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.
Once More, With Feeling: Stephen Prina's History Paintings
Once More, With Feeling: Stephen Prina's History Paintings
At LACMA, Stephen Prina displays 28 hot pink plywood replicas of built-ins that legendary architect R.M.Schindler originally designed for two custom homes in L.A.
The Architecture of Enlightenment: Pema Namdol Thaye
The Architecture of Enlightenment: Pema Namdol Thaye
Here in Southern California, Tibetan artist Pema Namdol Thaye is translating a two-dimensional image of a mandala into a three-dimensional temple building to be built in Sikkim, India.
Los Angeles: A City of Houses
Los Angeles: A City of Houses
In other cities, the civic and commercial structures tell the story of modernism, but in L.A., it's the residences. Here, the domestic sphere is the source of such cultural change.
In Memory of Patrick McGrew, 1941-2013
In Memory of Patrick McGrew, 1941-2013
Artbound contributor Patrick McGrew passed away last week.
Artbound 2012: Best of Architecture/Design
Artbound 2012: Best of Architecture/Design
We selected the best 2012 articles and videos from the category: Architecture/ Design.
Architectural Drawings Reveal Roots of 'California Modern'
Architectural Drawings Reveal Roots of 'California Modern'
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.
Coastal Modern: Architect Mark Mills
Coastal Modern: Architect Mark Mills
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.
Ranch Home Allure: The Dazzling Watercolors of Chris Choate
Ranch Home Allure: The Dazzling Watercolors of Chris Choate
For the first installment of Artbound's new series, From the Archives, USC Librarian Ruth Wallach examines architect Chris Choate's watercolor renderings of his collaborator Cliff May's ranch homes.
Flipping Krisels: Historic Preservation for Fun and Profit
Flipping Krisels: Historic Preservation for Fun and Profit
In Palm Springs, the financing of preservation projects is still borne primarily by private investors - individuals wise enough to see how an investment in integrity can also turn a profit.
Frank Gehry, Closet Classicist
Frank Gehry, Closet Classicist
Frances Anderton suggests Frank Gehry's humanistic approach to architecture has roots in classicism. The author sits down with the renowned architect to talk about this dimension to his work.
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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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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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Visual Arts

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


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