A reading group begat a film festival, at least that's the short version of the creation story of the New Urbanism Film Festival, now in its second year. The brainchild of founders Josh Paget and Joel Karahadian, the festival brings aims to bring discussions around planning out of the classroom and the conference rooms of city halls and to a broader audience through engaging films. (FORM was on board as a founding sponsor last year, and we're back again this year!)
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There’s a new kid on the block in Los Angeles’s Koreatown neighborhood—the Vermont, a new high rise on the bustling corner of Wilshire and Vermont. Developed by JH Snyder Co. and designed by the Jerde Partnership, it’s a dynamic statement on the current state of urban design in Los Angeles.
By Michael Webb
The New York Architecture and Design Film Festival was SRO last October, and it’s being reprised in LA, March 12-16, at the downtown Los Angeles Theater Center, 514 South Spring Street. Highlights include Tadao Ando: from Emptiness to Infinity, documentaries on visionary architects Paolo Soleri and Eugene Tssui, and a community building program in the poorest county of North Carolina. I’ll be moderating a panel on the restoration of classic modern houses with Kelly Lynch, Michael Boyd, and Frank Escher on the afternoon of Sunday 16th and that will be followed by The Oyler House: Richard Neutra’s Desert Retreat, a portrait of the little gem in Lone Pine, CA, that Kelly Lynch and Mitch Glazer lovingly restored. Featured designers include Massimo and Lella Vignelli, and the British maverick Paul Smith. The scandal of Chavez Ravine and the misguided reinvention of Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia will be explored, along with a dozen other projects, large and small. It’s must-attend event, and you should buy your tickets asap at adfilmfest.com.
A solid foundation is the key to everything—especially if you’re talking about buildings or rooms. With that in mind, designer Jennifer Ridel launched Foundation, a line of furnishings with good bones and great lines that can provide a sturdy base on which to build a room.
The pieces are all handmade in Ridel’s shop, which just happens to be located behind the main showroom in Van Nuys (she sells to professional and non-pro clients alike). “We can push the quality,” she explains, and adds that all of her suppliers are local too. Her craftspeople don’t use staple guns, and the pieces all feature cotton filling, jute banding and eight-way hand ties. “You feel the difference when you sit on the furniture,” she notes.