#187: LOS ANGELES INCOMING: THE HEROIC AND THE AMBITIOUS

May 17, 2024

In the next few years, half a dozen projects are arriving to Los Angeles. And they are big. I mean BIG. Architecturally speaking, Los Angeles is young and scrappy, compared to New York’s glamour, Chicago’s urbanity, San Francisco’s charm, or D.C.’s history. But Los Angeles has not fallen short with architectural wonders.

#186: ANOTHER BAKER’S DOZEN

April 26, 2024

A few years ago, I listed some of my favorite buildings in the city of Los Angeles. Today, I offer another dozen favorites from Southern California, but outside of Los Angeles proper.

#184: THE ROLLER COASTER OF ARCHITECTURE

March 15, 2024

If you ask an architect, “How are things in architecture?”—you will typically hear about the ups and downs. Few architects will boast about how things are super great. The industry is often a roller coaster of highs and lows, climbs and falls, and exhilaration and fear.

#183: ARCHITECTURE OF REMEMBRANCE: HOLLYWOOD FOREVER CEMETERY

February 23, 2024

Many think of cemeteries as a scary place, a haunted graveyard of evil spirits. But for others, remembrance is not only profound, but an act of resolution and peace, even celebration. Hollywood Forever cemetery, founded 1899, serves not just as a burial ground, but an iconic cultural landmark—from art exhibits to film festivals, from author readings to a park to simply stroll its sublime surroundings.

#182: STUCK IN THE PAST

February 2, 2024

Most people want a home of a traditional style. Though many magazines show off glossy contemporary homes, the majority of homeowners choose a classically-themed house. Whether the design style is Spanish Colonial, Cape Cod, Farmhouse, Victorian, Tudor, Craftsman, or Georgian—all such architectural languages find their roots in classicism, looking backwards to long lost periods of history.

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