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May 8, 1989 | LEON WHITESON
When Fred Levine, a newly divorced clothing retailer, asked architect Frederick Fisher to design a house for him and his two sons in Marina del Rey, his instructions were simple: "I just want you to have a good time." Fisher had a wonderfully inventive time with Levine's new home, completed last summer. On a tight, narrow lot, Fisher contrived an airy three-story home. A central, sky-lit atrium rising through the house's full height floods its interior with light. The bright space is very male and playful, roughly finished with raw concrete block, exposed timber framing and splashes of primary colors.
April 26, 2014 | By Louis Sahagun
The Los Angeles Zoo's new Rainforest of the Americas exhibit doesn't open until Tuesday, but it is already filled with commotion. Dwarf caimans and a giant bird-eating spider were exploring the creature comforts of their enclosures this week. Construction workers were inspecting thermostats and water pumps. The $19-million exhibit at the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens is the last in a series of major projects built under Phase 1 of the 47-year-old facility's master plan.
When real estate agent Earl Gervais advertises an open house at 751 Oak Crest Drive in Sierra Madre, he isn't kidding. His listing is a glass pyramid perched in the foothills, with a view all the way to downtown L.A. It is a famous--or, some would argue, an infamous--landmark known to the local gentry simply as "the glass house." While there hasn't been an acceptable offer, luring lookie-loos has not been a problem.
April 23, 2014 | By Roger Vincent
One of the most desirable pieces of real estate in the country - the site of a former department store in Beverly Hills - is on the market again. Unlike other commercial properties across Southern California that have seen major long-stalled developments finally get underway in the last few years, this one has been a struggle. Once home to an upscale Robinsons-May store, the property has seen multiple owners who have so far been unable to bring a condominium complex designed by a famous architect to life.
February 23, 1986
We appreciate the generally favorable coverage given to our P/A Awards architectural competition by your critic Sam Hall Kaplan in his article (Jan. 26), but we must take issue with some of the statements. He questions the eligibility under our competition rules of the award-winning house designed by Robert Mangurian Studio Works of Venice. He then states that such doubts "prompted the magazine to comment that it will reconsider the award as well as reexamine the administration of the program."
February 7, 2013 | By Leslie Van Buskirk
The “Friends” gang might have painted the walls a cheery yellow and brought in lots of candy-colored furniture. The “Gossip Girl” brats would have made fun of anyone poor enough to live there, and Carrie probably would have been too horrified to allow her “Sex and the City” Manolos to touch the scratched floors. But the unrenovated Brooklyn brownstone where TV's modern-day Sherlock Holmes rests his head and solves some of the Big Apple's twistiest crimes hits some amusing -- and timely -- decorating notes.
November 7, 2009 | David A. Keeps
Though he is still crawling, 9-month-old Thurston Conder takes about 10 seconds to have the run of the house. It's not that he's exceptionally fast; he just doesn't have that far to roam. Thurston shares 380 square feet with his mom and dad, Kelly Breslin and Ryan Conder, and a medium-sized mutt named Charlie. Lots of young families start out in small houses, just not this small. These parents say it's their preference, and that the small space hasn't cramped their style. It's arranged for maximum efficiency, but it still looks comfortable and fashionably decorated.
April 2, 2013 | By Hector Tobar
Hey book lovers, please take a seat. And if you'd like, please take a seat with books inside of it. The annual Salone del Mobile furniture fair begins in Milan next week, and to launch its coverage of the event, the Atlantic Cities website has a list of “10 chair designs for people who really love their books” from the site Architizer. Among my favorites is the Sunflower Chair by the designers He Mu and Zhang Qian, which the Chair Blog says was presented last year as a part of a retrospective on Chinese chair design.
August 30, 2013 | By Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic
It might be the most carefully hidden building boom in American architectural history. Over the last 40 years, beginning with strict drug-sentencing laws introduced in 1973 by New York Gov. Nelson Rockefeller and quickly copied around the country, the number of prisons in this country has more than tripled, from 600 to nearly 2,000. In California, where the inmate population surged a staggering tenfold from 1975 to 2010, the construction of jails and prisons has accelerated even more quickly.
July 25, 2010 | By Hugh Hart, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Encompassing items such as fold-up motorcycles and an earthquake readiness program assembled in a city park from cardboard boxes, " California Design Biennial: Action/Reaction" takes a look at how practitioners of industrial design, fashion, graphics, transportation and architecture have responded to recent shake-ups in America's economic and political climate. "The recession was a huge wake-up call for Southern California's design community to pay attention," says Biennial graphic design curator Louise Sandhaus.
April 23, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
NASCAR was off last week for Easter break and that got former Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski thinking about the series' schedule. So in hopes of sparking a fresh conversation about the schedule, the Team Penske driver designed his own "dream" calendar that he outlined on his blog ( Keselowski said he was "not trying to disrespect any of the parties" currently involved in compiling the schedule. "This is just my attempt to tackle the schedule in a way that sounds fun to me, and gets everyone talking about how we might improve things," he wrote on the blog.
