TED Weekends: Art Beyond the Canvas

Art by Alexa Meade from alexameade.com/artwork/

Art by Alexa Meade
from alexameade.com/artwork/

TED Weekends: Art Beyond the Canvas

Watch this short video presentation where artist Alexa Meade discusses her unconventional art.  She paints on people!  She takes three-dimensional scenes and transforms them into two-dimensional works of art!

Check out more of her work here: http://alexameade.com/



Public School Education: Losing the Arts Teacher

The Arts

The Arts

Unfortunately, the arts education in public schools is taking a serious hit with budget cut after budget cut. Some schools are attempting to battle this with the use of “Traveling Arts Teachers”.  KPCC reporter, Mary Plummer, profiles one of these teachers, Linda Mouradian, a traveling music teacher.

Check out the article here: http://www.scpr.org/blogs/education/2013/11/11/15124/strings-on-the-move-traveling-music-teacher-serves/

These teachers however do not reach all the students.  There is only 216 traveling art teachers to serve the Los Angeles Unified School District’s 271,577 elementary students.

Arts are important in child development and help with motor skills, language development, decision-making, visual learning, inventiveness, cultural awareness, and improved academic performance.


With continuing budget cuts across the country, how can the arts be re-infused into the curriculum?  How can spaces be re-thought to be multi-functional to allow these traveling teachers the functionality they need to teach more students?

Bring back the ARTS!


Sunday afternoon at THE MART COLLECTIVE


I am currently working on an interior design project with Interior Designer Hillary Jane Hayne of Hayne Interior Design. We spent a casual Sunday afternoon shopping at the MART COLLECTIVE, an antique mall located at the corner of Palms and Lincoln Boulevard in Venice CA. Over 80 dealers create vignettes in the large two-story warehouse style building. The MART has everything from vintage clothing to large scale furniture pieces. It was definitely great place to start sourcing pieces!

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I will definitely be heading back… Hmmmmm do I need anything!?!?!


Exploring LA: a visit to the A+D Museum


The A+D Museum Never Built: Los Angeles exhibit showcases urban projects that never left the drawing boards… The design graveyard of “what ifs”…

Brett Livingstone-Strong’s Angel City Monument


A different LAX…


An illustrator visits his work (seated in the foreground)…
Study models for LACMA…


It was great to see the exhibit packed on a Saturday afternoon…

Check out current and future exhibits here:
A+D Museum


P.S. Remember you TAP card to save $5 on admission!

I am a NotLY 0


Hello my name is Holli and I am a NotLY 0. It has been one month since I opened my ARE Review Manual…

What is a NotLY 0 (you may ask)? NotLY is a term that represents an individual in architecture who is NOT LICENSED YET. The number 0 represents how many tests I have passed. Each test is associated with a number. As you pass your exams you add the corresponding number to your NotLY status.

1. Programming Planning & Practice PPP
2. Schematic Design SD
3. Site Planning & Design SPD
4. Building Design & Construction Systems BD/CS
5. Construction Documents and Services CDS
6. Building Systems BS
7. Structural Systems SS

Living and working in the great state of California adds exam #8, the California Supplemental Exam CSE.

My goal is to be a NotLY 1234567 by September of 2014 (notice how I left out #8… I don’t want to go crazy with my goal…). I know that that seems a bit ambitious… Giving myself only one year, but I like a challenge! As a notorious procrastinator I hope that by posting my goal and my progress on theladyarchitect blog I will stick with it and accomplish my goal.

For more information about NotLY and their upcoming events check out these links:
What is a NotLY?
NotLY Architecture Licensing Study Hall


Architizer’s Change Your City: Architecture + Urban Transformation

Architizer’s Change Your City: Architecture + Urban Transformation

Scroll through the projects featured in this article which focuses on Architecture + Public Space.  I personally LOVE the Bridge Bounce by Atelier Zundel Cristea and the Superkilen by BIG, Topotek 1, and Superflex which embrace the fun and adventurous side of design…

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Pop-Up Design :: Little Free Libraries in the City

Annie Thornton of Houzz explores a network of Little Free Libraries popping up throughout Manhattan.  These small scale designer libraries are built into park benches, supported by school-yard fences, and hovering in alleyways.


The Little Free Library project is a non-profit organization determined “…to promote literacy and the love of reading…” through the creation of a free network of book exchanges built and sustained by the community.  The network extends across the United States:

Little Free Library United States Network

Little Free Library United States Network

Los Angeles' Little Free Library Network

Los Angeles’ Little Free Library Network

You can build your own little library and expand the network…  Learn more about joining the Little Free Library here:


What will your Little Free Library Look Like?


Its a house… no wait its a Theater!!

Its a house… no wait its a Theater!!

Click the link above to see how artist Matthew Mazzota and the Coleman Center for the Arts in York Alabama transform a dilapidated single family home into a community theater.  The new public outdoor space utilizes the materials salvaged from the old house.  

The new open air theater is camouflaged as a small house, blending into the street landscape, which opens up to form bench seating for outdoor performances.  Make sure you check out the video!