Esther McCoy summarized the importance of Arts & Architecture: "A magazine as flat as a tortilla and sleek as a Bugatti...became the greatest force in the dissemination of information, architectural and cultural, about California." East Coast publications largely ignored the best of the West. Arts & Architecture gave generous coverage to regional modernists, but also featured houses by Marcel Breuer, Paul Rudolph, Harry Seidler, and Oscar Niemeyer. Editor John Entenza had his blind spots, scanting the originality of Schindler and Lautner in favor of orthogonal orthodoxy. But he was far ahead of public taste and most of the profession, and his genius was to win converts to modernism, and plant a seed that would keep blooming. The Case Study house is still a viable model.
In the 1920s, Santa Barbara gained fame as a fashionable destination for campers. One spot in particular, a Sycamore grove beside Mission Creek, offered a picturesque spot for travelers to enjoy the California coast. Today, the Santa Barbara Auto Camp upholds this area's camping tradition by hosting a collection of restored midcentury Airstream trailers, each uniquely designed and available for rent.
Pasadena Heritage's annual Colorado Street Bridge Party is this weekend. On Saturday July 12th, from 6:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m, check out music, dancing, vintage cars, children’s activities, beverages and food. You can also find Balcony Press author Tavo Olmos there, who wrote The Colorado Street Bridge: Restoration Project Photographs, 1991-1993, who will be at the merchandise table from 6:30-7:30 to sign books.
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When is a door more than a door? When they double as pieces of sculpture as they do in new collections from the Italian firm Bertolotto Porte. For the new introductions, Casa Zen and Constellazioni, the company tapped Elio Garis, a multi-talented artist, to add to the company’s collections of high-design doors.
The wow! factor was there from the start. We have all gazed upwards in awe. For centuries, Gothic spires dominated the city skyline and then, thanks to the invention of the steel frame, elevators, and several other key advances in building technology, office towers outreached them, and the competition to build ever higher is as lively as it was a hundred years ago, when the Woolworth palazzo broke the record. In his second book on the high-rise, Scott Johnson moves beyond height and structure, to review ways in which skyscrapers can perform better and make a positive contribution to the environment.