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March 28, 1988 | JACQUELINE C. VISCHER, Jacqueline C. Vischer is an environmental psychologist and free-lance writer based in Carlisle, Mass
In 1983, about 100 office workers in Ottawa, Canada, picketed the Les Terrasses de la Chaudiere, a large new government office building, protesting indoor air pollution, uncomfortable offices and, in general, what they described as a poor working environment. Complaining of nausea, fatigue and headaches, they refused to go back to work until the problems were corrected.
September 11, 1989 | DAN FISHER, Times Staff Writer
The mood was festive that memorable night in 1984 as members and guests gathered at the 16th-Century palace of King Henry VIII for an elaborate candlelight dinner marking the 150th anniversary of the Royal Institute of British Architects.
May 18, 1986
The Atrium, now completed in Irvine, is an office building with a highly unusual architectural design, incorporating--as its name implies--an atrium. But more than the usual atrium. The twin, 10-story towers are roughly triangular and stepped back away from each other in such a way that the central space is enclosed in glass to form the Atrium's 130-foot-high atrium. A development of the French & McKenna Co., the building at 19100 Von Karman Ave.
May 26, 1988 | LEON WHITESON
In an age when select designers are singled out as "starchitects," celebrated in magazines and in art gallery retrospectives, it is easy to overlook the good gray brigade who set the style for much of what is being built around us. The spectrum of mainstream designers is wide, ranging from those in large offices with staffs of more than 50 to others who prefer small and highly personal practices with only a few associates.
November 8, 1990 | LEON WHITESON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES and Whiteson is a Los Angeles architect and author whose most recent book is the "Watts Towers of Los Angeles."
Most architects find their clients by referral or through social connections, but Eric Moss met Frederick Smith--the man who was to become his most important patron--purely by chance. "Back in 1987, I rented studio space in Culver City in a run-down industrial structure owned by Fred's father," Moss recalled. "Fred and I got to talking, and discovered we had many interests in common.
July 5, 1988 | SCOTT HARRIS, Times Staff Writer
When the New York architect first showed off his big, bold scheme to expand Los Angeles' historic Central Library, the city's official design connoisseurs thought it was, well, certainly big and bold. True, they asked for A Statement, but this seemed, to them, more like A Shout. Try again, they told the architect. This is a library, after all. Some months later, the Cultural Affairs Commission again found fault, this time over plans for Fire Station No.
If you want to peer into the future of post-Sept. 11 America, few projects offer a better lens than the recently unveiled plan for a $9.6-billion renovation of Los Angeles International Airport. Designed by Landrum & Brown, a Los Angeles firm that specializes in airport design, the plan has been touted by Mayor James K. Hahn as a safer, more efficient transportation hub for the new century. It would require the demolition of four terminals and the removal of all existing parking structures.
Talk about good neighbors. Architect and urban planner Barton Myers, who lives in Montecito, entrusted his professional archive to the nearby University Art Museum at UC Santa Barbara. "It is great that I found a home for it," Myers said from his office in Beverly Hills. "This way you can see 30 years of an architect's work. There are a lot of beautiful drawings." A lot means about 700,000.
December 25, 1987 | DENNIS McLELLAN, Times Staff Writer
The roof sags and the floor has begun to buckle. Vines creep through half-inch gaps in the wood siding on the bathroom walls and, when children run through the living room, the entire house shakes. Karen Wilson Turnbull jokingly calls it her "funny old beach house," or the "$2,000 house on the $2-million lot."
January 20, 1990 | DIRK SUTRO
In the 1990s, the best San Diego architects will let a changing society lead them to fresh designs. People came to San Diego in record numbers during the '80s. As the city grew, architects produced designs on tight deadlines, with little room for careful, innovative thinking. The leading architects of the '90s will have to do much more than crank out buildable plans. They will have to carefully consider changing "programs"--the client agendas that serve as the starting point for designs.
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