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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.

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.
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Dec 18, 2014

Finally, on Cuba, a move both bold & rational from Obama. His own equivocation (on Ferguson, e.g.) has cost him as much as partisan gridlock

Dec 18, 2014

RT @parisreview: A tribute to Amiri Baraka: Listen to Thomas Sayers Ellis read his poem “Polo Goes to the Moon” with a jazz ensemble.

Dec 18, 2014

RT @nicsperling: Turns out my great uncle was huckster Walter Keane. My story on his second wife Margaret Keane and her #BigEyes…

Dec 18, 2014

RT @jackshafer: I don't believe Stalin ordered John Wayne killed, but it would make a good movie.…

Dec 18, 2014

One of the classic sources of great haiku, along w/ cherry blossoms and sparrows RT @awhawth: meatloaf?

Dec 17, 2014

"Deal might look done, but [team I'm doing favors for] still busy weighing offers from [teams that are not even close]"

Dec 17, 2014

NBA writers using Twitter to float bogus/exagg trade intel as favor to sources = depressing. Basically says u think your followers r idiots

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