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Best Public Gardens In Los Angeles, California

Best Public Gardens In Los Angeles, California

 

(credit: Fullerton Arboretum)
Let’s face it: sometimes you just need some tranquility. This is a good time to visit one of Southern California’s spectacular public gardens, where you can take a stroll among some of the most plush and beautiful scenery anywhere in Los Angeles. Many of these gorgeous public spaces were originally the private estates of the region’s wealthiest individuals and have since become open to all to enjoy.
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‘Silicon Beach’ Boosts Prices in L.A., and Slowdown Isn’t Likely Soon – Mansion Global

Next week, Snap Inc., the parent company of popular photo messaging app, Snapchat, is expected to go public. If things go according to plan, stocks will be priced at $14 to $16 per share—and the company will be valued at around $20 billion—making this the biggest U.S.-based tech IPO since Facebook went public in 2012. The result, among others, will be a slew of new millionaires ready to snap up real estate in Los Angeles, where Snap is part of a burgeoning tech sector on the city’s Westside. While Google first opened office space in the Frank Gehry Binoculars Building on Venice’s Main Street in 2011 and Snap started operating out of a nearby beach bungalow in 2013, today, both companies have spread out into additional office space and nearby neighborhoods. They now work alongside other tech giants like IMAX and Sony Playstation, as well as growing, but smaller, startups like Dog Vacay and Dollar Shave Club. The concentration of these businesses in the beachside (and nearby) communities of Venice, Playa Vista and Culver City have earned this area a catchy title: Silicon Beach.

Source: ‘Silicon Beach’ Boosts Prices in L.A., and Slowdown Isn’t Likely Soon – Mansion Global

Artists in Residence Otis College of Art and Design

Artists in Residence Otis College of Art and Design

Artists in Residence Otis College of Art and Design

Artists in Residence Otis College of Art and Design

Otis College students will now be able to live on campus By Christina Campodonico.Otis’ new residence hall (left) and academic wing will transform campus life Photo by Kristy Campbell Otis College of Art and Design has been a Westside arts enclave since moving to Westchester in 1997, but this semester will be the first that its students can eat and sleep here, too.The private college celebrated completion of a new four-story academic wing and a new five-story residence hall last month, with students moving into the 230-bed dormitory just west of Lincoln Boulevard on Aug. 20.The LEED-certified buildings include a 300-seat auditorium, an expansion of the Millard Sheets Library, an updated dining hall, a student health and wellness center and classrooms to house Otis’ Fashion Design Department, relocated from Downtown Los Angeles.“It’s a game changer,” Otis College of Art and Design President Bruce Ferguson said. “There will be 24/7 activity on the campus, and that’s going to change the ethos and the culture of the campus to a large extent.”During an Aug. 18 ribbon-cutting ceremony, Ferguson said the structures mark the beginning of a new era for Otis.“We’re moving from being a commuter school to one that has residence life,” he said.As one would expect from a school of art and design, Otis tapped a pair of top local architects for the project: Steven Ehrlich of Culver City-based Ehrlich Architects and Frederick Fisher of West L.A.’s Frederick Fisher and Partners.The architects spoke about their collaboration on the  project over a multi-year design process.“I think the success of a collaboration is when the work is not identified with one person or the other person, but a chemistry is created where there’s something unique that comes out of that collaboration. Personally, I feel like we achieved that,” Fisher said.“We have created a heart, a true center of this campus,” added Ehrlich, who contributed a scenic quad to the center of campus.

Source: Artists in Residence | The Argonaut Newspaper
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