Movies are a classic escape, which is why last week, in the aftermath of the contentious presidential election, it was no surprise that more than 350 people crowded into a darkened auditorium at Los Angeles’ Skirball Cultural Center for some respite, and perhaps a little inspiration.
The Domus shelter in front of Materials & Applications in Los Angeles. Every day, the earth quivers and convulses. Hardly anyone notices. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) estimates there are 500,000 detectable earthquakes in the world each year; only 20 percent of those can be felt by human beings. In Los Angeles—in a bid to open the eyes of an endangered community—artist and engineer D.V. Rogers, along with a group of volunteers, has constructed Domus, an experimental installation that allows visitors to experience the world’s constant, pulsating seismic activity. “The idea is create a contemplative space that will help
The development includes 18 residential units on a one-acre lot. Blackbirds, an 18-unit residential project in Los Angeles, designed by local architect Barbara Bestor, broke ground this spring, and its developers hope it becomes a new prototype for adding to the city’s density while preserving a sense of community. Built on a hillside in Echo Park, by sustainably-minded development company LocalConstruct, Blackbirds is a mix of houses ranging from 1,350 to 1,950 square feet on a one-acre lot (made possible because of a 2004 small lot ordinance that allowed a number of home lots to be subdivided). All of the
Mobile Homestead was developed by Kelley with Artangel and the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit as a community space, and is based on the artist's childhood home in the Detroit suburb of Westland. The notion of a house as our most private sanctuary is obliterated with Mobile Homestead, the work of the late contemporary artist Mike Kelley, which has made its way from its permanent home at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) to the lot in front of The Geffen Contemporary at the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles (MOCA). This is the mobile home’s first journey outside
Kim Gordon's site-specific installation, Coming Soon, is on view at Rudolf Schindler’s Fitzpatrick-Leland House in Los Angeles. When two art forms meet, there is always a negotiation. Artist and musician Kim Gordon, best known as a founding member of the rock band Sonic Youth, wrestles with this in her latest site-specific installation, Coming Soon, on view at Rudolf Schindler’s Fitzpatrick-Leland House in Los Angeles until April 26. “It was a constant competition between architecture and art,” says Aaron Moulton, the show’s curator and director of programming for Gagosian Los Angeles, who adds that exhibiting Gordon’s work in the 1936 spec
TELOS: The Fantastic World of Eugene Tssui premieres at the first Los Angeles edition of the Archtiecture and Design Film Festival.Budding avant-garde architects, especially those hoping to change the profession, would be well-advised to catch the world premiere of TELOS: The Fantastic World of Eugene Tssui (2014) at the Los Angeles edition of the Architecture & Design Film Festival (ADFF) this week. Named after the Greek word for “final purpose,” the documentary follows architect Eugene Tssui, 59, as he champions a fantastical, organic style of architecture that would be more suited to the world created in James Cameron’s Avatar than