What’s the Hottest (Most Beautifully Designed) Restaurant/Cafe/Club in Los Angeles?! AIA/LA Winners Announced!

Today they announced the winners today of the American Institute of Architects design awards for Los Angeles! You may remember this old post about the restaurant contenders: Gorgeous Hot Spots in La La Land: Five Restaurant Design Award Contenders A little background from Eater LA: “This is the fourth year the American Institute of Architects (Los Angeles chapter) have recognized the best in restaurant, cafe/bar and lounge/nightclub design, and there were more than 40 submissions with six winners (two for each category): Those decided by the esteemed judges (Joachim Splichal, Los Angeles magazine’s Margot Dougherty, architect David Montalba, and designer Michael Hodgson), and the People’s Choice. This isn’t purely aesthetic—evaluations were based on design concept, operational layout and overall packaging—but it’s kind of just another beauty contest.” Here are the winners! Drum roll, please!….ba da dummmm. Best Restaurant: Blue Velvet

I’ll need to see this place to believe it! Kind of looks like the patio at the W Westwood. Best Cafe: LA Mill in Silverlake

Even the website looks tres chic. Bookmarked on Yelp! (If you’d like you can check out my bookmarks. This is my coveted list of places that will one day show up on theMET!) Best Lounge/Nightclub: Elevate Lounge

If you haven’t been here yet, it’s a must see. Best parts? The spectacular view of downtown and the fact that you can smoke inside (’cause it’s a pseudo-open air patio). Beautiful place! And of course..the people’s choices: Restaurant: Osteria Mozza designed by Kelly Architects, Inc. Cafe/Bar: Kitchen 24 designed by Spacecraft/Torres Architects Club/Lounge: One World Lounge at LAX designed by Gensler Source: LA Times blog Thoughts?



January 17, 2017

Liberating Portraits of Ballerinas Elegantly Dancing in the Streets of Cairo

Like many dance photographers, Mohamed Taher has a knack for beautifully capturing the body in motion. His interest in movement is evident in his Ballerinas of Cairo series, and the captivating collection of photos also serves a more poignant purpose: it helps women fight sexual harassment and reclaim the city’s streets. After learning about the Ballerina Project, an ongoing series that documents dancers in urban settings across the globe, Taher was inspired to carry out a similar undertaking in the Egyptian capital.

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January 17, 2017

Rare Ruby Seadragon Is Spotted Alive for the First Time

While a ruby seadragon may sound like a mythical creature taken from the pages of a fairy tale, this incredibly rare animal was spotted in the deep waters of Western Australia for the first time. Recently, researchers from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego and the Western Australian Museum observed two ruby seadragons for 30 minutes using a mini remotely-operated vehicle.

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