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May 30, 2012 | By Christopher Hawthorne, Architecture Critic
Last year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced it was abandoning a pricey plan to build a movie museum in central Hollywood designed by French architect Christian de Portzamparc. Instead the academy struck a deal with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art to lease the old May Co. building, known as LACMA West, at Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue. It turns out the academy isn't just using LACMA's building; it's also going to use LACMA's architects. Renzo Piano and L.A architect Zoltan Pali, the academy announced Wednesday, will team up to turn the 1939 May Co. structure, one of L.A.'s classic Art Deco landmarks, into a museum celebrating the history of the film industry.
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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.
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November 9, 2005 | Christopher Hawthorne, Times Staff Writer
THE Italian architect Renzo Piano is in the process of rewriting the book on American museum architecture. Well, it might be more accurate to say he's rewriting the book on museum expansions: His firm, Renzo Piano Building Workshop, has additions in the works at a remarkable number of the most prominent museums in the country, including the Whitney in New York, the Gardner in Boston and the Art Institute of Chicago.
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April 12, 2013 | By Christopher Hawthorne, Architecture Critic
Will the Academy's big bubble pop before it has a chance to be built? Italian architect Renzo Piano, Los Angeles architect Zoltan Pali and officials from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences unveiled preliminary designs Thursday for a $300-million film museum at Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue. The architectural centerpiece of the 290,000-square-foot complex, just west of the campus of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, would be a giant glass-enclosed dome, which Piano refers to as the "sphere" and the "soap bubble.
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December 26, 2004 | Christopher Hawthorne, Times Staff Writer
There's one simple way to explain why Renzo Piano is at work on a remarkable six art museums in the U.S. alone: Architecturally speaking, he offers museum directors and trustees a rare chance to have their cake and eat it too. The 67-year-old Italian, whose firm is based in Genoa and Paris, is a bona fide design-world celebrity -- regarded in some quarters as the most talented museum architect since Louis Kahn and the winner six years ago of the Pritzker Prize, the field's Nobel.
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June 5, 1990 | ZAN DUBIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Donald L. Bren has hired William Pedersen, an architect from New York City, to provide an alternative to Renzo Piano's design for the Newport Harbor Art Museum's proposed new building. Museum officials last week revealed that an architect, whom they would not name, had been engaged by an unnamed "friend" of the museum without prior approval of the museum board. On Monday, both Pedersen and a senior museum official who requested anonymity confirmed the hiring and Bren's involvement.
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April 20, 1998 | NICOLAI OUROUSSOFF, TIMES ARCHITECTURE CRITIC
Renzo Piano, the Italian architect best known as one of the designers of Paris' controversial and now much-loved cultural landmark the Pompidou Center, has been awarded the 1998 Pritzker Architecture Prize. Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, the Pritzker is considered architecture's highest honor and comes with a $100,000 award. It will be presented this year at a dinner on June 17 at the White House.
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May 24, 1990 | ZAN DUBIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The design plan by renowned architect Renzo Piano for the new $50-million Newport Harbor Art Museum may be redrawn, possibly by architects other than Piano, museum officials said Wednesday. Museum spokeswoman Maxine Gaiber said Piano's plan has undergone "a lot of refinement and modification" since it was unveiled last summer amid great fanfare.
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July 21, 1990 | LEON WHITESON
In October, 1988, when noted Italian avant-garde architect Renzo Piano was chosen to design the proposed Newport Harbor Art Museum, the museum's reception was enthusiastic. M. Rogue Hemley, then-chairman of the museum board (now chair of the museum's building campaign), said the Genoa-born architect was chosen "for his interface with technology and architecture.
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May 31, 1990 | ZAN DUBIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An unidentified "friend" of the Newport Harbor Art Museum, not the museum itself, engaged an architect to come up with an alternative to Renzo Piano's design for a new museum building, according to museum trustee James V. Selna. Selna refused to name the "friend," to explain his relationship to the museum or to name the second architect, and he said that he doesn't know how much the alternative plan will cost.
