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September 3, 1996 | Marla Dickerson, Marla Dickerson covers tourism for The Times. She can be reached at (714) 966-5670 and at
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.
May 16, 1997 | SYLVIA L. OLIANDE
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 | LEON WHITESON
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 | BARBARA THORNBURG
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.
December 19, 1999 | CECILIA RASMUSSEN
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.
November 8, 2009 | Susan Salter Reynolds
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."
December 19, 1997 | TOM BECKER
The Los Angeles Public Library Cultural Affairs Commission gave the final seal of approval Thursday to architectural designs for a new 10,500-square-foot Studio City library. The city's architectural division will finalize specifics over the next few months, after which the estimated $3.5-million project will be put out to bid. The new, state-of-the-art library will replace the current facility at Moorpark Street and Whitsett Avenue.
April 20, 2013 | Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic
DALLAS - What do neo-classicism and neo-conservatism have in common? That's the question at the heart of the design by New York's Robert A.M. Stern Architects for the George W. Bush presidential library, set to open to the public May 1 on the campus of Southern Methodist University. The $250-million complex holds the president's archive as well as a museum, restaurant, auditorium, policy institute and foundation. Officially known as the George W. Bush Presidential Center, it is carefully and cannily contextual, like much of Stern's work.
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