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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
In these days of stiff competition, the red-carpet treatment simply isn't good enough. So Las Vegas hotel-casinos are rolling out acres of exquisite designer floor covering. "The main thing you see in the casino when you gamble is the floor underneath you and the ceiling above. You have to get the main design impact from the carpet," says Charles L. Silverman of Yates-Silverman Inc. in Irvine, which created all of the Luxor and Excalibur carpet designs.
December 18, 2011 | By Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic
Esther McCoy is having a moment. The architecture critic and historian, who died in 1989 at age 85, is the subject of a smart Pacific Standard Time exhibition at the Schindler House in West Hollywood, building on McCoy's deep connections with Rudolph Schindler himself. The show is accompanied by a Getty-funded catalog, and early next year East of Borneo Press will publish "Piecing Together Los Angeles," an anthology of McCoy's essays on architecture. What this turn in the spotlight will make clear to the public is what every architecture critic who has spent significant time in this city already knows: It was McCoy who first gave shape to the story of modern architecture in Los Angeles.
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.
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