Been: iRchitecture

Phone, laptop, radio, movie screen, camera – the iPhone is the da Vinci of gadgets. Within a few short years, this all-in-one device has profoundly shaped the way people look at and interact with the world.

Much like the iPhone which is so much more than just a phone, Carlo Caccavale refuses to be limited to “just” the AIA|LA associate director. This veritable Renaissance man finds time to wear many another hat, including that of writer, producer, designer, and now artist.  He recently hosted an opening reception on for iRchitecture, a collection of images shot with his iPhone.  A follow-up to his first The Eye and the iPhone exhibition, Caccavale stretches the creative boundaries of this everyday medium, turning a practical device into an instrument of art. No lens, no filters, and no fancy apps with faux bokeh – his photos are au naturale, drawing attention to the intrinsic beauty of the built environment.

iRchitecture is a celebration of architecture and design, currently on display at the American Institute of Architects Los Angeles (3780 Wilshire Blvd, Suite #800, Los Angeles, CA 90010).

Click on the images below (also taken on an iPhone) for a peek at the opening reception and Caccavale’s work.

AIA LA Announces Restaurant Design Awards Finalists

I’m not really sure which I’m addicted to more, food or design, so the AIA LA’s annual Restaurant Design Awards are naturally something that I never fail to mark on the calendar.  This year, however, I was honored to be included on the jury along with architect Dean Larkin and chef and author Mark Peel of Campanile fame.  After nearly five hours of careful deliberation, we, the jury, selected a list of finalists for you, the people’s, voting pleasure.  The nominees include restaurants, cafe/bars, and lounges from LA, Austin, Portland (Maine, not Oregon), and even the city of my birth, Columbus, OH.  Already popping up on Eater LA and California Home and Design, the word is clearly out.  People need only click here to vote for their choice for top toques.  Then come out to Dwell on Design on June 24th to find out who will be crowned victorious.