September 4, 2013 |
With the lines between our work lives and personal time blurring as new technology unchains us from our desks, the notion of what a desirable office looks like is also changing. Corporate America is moving away from conventional layouts where an employee's status is measured by the amount of space he occupies. Instead, more compact, playful designs are coming into favor. People can do their jobs almost anywhere with their cellphones and laptops, the reasoning goes, so let's make the office a place where people are stimulated by close interaction at their workstations and chance meetings in inviting public spaces such as lounges and coffee bars.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 30, 2013 |
Leon Whiteson, a Zimbabwe-born architect-turned-critic and novelist who wrote about architecture for publications such as Architectural Digest, the Toronto Star and the Los Angeles Herald Examiner, died of cancer Sunday in Los Angeles. He was 82. His death was confirmed by his wife, Aviva Layton. Whiteson was architecture critic at the Toronto Star from 1980 to 1983 and the Herald Examiner from 1984 to 1988. He later wrote freelance articles on architecture and design for the Los Angeles Times and in 1989 was honored by the Los Angeles chapter of the American Institute of Architects with its distinguished achievement award in the media.
August 28, 2013 |
Who knew James Corner, the landscape architect best known for his work on the acclaimed High Line elevated park in Manhattan, had such a picturesque streak? The British-born Corner and his New York firm Field Operations have just finished their first major project in California. The $46.1-million park covers seven acres just west of Santa Monica City Hall, two blocks from the beach. It will open officially with a ceremony on Oct. 19 but could be accessible to the public, once the construction fencing is taken down, as early as a few days after Labor Day. It's actually two parks in one. A small park right at the foot of City Hall, partly open already, is called Ken Genser Square, in honor of the city's late mayor.
August 7, 2013
Re "Dream projects," Aug. 3 That so many grand architectural plans never materialized in Los Angeles over the last several decades cannot be explained as simply as The Times' Christopher Hawthorne and the "Never Built Los Angeles" curators suggest: that our real estate developers lack vision and our politicians lack will. The problem is also that our architects view their clients as patrons rather than partners. The long-term building that Hawthorne advocates will not take place until we, those who build the city - architects, planners, developers, politicians and citizens - learn to treat the process as more than a zero-sum-game.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 1, 2013 |
Natalie de Blois' pioneering path through the male-dominated world of architecture was laden with sexist barriers. Despite her status as an associate partner at the Chicago powerhouse Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in the 1960s, de Blois invariably was left behind when meetings broke up. "Natalie used to tell stories abut how they would break for lunch and then the male partners would take the clients to an all-male club and she couldn't attend....
July 28, 2013 |
If you stand on the corner of 4th and Spring streets in downtown, it's possible to view sections of at least 12 buildings designed by John Parkinson: the Los Angeles Theatre Center (formerly Security National Bank), the Title Insurance building and the city's first palatial hotel, the Spanish Renaissance-style Alexandria Hotel, to name a few. Oddly, the architect's name is not widely known, but his landmark structures - Los Angeles City Hall, Union Station, the L.A. Memorial Coliseum and Bullocks Wilshire - have defined the city's skyline since the early 20th century.
July 16, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Sen. Charles E. Schumer of New York was riding a bicycle, leading a tour on Martha's Vineyard during a Democratic Party event Saturday, when his phone rang. It was Sen. John McCain, the Arizona Republican, calling from his suburban Washington home. For days, the influential senators had been not-so-secretly trying to negotiate an end to the filibuster standoff in the Senate. They had spoken dozens of times. Now, 72 hours remained to cut a deal. Pragmatists both, and believers in the importance of preserving the Senate's traditions, they inched closer to an agreement, something the Senate's two party leaders, Sens.
July 16, 2013 |
Zaha Hadid's curvy, future-facing designs are found around the world, from China's Guangzhou Opera House to London's Aquatics Centre built for the 2012 Olympics. The Baghdad-born architect, who in 2004 became the first woman to win architecture's top honor, the Pritzker Prize, will leave her first mark on New York City's skyline. Residential developer Related Companies on Monday announced it had commissioned Hadid's U.K.-based firm to design a boutique condo complex near New York's High Line.
June 25, 2013 |
Google built its doodle from Antoni Gaudi -inspired pieces, honoring the 161st anniversary of the architect's birth. The famed Barcelona builder, known as “God's architect,” used mathematical precision to incorporate nature's ripples into his textured structures, including the gray granite Palace Episcopa l de Estorga and the curvy Casa Batllo , which still stand in Spain. Born to a boilermaker in Reus , Spain, Gaudi was a figurehead of Catalan Modernism and a devout Catholic, which is often reflected in the crosses that top his structures.
June 21, 2013 |
He's one of the hottest architects in Hollywood: The houses designed by Paul Revere Williams have attracted generations of stars - Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, Bill Cosby, Denzel Washington. Actress Debra Messing recently sold a home he designed in Bel-Air for $11.4 million in less than a month - a rapid exchange for a transaction at that price. She had bought the traditional two-story house from film star Renee Zellweger a decade earlier. Williams' homes caught the imagination of the entertainment elite starting in the late 1920s and are still sought-after today, more than three decades after his death.