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Louis Vuitton Sunset show at the Salk Institute

Designed Arrival

The blue line

When students disembark from the new Blue Line trolley at UC San Diego, they come across the work of poets, artists, and scientists who have made an impact at the university. Concept artist Ann Hamilton etched the 800-foot path with 1,300 citations from the Geisel Library for the quilt-like concordance. The new streetcar route is a key development for the city, serving as a physical and intellectual link from the US-Mexico border through downtown and UTC.

Underground design

Wildlife Explorers Base Camp

It is the most ambitious project in the history of the San Diego Zoo. After two years of planning, the former 3.2-acre petting zoo has been transformed into an $87 million state-of-the-art multi-ecosystem experience. With much of the design underground, it was a huge feat of engineering for Pacific Builders Group, navigating the tunnels and kingdoms of Komodo during a global pandemic.


Betty Larkins

Never mind the wallpaper. The designer on everyone’s lips brings her own mural power. Artist Janie Rochfort is the founder of Betty Larkin, the in-demand multidisciplinary design studio that focuses on megawatt artwork and murals. Rochfort makes lasting statements by maximizing wall space with graphic treatment and custom design. On his resume: An island of love Position, Lonny magazine offices and closer to you, Shop Good and Communal Coffee.

madness of beauty


It’s beyond the beauty counter. Well beyond. The new standalone Chanel boutique at Westfield UTC is an immersion into fragrances, makeup and skincare products, as well as an exclusive selection of uber-chic eyewear, like Telluride-tested shields or pearl-detailed specs for the work. The black and white design of the store recalls the codes of the house.

Living in the North Torrey Pines

UCSD North Torrey Pines Living

Free for architecture lovers

Children’s sketch

Prepare your pencils. From Hotel Del to Chula Vista Library, the second Saturday of each month is dedicated to KidSketch. Courtesy of the San Diego Architecture Foundation, the free virtual art classes aim to teach the next generation how to draw iconic San Diego structures. The next step ? Cabrillo Bridge in August and North Park Water Tower in September.

Local collaboration center


From Metallica to Bones Brigade, Nixon remains unrivaled in securing collaborations with collector credibility. Last year, the Carlsbad-based brand launched Nixon x Grateful Dead. This year’s ticking time bomb is Nixon x Independent. Back in the ’70s and ’80s, Independent’s skateboard trucks were designed to grind rails and dump pools. Today? Candy on the wrist.

style moment

Louis Vuitton

San Diego made fashion history when Louis Vuitton held a sunset show at the Salk Institute. Glitterati (Vogue editor Anna Wintour, starlet Gemma Chan) descended on the brutalist icon for the Cruise 2023 collection. exclaims artistic director Nicolas Ghesquière. Shimmy in the collection; it’s available at the new Westfield UTC store in November.

New architectural district

North Torrey

While UC San Diego has claimed the #1 employer ranking in San Diego, its campus has suffered its own architectural feat. La Jolla-based Safdie Rabines designed the award-winning North Torrey Pines Living and Learning neighborhood. Spread over 10 acres, it is the university’s most ambitious new construction to date, combining learning, living, cultural activities, business activities and cycle paths.

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