Architecture Critic, Los Angeles Times

Peter Zumthor's plan for LACMA undergoes makeover — Architect Peter Zumthor's plan for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art has undergone a significant makeover. It still crosses Wilshire Boulevard. But in other ways, architect Peter Zumthor's plan for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art has undergone a significant makeover.

Toyo Ito's architecture beckons a critic to Asia — Jet lag can do strange things to a person. But it wasn't just a mixed-up body clock that had me awake at 3 a.m. during a trip to Japan a few years ago, madly scrolling through online ferry schedules and trying to plot a route by train, boat and taxi to a new architecture museum on the southern island of Omishima.

Los Angeles public space is rambunctious again; let's dress it properly — "The public sector stopped making public space a long time ago," Los Angeles architect Jon Jerde told Wired magazine rather matter-of-factly in 1999. Jerde, who died last month at age 75, was best known for projects that were both resigned to and propelled by that idea.

Michael Graves dies at 80; pioneering figure in postmodern architecture — Not many architects can claim to have spearheaded a major design movement. Michael Graves played a prominent role in three. Graves, who died Thursday at 80 of natural causes at his home in Princeton, N.J., was a pioneering figure in postmodernism in the 1980s and '90s.

Frei Otto is the winner of posthumous 2015 Pritzker Prize — Frei Otto, the German engineer and architect best known for his lightweight, tent-light structures for the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, has been posthumously named the 2015 winner of the Pritzker Prize, the highest honor in architecture. Otto died Monday in Germany at age 89, according to Edward Lifson, a Pritzker spokesman.

Google's new headquarters design takes transparency to new levels — As an architect, what do you give the company that has everything? More to the point, what do you design for the company that is everywhere, that has become digitally ubiquitous? If you're Thomas Heatherwick and Bjarke Ingels, the rising-star architects tapped to design the new Google headquarters in Mountain View, you begin by covering all of your bases, philosophical, practical and technological.

Review: 'Provocations' delightful look at designer Thomas Heatherwick — "We've become experts in not being experts," Thomas Heatherwick said during a tour of "Provocations," a Hammer Museum survey of the work his London design firm has produced over the last two decades.

'Citizenfour's' paranoid spaces echoed in other Oscar nominees — The hotel room where most of the Laura Poitras documentary "Citizenfour" takes place is small, decorated only with a bed and some furniture by the Danish modernist Arne Jacobsen (or at least some persuasive knockoffs). But it's packed with enough anxieties about government surveillance and the steamrolling growth of digital culture to fill a skyscraper.

Christopher Hawthorne's early Broad museum tour: the tweets — Los Angeles Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne took an early tour through the under-construction Broad museum on Friday and tweeted the experience. Get an early look at the structure through his eyes:

An in-progress look at the Broad museum — Architect Elizabeth Diller, dressed mostly in sober New York black, hard hat in hand, stood on the Grand Avenue sidewalk Friday morning in front of the Broad museum, which she designed with her New York firm, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, and is set to open Sept. 20.
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