Architecture Critic, Los Angeles Times

Consider the social-architectural context of LACMA's 1965 design

latimes.com — It's one of those tidbits of Los Angeles architectural history that can seem minor or hugely emblematic, depending on the context. In April 1965, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art opened its new campus on Wilshire Boulevard, designed by increasingly prolific hometown architect William Pereira.

Robert Schuller: A patron of modernist architecture

latimes.com — He began with a drive-in church designed by Richard Neutra located just three miles from Disneyland. Over time he added a telegenic cathedral by Philip Johnson and a shimmering, cylindrical "hospitality center," with an auditorium and cafe, by Richard Meier. Robert H.

Peter Zumthor's plan for LACMA undergoes makeover

latimes.com — 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

latimes.com — 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

latimes.com — "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

latimes.com — 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

latimes.com — 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

latimes.com — 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

latimes.com — "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

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.
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Apr 20, 2015

RT @NspiregreenLLC: Alba: in Sweden pedestrians can do where they want. Cars navigate around them #APA15 #SharedStreets

Apr 20, 2015

Also online presentation is impressive, tho using digital renderings/fly-throughs (vs. photographs/video) for a finished bldg is surprising

Apr 20, 2015

RT @JenGraves: The terrific Mary McNamara wins the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism! More here: pulitzer.org/citation/2015-…

Apr 20, 2015

And feature-writing Pulitzer to LAT's @dianamarcum for these drought stories -- congrats! latimes.com/local/great-re…

Apr 20, 2015

@the_wrangler If McCoy is the "mother of us all," as Banham said, he is def. father

Apr 20, 2015

@the_wrangler Anyway this is all grist for our upcoming Boom conversation, yes?

Apr 20, 2015

@the_wrangler srsly now I feel bad for obsessing about one measly word in a long & generous post!

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