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L.A.’s Culture War Over the Last True Skid Row in America




A black man in a filthy, yellow, collared shirt lies sprawled out in the middle of the Sixth Street sidewalk, out cold. No more than four inches from his face is a Business Improvement District officer, who shouts again: "Yo!"

"Is he breathing?" asks a woman passing by, worried.

"Yeah," the officer replies, putting on a pair of rubber gloves.

"Oh," the woman says, walking off. A white man in a suit looks up from his smartphone just in time to see the obstruction and skips over the prone man, barely breaking stride.

"Sir, I'm gonna need you to get up!" shouts the private security officer, clad in the trademark bicycle helmet and green shirt of the Historic Core Business Improvement District....Continue Reading

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Call for Papers 2014

PORTUSplus is the Journal of RETE - the Association for the collaboration between Ports and Cities - dedicated to the study of themes involving the relationship between port and city and the regeneration of urban waterfronts. The “Call for Papers” of PORTUSplus is directed towards the co ...

Buildering:Misbehaving the City

Feb 28 - Aug 18, 2014 Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center44 East 6th StreetCincinnati, OH 45202 Buildering, a fusion of "building" and "bouldering," is a word used to describe an unorthodox use of architecture. For their 75th anniversary, the Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center ...

Book review: ’Bricks & Mortals: Ten Great Buildings and the People They Made’ by Tom Wilkinson

Virginia Woolf’s classic essay “A Room of One’s Own” isn’t really about architecture. Woolf was concerned with the social and economic constraints that enabled men but not women to be celebrated writers; she imagined what might have become of “Shakespeare’s ...

Is it balls, vagina, or both? Airbnb logo sparks wave of internet parodies

Airbnb's new logo … What do you see? Photograph: AirbnbThe apartment-rental website launches its grown-up logo to a wave of ridicule – as well as claims of plagiarism...Continue Reading> via The Guardian ...

Zumtobel Photographic Competition

The 2014 Zumtobel Photographic Competition is now open for entries. Sign up now for your FREE camera to take part and win some fantastic photographic equipment.> via ...

A Glamorous New Furniture Collaboration from Two L.A.Design Luminaries

Highlights from Videre Licet, the new furniture collaboration by Daniele Albright and Stefan Lawrence, include the Wooly Bella chairs (left) and the Subtracted Cube chair.Credit Daniele AlbrightPresident Obama sits behind a custom walnut desk of their design in his private study, and François ...

Wait.You can trademark the layout of a store?


Apple won a legal victory yesterday when the European Court of Justice ruled it could trademark the layout of its stores, just as it has in the US.

But how does that work? Quartz headquarters basically consists of long white tables covered in Apple products-are we infringing? It turns out we are not, mostly because the legal standard in question-whether a consumer could reasonably mistake our office for an Apple store-isn’t going to be met. But more importantly, Apple’s US trademark, officially granted last year, is the result of a nearly three-year process of refinement to ensure that it wouldn’t protect functional items (i.e., you can’t trademark tables in your store) and that, altogether, it comprises a unique identity. Here’s exactly how the trademarked layout pictured above is described, in rather excruciating detail:

Event:Chris Bambery | Scotland’s Past and Scotland’s Future

July 17, 2014@6.30pm – 9.00pmAye Aye Books, CCA GlasgowCentre for Contemporary Arts, 350 Sauchiehall StreetGlasgow, G2 3JD United Kingdom+44 (0)141 352 4900Chris Bambery seizes the opportunity offered by September's referendum to delve into the nation's real and oft-forgotten past.A Pe ...

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