July 15th, 2013

LACMA IN FULL

Peter Zumthor’s preliminary model for LACMA, east campus

The LACMA campus is in full bloom including the unveiling of ambitious plans for a new building. “The Presence of the Past: Peter Zumthor Reconsiders LACMA”, highlights the Swiss architect’s preliminary plan for housing the museum’s permanent collection. The show reviews the history of Hancock Park and presents Zumthor’s model along with accompanying documentation. A video which features charismatic Director, Michael Govan, in infectious conversation about LACMA’s future, sets the stage for the massive campaign ahead.

JAMES TURRELL RETROSPECTIVE

James Turrell at LACMA

LACMA achieves well-earned acclaim for the James Turrell Retrospective. The exhibition heralds one of most heroic thinkers of our time in a display that is visually arresting and intellectually expanding. Entry to the show is controlled by timed ticket to allow a contemplative experience for a limited number of viewers at one time. Visitors are offered the opportunity to experience the entire realm of visual perception and the effect it may have on one’s emotion and physicality. The essence of color, the boundaries of space and the nature of edges are examined throughout the exhibition.   Read the rest of this entry »

July 11th, 2013

THE WILSHIRE BOULEVARD TEMPLE: A GRAND LA LANDMARK

The Wilshire Boulevard Temple, Los Angeles

The Wilshire Boulevard Temple, listed on America’s Register of Historic Places, is in the final stages of a $175 million renovation. I toured this extraordinary landmark last week and was truly impressed. Originally constructed in 1929, the synagogue boasts a 100-foot high dome that glows with heavenly light. Under the inspired aegis of project architect, Brenda Levin of Levin and Associates, the revitalization will restore the splendor of the building and secure this treasure of Los Angeles architecture for future generations.   Read the rest of this entry »

June 28th, 2013

A SATURDAY IN LA

DWELL ON DESIGN

Dwell on Design Conference, Los Angeles Convention Center

Dwell Magazine, which is devoted to modern architecture and design, was launched in September 2000. The Dwell brand has subsequently grown into a significant player and resource in the design field. The magazine’s editors are the curators of the annual Dwell on Design conference which took place at the LA Convention Center on June 21-23. Billed as America’s largest modern design event, it includes the presentation of products, services, demonstrations, educational platforms and home tours. Overall, the show makes an impressive contribution to the way people think about design and it’s relationship to the environment.

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June 16th, 2013

LAUTERBRUNNEN TO WENGERNALP

Staubbachfall  in Lauterbrunnen

Today Doris, my guide, and I began our hike from Lauterbrunnen, a town of a hundred waterfalls, the most renown of which is Trummelbach Falls. The valley floor is quite narrow and the walls of rock rise steeply. Water tumbles down in a raging torrent, especially after the deep, late winter of this year.

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