May 26, 1988 |
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.
July 5, 1988 |
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.
July 19, 2002 |
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.
May 3, 2001 |
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.
January 20, 1990 |
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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November 8, 1997 |
About six months ago, Robert Imber was out driving when he stumbled across the answer to his dreams: a vacant multi-hexagonal commercial building here known as Alto Capistrano. "I drove by it on a weekend and my 'architect magnet' went off," said Imber, 47, of San Clemente. "There it was in front of me. I turned the corner and boing! It was as though it came to me." What better place to house an International Museum of Architecture?
May 19, 1988 |
If any individual can be credited with creating modern architecture in Los Angeles, it would be William Pereira. A heroic figure at a time when the city was becoming a regional metropolis, Pereira was featured on the cover of Time magazine in 1963 for his work as master planner of Orange County's 93,000-acre Irvine Ranch. When he died in 1985, he had chalked up an Oscar-worthy list of design credits in a practice that spanned more than 50 years.
January 2, 1989 |
What's an architect to do when designing a building for a socially undesirable or an aesthetically ugly activity? "Do you disguise, say, a sewage treatment plant's function by prettying it up with fake mansard roofs and roses 'round the door?" architect Anthony Lumsden asked. "Or do you take the more sophisticated route of developing a design that honestly expresses what goes on inside, and find a way to turn that action into interesting architecture?"
March 21, 1990 |
New York architect Steven Holl had not been to Newport Beach for 24 years, he told his listeners at the start of a lecture Monday night in UC Irvine's Beckman Center. His last visit was a post-high school surfing adventure during which the powerful waves pulling against his paddling suddenly made him feel his life was about to end. The obligatory anecdotal opener was oddly revealing.
April 13, 1990 |
"I never professed to be an originator," Los Angeles architect Frank Israel told his audience at UC Irvine's Beckman Center on Wednesday night. "I'm more of a stylist." Indeed, as he showed slides of a number of the private homes he designed during the past decade, his "stylist" profile was paramount. Here were lush sweeps of color, sybaritic fountains and pools, amusing details and fanciful furniture designs.