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.
Nitt Witt Ridge: Cambria's Folk Art Hearst Castle
Nitt Witt Ridge: Cambria's Folk Art Hearst Castle
Arthur Harold Beal spent more than fifty years transforming his homestead into a wild, whimsical folk art environment unlike anything seen on the Central Coast before.
Best of Southern California Architecture & Design
Best of Southern California Architecture & Design
We selected the best articles on Southern California architecture & design from Artbound's second season.
The Contested Fate of Santa Monica's 'Chain Reaction'
The Contested Fate of Santa Monica's 'Chain Reaction'
The Santa Monica sculpture "Chain Reaction," created by longtime L.A. Times political cartoonist Paul Conrad, is threatened by the city's budget deficits.
Santa Barbara's Chromatic Gate Restored
Santa Barbara's Chromatic Gate Restored
Santa Barbara celebrates the restoration of the large rainbow-colored sculpture dedicated to the artists of the town.
Ted Tokio Tanaka: Meeting Architectural Challenges with a Global Vision
Ted Tokio Tanaka: Meeting Architectural Challenges with a Global Vision
Architect Ted Tanaka has built an elegant legacy in concrete, steel, and glass that has greatly enriched Los Angeles, Japan, and beyond.
Architectural Sculpture: Bruce Nauman's 'Untitled (Equilateral Triangle)'
Architectural Sculpture: Bruce Nauman's 'Untitled (Equilateral Triangle)'
The proximity of Bruce Nauman's sixteen-foot-high outdoor object to the Rudolph Schindler House asks the viewer to recalibrate their understanding of both architecture and art production.
The Aesthetics of Ikea-fying Los Angeles
The Aesthetics of Ikea-fying Los Angeles
Neighborhood change is incremental until it isn't. In a city as diffuse as Los Angeles, it can be hard to spot, unless you know the signposts to look for.
Beyond 3-D Fashion and the Ace Hotel: The Future Couture of Michael Schmidt
Beyond 3-D Fashion and the Ace Hotel: The Future Couture of Michael Schmidt
Designer Michael Schmidt, who has designed elaborate tour costumes for Lady Gaga and Rhianna, debuted the world's first fully articulated 3D printed dress.
Frederick Fisher: L.A.'s Maverick Architect
Frederick Fisher: L.A.'s Maverick Architect
Frederick Fisher takes a practical approach to architecture, a restraint that belies his early years working alongside Frank Gehry's expanding architectural vocabulary and flourishing fame.
Eclectic Revisited: Preserving Venice's Architectural Context
Eclectic Revisited: Preserving Venice's Architectural Context
The Los Angeles Conservancy leads tours of Venice's more eclectic buildings to advocate for the preservation of historic L.A. structures.
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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.

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Film & Media Arts

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

icon, Literature discipline

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.

icon, Performance discipline

Performance

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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