February 19, 2010 |
In these overly processed, corporate-sniffing Olympics, in a Winter Games where everything often seems pre-scripted and homogenized for TV -- even the snowboarding wipeouts -- Zdzislaw "Ziggy" Groszek stands out. On his own, one rock at a time, Ziggy has turned a local beach into an art installation that is as dazzling as any laser show or musical performance the Olympics has to offer. As thousands of fans line up to see Leonardo da Vinci sketches two miles away, Ziggy's artwork -- if you want to call it artwork; I will -- stands as a totem to what one individual can do, given a little inspiration, a lot of patience and a keen eye for physics.
May 1, 2011 |
A luxurious fortress of concrete, glass and steel presents an imposing profile near the end of a winding drive high above the Sunset Strip. Designed by Santa Monica architect David Lawrence Gray and completed in 1996, the three-level contemporary home sits along the spine of narrow promontory with unobstructed views that stretch from the San Gabriel Mountains to the Getty Center. Dramatic flourishes abound — nowhere more so than in a jutting backyard that feels as though it is suspended above the city.
March 27, 1988
Completion of the first phase of the $150-million, 17.3-acre Irvine Plaza at the northwest corner of Von Karman Avenue and Main Street in Irvine, is scheduled for the first quarter of 1989. The first phase will have two buildings with 285,500 square feet of space, according to a spokesman for the developer, Hillman Properties, Newport Beach. The architect is Gensler & Associates, Irvine. One building will have 4 stories, while the other will have 5.
August 29, 2002
Re "Courts Face Closures, Job Cuts," Aug. 27: I don't get it. We will have to close 29 courtrooms and lay off 168 employees. So why did we have to spend more than $90 million on the Chatsworth courthouse? It's an extravagant building that wasted lots of money for expensive granite yet contains too few (only eight) tiny courtrooms for the space it occupies and the money it cost. So where are the logic and the planning? Stephany Yablow Sherman Oaks
October 18, 1987
The 24-story Wilshire Landmark in West Los Angeles can look forward to a $100-million sibling. A companion building, the 17-story Landmark II will be built directly across the street at 11766 Wilshire Blvd. Ground breaking is scheduled Wednesday. The Wilshire Landmark was opened in September, 1986. Both buildings are developments of Homart Development Co., part of the Sears financial network. Christopher T.
June 27, 2010 |
A critically acclaimed contemporary home designed by Eric Owen Moss has come on the market for the first time in Brentwood. Featured in books, magazines and television shows, the Lawson/Westen House is a geometric amalgamation of concrete, steel, glass and wood highlighted by a three-story truncated cone that rises over the kitchen. Moss, director of the Southern California Institute of Architecture, conceived the cylindrical Gateway Art Tower and other structures in Culver City's Hayden Tract, and his Los Angeles firm has designed museums, theaters and commercial buildings across the globe.
February 25, 2010
Stone (or rock): Made of 42 pounds of Scottish granite. Curl: The way a stone "curls" into place with a highly finessed spin. Clockwise to the right; counterclockwise . . . well, take a guess. End: Like an inning, except there are 10. Hammer: The last shot. A huge deal in curling, it goes to the team that didn't score. Button: The bull's-eye. Closest stone scores one point. If you have two stones closer than any of your opponent's stones, you get two points, etc. House: The green circle.
May 9, 1993
We in real estate got a kick out of your definitions, but you missed a few. Opt: An overpriced turkey, usually an overimproved house in a so-so neighborhood. La vista tanque farme : A property with soaring, panoramic views of largely industrial areas. Pinata : A home painted with gaudy colors. Gilded Turnip: A home of poor-quality construction with or without a bad add-on or remodel, that the owners have tried to dress up with fancy fixtures and expensive marble or granite touches.
February 9, 1986
Construction has started on what is expected to be a $240,000 renovation and restoration of the garden at El Alisal, the Charles F. Lummis home at 200 E. Ave. 43, a familiar landmark in Highland Park. The initial phase--removal of pathways and their replacement with decomposed granite walkways--has been funded by a grant from the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, according to Betty Marsh of the Historical Society of Southern California.