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.
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.
Pot Shots: Ryan Mungia Rolls Up an Architectural Vernacular of Camouflage
Pot Shots: Ryan Mungia Rolls Up an Architectural Vernacular of Camouflage
Pot Shots seeks to examine an emerging area of study: the architecture of the marijuana industry.
Women of Substance: Julia Morgan And L.A.'s Female Architects
Women of Substance: Julia Morgan And L.A.'s Female Architects
On Sept. 28, the work of contemporary Angeleno women architects will be on display at the Annenberg Beach House. Frances Anderton discusses the female voice in architecture and the legacy of pioneering architect Julia Morgan with some of the show's architects.
Mr. Nolan Builds His Dream House: Palm Springs' Cary Grant House, The Backstory
Mr. Nolan Builds His Dream House: Palm Springs' Cary Grant House, The Backstory
The Palm Springs and L.A. homes of past celebrities reflect personal histories more interesting than those that derive from subsequent tenancies by members of the glitterati.
A California Architect Visits Cuba
A California Architect Visits Cuba
Cuba, a world forcibly divorced from the American mainland, is not a world apart. It is a synthesis of the major design movements of the 20th Century and a rich repository of architectural history awaiting rediscovery by the world at large.
The Polymath Designer, the Salon Keeper, and The Illustrator
The Polymath Designer, the Salon Keeper, and The Illustrator
San Luis Obispo shelters a small enclave of artists and architects who have collaborated on designing their homes for artistic expression and production.
Visual Play: A Conversation With Designer Brent Rollins
Visual Play: A Conversation With Designer Brent Rollins
L.A. native Brent Rollins sits down with Oliver Wang to discuss his work as the art director of the lauded underground music magazine ego trip, his album cover designs for Spank Rock, Black Star, and Blackalicious, and his logos for Boyz N' The Hood and Mo' Better Blues.
Considering CityWalk: A Brief History of the Mall and Artificial Neighborhoods
Considering CityWalk: A Brief History of the Mall and Artificial Neighborhoods
Think LA's Citywalk is an amusement park or an "idealized reality" of city living? Oliver Wang investigates the forced perspective of one of LA's most perplexing attractions
The Hidden History of the Kaufmann House
The Hidden History of the Kaufmann House
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.
The Hidden History of the Riverside's Center for Social Justice & Civil Liberties
The Hidden History of the Riverside's Center for Social Justice & Civil Liberties
The Center for Social Justice & Civil Liberties in downtown Riverside is a happy accident. It came about in a serendipitous confluence of timing, buried treasure and an abiding respect for history.
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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

Literature

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

icon, Multi-Disciplinary discipline

Multi-Disciplinary

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

icon, Music discipline

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.

icon, Visual Arts discipline

Visual Arts

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


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