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Arts, Books A. Quincy Jones: High and Low

A. Quincy Jones: High and Low

Archibald Quincy Jones might have been the quintessential modernist architect. Like his contemporaries in the generation that followed Rudolf Schindler and Richard Neutra, Jones worked with steel and glass and concrete and plywood. He designed to create an interplay between house and garden. He built modest homes, on a modest...…
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Columns, A Considerable Town

Jean Nouvel Unveils Century City Condo Plan

Jean Nouvel, the French architect who five years ago lost out to Rem Koolhaas for the then-contemplated museum makeover at LACMA, stopped by the Four Seasons Hotel last week to unveil a 45-story condo he has designed for Century City. The ritzy $400 million tower, set to rise above the...…
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Arts, Books Pike's Peak

Pike's Peak

{mosimage} Meet Joe Pike. For 20 years, he’s been the taciturn, downbeat partner of Elvis Cole, the randy, flippant hero of Robert Crais’ detective fiction. Now, Pike is forced out of the shadows when he gets an assignment he may not refuse. He owes a man a return favor that...…
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Arts, Readings Pick

Pike’s Peak

Meet Joe Pike. For 20 years, he’s been the taciturn, downbeat partner of Elvis Cole, the randy, flippant hero of Robert Crais’ detective fiction. Now, Pike is forced out of the shadows when he gets an assignment he may not refuse. He owes a man a return favor that turns...…
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Columns, A Considerable Town

A Vote for the Future

“I wish I could live another hundred years,” said Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa after seeing what Los Angeles would look like a century from now — at least in the minds of eight architectural teams in a competition sponsored by the History Channel, “City of the Future.” All were gathered at...…
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Arts, Books Towering Inferno

Towering Inferno

On the last page of The Fellowship: The Untold Story of Frank Lloyd Wright & the Taliesin Fellowship, we are told that without the Greco-Armenian mystic Georgi Gurdjieff, there “very likely” would have been no Fallingwater, no Johnson Wax building, no Guggenheim Museum. This claim is bold, and something new...…
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Arts, Art Pick Alvaro Siza

Alvaro Siza

Only five works by Pritzker Prize–winning architect Alvaro Siza are on display at the Santa Monica Museum of Art, but they feel like a lot more. The exhibit is spacious and understated yet is brimming with the architect’s playful and sometimes subversive ideas, presented in models, photographs, sketches and blueprints...…
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Rough in the Diamond

If you are a regular at Diamond Bakery on Fairfax, counterwoman Gloria Kalili will greet you with a quick appraisal of your needs, not wants. “Mameleh,” she’ll say, “you’ll have a corn rye.” Should you stutter, “I’m thinking,” Gloria will repeat herself, pronouncing her words with the sharp accent and...…
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Arts, Art In the Realm of the Senses

In the Realm of the Senses

Ettore Sottsass is a lucky man. Despite feeling “really a bit lousy” on this blustery, cold, cloudy day, the 88-year-old lion of Italian design — in town for the opening of a LACMA retrospective of his work — is sitting in the warm, paneled library of museum patron Max Palevsky’s...…
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Columns, A Considerable Town Big Man On Campus

Big Man On Campus

Sometime after the moon had set early Wednesday morning, when Venus was the only light in the sky, two 21-ton steel arcs arrived at the north edge of the UCLA campus. Two halves of a sculpture by Richard Serra — the master of carving up space with gargantuan insertions —...…
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Columns, A Considerable Town Police Academy Pas de Deux

Police Academy Pas de Deux

Heidi Duckler, the director of Collage Dance Theater, is bounding up the steep concrete staircase in the rock garden of the Los Angeles Police Academy. A tiny woman, wearing what look like black suede slippers, she is in constant, fleeting motion. She’s trying to put herself into the place of...…
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A House Signed Starck

The open house presenting Philippe Starck’s latest offered — by invitation only — an irresistible chance to peer into the good life, and maybe mooch a few interior-design ideas. Not that you’d know it pulling up on Moore Street, in Mar Vista, across Palms Boulevard from Gregory Ain’s pitch-perfect modernist...…
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Narcotraficante

There’s nothing accidental about a chance conversation on a city bus, even on the commuter special heading west on Wilshire Boulevard before sundown on a Friday evening. When, from the back, a voice called out, “Hey, do you know how far it is to Westwood?” I became suspicious. No one,...…
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Darker Than Night

The Pacific Design Center (8687 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 310-657-0800) has always seemed an unapproachable building, a visually impenetrable leviathan so out of scale that, as you pass by, you feel you’re about to be crushed or swallowed. Despite its bright ocean-going blue, it feels lifeless. Cesar Pelli, the building’s...…
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Reclaiming the Air

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News, Clear and Present Danger

The Nutty Professors

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The Material World

Something remarkable is happening at the AUDC Gallery on Wilshire Boulevard. The space, a converted single apartment cater-corner from LACMA’s blockbuster King Tut show, is half the size of a storage container, yet miraculously summarizes nearly all of the modern world. The brief exhibit, titled “Ether,” is devoted to One...…
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Eye of the Sky

Photo by Reed HutchisonEarly one morning last week, two members of UCLA’s facilities management crew cut out a small patch of grass in the middle of a wide lawn directly behind Royce Hall. The men, both named Mike, exposed a concrete pad with four 1-inch-diameter, stainless-steel bolts — and then...…
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Upwardly Mobile

Illustration courtesy Urban PartnersDan Rosenfeld, of Urban Partners, is one of the city’s leading developers. His firm spearheaded the Caltrans District 7 Headquarters, at First and Main, in downtown, and he is building the urban village that will spring up above and around the Wilshire-Vermont Red Line subway station late...…
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