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Believe it or not, that amazing glass dome at the top of this post was one of the original plans for LAX. The image is part of a new exhibition at the Architecture and Design Museum in Los Angeles that offers a hypothetical version of L.A. by collecting a series of scrapped civic projects. The collection includes plans and renderings for everything from transportation systems to parks and building projects, which never made it past the planning phase.

According to the curators, the plans, each presented with the narrative of their creation and reason for eventual demise, would have created a much denser city with clearly defined urban centers instead of the sprawling neighborhoods of present day L.A. The museum also created an iPhone app to guide users to sites of the ill-fated projects. 

"Never Built: Los Angles" is open until October 13. 


 Frank Lloyd Wright's Huntington Hartford Sports Club

Steven Holl's Natural History Museum Addition



The Goodell Monorail


Santa Monica Offshore Freeway


William H. Evans' Tower Of Civilization, 1939

via Museum's Instagram

The most famous item in Museum's permanent collection is the shoe thrown at George W. Bush during a press conference in Baghdad. The other exhibitions, collections of "modern day artifacts from around the world" may not have been part of international news stories, but are equally curious. Museum specializes in found items: last month's stack of rejected menu photos from a burger place in Cambodia, or, currently on view, creepy transcriptions from pornographer Al Goldstein, and rocks and tools from artist Tom Sachs' Mars expedition.

Museum occupies only a single elevator shaft, but has all of the trappings of large institutions, including a café (a single espresso machine), and a gift shop (on single shelf).

Museum is located in Cortlandt Alley between Franklin and White Streets in Lower Manhattan. It's open on weekends from 11am to 7pm. Find Museum on Instagram




The 16mm films that Sabrina Gschwandtner uses as material for her quilts were originally part of the Fashion Institute of Technology's film library. After purchasing the lot of mostly instructional films about crocheting, sewing, knitting, and other textile work, Gschwandtner began the process of dyeing, painting, and bleaching the strips to color her geometric patterns. To complete the quilts, Gschwandtner includes segments from her personal films, and mounts each work on a surface illuminated by LEDs. [via Co.Design]

A collection of the film quilts are on display now at the Philadelphia Art Alliance until August 18.






Back in March we wrote about the amazing "Pencil to Pixel" exhibit that was on its way to New York. This week, the exhibit finally arrives in Manhattan, courtesy of the type-giants Monotype

In addition to a few digital installations concerning typography on the web from Typecast, Monotype will be exhibiting printed matter and typography artifacts from the last 100 years or so of printing. The impressive offering includes original sketches and molds from the first run of iconic fonts like Gil Sans and Helvetica. If a century of typographic history seems a little overwhelming, don't fret; free guided tours to the exhibit are available.

"Pencil to Pixel" runs from May 3-9 at the Tribeca Skyline Studio. 

Eric Gill’s 1928 pencil and ink drawings for Gill Sans Italic