November 11, 1990
The process of building with earth and fire, used by Joseph Diliberti to construct his dome house, was developed by Southland architect Nader Khalili and is called "Geltaftan," from the Persian words for clay (gel) and firing or baking (taftan). The Iranian-born Khalili, who has taught at the Southern California Institute of Architecture in Santa Monica (SCI-ARC) since 1982, believes Geltaftan could be a means of providing durable, low-cost housing for arid regions of the world.
October 3, 1985 |
You can get a glimpse of the 1950s vision of the future by visiting a coffee shop along Los Angeles' commercial strips. The shops' daring roofs sweep out over panoramic glass walls and lush plantings. Jazzy signs hang overhead with names as bright as neon. In the '50s and '60s, these shops spread the Space Age style across the nation from their birthplace in the car culture of Southern California as local chains grew.
September 27, 1987 |
Hurricane Emily blew boats out of the water, flipped cars and tore off roofs Friday, injuring at least 16 people with its gusts of up to 112 m.p.h. as it raced across Bermuda and into the Atlantic. Forecasters were stunned that Emily gained strength even as it picked up forward speed. No deaths or serious injuries were reported, said Bryan Darby, Bermuda government spokesman. "We've been very lucky," Darby said. "It was a swift, sharp punch."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 16, 2010 |
As a boy, Esteban Avila had only a skinny old horse and two pairs of pants, and he lived in a swampy neighborhood called The Toad. He felt stranded across a river from the rest of the world and wondered about life on the other side. He saw merchants pay bands to serenade them in the village plaza and dreamed of doing the same. He had a girlfriend but no hope of marrying her because her father was the village butcher and expected a good life for his daughter. Then Avila found an elixir and took it with him when, at 19, he went to the United States.
July 22, 2009 |
In one of the driest regions on Earth, even a drizzle can cause an emergency. Less than 100th of an inch of rain fell on the Chilean port city of Iquique, accompanied by wind of about 10 mph. That was enough to knock out power to several neighborhoods and damage the roofs of 4,000 precarious dwellings, Gov. Miguel Silva said. With little water to worry about, many of Iquique's poor live in homes covered with bits of wood, plaster or cardboard that are easily damaged by a little rain and wind.
May 1, 1989 |
A fire at a Chatsworth condominium complex left six people homeless and caused an estimated $300,000 in damage early today, the Los Angeles Fire Department said. There were no injuries in the fire, which was reported at 12:30 a.m. in the carport area of the complex in the 10200 block of Oklahoma Avenue near Chatsworth High School, officials said. The fire quickly spread to three of the nearby townhouses, which reportedly had wood shake shingle facings and roofs. About 80 firefighters controlled the blaze in an hour.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 21, 1986
A 7-year-old boy was killed over the weekend when a crane attachment fell on him at a construction site, a spokeswoman for the Riverside County coroner said Monday. Rusty Chase of Norco climbed on a large commercial dumpster and was jumping from it when he fell and was crushed by a huge metal device used in building roofs, authorities said.
September 7, 1986 |
Each time I pass a garage sale, I am aware of our throwaway society and how much of our heritage is being discarded. It is then I shout loudly for the return of the attic. Not just a crawl space or a termite refuge, but a real, genuine, musty, cobwebby, dusty, creaky attic. Unfortunately, the attic in the West is as scarce as the front porch. Single-Story Houses And who gets the blame? Myopic architects and tight-fisted builders are the culprits.
October 13, 1988
My friend Charlie and I were arguing about all the Chinese signs in our city. I said, "Charlie, what are you and your gang up to now? Last year you pushed our City Council into passing an ordinance to require some English on all signs; now, you want to make it two-thirds English. You really want to eliminate all signs that are not in English, don't you?" Charlie looked around and whispered, "How did you ever guess? But keep it quiet; if we do it gradually, maybe they won't notice."