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Video: Moby on Modernism

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We had a full house yesterday at The ACE Hotel to see Grammy-nominated musician Moby wax poetic on LA architecture, minimalism, Lautner and much more.  The conversation covered everything from John Pawson to Zaha Hadid, madly unlivable minimalism, and a bit of personal history on how the artist came to be such a fan of architecture.  Dubbed LA architecture’s newest mascot by the LA Weekly, the populist Moby effect is quite clear.  As he said himself, everyone should feel entitled to have a point of view on architecture.  When architecture is made exclusively for architects and academians, it ceases to be relevant.

If you missed the event, the Desert Sun filmed the event.  Watch it here now.

Part 1

Part 2

Photo and video courtesy of the Desert Sun

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Moby on Modernism

Moby press photo_print version- 2011Modernism Week is thrilled to announce that we’ve added a very special panel discussion to the jam-packed schedule.  Don’t miss GRAMMY-nominated musician Moby as he joins the the inimitable Frances Anderton – author, curator, and host of KCRW’s Design and Architecture – for a candid chat about his perspective on wonderfully weird LA architecture, preservation, modernism, and much more.

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Steel Modern – The History of Steel Houses in Palm Springs

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The gorgeous Donald Wexler-designed Steel Houses are a popular stop on the DOCOMOMO bus tour this weekend.  Steel allowed Wexler to open up spaces and create the floating expanses of glass that make these homes so remarkable.  Of the 38 homes that were part of the original master plan by Wexler & Harrison, only 7 were constructed.  But each of them has been designated Class1 Historic Sites by the Palm Springs Historic Site Preservation Board. To understand more about the history, and the future, of steel construction in the desert, check out this amazing retrospective on steel construction on KCET.

This great video by Design on Screen also highlights what exactly is so special about the Wexler Steel Houses.

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