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.
Five Southern California Architecture Projects
Five Southern California Architecture Projects
We've compiled some of our most compelling articles from the first half of 2015 by theme. Today, we consider architecture.
The Art of Preserving: Florencio Blanquel's Handcrafted Furniture
The Art of Preserving: Florencio Blanquel's Handcrafted Furniture
The making and selling of handcrafted artisanal furniture can be considered a dying trade in today's demanding economic climate that has grown accustomed to the Ikea concept of mass produced furniture. Woodworker Florencio Blanquel challenges this idea by continuing the tradition of constructing handcrafted rustic Mexican colonial wood furniture.
Blackbirds: Barbara Bestor's Housing Experiment Lands in Echo Park
Blackbirds: Barbara Bestor's Housing Experiment Lands in Echo Park
Seventy years after the Case Study House Program, community development project Blackbirds is a contemporary experiment in creating new definitions of housing. Built on the site of five former single-family residence parcels, the complex is comprised of nine structures that contain 18 independent homes.
The Dry Landscapes of Zen Temples Meet California's Drought
The Dry Landscapes of Zen Temples Meet California's Drought
The Japanese dry landscape tradition goes back over a thousand years. Though not originally designed in Japan to save water, drought-friendly gardens may have a role to play in helping to meet the long-term needs of California's increasingly dry state.
Hand-Stitched: The Art of Chris Francis' Shoes
Hand-Stitched: The Art of Chris Francis' Shoes
Chris Francis' one-of-a-kind shoes are both art and fashion. For the designer, it's the process of creation that's the most fascinating part about his practice.
Decomposing the Grid: Andrea Zittel's Designs for Artful Living
Decomposing the Grid: Andrea Zittel's Designs for Artful Living
Andrea Zittel's "Wagon Stations," nestled in the rocky outcrops of Joshua Tree, are experimental structures designed as micro housing units for an individual human.
Subtle Commemoration: Pasadena's Armenian Genocide Memorial
Subtle Commemoration: Pasadena's Armenian Genocide Memorial
A new memorial will be unveiled at Pasadena's Memorial Park on April 24, marking the 100-year anniversary of the Armenian genocide.
Talking Back at Architecture: The Work of Zinny and Maidagan
Talking Back at Architecture: The Work of Zinny and Maidagan
Artists Dolores Zinny and Juan Maidagan challenging traditional notions of exhibition space through their site-specific large-scale installations.
Jon Jerde: Tracing His Legacy and Magic in Plaza Mexico
Jon Jerde: Tracing His Legacy and Magic in Plaza Mexico
Jon Jerde designed authentic social engagement within a constructed, highly curated environment.
Why Urban Planners Should Work With Artists
Why Urban Planners Should Work With Artists
Artists can be instrumental to transforming urban planning on L.A.'s Eastside.
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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-hyphenate works that combine disciplines, remix dogmas, and reinvent the wheel.

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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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