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Rem Koolhaas

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

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

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. Live, struck a deal with the city in 2010 to build a professional football stadium on part of the convention center site downtown. The lure for City Hall: a pledge from AEG to pay for a $315-million upgrade of the convention complex itself at the same time. SIGN UP for the free Essential Arts & Culture newsletter >> Though the idea was hugely complicated politically...

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