The world's premier architects are clamoring to work in neighborhoods across our community, new buildings are winning international awards and in what may be the strongest evidence yet, the Pritzker Prize (architecture's top honor) will be awarded in Miami Beach this week for the 1st time.
To my mind the most beautiful thing to see was Carlo Scarpa's elegant vintage garden oasis in the central pavilion which led me to all the other Scarpa sites in Venice -- in particular the Prada Foundation's excellent Art or Sound exhibit, one of the most engaging exhibits anywhere.
The exhibition I wanted to see deals with the ambitious plans by renowned Swiss architect Peter Zumthor to completely re-imagine LACMA's campus by erasing most of the existing buildings in favor of an imposing, amoeba-like structure wrapped in glass.
Boldly and inventively contemporary, Koolhaas' Milstein stands in sharp, energizing contrast to the traditional Ivy League buildings that abut it. Notwithstanding its distinctiveness, it is unimposing and unobtrusive.
The power of celebrity and entertainment has never been stronger -- but the intellectual status quo has perhaps never been lower. What does it mean that, as adults, our idols are famous for being famous?