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    Farm Urbana in Downtown LA

    Sunday, September 21, 2014

    Farm Urbana in Downtown LA is an embryonic installation of what may become a standard feature on urban rooftops. Two professors of information technology from UCI visit it to find out how the merging of technologies may help to make life sustainable.

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    On the Making of the Wallis Annenberg

    Sunday, December 29, 2013

    Something is changing in LA’s architecture trends, something that may signal a new approach to design responsibility. The change is marked by the new Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, called “The Wallis.” Designed by architect Zoltan Pali of Studio Pali Fekete Architects, it was inaugurated with a gala party on October 17, 2013. It is design with good bones and a sensitive rationality and it is relevant for three reasons: 1. its setting in dialogue with the existing urban context; 2. the symbiosis created between an historic landmark and a new building; and 3. the contemporary art language used for its expression.

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    Youthful Sustainability

    Saturday, October 19, 2013

    An interdisciplinary students’ competition, “Solar Decathlon,” for the design of sustainable dwelling units. It is sponsored every two years by the U.S. Department of Energy. In the last one, twenty finalist groups built their version of solar-powered houses that were expected to be cost effective, energy-efficient and attractive. The results were shown in Southern California during the first two weekends of October at the Orange County Great Park. It attracted thousands of people, hungry for housing solutions.

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    Empty Lot for People

    Sunday, September 22, 2013

    An empty urban lot becomes alive through the performances of a Hispanic theater group and a dance group from CSULB. The event delivers a powerful message on the need for public urban spaces.

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    Architects @ MOCA

    Friday, July 12, 2013

    The architecture exhibition “A New Sculpturalism: Contemporary Architecture in Southern California” shows a large number of works by both veterans like Gehry, and Morphosis, and by a younger generation of architects. Besides providing an initial taste of it, this video brings the camera to “the real thing,” the sites of two architects’ works: Eric Moss’ multiple buildings in Culver City and Hagy Belzberg’s “Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust,” completed in 2010.

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    Shooting at Memories

    Friday, June 14, 2013

    Mount Zion is a Jewish cemetery in East Los Angeles, ten miles from Downtown L.A.. Founded in 1916, it was intended for free burials of poor Jews. The final resting place of about 7,000 graves, it has been seriously vandalized over the years. This video documents the place’s condition in June of 2013.

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    A People’s Place in L.A.

    Wednesday, May 29, 2013

    San Pedro’s Ports O’Call is a unique place for people of all ages. The place touches all senses. It is a place from which architects, designers, planners and decision-makers in politics and investment financing can learn a few things on how to touch people’s emotions.

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    Streets & “Stradaccie” in L.A.

    Sunday, May 12, 2013

    This video explores some streets and “stradaccie” (“ugly streets” in Italian) in Los Angeles, not as tourists, but as observers of the multiple messages they carry. It covers an area of approximately 10 x 16 miles (16 x 25 kilometers) which includes Inglewood, Ocean Park, Santa Monica, Brentwood, Westwood, Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Hollywood, Downtown L.A., Chinatown and Koreatown. The street is the primary urban space. It acts upon us 24/7 throughout our lives. It synthetize what we are as a culture and also contributes in shaping what we are as individuals.

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    Salon Sapiens

    Saturday, April 6, 2013

    “The Salon on the Spiritually Creative Life” by the Arroyo Seco in Pasdena, under the Ventura Freeway Bridge, is a unique place. Although not many people would chose to build a house under a freway, Carol Soucel King and Richard King had the vision and courage to do it. Within it they host a salon dedicated to link spirituality with the arts, science, philosophy, music, literature and social issues.

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    L.A. Cathedral

    Sunday, March 17, 2013

    The images broadcasted throughout the world of people saluting Pope Francis at Bernini’s Saint Peter’s Square suggest that the subject of a religious spaces respond to a real need. The Los Angeles Cathedral is remarkable work of architecture that provides a frame to such a demand. It was designed by Pitzker Price (the Nobel of architecture) winner, architect Rafael Moneo from Madrid, Spain.

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Bill and Don Visit Farm Urbana
Sep
21

Farm Urbana in Downtown LA

Farm Urbana in Downtown LA is an embryonic installation of what may become a standard feature on urban rooftops. Two professors of information technology from UCI visit it to find out how the merging of technologies may help to make life sustainable.

A-Pano-Black-15x36-hall 2
Dec
29

On the Making of the Wallis Annenberg

Something is changing in LA’s architecture trends, something that may signal a new approach to design responsibility. The change is marked by the new Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, called “The Wallis.” Designed by architect Zoltan Pali of Studio Pali Fekete Architects, it was inaugurated with a gala party on October 17, 2013. It is design with good bones and a sensitive rationality and it is relevant for three reasons: 1. its setting in dialogue with the existing urban context; 2. the symbiosis created between an historic landmark and a new building; and 3. the contemporary art language used for its expression.

YouthfulCove-2013-10-19_2257
Oct
19

Youthful Sustainability

An interdisciplinary students’ competition, “Solar Decathlon,” for the design of sustainable dwelling units. It is sponsored every two years by the U.S. Department of Energy. In the last one, twenty finalist groups built their version of solar-powered houses that were expected to be cost effective, energy-efficient and attractive. The results were shown in Southern California during the first two weekends of October at the Orange County Great Park. It attracted thousands of people, hungry for housing solutions.

Empty-CoverMix
Sep
22

Empty Lot for People

An empty urban lot becomes alive through the performances of a Hispanic theater group and a dance group from CSULB. The event delivers a powerful message on the need for public urban spaces.