August 10, 1997 |
'To come to the work of some of our present day architects and designers is like an escape into the mountain air from the stagnant vapours of our morass." When Charles Rennie Mackintosh wrote these words in 1902, he stood confidently poised at the edge of a new world. Architecture was discovering a new language for a modern age. Mackintosh was one of its early visionaries, a creative genius who discarded the past, only later to be discarded himself.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 30, 1995 |
From Pierre Koenig's Brentwood living room, the promises of Modernist architecture are convincing. A three-story atrium opens the living room to the sky, bringing outside in and symbolizing a future where housing is not only cheap and beautiful but an expression of hope and confidence. More than half a century after the early Modernists set their lofty sights on Los Angeles, their concepts have been endlessly borrowed in everything from shopping malls to tract homes.
July 6, 1994 |
Peter Thomson, five-time winner of the British Open, doesn't think much of modern golf course architecture, particularly fairways designed by Jack Nicklaus. "I've always said that if your grandmother can't enjoy it, it's not a great golf course," Thomson told Golf Digest. "I have begun to rate golf courses by the number of balls you need. For instance, if a course is a one-ball course, assuming it has all the usual features, I think it's a great course. "But a 12-ball course I think is rubbish.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 1994 |
Touring Los Angeles with Pete Moruzzi is like traveling with a fervid believer on a pilgrimage through a holy land. In his case, the religion is Southern California architecture in the 20 years after World War II, and the shrines include the Capitol Tower, the Cinerama Dome, the Palmdale House apartments and Ship's coffee shop. "The thing I love most about them is they reflect an extremely playful, experimental time in American history.
January 2, 1994 |
Peter Blake is one of the truth-tellers of modern architecture. As the titles of his last books indicate--"God's Own Junkyard," and "Form Follows Fiasco"--he has never attempted to disguise his distress at the deterioration of the American landscape. Now, in a personal memoir, Blake revisits the early idealistic days of his profession and recalls the colleagues who shaped the modern movement.
December 3, 1993 |
In the Verdugo Woodlands is a sylvan structure that rises from the earth like a giant stone-and-wood mushroom. It seems a proper haunt for wood nymphs, faerie queens and mischievous, pipe-blowing satyrs. Its frosty green facade harmonizes with plants, trees and arroyo rock nearby. But the unusual residence--called "the Rodriguez House" after its first owner, pianist Jose Rodriguez--was not created by Pan, Titania or any other mythical sprite.
October 3, 1991 |
In architecture, things are not always what they seem. Often, we dress our buildings up to look as if they were built by the Spanish in the 17th Century, or the French in the 18th. Even modernist architects fake it; they try to make their buildings look new, machined and precisely manufactured, even when they are made out of the same materials put together in the same way as those Spanish neo-haciendas.
November 25, 1990 |
The 1980s were the decade of "celebu-tects"--the "celebrity architects" who designed tea kettles, appeared in magazine advertisements, and were guests on talk shows. In the midst of this self-promotion, I.M. Pei, perhaps America's finest living architect, continued to do what he does best: design buildings which fulfill a practical need yet delight the eye and elevate the spirit. Pei's buildings include the East Building of the National Gallery in Washington, D.C., the Jacob K.
October 28, 1988 |
Britain's future king filled 75 minutes of prime time television today with a scathing attack on soulless, dehumanized modern architecture. "Too many of our modern buildings are huge, blank and impersonal," Prince Charles said in one his milder comments in a documentary on BBC television. Charles, who turns 40 on Nov. 14, has become an influential architectural scourge despite the royal tradition of avoiding controversy.
May 14, 1988 |
Honored last weekend at Cal Poly Pomona's School of Environmental Design was architect Raphael Soriano, who practiced in Los Angeles with distinction in the 1930s through the '50s. Now 83 and living in Claremont, Soriano, is best remembered for his pioneering use of steel framing for housing and office buildings and his disciplined designs in the severe, smooth international Modernist style.