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Daniel Safarik

Daniel Safarik is a technical and marketing writer and was trained as an architect. He was the director of marketing for Brooks + Scarpa Architects (formerly Pugh + Scarpa Architects) from 2008 to 2011, and has covered technology for business publications for 14 years, including Waters Magazine, Fast Company, Advanced Trading, Individual Investor, and others. He was a web editor for The Wall Street Journal and a contributing writer and researcher on ”Mechanical and Electrical Systems for Buildings” (Wiley) and ”The Green Studio Handbook” (Architectural Press). Safarik has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and a master’s degree in architecture from the University of Oregon.

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Play It Again, Thom


The MAK Center at the Rudolph Schindler house in West Hollywood is about to complete a three-evening series of rare architecture film screenings. The series is curated by Thom Anderson, director and writer of Los Angeles Plays Itself, which contrasts cinematic depictions of Los more
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The Seduction of Context, Diminished Hierarchy, and Plenty of Parking

For some time now in Los Angeles, one would need no more than a handful of art-world encounters before hearing the phrase, “New York is where art is sold, and Los Angeles is where art is made.” The story is familiar to anyone who has been tracking the marginalization of working more
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Architect. Designer. Lover. Spy: The Eero You Never Knew

TWA Flight Center, JFK Airport, NYC, 1961 (Wally Gobetz photo)

Eero Saarinen was the architect of some of the most iconic buildings of the 20th century, doing as much as anyone to define the Jet Age. He may also have been the ultimate Organization Man. The clients for more
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Too-Late Modernism?

"Brutalism is Beautiful" - Kim Barker - Preservation in Pink

This fall has brought me two auspicious pieces of mail. On Sept. 21, a solicitation to join AARP arrived. This turns out to be the same day that Radiohead’s “Creep,” the caterwaul of self-loathing that defined my high more
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In Viaduct Design Competition, A Remake Is Poised To Trump The Original

The current 6th St Viaduct, built in 1932 and slated for demolition.

The 6th Street Viaduct in Los Angeles is not the city’s best-known icon. But it’s been featured in as many movies and TV shows as City Hall, the Hollywood Sign, and Capitol Records. Spanning the Los more
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“Architectones”: A Black Flag Over Silver Lake

Mobile (Neutra) by Xavier Veilhan, hangs in the VDL Research House.

When a family moves into a house, they begin to add personal touches that make it their own. If they’re successful interpreters, the history of the house is drawn into their story.

French artist Xavier Veilhan and has more
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La Brea: Los Angeles’ Linear Laboratory for Urban Density

Construction sites are popping up all along La Brea Ave. in Los Angeles, a welcome "post-recessionary" sight (author photo).

A vision of the dense future of Los Angeles appears to be underway on a long stretch of La Brea Ave. from Wilshire Blvd to Fountain Ave. The typically more
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Metal Machine Musings

"A Loose Horizon" by LAYER, outside the Pasadena Museum of California Art

It’s a pretty well known fact, at least among architects, that in the United States’ “jobless recovery,” architects are, or were, category leaders in joblessness. Two New York Times articles, “Architect, or Whatever,” in January more
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Can the Dome Home Finally Find a Mass Audience?

1: All Yesterday’s Tomorrows

The dome has been a reliable construction shape for architects since well before the Pantheon.

Domes sit atop capitol buildings and religious facilities from St. Paul’s to the Hagia Sophia, and keep plants succulent in conservatories.

In the 20th century, architects were highly tempted to use the Euclidean purity and more

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