Architecture Critic, Los Angeles Times

Assemble might have a Turner Prize, but the London collective continues to defy categorization — It has been quite the rise to prominence - and influence - for Assemble, the London collective whose work hovers somewhere between art and architecture, between built space and cultural critique. Best known for designing projects like pop-up cinemas and other temporary spaces in close collaboration with the local communities that will use them, Assemble creates low-budget ad hoc designs that also happen to be sharply photogenic.

SFMOMA's expansion tries mightily but ultimately rings a bit hollow — How odd is it to be trapped inside the parallel, ever-accelerating cycles of amnesia and nostalgia that mark American culture these days? Pretty odd. You'd be forgiven, for example, for experiencing a certain degree of confusion, if not outright philosophical whiplash, about the attitude we're currently expected to display toward the art and architecture that emerged two decades ago, in the middle of the 1990s.

Can Vanna Venturi House and other landmark homes survive the test of new owners? — Sometime over the last week, the online listing for the Vanna Venturi House, a three-bedroom, two-bath, two-story residence in the Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia that covers 1,986 square feet and is asking $1.5 million, ticked from "active" to "contract pending."

The restored Met Breuer (formerly the Whitney) has a new energy as well as a lived-in look — File this one under the wisdom of letting an old dog do old tricks. In restoring Marcel Breuer's 1966 Whitney Museum building at Madison Avenue and 75th Street as a satellite venue - and a way to shore up its modern- and contemporary-art bona fides - the Metropolitan Museum of Art has figured out how and where to leave well enough alone.

Zaha Hadid smashed architecture's glass ceiling — Like many architecture critics, I have spent a good chunk of the last two decades, or the bulk of my career, grappling with the force, the flaws and the complexities of Zaha Hadid 's work. Hers was the shadow none of us could escape, and whose contours we puzzled over and tried, often in vain, to precisely measure.

The newly opened $4-billion World Trade Center transit hub is overwrought and underwhelming — It looks like a dove. Or a carcass. Santiago Calatrava's World Trade Center transportation hub, whose soaring main hall opened to the public earlier this month, suggests an approach to architectural image-making right on the border between flexible and opportunistic.

Review: MOCA's revamped architecture show a model of insularity — The new architecture exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art - and we'll get to its ever-changing title in a moment - is the product of a museum in significant disarray.

Why does this huge new gallery in downtown L.A. underwhelm? It's a familiar story — Sometimes the credits tell you everything you need to know. Take the slightly unusual way Annabelle Selldorf's name appears in the materials promoting Hauser Wirth & Schimmel, the massive and much-anticipated Arts District outpost of the international gallery Hauser & Wirth, which was founded in 1992.

What Terrence Malick's 'Knight of Cups' says about L.A. and its architecture — An Instagram feed with orchestral score, a triumph of location scouting and architectural scene-setting, an advertisement for Proust and the Los Angeles tourism board shot like one for Chanel : “Knight of Cups,” the new Terrence Malick film, is not for many of its 118 minutes a model of anything resembling restraint.

2 downtown L.A. parks and the tricky task of designing them to best serve the city — In spring 1985, Jack Smith wrote a column for this newspaper with the following headline: "Can Downtown L.A. Survive Its Own Heady Prosperity?" Smith spent the column puzzling over what do with Pershing Square, arguably the city's single most significant public space - and certainly its most consistently vexing, having been remade but never quite fixed, several times over many decades.
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