To Live and Die in L.A.
The Disney Concert Hall in Downtown LA is an inspirational, heroic building. One thing many people don’t seem to notice is that the spaces between the folds are inhabitable by the public. Without entering the building or attending a show at the theater, anyone can explore the twisting soaring spaces around the building along a public path full of greenery and water features.
Tom Maine of Morphosis designed the much lauded CalTrans building, also downtown. It is an exercise in layering, creating multiple transparencies and depths of texture.
The LA County Muesum of Art was designed by Renzo Piano and carries his signature complex roof forms, tuned to let in just enough controlled light to enjoy the works. This 3″ thick steel snaking through the expansive space is one of my favorite works by the sculptor Richard Serra. He is famous for his sculptures falling through the un-reinforced floors of galleries.
Oxnard, California is half way between LA and Santa Barbara. I had never heard of it, but it is the strawberry capital of the world.
My friend Tim LaValley designed this stage exhibit for an upcoming tour of the world-famous electronic musician Steve Aoki. You can see it in action in this BYT article: http://www.brightestyoungthings.com/articles/live-dc-steve-aoki-datsik-alvin-risk-fillmore.htm