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Cylon Base Star update: Peter Zumthor's drive-thru LACMA plan
Cylon Base Star update: Peter Zumthor's drive-thru LACMA plan

As was widely reported this week (in the L.A. Times, New York Times and others), Swiss architect Peter Zumthor has revised his proposed design for a new building for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). In the original proposal, a single pseudopod from Zumthor's black blob cantilevered over a portion of the La Brea tar pits — a gesture I seriously dug, since it got the museum to engage the tar pits rather than turn its back on them. (Seriously, that mammoth drowning in the muck is one of the best, most surreal pieces of public art in L.A. I was happy to see an architect acknowledge it.) A number of environmental factors made that extension problematic, so Zumthor...

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