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Peter Zumthor's L.A.-LACMA vision in need of update
Peter Zumthor's L.A.-LACMA vision in need of update

The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam does it. The Louvre does it — twice. The Sackler Museum at Harvard wanted to do it in the 1980s, but neighbors objected and its design was changed. Bridging a major street, as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art now proposes to do in expanding across Wilshire Boulevard, is not an unprecedented idea for a prominent museum. In truth the gesture by LACMA and its architect, Peter Zumthor, is the product not so much of boldness as a combination of diplomacy and fidelity — perhaps misguided — to certain elements of his original design. And while L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti and other elected officials were quick to praise the updated version, my...

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