June 5, 2013 |
NEW YORK -- On Tuesday afternoon at the Metropolitan Museum in New York the architecture world, or what felt like a pretty substantial cross-section of it, gathered to remember the pioneering New York Times and Wall Street Journal architecture critic Ada Louise Huxtable, who died in January at age 91. I was among the half-dozen speakers, who also included architect Frank Gehry, Getty Trust President and Chief Executive James Cuno and critic Paul...
March 26, 2013 |
DALLAS - It's remarkable how slow - and disjointed - architecture can sometimes appear. For nearly a decade, younger architects have pushed for a new agenda in the profession. They've been loudly (and rightly) critical of the expensive, highly mannered and sometimes self-indulgent trophy buildings turned out by some of the world's most prominent architects. And they've helped bring different and more public-minded priorities to the fore. And yet the trophy buildings keep coming.
January 7, 2013 |
Ada Louise Huxtable, the pioneering architecture critic who wrote for the New York Times from 1963 to 1982 and in recent years for the Wall Street Journal, has died. She was 91. Robert N. Shapiro, Huxtable's lawyer and the executor of her estate, confirmed her death. He said Huxtable, who in 1970 won the first-ever Pulitzer Prize awarded for criticism, died Monday afternoon at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. He also said her papers have been acquired by the Getty Research Institute, in an agreement finalized in recent weeks.
May 31, 1987
And now for a word from one of the inhabitants (or is it inmates?) of Frank O. Gehry's "architecture"--in this case the Loyola Law School ("Grand Designs," May 3, by Elizabeth Venant). The interior of this building has all the warmth and charm of a cross between a mental hospital and a minimum-security prison. It lacks any attributes of a human habitat; it is a human warehouse. In the apt words of The Times' beloved urban good-taste maven, Sam Hall Kaplan, there is more to architecture than whether it photographs well.
September 18, 2007 |
France's president opened a new museum of French architecture in Paris on Monday, with exhibits spanning from the cathedrals of the 11th century to the ultramodern constructions of today. The vast Cite de l'architecture et du patrimoine (City of Architecture and Heritage) is housed in a wing of the Chaillot Palace, which overlooks the Eiffel Tower. The site was once home to a little-known museum of French monuments that has been modernized and diversified in a project that began in 1994.
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.