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Any skyscraper is a contradiction. The tall tower is architecture's most famous building type and also the one most clearly at odds with the profession's roots. Fundamentally, architecture is shelter, a concession that we're afraid to face the elements...
If you were expecting the National September 11 Memorial to turn out to be a visionary or uncompromising monument to human tragedy and architectural destruction, you probably haven't been paying sustained attention to the process that created it. And...
Los Angeles Times staff writerA $12-million pier-spanning wooden roller coaster that will dive beneath the boardwalk and race across a cantilevered bridge before navigating a series of high-speed twists and turns is expected to open in 2013 at Morey's Piers seaside amusement park on...
L.A. at HomeKenneth Cobonpue premieres his new Ferris chair, which puts you at the center of your own personal amusement park....
Culture MonsterBroadway hit "Rent" will return off Broadway; Anthony Hopkins tests the musical waters; architect Michael Maltzan may have his big moment...
Los Angeles Modern Auctions sees fierce bidding on designs by Ettore Sottsass, Mathias Goeritz, othersL.A. at HomeLos Angeles Modern Auctions' sale this week drew strong bidding on a range of designs, including (clockwise from top): Venini Murano window panels from a Malibu estate, a Rudolph Schindler side chair, Architectural Pottery planters, an Ettore Sottsass rug...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterThey're a disparate lot — museums, hotels, an observation deck, a sculpture park and a sundial-shaped bridge — but these recent structures, none more than 10 years old, are redefining the West. Before we bow to them, though, let's admit that...
Culture MonsterSince leaving his position as Los Angeles Philharmonic music director last year, Esa-Pekka Salonen has been a regular at New York theaters. Last fall he made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera, leading an acclaimed run of Janacekâs âFrom the......
Culture Monster-- Possible duet: The financially troubled Washington National Opera is considering a merger with the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. (The Wall Street Journal) -- Impasse: Contract talks with Detroit Symphony Orchestra musicians break down....
Culture MonsterNEW YORK -- With the available money for ambitious new buildings having shrunk to almost nothing in this country -- and with firms continuing to downsize in brutal fashion -- where will architectural ideas come from, and where will they......
Times Staff WriterIT wasn't over until the fat lady melted. And melt she did, going up in flames as a barrage of fireworks illuminated the midnight sky and the crowd cheered. The heat stung my face, and ashes rained down as the flames consumed her. She was part of a...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterMilwaukee Beer. If that's your first thought after hearing the word "Milwaukee," you haven't been here lately. In the last decade, the country's 25th largest city has gone through such a massive revitalization that "cosmopolitan" is a more apt...
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