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Ice Cube Explains Why the Eames House, and L.A. as a Whole, Are So Damn Awesome

October 15, 2014 by Brian Champlin

As part of the Case Study House Program begun in the mid-1940s and continuing into the 1960’s, Charles and Ray Eames (husband and wife) set out to build a home for a married couple working in design and graphic arts who were now old enough to have seen their children leave the nest. Middle aged, newly free, and far from retired.

The challenge of the design would be to create a house that would seamlessly integrate with the lifestyle of the inhabitants, a background for a “life in work” with the surrounding natural setting serving as a shock absorber for their daily grind.

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The result? The Eames House, which you’ve likely heard of, and if you’re lucky, may have even visited.

Of course you’re probably wondering by virtue of this article title… what in the hell does Ice Cube have to do with that? Well for starters, game recognize game, right?

Secondly, the rapper actually studied architectural drafting at the Phoenix Institute of Technology in the fall of 1987, and is able to connect the dots to see how the Eames’s resourcefulness is a metaphor for the improvisational mishmash of culture that is Los Angeles.

And as for the haters…

“Who are these people who got a problem with L.A.? Maybe they’re just made they don’t live here.”

Amen brother.

Enjoy the Eames and Ice Cube below.

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