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'Constructing Worlds' exhibit at Barbican explores buildings as neighbors — Thirty years ago, the Italian photographer Luigi Ghirri complained that pictures of well-known buildings were often as conventional and flat as mediocre still-life paintings "but executed out of doors." Those images, he wrote, "remind me of photographs of architectural models rather than realized buildings.

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.

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Nov 25, 2014

RT @LosAngelesWalks: Join us in Leimert Park for the South LA @CicLAvia December 7 as we get feedback on our pedestrian signage plan!…

Nov 24, 2014

Near the top of a very short list of great LA houses----> MT @kelseykeith Video tour of Ray Kappe's house:

Nov 24, 2014

Overstuffed iPhone memory as metaphor. Esp for those of us w/ a lot of brief performances, many feat. small ppl in hats, to capture on video

Nov 24, 2014

@gregorg this is merely proof of the audience for whatever books you turn out in future. Like a mortgage preapproval. But less paperwork

Nov 24, 2014

The letters that went back and forth btw Wyoming, OH and Berkeley, CA circa 1988-89 took themselves very seriously, believe me

Nov 24, 2014

Also @joshuawolfshenk and I have been friends for a v long time so I can talk about his handwriting at age 17 if that happens to come up

Nov 24, 2014

RT @KTLA: Iconic KTLA radio tower being taken down, moved to original location. Watch live.

Nov 24, 2014

I am esp curious to explore this idea of LA as a tricky collaborative landscape but also as muse for architects like Gehry

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