Architecture Critic, Los Angeles Times

The new Broad museum, though efficiently designed, really only comes alive on the periphery

latimes.com — It's a depressingly reliable fact of Los Angeles architecture: Nothing comes easily on Bunker Hill. In the five decades since city planners radically remade Grand Avenue in a burst of urban-renewal ambition, demolishing its Victorian-era houses and apartment buildings and carving the hilltop into vast super-blocks, architects have struggled to make sense of its peculiar, wide-open scale, which can swallow subtlety whole.
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The Browser - Writing worth reading

thebrowser.com — Expert discussion of forecasting. First case study: The raid which killed Osama Bin Laden. "It's an interesting fact that in very high stakes national security debates people don't think it's possible to make very granular probability estimates. They seem to act as though 'things are going to happen', and there's 'maybe' and 'things aren't going to happen'.
Aug 20, 2015

RT @TheBrowser: 'A Short Course In Superforecasting'. Philip Tetlock leads @edge discussion with Daniel Kahneman: thebrowser.com/share-link/6X4G

Aug 21, 2015

RT @TheBrowser: Wonderful zeitgeist essay on the freeways of LA. We look forward to a sequel on the storm drains. thebrowser.com/share-link/W95a

Atlantic Boulevard's new stride reflects shifting L.A. street scene

latimes.com — As Los Angeles' boulevards reassert their place in the public realm, the transformation along Atlantic offers glimpses of a new city identity taking shape. The 5600 block of Atlantic Avenue doesn't look like much at first glance, especially if you're zipping through at 45 mph.
Aug 12, 2015

Took 3 yrs, but changes I saw emerging on the blvds in 2012 (latimes.com/la-ca-atlantic…) are now official policy in LA: latimes.com/local/lanow/la…

Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015

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Hydrology, not landscaping or landmarks, is focus of Frank Gehry's L.A. River plan

latimes.com — Frank Gehry and the Los Angeles River: It's a combination that makes zero sense (if you're looking strictly at Gehry's resume) and follows a natural logic (if you think about the interest the architect's work has long shown in L.A.'s linear infrastructure and its overlooked, harder-to-love corners).
Aug 09, 2015

Frank Gehry's LA River plan is about hydrology, not landscaping or landmarks: latimes.com/local/californ…

Aug 09, 2015

RT @PeteJamison: Also says he's no Olmsted (Central Park planner), wants to focus on hydrology over landscape architecture lat.ms/1HzIKDE

Aug 09, 2015

RT @PeteJamison: 'I don't see tearing out the concrete,' Gehry tells @HawthorneLAT in a remarkable interview about plans for LA River lat.ms/1HzIKDE

Aug 09, 2015

"I don't see tearing out the concrete. It's an architectural feature." Gehry gives @HawthorneLAT river plan details latimes.com/local/californ…

Aug 09, 2015

Why is Frank Gehry helming LA River project? @HawthorneLAT talked to him -- his reasons may surprise. lat.ms/1hrWQC8

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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

latimes.com — Get the experience of reading today’s paper online through our eNewspaper, an electronic version of the same paper that hits subscriber’s driveways. Or, read those stories on latimes.com using the links below. Enjoy this preview of our daily report and, while you're here, sign up to get our Essential...

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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Sep 05, 2015

The story loops back on itself at the end, just like the model train GIF twitter.com/Awl/status/640…

Sep 04, 2015

Is Telluride trying to be Sundance, or just getting helplessly turned into it by a whole bunch of marketing depts?

Sep 04, 2015

@DonnaSinkArch but I don't think saying everybody involved deserves scrutiny after the fact *except* the architect makes sense either

Sep 04, 2015

@DonnaSinkArch I don't think it's nearly clear-cut enuf to say scale of bldg killed free tuition+

Sep 04, 2015

@DonnaSinkArch Yes, tho this strikes me as special case, given centrality of 0 tuition (& challenge of maintaining that) to Cooper's mission

Sep 04, 2015

@mattdpearce the one above is Sears bldg in Alhambra. 2nd one I tweeted is 6th/Commonwealth, nee CNA, now Superior Court

Sep 04, 2015

CNA bldg is maybe the most painterly in LA and Thom's pictures of it all beautifully get that


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