruth Wallach examines hand-drawn sketches of mid-20th century Modern architecture in Southern California, an art form preserved in the archives of the Helen Topping Architecture and Fine Arts Library at USC.

Women of Substance: Julia Morgan And L.A.'s Female Architects

The Annenberg Beach House in Santa Monica, with new architecture by Frederick Fisher and Partners, landscape design by Mia Lehrer and Associates, and historic swimming pool, by Julia Morgan.

Frances Anderton discusses the female voice in architecture and the legacy of pioneering architect Julia Morgan.

Destructing Modernism: Will Palm Springs School District Tear Down a Wexler Building?

Palm Springs High School Administration Building (1957, Wexler & Harrison).

Palm Springs School Board vs. Modernism. Will the demolition of a modernist building by architect Don Wexler erase history?

Weekly Video Vote Winners from the Architecture/ Design Discipline

With your help, our editorial team reviewed and rated the most compelling weekly articles. One of these articles was passed along to our video production unit, who produced a short-format documentary based on the selected story. Every week, a new video debuted online. And every other month, we compiled the best online material to create a broadcast television episode. Check out all the 2012 head-to-head matches on our vote page.

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Architecture/ Design

California becomes an international export by redefining the concept of city and home.

icon, Community Arts discipline

Community Arts

Through workshops, education and placed based projects, art is the connective tissue of a community.

icon, Cultural Politics discipline

Cultural Politics

Funding bubbles, cultural deserts and the politics of access to the arts in the 21st century.

icon, Film & Media Arts discipline

Film & Media Arts

At the shadow of the entertainment industry, video artists and underground filmmakers take a stand.

icon, Literature discipline


Noir, sunshine and dystopia create a multi-ethnic narrative that is read, watched and admired around the globe.

icon, Multi-Disciplinary discipline


Multi-hyphenate works that combine disciplines, remix dogmas, and reinvent the wheel.

icon, Music discipline


A dialogue between cultures, the music of our state serves up the California dream like no other artform.

icon, Performance discipline


Staging the drama of California through dance, music and theater.

icon, Visual Arts discipline

Visual Arts

Breaking away from the European and New York vanguard, California reinvents the art world.

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