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KCRW's Design and Architecture  The design and urbanism trends shaping our world. DnA airs on @kcrw Tuesday 2 pm; DnA on ATC airs Wednesday 6:44 pm

The Formosa Cafe is getting a complete makeover. On today’s DnA, Bobby Green, left, and Dimitri Komarov of 1933 Group explain how they plan to restore this iconic Hollywood night spot to its original glory.
#losangeles #formosacafe #1933group #preservation

Celebrating the release of “Dear Seller: Real Estate Love Letters from Los Angeles” with a reading by a few contributors, including DJ Waldie (left). Hear an interview with editor Teena Apeles (right) on this week’s DnA! 🏡 #dearseller #narratedobjects #fredsegalsunset #losangeles

Truly stunning. Jean Nouvel’s Abu Dhabi Louvre features a massive but delicate dome delivering a “rain of light” over a “Medina” of galleries. This sequel to the Institut du Monde Arabe defies skepticism, invites contemplation, and hope in cross-cultural exchange.

#architecture #louvre #jeannouvelarchitect

Enough with art and architecture biennials! It’s time for a Graphic Design Biennial. Prof Emily Smith and Prem Krishnamurthy are among co-curators of a pop-up celebration of Arabic script and more during @dubaidesignweek

Jameel Art Center is funded by Saudi donors—and its inaugural show Crude takes on oil. Not thru geopolitics or the environment but at the “micro” level says curator Murtaza Vali, as in how it seeps into the daily lives of gulf state occupants, from work to town planning. Fascinating.

#oil #dubai #art

The newly opened Jameel Art Center designed by Serie Architects features courtyards intertwined with rooms in traditional Emirati house style. This art garden Contrary Life, by Alia Farid and Aseel Al Yaqoub, riffs on the plastic plants popular in the arid gulf states.

#plastic #dubai #art #landscaping

Saudi-born, Parsons-schooled, Dubai-based designer Ayar Al Bitar designs furniture for Saudi social life—centered on the home—such as floor level seating. She is also testing the effect of a room decked out in burnt orange. Shown @dubaidesignweek.

Liz West’s “Aglow” @dubaidesignweek is a “hymn to feminine creativity” — of which there’s a lot on display @dubaidesignweek

Haunting sound and smoky silicone bowls are part of an installation by Ahaad Alamoudi + Lina Saleh + Sana Alabdulwahed that evokes the pearl diving of their Saudi heritage. It’s one of the Abwab (doors) pavilions @dubaidesignweek, showcasing regional work.

#design #dubaidesignweek #pearls

Think Dubai is about glitz and an energy-chugging lifestyle? @dubaidesignweek Creative Director Rawan Kashkoush wants to show a different face of the gulf: regional voices, sustainable design.

#dubaidesign #dubaidesignweek

Jim Carrey is known as an actor and comedian, but in the last couple years he’s taken up political cartooning. On this week’s DnA he talks about expressing his anti-Trump feelings through art.

And then there’s this: contemplative @sharjahart, the contemporary art museum in a onetime house, then maternity center, in the Emirate of Sharjah.

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