Architecture/ Design
Architecture and Design
California architecture began with indigenous dwellings, mobile and sustainable camps that could change with the seasons. As Spanish settlers brought Continental structures and influences, permanent dwellings and churches speckled the landscape. The Missions gleaned influence from Spain’s haciendas, whose tilework, atria and fountains, originated in the medinas of North Africa. As California shifted hands from Spain to Mexico to the U.S., a polygot style emerged, encompassing Victorian flourishes, Craftsman handiwork, and Mexican rancho aesthetic. Then Modernism exploded. Light-filled boxes landed by the ocean, in the deserts, and atop our mountains. Indoor-outdoor spaces and swimming pools became accoutrements to the suburban experience. Googie diners and drive-ins brought atomic age futurism to strip-malls and subdivisions. Streamline-moderne stranded ship-like buildings in neighborhoods. Design moved in tandem with architecture, marrying form and function in objects that defied expectations of traditionalists. In California, novelty, and sometimes kitch, can drive innovation, and push intangible ideas into the third dimension as a plan and a blueprint becomes the skeleton and skin of structures.
Bethlehem Baptist Church: A Schindler Saved
Bethlehem Baptist Church: A Schindler Saved
The Bethlehem Baptist Church, an African American congregation, is the only church designed by celebrated architect Rudolph Schindler.
No Further West: The Design of Los Angeles Union Station
No Further West: The Design of Los Angeles Union Station
A new exhibition at L.A.'s Central Library features the architectural drawings, sketches and blueprints that expressed the calculated vision of Union Station.
Good Design Is for Everyone: The Evolution of Low-Income Housing in L.A.
Good Design Is for Everyone: The Evolution of Low-Income Housing in L.A.
What would it mean for L.A. to become known for a successful and sustainable network of beautiful housing projects for its most vulnerable citizens?
Paradise Lost: The Portal in California City
Paradise Lost: The Portal in California City
German artist Dennis Rudolph erected The Portal -- a gateway to Heaven or Hell -- in California City, the lost paradise of Los Angeles' future.
Seed to Skillet: Woodbury Architecture Students Build Spaces to Grow
Seed to Skillet: Woodbury Architecture Students Build Spaces to Grow
Woodbury University students are building structures that can be used for the "Seed to Skillet" program, where girls learn how to raise produce and turn it into a meal.
Blurry Boundaries: New Architecture Exhibitions Survey Cross-Disciplinary Practices
Blurry Boundaries: New Architecture Exhibitions Survey Cross-Disciplinary Practices
Three exhibitions on view right now across the southland celebrate experimental design, while making it accessible to a broad audience.
A Brief History of Los Angeles' Tallest Buildings
A Brief History of Los Angeles' Tallest Buildings
In conjunction with artist Kamau Patton's helicopter performance art, Machine Project compiles a history of the tallest buildings throughout the history of Los Angeles.
Of Earth and Domes: Hesperia's Cal-Earth Sustainable Architecture
Of Earth and Domes: Hesperia's Cal-Earth Sustainable Architecture
The California Institute of Earth Architecture hopes their Superadobe construction technique may be applied to more traditional contemporary homes found throughout SoCal suburbs.
Natural Habitat: Moshe Safdie's 'Global Citizen'
Natural Habitat: Moshe Safdie's 'Global Citizen'
The Skirball's "Global Citizen: The Architecture of Moshe Safdie" exhibition delves deep into the work and nearly fifty-year-long career of the Israeli/Canadian architect.
Pivot: Reconceiving Water Scarcity as Design Opportunity
Pivot: Reconceiving Water Scarcity as Design Opportunity
Water scarcity presents a profound challenge and opportunity for designers of the built environment. "Where is it? Let's reuse it" recognizes that maximizing recovery and reuse of rain and stormwater will be central for any city seeking to buffer the effects of climate change.
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Architecture/ Design

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

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Community Arts

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

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Cultural Politics

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

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Film & Media Arts

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

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Literature

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

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Multi-Disciplinary

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

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Music

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

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

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Visual Arts

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


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