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February 19, 2009 | Roger Vincent
After a modest uptick in December, the nation's architects reported a drop in business last month to a historic low. Architectural contracts are a leading indicator of construction activity, with a lag time of about nine months to a year between the awarding of architectural contracts and construction spending.
April 24, 2014 | By Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic
Hans Hollein, the Austrian architect who died Thursday at 80, was one of a small number of architects who set a loose framework for what would become postmodern architecture, with its focus on humor, irony, eclecticism and freewheeling historical quotation. In 1976 Hollein designed a local project that would dramatically raise his profile: a whimsical branch of the Austrian Travel Bureau, which the architect filled with brass palm trees and the faux ruins of Greek columns. The project helped Hollein gain both bigger projects and international notice.
November 25, 2012 | By Roger Vincent
The nation's architects reported improved business in October, with billings accelerating to their strongest pace of growth since December 2010. Architectural contracts are a leading indicator of construction activity, with a lag time of about nine months to a year between the awarding of contracts and construction spending. The American Institute of Architects, the leading trade group for the profession, said its index of “work on the boards” reported by architects was 52.8, up from 51.6 in September.
April 24, 2014 | By Christopher Hawthorne
In the 1970s, architecture faced an identity crisis. A lacerating critique of modern architecture's overreach, especially in remaking wide swaths of cities, had left the profession's 20th-century heroes - Le Corbusier, Mies Van der Rohe, even Frank Lloyd Wright - without many prominent defenders. But what would take modernism's place? What could architecture do with the rubble of that once dominant movement? Hans Hollein, the Austrian architect who died Thursday in Vienna at 80, according to a family spokeswoman cited by the Associated Press, was among those who provided convincing early answers to those questions.
November 15, 2013 | By Lisa Boone
When British developer Cathedral Group invited 20 architects and designers to create their version of a 21st century dollhouse, the results -- including work by the likes of Zaha Hadid -- were stunning. Each dollhouse was to include at least one feature that made life easier for a child with a disability, and that request seemed to inspire designers, who responded with Braille exteriors and free-flowing spaces.  PHOTO GALLERY: 21st century dollhouses The dollhouses were auctioned off this week at Bonhams in London and raised nearly $145,000 for Kids, a British charity supporting disabled children and their families.
May 1, 2009 | Joel Hood and Josh Meyer
Accused Al Qaeda sleeper agent Ali Saleh Kahlah Marri on Thursday pleaded guilty to supporting the architects of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. In a plea agreement entered before U.S. District Judge Michael Mihm in Peoria, Ill., Marri admitted to one count of conspiring to provide material support or resources to a foreign terrorist organization.
December 20, 2009 | By Christopher Hawthorne architecture critic >>>
Architecture, arguably for the first time in its history, found itself at the very center of American cultural and political life in the decade that is wrapping up. That centrality helped make stars out of architecture's top talents. With the aid of powerful software, adventuresome clients and, not least, a flood of new wealth and easy financing, it also produced a rush of inventive buildings, in styles stretching from fluid to wildly sculptural to neomodern. But the notion that architects had suddenly acquired more power than ever before, as opposed to more visibility, opportunity or cachet, turned out to be hollow.
January 16, 2004 | From Times Staff Reports
The American Institute of Architects' California Council will give its president's award to the San Fernando Valley chapter in honor of its all-volunteer Urban Design Assistance Team, which created a plan to transform Panorama City into a commercial, residential and cultural hub.
March 21, 1995
I am writing in response to the item March 6 on the dedication of St. Bernardine Library at St. Thomas Aquinas College. As an architect and president of the American Institute of Architects, Ventura County chapter, I am discouraged to find that the architect for the featured project was not mentioned. Architects are trained professionals who work to shape and enhance the quality of the built environment and can serve as a resource for educating the public. Their creative skills produce safe and enjoyable buildings in which we work and live.
September 12, 2000
Fans of the Southern California Institute of Architecture celebrated the school's highly anticipated move from the Westside to its new digs downtown on Friday night. Known as SCI-Arc, the school will operate in temporary quarters before taking up permanent residence in a quarter-mile-long railroad freight building at the corner of 3rd Street and Santa Fe Avenue. At the bash, Nabu Toshi, right, spun tunes for the architects, designers and other celebrators.
April 23, 2014 | By Roger Vincent
One of the most desirable pieces of real estate in the country - the site of a former department store in Beverly Hills - is on the market again. Unlike other commercial properties across Southern California that have seen major long-stalled developments finally get underway in the last few years, this one has been a struggle. Once home to an upscale Robinsons-May store, the property has seen multiple owners who have so far been unable to bring a condominium complex designed by a famous architect to life.
