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2014 Flashback: Architecture

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Design has moved in tandem with architecture, marrying form and function in objects that have defied expectations of traditionalists. Today, we look back at five of 2014's featured articles about architecture. On New Year's Day at 1 PM PST on KCET-TV, we will be airing a three-hour Artbound Marathon which will feature a mash up of our episodes from this year. We hope you enjoy catching up on all the artistic discussions and activities that pervaded arts and culture in 2014.


Of Earth and Domes: Hesperia's Cal-Earth Sustainable Architecture

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The California Institute of Earth Architecture hopes their Superadobe construction technique may be applied to more traditional contemporary homes found throughout SoCal suburbs.


A Brief History of Los Angeles' Tallest Buildings

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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.


Good Design Is for Everyone: The Evolution of Low-Income Housing in L.A.

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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?


Bethlehem Baptist Church: A Schindler Saved

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The Bethlehem Baptist Church, an African American congregation, is the only church designed by celebrated architect Rudolph Schindler.


The Wedge: Cal Poly Students Redesign the Cabin

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At Cal Poly Pomona, students designed prototypes for affordable cabins to increase the popularity of camping in state parks, which have seen a decline in visitors and funding.

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Carla Jay Harris "Sphinx," 2019. Archival pigment print. Two panels, 40 x 30 in. each. The work features a beautiful Black woman wearing a dark blue dress kneeling down in a golden meadow under a starry sky and bright orange sun. | Courtesy the artist

Now More Than Ever: The Need for Alternative Cultural Spaces

Learn more about the spaces filling the holes left behind by the historically white-centric L.A. art world.
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Stretching Out into the Community: Five Key Watts Artists Who Helped Shape American Art

Meet the core artists who were the vanguards of the West Coast edition of the Black Arts Movement: Betye Saar, Noah Purifoy, John Outterbridge and Jayne Cortez.
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As If I was Carrying a Gun: Art and Surveillance in 1960s Watts

An arts movement emerged in ‘60s Watts. In response, federal and local law enforcement enacted counterinsurgency programs that infiltrated and co-opted Black arts and culture institutions and surveilled and targeted activists, artists and community member