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  • Orioles-White Sox game: Baltimore's urban stadium becomes no-fans' land

    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. With protests and unrest roiling Baltimore following the Monday...

  • CicLAvia head is stepping down; he discusses event's future

    CicLAvia head is stepping down; he discusses 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. Since helping to...

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

    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....

  • New book 'Out of Sight' gives L.A.'s '60s art scene the respect its due

    New book 'Out of Sight' gives L.A.'s '60s art scene the respect its due

    For most of the 60 years that Los Angeles artists have been making aesthetically powerful, conceptually acute work, book publishers have generally looked the other way. Not surprisingly, it wasn't especially difficult during that time to find monographs on second- and even third-tier New York School...

  • Peter Zumthor's plan for LACMA undergoes makeover

    Peter Zumthor's plan for LACMA undergoes 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. Once a free-flowing, biomorphic design inspired by the La Brea Tar Pits and the work of the Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, the...

  • Los Angeles public space is rambunctious again; let's dress it properly

    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. Among the most influential...

  • Google's new headquarters design takes transparency to new levels

    Google's new headquarters design takes transparency to new levels

    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...

  • 'Provocations' pays tribute to designer Thomas Heatherwick

    'Provocations' pays tribute to designer Thomas Heatherwick

    "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. He was referring to the ability, which his office has become famous for, to jump nimbly between...

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

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

    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...

  • Composer Andrew Norman tries to evoke Gehry home in 'Frank's House'

    Composer Andrew Norman tries to evoke Gehry home in 'Frank's House'

    Andrew Norman is rhapsodizing over Frank Gehry's house in Santa Monica, where a few months ago Norman was given what the famous architect calls "the full Monty," a tour inside and out, accompanied by ample commentary from Gehry and his wife, Berta. "It has a quality which is almost sort of punk,...

  • Bulldoze first, apologize later: a true L.A. landmark

    Bulldoze first, apologize later: a true L.A. landmark

    It was beginning to feel like a demolition derby. On Tuesday, word started to spread that the canary-yellow 1937 house in Cheviot Hills where the writer Ray Bradbury lived for more than 50 years was being knocked down. The person razing it to make room for a new house on the site was the Pritzker...

  • Compelling case for gray at Pomona College's Studio Art Hall

    Compelling case for gray at Pomona College's Studio Art Hall

    There's a large room on the upper floor of the new Studio Art Hall at Pomona College, designed by the Culver City architecture firm wHY, called the "Gray Space." It doesn't have any fixed furniture. It's used variously as a studio, classroom and place for students to hang out; it has polished concrete...

  • ARTIC bullet-train station a curious, conspicuous bit of symbolism

    ARTIC bullet-train station a curious, conspicuous bit of symbolism

    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. It's in...

  • The future is in the past: Architecture trends in 2014

    The future is in the past: Architecture trends in 2014

    These were the words of the year in architecture: Basic. Fundamental. Primitive. Ancient. If fashion had normcore — the flaunting of a bland, practical and Gap-like aesthetic, the plain sweatshirt as statement of principles — architecture reset itself this year in an even more fascinating (if occasionally...

  • Frank Gehry wins Getty Trust's annual career achievement medal

    Frank Gehry wins Getty Trust's annual career achievement medal

    Frank Gehry is this year’s recipient of the J. Paul Getty Medal, the Getty Trust’s annual award for leadership in visual art. Gehry becomes the first designer or artist to win the award that the Getty launched in 2013. The prize – a bronze medal with a profile portrait of J. Paul Getty – recognizes...

  • Christopher Hawthorne's best of architecture in 2014

    Christopher Hawthorne's best of architecture in 2014

    Here is Christopher Hawthorne's look at the best of architecture in 2014. Progress on remaking the Los Angeles River. The feds chipped in and momentum flowed; in a twist unimaginable even three years ago, river backers are now on Gentrification Watch. San Rocco. The architectural journal, based...

  • 'Latino Urbanism' influences a Los Angeles in flux

    'Latino Urbanism' influences a Los Angeles in flux

    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...

  • Broad museum sets sights on fall 2015 opening in downtown Los Angeles

    Broad museum sets sights on fall 2015 opening in downtown Los Angeles

    The Broad museum has taken a step closer to announcing when it will open, staking out fall 2015 but stopping short of a specific date. The expected 2014 debut of the Broad, currently rising in downtown Los Angeles, was scratched earlier this year because of construction delays related to the building's...

  • Comprehensive 'Gehry' retrospective in Paris draws sociological blank

    Comprehensive 'Gehry' retrospective in Paris draws sociological blank

    The ground-floor gallery at the Pompidou Center, where curators Frédéric Migayrou and Aurélien Lemonier have installed "Frank Gehry," a major retrospective that runs through Jan. 26, looks right out through floor-to-ceiling windows toward the sidewalks of the 4th Arrondissement. On both of the...

  • Gehry's Louis Vuitton Foundation museum is a triumph, but to what end?

    Gehry's Louis Vuitton Foundation museum is a triumph, but to what end?

    The personal or private museum, built to hold the blue-chip paintings of a wealthy collector, is more of an American phenomenon than a European one. In Los Angeles alone we have the examples of the Getty, the Huntington and the Hammer to look to, with Eli Broad's Bunker Hill museum ready to join...

  • Maltzan's One Santa Fe apartment complex plays with notion of density

    Maltzan's One Santa Fe apartment complex plays with notion of density

    Every once in a while a piece of architecture comes along that is emblematic of a moment in a city's architectural and urban development. One Santa Fe, a 438-unit apartment complex in the arts district by Michael Maltzan Architecture, is that kind of building. It is a fractal of contemporary Los...

  • 'L.A. Plays Itself,' but do films get it right?

    'L.A. Plays Itself,' but do films get it right?

    After years as an influential but rarely screen cult classic, Thom Andersen's 2003 documentary, "Los Angeles Plays Itself," will finally be released on DVD this week. Andersen, a professor of film studies at the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, made the movie to protest what he saw...

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