April 23, 2014 | By Carren Jao
After having grown up on the Monterey Peninsula, L.A. architect Polly Osborne couldn't help but take nature into consideration in her work. "It was all around me," Osborne says. So too were pioneers whose ideas would ripple down the history of green architecture. Will Shaw, one of the founders, with Ansel Adams, of Foundation for Environmental Design, was her stepfather. Lawrence Halprin, a revered elder of landscape architecture, and George Brook-Kothlow, architect of handmade houses, were friends of the family.
April 18, 2014 | By Marissa Gluck
It's been more than 40 years since architects started embracing green design principles. Spurred by the environmental movement of the 1960s and 1970s, architects began to think about building homes that were more environmentally friendly. Today, green has become standard even as the term itself reaches saturation. Green features such as solar panels, low-flow shower heads and tankless water heaters, once considered cutting-edge, are now commonplace in Southern California. Nearly a quarter of all newly built homes in the U.S. last year were green, according to industry research firm McGraw Hill Construction.
March 29, 2014 | By Carren Jao
Fredda Weiss used to tell people visiting her Mandeville Canyon cottage for the first time to watch for the house "that looks like the seven dwarfs live there. " Weiss' 1950s home was warm and inviting - but also a little dark and dated. So after three decades of living in the 2,283-square-foot cottage, Weiss decided to give her storybook home a happy ending. And she had just the architect in mind: Zoltan Pali. "If I was going to do this house, he was going to be my architect," Weiss says.
March 24, 2014 | By Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic
For the third time in five years, the Pritzker Prize is going to a Japanese architect. Shigeru Ban , a 56-year-old architect born in Tokyo, was named the winner of his profession's top honor on Monday. Yet Ban's architecture is markedly different, in form and sensibility, from the work of recent Pritzker winners from Japan. He's best known for quickly assembled buildings, many made of cardboard or shipping containers, designed for parts of the world reeling from war or natural disaster.
March 17, 2014 | By David Ng
The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego has chosen the firm of architect Annabelle Selldorf to head a multimillion-dollar expansion that is expected to triple the size of the museum's location in La Jolla.  Selldorf, based in New York, has worked for art-related clients including the Neue Galerie and the Acquavella Galleries on the Upper East Side. The San Diego museum will be the firm's first contemporary art museum project and its first project on the West Coast. A representative of the firm said it plans to have an initial concept design by early fall, with a more detailed schedule to be established at that time.
July 13, 1986
Saul M. Salka's letter (July 6) suggesting "constructive changes" to the Braude/Yaroslavsky density initiative reveals a lack of understanding of the initiative and its goal of restricting and limiting destructive impact of excessive commercial development in primarily residential areas. His letter was a mishmash of bad arithmetic, misinformation and confusion on the initiative process. Very few architects will agree with Salka's assertion that "the most gifted architects might find it impossible to design a building" if the initiative passes.
February 23, 1992
Having to make several trips to John Wayne Airport in the recent pouring rain and getting soaked because both the arrival and departure loading areas are open to the elements reminds me of how out of touch with reality some of our California architects are. They, and those who hire them, seem to think it never rains. Many of our fine, new office buildings boast of "covered parking." That's the good news. The bad news is that the parking structure is separated from the building entrance by a few hundred feet of open plaza--usually surfaced with slippery tile or marble.
March 15, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
If Leonardo DiCaprio needs to take a breather after his hard-fought Oscar battle, he can retreat to the Palm Springs estate he recently bought for $5.23 million. Set on 1.3 acres in the Old Las Palmas neighborhood, the renovated 1963 estate designed by architect Donald Wexler was once owned by Dinah Shore , the big band-era singer, television show host and avid golfer who died in 1994. The 7,022-square-foot Modernist showplace has floor-to-ceiling glass walls, wooden ceilings, a massive stone fireplace and a sunken bar in the living room.
February 19, 2014 | By Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic
Sharon Johnston, who runs the Los Angeles firm Johnston Marklee & Associates with her husband Mark Lee, told me a couple of years ago that there was one key difference between their work and the mannered, loosely flamboyant designs of Thom Mayne, Frank Gehry, Eric Owen Moss and other famous L.A. architects a generation or two older. In developing a design, she said, she was most pleased when she hit upon an architectural gesture that could accomplish two or three goals at the same time -- that could fold several priorities into a single move.
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