The Getty Center at 10: Still aloof, yet totally L.A. – CRITIC’S NOTEBOOK – Los Angeles Times – calendarlive.com

During much of the 1990s, as the Getty Center was rising on its Brentwood hilltop, a couple of stubborn questions dogged the hugely ambitious project: Would Richard Meier’s design ever have anything meaningful to do with, or say about, the cityover which it loomed? Or would it exist as an expensive import, a vast collection of smooth enamel and rough travertine conjured up by a New York architect who looked west for commissions but east, to Europe and its Modernist past, for inspiration?

The Getty Center at 10: Still aloof, yet totally L.A. – CRITIC’S NOTEBOOK – Los Angeles Times – calendarlive.com – L.A. Times

‘People Need Beauty’: Architect Oscar Niemeyer Turns 100

Oscar Niemeyer, the last surviving founder of architecture’s Modernist movement, turns 100 on Saturday. The grandfather of Brazilian architecture is a living legend, and plans to remain so for a while.

‘People Need Beauty’: Architect Oscar Niemeyer Turns 100 – International – SPIEGEL ONLINE – News.

New galleries take shape at Botanical Garden

For years, the aluminum lath house that sheltered the Desert Botanical Garden’s treasured cactus collection sorely needed a dynamic makeover.

Considered state of the art in 1950, the space had long ago reached capacity, with specimens poking through the top of the lath and shade cloth roof, and spilling over rocks that served as protective and decorative boarders. An additional structure added in 1965 for succulents didn’t much improve the look.

New galleries take shape at Botanical Garden.

Renzo Piano, Hon. FAIA, Named 2008 AIA Gold Medal Recipient

Washington, D.C., December 13, 2007 — The AIA Board of Directors voted today to award the 2008 AIA Gold Medal to Renzo Piano, Hon. FAIA, internationally lauded architect of a wide array of singularly beautiful grand scale projects in Europe and the United States.
Renzo Piano, Hon. FAIA, Named 2008 AIA Gold Medal Recipient.

Urban Splash reveals stunning seaside shortlist designs

Six architects vie to redesign Birnbeck Island and Pier in Weston-super-Mare

Six architects were shortlisted in an architectural competition to redesign the Birnbeck Island and Pier in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset.

The competition, which opened in August, is run by Urban Splash and RIBA. It received 95 entries from all over the world, including Hong Kong, Canada, Russia and the USA.

Urban Splash reveals stunning seaside shortlist designs – Building.

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