Architecture Critic, Los Angeles Times

Chris Burden's architectural intelligence — I remember very clearly the first time I heard Renzo Piano describe the new plaza he was planning for the expanded Los Angeles County Museum of Art . It must have been 2005. The Italian architect told me he wanted to create a spacious, classically proportioned space stretching between the museum's new ticket kiosks and Wilshire Boulevard.

Orioles-White Sox game: Baltimore's urban stadium becomes no-fans' land — The whiteboard in the Camden Yards press box listed some details about the Baltimore Orioles' fourth home date of the season, a Wednesday afternoon game against the Chicago White Sox. Temperature: 73F. First pitch: 2:06. Attendance: 0.

CicLAvia co-founder Aaron Paley discusses the event's future — Aaron Paley, co-founder of CicLAvia , the hugely popular bicycling and open-streets festival that began in Los Angeles in 2010, emailed me with news: He was planning to step down as the nonprofit organization's executive director and take on a reduced role as executive producer.

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