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How four Chinese American architects helped shape Los Angeles » Ventura County Star
"Norms Restaurants. Los Angeles International Airport. Cathay Bank. The Chinese United Methodist Church.

The L.A. landscape would look much different without four Chinese-Americans — Eugene Choy, Gilbert Leong, Helen Liu Fong and Gin Wong — whose work has shaped some of the city's architectural landmarks.

A new exhibit at the Chinese American Museum in Los Angeles examines their contributions. The show, "Breaking Ground: Chinese American Architects in Los Angeles (1945-1980)," includes original drawings, models and a series of photographs by the legendary Julius Shulman that firmly establish these four as modernist architectural visionaries."
ginwong  helenliufong  gilbertleong  eugenechoy  design  history  chinese-americans  mid-centurymodern  architecture  california  losangeles 
february 2012 by robertogreco
49 Classics of Mid-Century Design We Need Your Help Identifying - Alexis Madrigal - Life - The Atlantic
"Collectors covet mid-century design for a reason: The clean lines and bright colors of the 1950s are beautiful. But there was more to the era's design considerations. The burst of creative energy that followed World War II spurred consumption by creating an endless array of new products, and when those were in short supply, new forms (and colors) for old products. The production of beauty was placed in the service of consumerism and anti-communism.

American Look showcases this design-industrial complex of ideas in beautiful Technicolor. Created in 1958 by the Jam Handy Organization, a large commercial filmmaking concern, with funding from Chevrolet, the 23-minute film surveys the landscape of late-50s aspirational life from interior dining sets to new work machines to speed boats. Taken together, the objects in the film paint a portrait of the variety of things that only American capitalism could deliver."
design  video  film  documentary  alexismadrigal  modernism  furniture  industrialdesign  2011  consumerism  us  mid-centurymodern 
june 2011 by robertogreco
MAS Context
"Francine Stock, president of DOCOMOMO US/Louisiana, writes about the current situation of the mid-century public schools in the city. Either demolished or in danger of demolition, these structures represent a type of type of architecture that was forward thinking and innovative in the way they were built and used by the public. The process to discuss their future when they become obsolete has failed to provide a fair space to listen to new options. Can we establish another way of approaching this problem?"
architecture  nola  design  masstudio  mascontext  schools  schooldesign  mid-centurymodern  modernism  modern  francinestock  neworleans 
april 2011 by robertogreco

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