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Architecture Critic — LA Times

Architecture Critic, Los Angeles Times

The Huntington's new entry complex devalues architecture's role — Across the country, museums are pursuing vast and pricey expansion plans, sometimes chasing more square footage or higher-wattage architectural celebrity than seems entirely wise. The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art , the Barnes Foundation and New York's Whitney Museum , to name just three, are building or have opened new facilities dwarfing the old ones in scale.

Digital video runs a screen on the cityscape — When all the walls talk, what does it mean for architecture? Apple is expected to unveil its much-anticipated touch-screen tablet on Wednesday morning. A few journalists see the device as a possible savior for the newspaper business. Me? I'm wondering how it'll affect the skyline. Don't laugh.

Review: ARTIC bullet-train station odd, conspicuous bit of symbolism — Construction will begin next month on the first stretch of California's high-speed rail network. It will run from Fresno to Madera. Earlier this month, a sleek, glass-wrapped $189-million building that officials are promoting as the state's first high-speed station opened to the public.

Prison design faces judgment — Critic's Notebook: Amid the proliferation of prisons, debate over their future has exposed the facilities, and details of their architecture, to new scrutiny. It might be the most carefully hidden building boom in American architectural history. Over the last 40 years, beginning with strict drug-sentencing laws introduced in 1973 by New York Gov.

Influx of money from mainland China turns LA suburb into the 'Chinese Beverly Hills'

'Latino Urbanism' influences a Los Angeles in flux — Work crews in recent weeks have made major design changes to Broadway in downtown Los Angeles, widening the sidewalks and adding planters, chairs and round cafe tables with bright-red umbrellas where rows of parked cars used to be. The upgrades aim to make the street as welcoming to pedestrians as drivers.

How Arcadia is remaking itself as a magnet for Chinese money — Most Los Angeles architects are lucky if they complete two or three houses by their early 30s. Thirty-one-year-old Philip Chan, who runs a firm in Arcadia called PDS Studio, has already seen more than 75 of his residential designs built across the San Gabriel Valley. He's still not the best-known designer in Arcadia.

Koreatown's cool old buildings point to L.A.'s future — A 1941 Los Angeles guidebook described architect Myron Hunt's I. Magnin building on Wilshire Boulevard, finished two years earlier, as an "elaborate new" department store with shop floors "furnished in shades of apricot" and featuring "indirect lighting effects like those achieved by Parisian artists and technicians."

'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.
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