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Architecture Critic — LA Times
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A Corinthian column that held up the palmleaf roof of a nutburger stand / Architecture Critic, Los Angeles Times

Comprehensive 'Gehry' retrospective in Paris draws sociological blank — The ground-floor gallery at the Pompidou Center, where curators Frédéric Migayrou and Aurélien Lemonier have installed "Frank Gehry," a major retrospective that runs through Jan. 26, looks right out through floor-to-ceiling windows toward the sidewalks of the 4th Arrondissement.

Paris' Louis Vuitton Foundation epitomizes Frank Gehry's genius — The personal or private museum, built to hold the blue-chip paintings of a wealthy collector, is more of an American phenomenon than a European one. In Los Angeles alone we have the examples of the Getty, the Huntington and the Hammer to look to, with Eli Broad's Bunker Hill museum ready to join their ranks next year.

Florida Polytechnic University, Designed by Santiago Calatrava — Santiago Calatrava, FAIA, has had a tough couple of years. What should have been a glamorous and career-capping commission for the 63-year-old Spanish architect, the new transit hub at the rebuilt World Trade Center, has instead been plagued by extensive delays and massive budget overruns.

Architecture review: Michael Maltzan tries to make density appealing at One Santa Fe — Every once in a while a piece of architecture comes along that is emblematic of a moment in a city's architectural and urban development. One Santa Fe, a 438-unit apartment complex in the arts district by Michael Maltzan Architecture, is that kind of building.

In Paris, a passion for all things Frank Gehry — Frank Gehry has a significant history in Paris -- and something of a mixed record. He lived here for a year in the early 1960s, working for the French architect Andre Remondet as well as the planner Robert Auzelle. As an established and indeed world-famous architect he returned to Paris to design the American Center, which opened in 1994.

Renzo Piano defends academy museum plans — A few minutes after sitting down to talk with Renzo Piano in his large, airy Paris studio Tuesday, I asked the architect about the progress of the film museum he is designing for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Wilshire Boulevard. "The academy?" he asked. "Ha.

Metro's Union Station master plan a significant shift — Union Station celebrated its 75th anniversary in May. This month we're getting a glimpse - encouraging if opaque - of what its next 75 years might look like. A nearly finalized master plan by L.A.

Fall marks season of revival for architecture in Los Angeles — Architecture is not just slow. It's a hurry-up-and-wait profession at its core, chancy and contingent, as vulnerable to the cold feet of clients as the whims of capital markets. During the Great Recession, as financing dried up and confidence cracked, the construction of important new buildings in Los Angeles ground nearly to a halt.

Arts Preview - Los Angeles Times

On eve of Super Bowl, football caught between a rock and hard tackle — Critic's Notebook: With the violent sport being linked strongly to brain trauma, its place in culture is sure to change. And the stadium as monument will likely change as well. One afternoon in early January, I took a tour of the refurbished Memorial Stadium in Berkeley with a pair of architects from the firm HNTB.
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Oct 30, 2014

A reminder of how brutal the early 90s recession was for d'ment and architecture in LA MT @VamonosLA:

Oct 30, 2014

This story now ready for Vox MT @deane_madsen int ø of @hirshhorn≈53% of ext ø. If windows≈80% of ins surface, then≈42% of façade is windows

Oct 30, 2014

And the lack of suburban-sized setbacks from its neighbors, of course.

Oct 30, 2014

Starting with the fact that it doesn't have 400 sq feet of covered parking at street level.

Oct 30, 2014

It would be interesting to annotate this image of the Muji prefab to note all the ways it would be illegal in L.A.…

Oct 30, 2014

A snippet of James Nares' fascinating-looking "Street," w/ music by Thurston Moore:…

Oct 30, 2014

"Here was the best." Roger Angell, who has seen a few, on Madison Bumgarner:…

Oct 30, 2014

RT @tomvanderbilt: "...the Dallas Cowboys football stadium consumes more energy each year than the whole of Liberia..."… @lrb

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