Architecture Critic, Los Angeles Times

L.A. Convention Center's proposed design screams, 'conventional thinking'

latimes.com — Over the last couple of years, Plan A for expanding the Los Angeles Convention Center has been slowly morphing into Plan B. Unfortunately, the proposed design for the expansion, though there's still time to improve it, doesn't deserve much more than a gentleman's C. AEG, the company that owns L.A.
Jul 31, 2015

My Sun. Calendar piece on the proposed LA convention center expansion -- now that the NFL has moved on -- is now up: latimes.com/entertainment/…

Jul 31, 2015

RT @latimes: L.A. Convention Center's proposed design screams, "conventional thinking" lat.ms/1I8aZgq

Thursday, Jul. 30, 2015

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Freeway design is a mash-up on newly expanded 405

latimes.com — Imagine if the ancient Romans, late in their empire-building days, had suddenly forgotten how to design aqueducts. Or if Chicago started filling the Loop with a collection of ungainly skyscrapers, each more of an eyesore than the last. Something similar - a sad reversal of infrastructural fortune - is happening in Southern California.
Jul 30, 2015

Freeway design is a mash-up on newly expanded 405 lat.ms/1DbrxFR

Jul 30, 2015

Southern California has forgotten how to build a good-looking freeway latimes.com/entertainment/…

Jul 30, 2015

Here's the opener in my series rethinking the LA freeway, on the expensively muddled design of the expanded 405 latimes.com/entertainment/…

Jul 30, 2015

A major lesson of the new-look 405: don't look to Jane Jacobs to take on the work of Robert Moses. latimes.com/entertainment/…

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Is Craig Ellwood's beachfront Hunt House in jeopardy?

latimes.com — According to documents filed with the city of Malibu, the owner of a legendary beachfront house by architect Craig Ellwood wants to demolish it. Last fall, the Malibu Planning Commission considered (and ultimately postponed a decision on) an application to replace the house on Malibu Road with "a new 28-foot-tall, two-story, 5,511-square foot single-family residence."
Jun 19, 2015

The owner of Craig Ellwood's 1957 Hunt House in Malibu has filed papers to demolish it. latimes.com/entertainment/…

Jun 19, 2015

RT @HawthorneLAT: The owner of Craig Ellwood's 1957 Hunt House in Malibu has filed papers to demolish it. latimes.com/entertainment/…

Visionaries search for key to civic engagement in L.A.

latimes.com — The 3-year-old house owned by Jeanne and Anthony Pritzker, high on Angelo Drive in the upper reaches of Beverly Hills, is a vast and imposing neo-modern chateau, loosely Richard Meieresque in feel, that holds a notable collection of contemporary art and covers 49,000 square feet.
Jun 05, 2015

A salon on civic engagement & inequality chez Pritzker--paradox alert!--plus reading the @AngelenoRick tea leaves latimes.com/entertainment/…

Jun 05, 2015

In 2015, how effective is it to discuss fixing LA at a Beverly Hills mansion? Good one by @HawthorneLAT latimes.com/entertainment/…

Jun 05, 2015

A woman gathers Angelenos in a Beverly Hills mansion to discuss the state of civic engagement latimes.com/entertainment/… pic.twitter.com/I48W3z9w2a

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A low-key Facebook building? In Gehry's hands, Zuckerberg has it both ways

latimes.com — There are a couple of ways to explain how Frank Gehry came to design a very large but surprisingly plain-spoken building for Facebook in Silicon Valley.
May 27, 2015

The aesthetic marriage between Mark Zuckerberg and Frank Gehry: lat.ms/1FYdhkp

May 27, 2015

A low-key Facebook building? In Gehry's hands, Zuckerberg has it both ways lat.ms/1AxBTOv

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Chris Burden's architectural intelligence

latimes.com — 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

latimes.com — 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.
Apr 30, 2015

Ballpark as quarantine zone: some brief thoughts on the spectacle of a game played today in an empty Camden Yards. lat.ms/1zeZaEi

Apr 29, 2015

Spectator-less game in Baltimore shows baseball's 'growing estrangement from the black community.' @HawthorneLAT lat.ms/1zeZaEi

Apr 29, 2015

Ballgame in empty Baltimore stadium was 'a reversal of the natural order of things.' More from @HawthorneLAT lat.ms/1zeZaEi

CicLAvia co-founder Aaron Paley discusses the event's future

latimes.com — 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.
Apr 24, 2015

Some news: Aaron Paley is stepping down as @CicLAvia executive director. I discuss that & other topics w/ him here: latimes.com/entertainment/…

Apr 24, 2015

In that Q&A w/ @aaronpaley: We discuss possibility of a weekly @Ciclavia & the "infrastructure of the temporary": latimes.com/entertainment/…

Apr 24, 2015

CicLAvia head is stepping down; he discusses event's future ow.ly/M58uZ

Apr 24, 2015

ICYMI: @CicLAvia executive director @aaronpaley is stepping down. He and I discuss that news, LA's future and more: latimes.com/entertainment/…

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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.
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Aug 02, 2015

RT @atotalmonet: I'm only upset I didn't get to this sooner: @molly_knight's "Best Team Money Can Buy" is the most fun baseball book to read this summer.

Aug 01, 2015

@JimDalrympleII @CarterRubin this is a billion-dollar, ten-mile long piece of urban design and landscape architecture. Its design matters.

Aug 01, 2015

@JimDalrympleII @CarterRubin owners who in many cases built *after* the original 405 subdividing a design process into dozens of pieces

Aug 01, 2015

@JimDalrympleII @CarterRubin also this is not a case of a freeway destroying a neighborhood. It's a case of nearby homeowners and property+

Aug 01, 2015

@JimDalrympleII @CarterRubin and that can be true (is true!) whether you're talking about highways or public transit.

Aug 01, 2015

@JimDalrympleII @CarterRubin that's a pretty aggressive misreading of piece! New process has many pluses; 1 minus is regional design vision

Aug 01, 2015

@Halbur yes, it was precisely my point that she wouldn't have. Lessons of her work being misapplied---

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