On a Saturday afternoon of late summer 2013, in the midst of a Long Beach’s multicultural neighborhood inhabited mostly by Cambodians, Latinos and African-Americans, an empty lot became alive.
Southern California is a land of experiments. Los Angeles in particular. It is a land where many people are always inventing something. Writers, musicians, actors, animation wizards, painters, sculptors, and also architects, seniors and juniors, are continuously pushing the envelope.
Stradaccie (pronounced stra-da-che) means “ugly streets in Italian. It is the plural of stradaccia, a pejorative of the Italian word strada, street.
The Mount Zion Jewish Cemetery in East Los Angeles was founded in 1916 by the free Burial Society (Chevra Kaddisha,) it was intended for free burials of poor Jews. Mount Zion is almost entirely headstones, gravel and dirt.
This video synoptically illustrates Professor Michael’s Burt vision of a marine development option for Israel through the creation of artificial islands capable of absorbing 3,000,000 people and infrastructure. The islands shall be based on a new technology invented by Prof. Burt that is friendly to the marine ecosystem and uses only 7% of material to build the islands’ volume. The idea shown here offer an alternative for the development of the coastal plain and confront the dangers of environmental deterioration, agricultural extinction and skyrocketing real estate prices.
The Salon on the Spiritualy Creative Life” by the Arroyo Seco in Pasadena, under the Ventura Freeway Bridge, is a unique place. The feeling is that of being in a cathedral without walls. Although not many people would chose to build a house under a freeway, Carol Soucek King and Richard King had the vision and courage to do it. Within it they host a salon dedicated to link spirituality with the arts, science, philosophy, music, literature and social issues.
During the past one hundred hears the building of cathedrals became rare. Has the subject become obsolete? Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral in Los Angeles provides one answer.
Frank Gehry’s Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas carries a powerful message: great architecture can be humanistic, daring, economically feasible, sustainable and historically literate, all at the same time.
In September of 2012, Prof. Michael Burt from the Technion invited me to Haifa to start the process of producing a documentary on his vision of artificial islands along Israel’s Mediterranean coast. My flight from L.A. was scheduled for November 18.
How does one get people to come and use a public library, at a time when information sources are decentralized and can be retrieved through cell phones, tablets and computers? “Come to experience it;” that is the Cerritos Library’s “active ingredient.”