| Feb 7, 2013
Father Maur van Doorslaer lived a kind of double life.
For decades, the Benedictine monk spent half the year working in a studio at an abbey in Belgium, painting abstract art in varying shades of white. For the other half, he took in the High Desert...
| Dec 9, 2012
Barry Alan Berkus, a California architect who left a deep imprint on mass-market housing, spurring trends toward homes with grand entrances, high ceilings, master suites, natural light and open spaces, has died. He was 77.
Berkus, who had leukemia, died...
| Aug 30, 2012
While designing what is now the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena in the late 1960s, architects John Kelsey and Thornton Ladd expressed a belief: Space that houses art "can be part of the event and experience."
When it opened in 1969 as the Pasadena Art...
| Mar 22, 2013
The next time you visit a garden center, check out the containers waiting for new homes.
They come in all shapes, sizes, colors and materials. Do you have your heart set on glazed pot with orange and pink flowers painted on it? Look around. You'll...
| Jul 25, 2012
| 7:37 AM
Parks in Los Angeles have always been a peripheral presence, both literally and symbolically. Our major open space has been tucked away in the foothills or mountains, strung along the beaches and coastline. Truly urban parks have been rare here.
| Jan 28, 2013
Over the last couple of weeks, I've spent considerable time with the leading candidates for mayor, asking them about their approach to governance, watching them campaign and trying to get a feel for what distinguishes each from the others.
| Apr 17, 2013
| 3:11 PM
John Lautner believed that "architecture should be really odd." To this end the midcentury American architect dotted Southern California with a concrete, glass and copper volcano for Bob Hope's second home, a dwelling that looks like a UFO perched on a...
| Oct 4, 2012
| 4:28 PM
Forty years after Frank Gehry completed a series of buildings in the fledgling "new town" of Columbia, the current master developer wants him to come back and design more.
The Dallas-based Howard Hughes Corp., which in 2010 took over as lead developer of...
| Oct 4, 2012
| 8:30 AM
Frank Gehry and Placido Domingo will be lending a hand to the National YoungArts Foundation, a nonprofit group that provides financial assistance and other forms of support to aspiring artists. The organization announced this week that it has acquired the...
| May 16, 2012
| 7:39 AM
New changes to the contentious design for the Eisenhower Memorial were publicly unveiled on Tuesday at a session in Washington. Architect Frank Gehry made the adjustments following complaints by members of the Eisenhower family that the design put too...
| May 21, 2012
| 8:10 AM
When you hire Frank Gehry to design a set for an opera production, you can be sure the famed architect won't deliver anything remotely conventional or literal-minded.
Gehry's set for Mozart's "Don Giovanni" finally met the public on Friday at the first...