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Architecture Critic — LA Times

Architecture Critic, Los Angeles Times

'Citizenfour's' paranoid spaces echoed in other Oscar nominees

latimes.com — 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

latimes.com — 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

latimes.com — 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.

Dubai development may be down, but it's not out

latimes.com — If a city can be spectacularly quiet, this waterfront city-state has certainly qualified in recent months. Hundreds of abandoned construction cranes languish above Dubai's gated communities and beach-side developments and, most dramatically, up and down Sheikh Zayed Road, its high-rise spine.

The Huntington's new entry complex devalues architecture's role

latimes.com — 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

articles.latimes.com — 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

latimes.com — 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

articles.latimes.com — 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

latimes.com — 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.
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Feb 26, 2015

RT @tnyCloseRead: This video of ISIS's destruction of artifacts in the Mosul museum is just wrenching. nytimes.com/video/world/mi…

Feb 25, 2015

RT @LangeAlexandra: It was lovely to speak to architectural photographer Helene Binet, who has a new exhibit in LA nytimes.com/2015/02/26/gar…

Feb 25, 2015

RT @michaelbierut: It's official! My first monograph will be published this fall by @thamesandhudson (UK) & @harperdesign (US) http://t.co/…

Feb 25, 2015

Was just finishing up my review of Heatherwick's show at the Hammer when I read that Google news. Interesting wrinkle, to say the least...

Feb 25, 2015

“If you brought 5,000 people in & they all work for Google and they said, ‘We want you to vote for this candidate,’ they can own the town.”

Feb 24, 2015

RT @alexbozikovic: Fascinating lecture tonight Patricia Patkau on current mature work @PatkauArchitect: free formal, material research bleeding into practice.

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