April 23, 2014 | By Carren Jao
After having grown up on the Monterey Peninsula, L.A. architect Polly Osborne couldn't help but take nature into consideration in her work. "It was all around me," Osborne says. So too were pioneers whose ideas would ripple down the history of green architecture. Will Shaw, one of the founders, with Ansel Adams, of Foundation for Environmental Design, was her stepfather. Lawrence Halprin, a revered elder of landscape architecture, and George Brook-Kothlow, architect of handmade houses, were friends of the family.
April 21, 2014 | By Ingrid Schmidt, Special to the Los Angeles Times
During her royal tour of New Zealand this month, Catherine, duchess of Cambridge, stepped out in a sharply tailored, custom Alexander McQueen coat and a perfect ponytail. Smoothly volumized, with a wide lock of hair wrapped around the band, Middleton's pony looked relaxed yet royally polished. Kate's 'do garnered raves on fashion and style blogs, showing she's not alone in appreciating the dependable hairstyle that works day and night, rain or shine. More than a fast solution on bad hair days, it's an instant styling trick - the ponytail's effortless, devil-may-care attitude balances the formality of structured suiting, dazzling jewelry and elegant dresses.
April 20, 2014 | By Hugo Marti­n
If you thought airlines could find no new ways to squeeze more passengers into each plane, you are underestimating the resolve of the airline industry. At this month's Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg, Germany, many of the 500 exhibitors were promoting new ideas to cut down on weight - to save fuel - and innovative layouts to fit more seats per cabin. Among the concepts offered at the expo was a set of seats that put passengers face to face; seats that are installed in a staggered, diagonal layout, and lavatories designed to wedge in a few extra passengers in the back of the cabin.
April 19, 2014 | By Jason Song
Jonathan Lee stood by the large prints of Ein Liz, a female action figure he'd spent the better part of a year creating. The Art Center College of Design senior hoped his pieces would catch the eye of one of the hundreds of possible employers who would inspect students' work during the annual graduation show last week. The 25-year-old admitted to feeling nervous but tried to temper his expectations as representatives from Disney and Google approached his display. He plans to send resumes later.
April 18, 2014 | By Marissa Gluck
It's been more than 40 years since architects started embracing green design principles. Spurred by the environmental movement of the 1960s and 1970s, architects began to think about building homes that were more environmentally friendly. Today, green has become standard even as the term itself reaches saturation. Green features such as solar panels, low-flow shower heads and tankless water heaters, once considered cutting-edge, are now commonplace in Southern California. Nearly a quarter of all newly built homes in the U.S. last year were green, according to industry research firm McGraw Hill Construction.
February 22, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
French uber-designer Philippe Starck has created lamps that look like guns, "ghost" chairs, fly swatters, a futuristic orange juicer, headphones, yachts and just about anything you can think of. Hehas put his stamp on hotels and restaurants such as the Bazaar by José Andrés in Beverly Hills, Katsuya in various locations including Glendale and Los Angeles, and Ma Cocotte , a restaurant at the flea market in Paris. He also has designed a factory and showroom for La Forge de Laguiole, a manufacturer of knives in southwest France.
October 9, 2012 | By Lisa Boone
It's easy to hate Robert and Cortney Novogratz. And not just because they are hip and beautiful. The married designers appear to have it all: seven children, a company designing and selling properties, a new line of furnishings for CB2 and a television show on HGTV. And now comes the book "Home by Novogratz,” released Tuesday, which you might want to hate -- except that it's filled with so many decorating takeways, it's hard not to love.  "Oftentimes people complain that they're just too busy to decorate, that they'll wait until the kids are older or the job stress lessens or they have more money," the Novogratzes write in the introduction.
April 15, 2014 | Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic
For Kerry Brougher, newly named director of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' planned film museum, the bubble may be nothing compared with the spaceship. Brougher comes to the academy from the Hirshhorn in Washington, D.C., where one of his first tests as interim director was dealing with fallout from a failed proposal to install a $15-million inflatable bubble in the museum's circular courtyard. In Los Angeles, Brougher will inherit a new architectural challenge: what do with a major building project that isn't in danger of being scrapped, as the bubble was, but has significant, even fundamental design flaws.
April 12, 2014 | Anne Colby
Rustic Canyon's sylvan beauty and funky charm cast its spell on Jill Soffer a dozen years ago. She liked the neighborhood's relaxed environment and abundance of sycamore trees and purchased a home there in 2002. "There's all this green around. It's not too manicured," Soffer said appreciatively. "People are easygoing, everything is a little overgrown, and the creek in the middle of everything is a little shaggy. You can hear the frogs at night. " She planned to renovate her 1920s three-bedroom house, but hadn't yet when she met and then in 2008 married Greg Adler, who had two young sons.
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