September 3, 1996 |
The world knows the Walt Disney Co. best for its films, theme parks and merchandise, but next month in Venice, Italy, the company's buildings will take center stage. Disney architecture will be the focus of the United States' entry in the sixth Venice Architecture Biennale, where nations gather every two years to show off pictures and models of their finest bricks and mortar.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 16, 1997 |
The city of Agoura Hills is looking for residents with an eye for design, or experience in architecture or engineering to fill a vacancy on the Architectural Review Board. The City Council will appoint one person to serve on the board until June 30, 1998, when the terms of all board seats expire. The board is an advisory body to the Planning Commission on matters concerning architecture and design standards.
April 6, 1988 |
In a simpler day, everything you needed to know about contemporary architecture fit inside a neat pair. There was modernism. That meant simple geometries, concrete slabs and mirrored glass, free of decorative frills. And there was traditionalism. That was most everything else--architecture derived from historic styles dating all the way back to Babylon. But now things are not so simple.
December 12, 1993 |
Anyone unlucky enough to lose the shirt off his back need not worry. Staying at a Las Vegas hotel-casino means striking it rich: Gift shops stock a multicolored array of T-shirts emblazoned with hotel names and themes. "T-shirts are our single best-selling item," says Donald Kauffeld, apparel buyer at Luxor. "We sell approximately 10,000 of them a month." For $12 to $18, guests can show the world where they've been. Volcanoes and swaying palms say the Mirage.
November 8, 2009 |
Scroogenomics Why You Shouldn't Buy Presents for the Holidays Joel Waldfogel Princeton University Press: 174 pp., $9.95 Leave it to an economist to make an impassioned argument for why we shouldn't give gifts, especially during the holidays. Joel Waldfogel's "Yuletide research" led him to the conclusion many of us came to years ago but have felt powerless to act upon. "Where others see hearthside scenes of sharing," Waldfogel sees "a large and organized institution for value destruction, hiding in plain sight but obscured for most people by their own childhood memories."
May 28, 2011 |
Even with the economic recovery limping along, American museums keep planning, raising piles of money for and opening new wings. An architecture critic — at least one with a high tolerance for the work of Renzo Piano — could conceivably keep busy writing about these projects and nothing else. There's the Whitney Museum's recent agreement to lease its 1966 Marcel Breuer-designed building to the Metropolitan Museum of Art while it erects a massive new home (designed by Piano, naturally)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 19, 1999 |
His name may be better known by many for Bradbury, the hillside town of wealth and horseflesh against the San Gabriel Mountains, but mining tycoon Lewis Leonard Bradbury made his biggest mark on Southern California with his magnificent architectural gem--the Bradbury Building. His "fairy tale of mathematics" had its genesis in the spiritual and its reality in commercial real estate.
February 12, 2014 |
Laugh all you want at those old public-access television clips of the late Dr. Gene Scott, the eccentric televangelist who sometimes wore two pairs of glasses at once and shouted at viewers to "Get on the telephone!" whenever his fundraising totals ebbed. He and his Los Angeles Universal Cathedral, operating from the 1927 United Artists Theatre in downtown Los Angeles, turned out to be surprisingly good friends to historic preservation. And say what you will about the quixotic plan hatched in 2000 by Bishop Kenneth Ulmer of the Faithful Central Bible Church in Inglewood to turn the Forum, once home to Magic Johnson's "Showtime" Lakers and Wayne Gretzky's Kings, into a thriving combination of mega-church and high-end arena.