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Ike Bahadourian

  • Food
    If I had know about Andy's Coffee shop during my days at Pasadena City College, just two blocks down, I would've ditched biology in the morning at least a couple more times. Hiding on a stretch where the store facades all look the same, I almost wish Andy's had a 50 foot high coffee mug sitting on the restaurant, steam rising from the top. I'm not sure about the wallpaper or the 50s diner...
  • News
    The game began with Pau controlling the tip, hitting it forward to Radmonovic who scored on a quick pull up jumper. My friend Ara turned to me and said, "He controlled it by tipping it forward and not backwards. Thats symbolic, thats deep." Ara is a philosophy major with a beard that screams wisdom, so I couldn't help but agree- As tonights game showed, I think Pau is a piece that puts us over the...
  • Arts and Entertainment
    Saturday morning was the first community meeting to discuss the Hollywood Freeway Central Park. Meeting in an elementary school auditorium, like they do in the Simpsons, those that attended saw Assemblyman Mike Feuer, LA City Council President Eric Garcetti and others speak about this park and the story behind it. In part I, I wrote about the failures of design in Los Angeles and a need to use architecture to embrace our 36 freeways....
  • Arts and Entertainment
    From the outside, it might look like putting on my ray bans and blasting Bill Withers Live at Carnegie Hall is a matter of taste, but in reality it's a calculated effort for droning out the miles of billboards, concrete, and cars I drive through everyday. Amateur graffiti art and occasional, adjacent shrubbery are hardly enough to make up for what we have to sit through during daily commutes. This year, I've become well...
  • News
    I've never roasted chestnuts before. I've also never made a (successful) gingerbread house or chopped down my own Christmas tree. But every year, in the super early hours of Christmas morning, we get together with friends to go caroling. After spending most of the late evening with family, a group of five-six of us will meet at a house and start dropping names of people we want to visit. Half the fun is in who...
  • Arts and Entertainment
    ...so we rebuilt our city as a living, breathing, self-sustaining, self-protecting environment. Studying architecture, it's essential to take numerous refreshing breaks throughout our day in studio. A couple times a week we'll find ourselves spending breaks gathered around a laptop watching a movie, an episode of arrested development, or a video like this by Imaginary Forces- A presentation on the future of our city, in the year 2106. If you've never heard of L.A. based...
  • News
    If you've driven through downtown LA you've definitely seen the Bonaventure Hotel. Next time you're stuck in traffic on the 110, look to the side for four cylinder glass towers. Designed by developer and architect John Portman in 1977, the Bonaventure on south Figueroa stands out in the LA skyline as one of the few buildings worth looking at twice. I'd been hoping to visit it since seeing it from the roof of The...

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