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.
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If you happen to be fortunate enough to work at EPT Design, a landscape design firm with offices in Pasadena and Irvine, and have a hankering to check out what’s happening with, say, playgrounds in the Netherlands or dry gardens in Australia, you’re in luck. For the past decade or so, the company has offered the TREK program, which gives two staffers each year the chance to travel and explore.
The program (TREK stands for Travel, Renewal, Exploration, Knowledge) got its start over a decade ago when Nord Eriksson and his partners Matthew Hall and Stephen Carroll started thinking about their own travel experiences. “We got really rejuvenated and inspired,” says Eriksson. “We talked about our travels in the office and in clients meetings.”
Los Angeles based architecture firm, Brooks and Scarpa, recently completed improvements to the Frank Gehry designed parking garages at Santa Monica place mall. Not only does their design create a more walkable and friendly environment for the popular 3rd street promenade, but it evokes a modern twist on the typical parking garages that come to mind.
Looking to preserve iconic elements of the original structure - including the beloved steel mesh signage created by gehry, the enhancement seamlessly blends new components with the old to create a contemporary urban aesthetic. A multifaceted new facade transforms the street-side appearance, altering the viewers perception of space and function while visually integrating the building with the complex fabric of the city.