Special Architecture + Design Issue
Letter from the Guest Editor
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We're in for Better Wetter
An Interview with Leonard Koren
The founder of WET: The Magazine of Gourmet Bathing remembers collaborations
with young artists and calling a gondola garage in Venice home.
Cut to the Pool
A scholar of spatial morphology examines a Quentin Tarantino
pool scene through the magical lens of indifference.
A Forward Crawl
An 18-mile journey stretches west to east,
through rec centers and rooftop infinity pools, to chart LA's aquatic geography.
With photography by Monica Nouwens.
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Windows on the World
Sharon Johnston with Veronika Kellndorfer
Architect and artist discuss interdisciplinary collaborations,
and their shared interest in the window.
Dora Epstein Jones
Three elemental histories, narrated by the executive director
of LA's A+D Museum, consider political, social, cultural, and aesthetic detail in a Georgian-era English
bathhouse, an atomized architectural installation, and around the sun-soaked pools of suburban SoCal.
Somewhere on Hyperion ...
An architect leads a tour along Hyperion Avenue, where strip-mall
facades conceal a wealth of creative practices. With photographs by Gracie DeVito.
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Barbara Bestor and Brooke Hodge
An LA architect and a Palm Springs architectural curator discuss liberated design and pastel color palettes in the American West.
Pita and Bloom
Working through ideas of the visual plunge, architectural flatness, and oversized
puddles, an architect-duo proposes a series of large pool figures for the LA River basin.
Laurel Consuelo Broughton
WELCOMEPROJECTS establishes some "Pool Rules," including a law of "No Scale" that
combines esteemed works of architecture with everyday objects.
The Low Flow
A landscape architect suggests small-scale interventions
to carefully enhance the ecology of Los Angeles' dry creeks.
Four images related to swimming pool construction
call our attention to the sculpturalism of ordinary, machined objects found in project catalogues and material inventories.
A 30-foot plywood basin by Ball-Nogues
Studio is captured in the high desert of Yucca Valley.
An artist downscales and endears the institutionally ubiquitous Rubbermaid BRUTE.
Three Front Yards
Three architects were commissioned to design a swimming pool
in the front yard of a Los Angeles home of their choosing. Each site represents an architectural typology:
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– Low Volume - Schindler House (1922): BairBalliet
Address: 835 N Kings Road,
West Hollywood, CA 90069
– Dingbat Apartments: AAmp Studio
Address: 1335, 1341, and 1347 N Poinsettia Place, Hollywood, CA 90046
– Water Tower: Sandra Yum & Joakim Dahlqvist
Address: 3734 Dwiggins Street,
Los Angeles, CA 90063
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Glossary: Slow Plunge
Doug Aitken: Electric Earth
Ramiro Gomez: On Melrose
Ben Rivers: Urth
Silver Lake Reservoir
Yayoi Kusama: Narcissus Garden
Collaboratory: A Column is a System
Marie Lorenz: Tide and Current Taxi
Samara Scott: Offsite
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