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May 30, 2012 | By Christopher Hawthorne, Architecture Critic
Last year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced it was abandoning a pricey plan to build a movie museum in central Hollywood designed by French architect Christian de Portzamparc. Instead the academy struck a deal with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art to lease the old May Co. building, known as LACMA West, at Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue. It turns out the academy isn't just using LACMA's building; it's also going to use LACMA's architects. Renzo Piano and L.A architect Zoltan Pali, the academy announced Wednesday, will team up to turn the 1939 May Co. structure, one of L.A.'s classic Art Deco landmarks, into a museum celebrating the history of the film industry.
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May 23, 2010 | By Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic
Has there ever been a piece of major, blue-chip architecture in Los Angeles as easily overlooked as Renzo Piano's new building at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art? Maybe it's a continuing bout of Piano fatigue: The Italian architect has completed five American museum wings in as many years, with several more on the way. Maybe we've all been distracted by Eli Broad, whose search for his own museum site has been dominating the headlines lately. Or maybe it's simply that Piano's first effort at LACMA, the 2-year-old Broad Contemporary Art Museum, didn't exactly set the architecture world on fire.
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December 3, 2008 | BLOOMBERG NEWS
Renzo Piano, the Italian architect who designed the New York Times building and co-designed Paris' Pompidou Center, is set to build a new gateway to Valletta, the capital of Malta, and rebuild the city's opera house, which was bombed in 1942. The two projects will cost between $76 million and $101 million and take about four years to complete, Maltese Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi said. The former opera house will be reconstructed to serve as the new parliament building. The projects are part of a plan for the regeneration of Valletta that also involves refurbishing the city's palaces and forts, Gonzi said.
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March 25, 2007
Alan R. Zeleznikar of Oceanside took this neck-craning shot of Tokyo's Hermes building, designed by Renzo Piano, while he was on a January business trip to Japan's capital. "I took my camera, put it in the palm of my hand, stood underneath and took the shot," he said. He used a Canon PowerShot G3.
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January 30, 2006 | Christopher Hawthorne, Times Staff Writer
Renzo Piano has earned a reputation in recent years as architecture's great problem-solver. Let other architects upend convention, revel in colliding forms or tax the talents of the world's most famous structural engineers. Renzo Piano Building Workshop is the firm you hire when what you need from your architect is clarity, craftsmanship and refinement.
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January 30, 2006 | Scott Timberg, Times Staff Writer
It's part 1950s Case Study house, part magic carpet, part canopy of trees and part old-world piazza. If all goes well, this should add up to the new face of the largest encyclopedic art museum in the western U.S., to be completed in less than two years. During a busy, less than 72-hour stop in Los Angeles last week, architect Renzo Piano discussed the development of his plans for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
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April 12, 2013 | By Christopher Hawthorne, Architecture Critic
Will the Academy's big bubble pop before it has a chance to be built? Italian architect Renzo Piano, Los Angeles architect Zoltan Pali and officials from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences unveiled preliminary designs Thursday for a $300-million film museum at Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue. The architectural centerpiece of the 290,000-square-foot complex, just west of the campus of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, would be a giant glass-enclosed dome, which Piano refers to as the "sphere" and the "soap bubble.
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May 17, 1991 | CATHY CURTIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Nearly a year after he was dismissed suddenly and unceremoniously as the architect of the Newport Harbor Art Museum's proposed $20-million building, Renzo Piano has broken his silence on the subject. He says he remains mystified by the ouster and that the museum's stated reasons are "ridiculous," "absolutely fake" and "false."
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November 9, 2005 | Christopher Hawthorne, Times Staff Writer
THE Italian architect Renzo Piano is in the process of rewriting the book on American museum architecture. Well, it might be more accurate to say he's rewriting the book on museum expansions: His firm, Renzo Piano Building Workshop, has additions in the works at a remarkable number of the most prominent museums in the country, including the Whitney in New York, the Gardner in Boston and the Art Institute of Chicago.
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March 20, 2005 | Mike Boehm
A chuckle and a pause. That was the first reaction from Renzo Piano, the affable Italian architect, when he was asked last week whether there is more than the usual pressure on him to deliver ooh-and-ah-worthy goods as he shepherds the expansion and ungarbling of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's six-building mishmash of a campus. After all, the two most recent big-ticket projects for L.A.
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