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“The problem is that there is more to architecture than picking out the right exotic wood for that new vegetarian bar. I am concerned at the gap between the formidable formal and the equally formidable thoughtlessness about larger issues played  […]

She wore a yellow jacket and a two-foot high pillbox hat. She explained that she was currently engaged in “investigations along a Freudian-Lacanian axis,” though her “ground had been somewhat disturbed” by the recent earthquakes. After the presentation, she then […]

Los Angeles has always been a place where small firms do adventurous work on small commissions. It was true for Lloyd Wright, Irving Gill and R.M. Schindler, and it is just as true for their contemporary counterparts. One kind of […]

Last September 16, Los Angeles’ cognoscenti found themselves unintendedly admiring the Biltmore Hotel’s restored ceiling murals while contemplating critical wisdom from architecture critics, architects, redevelopment officials, and a developer.  They were there for an even entitled “Critics and Cranes—Building Downtown […]