CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 1, 2012 |
They were the best of friends, a trio of college seniors just weeks shy of graduating from Cal Poly Pomona and bursting into the world. First there would be a celebratory trip to Las Vegas. A flight on a small plane was arranged, and Frank Brandt couldn't wait to take it. Then he got sick. Terribly sick. It hit hard enough that he told Dennis Midas and Michael Young to go on their own. Hours later, on a dark tarmac at Ontario airport, Midas and Young boarded a single-engine Piper PA-28.
February 23, 2010 |
Santa Monica is lucky to have landed James Corner. That was my immediate reaction to the news that Corner and his New York-based landscape architecture firm, Field Operations, won a high-powered design competition for a new 7-acre park in Santa Monica's civic center. Corner, who collaborated with architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro on the High Line, the elevated park in Manhattan that opened to great acclaim last year, is among the most creative talents in his field, with a knack for incorporating community input into his designs without blunting their ambition or effect.
HOME & GARDEN
February 7, 2008 |
IF Carson Kressley did a series on "How to Look Good Naked" for the home, the thing that he would need to coax off many of our houses would be the coy ring of hedging around the foundations. America needs someone as observant and funny as him to turn our homes toward the mirror, point to the line of shrubs running beneath the living room windows and ask: "Why? What is so ugly about the line where structure meets earth?"
December 17, 2006 |
IT was a year for stunning stand-alone buildings, including memorable U.S. debuts for Jean Nouvel and the Tokyo firm SANAA; as a result, no one could argue that the era of iconic architecture had run its course.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 12, 2006 |
"The first thing to understand," Mike O'Brien told students in his landscape architecture class, "is that you do not know how to use one of these things. They can be very, very dangerous." And then another admonition: "Do not pop wheelies!" O'Brien had just pulled two wheelchairs from the back of his car inside a parking structure at UCLA's Westwood campus, and he called for volunteers from the 30 assembled students enrolled in Human Factors in Landscape Architecture.
June 7, 2006 |
The last time the American Institute of Architects descended on Los Angeles for its annual convention, downtown was desperate, Walt Disney Concert Hall was a moribund civic embarrassment, "design" was something schoolkids did rather than a middle-class fetish on sale at Target, and even the most ambitious architects tended to go about business never imagining that reaching the top of their field could transform them into star-magnitude international celebrities.