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  • KCET's 'Cool Spaces!' offers earnest, enthused tour of new architecture

    KCET's 'Cool Spaces!' offers earnest, enthused tour of new architecture
    It would be easy to dismiss "Cool Spaces!," a new series on contemporary architecture that will make its KCET debut at 10 p.m. Thursday, as a superficial if very earnest example of the dumbing down of American culture. The title of the show -- especially its exclamation point -- is enough to give you a sense of the smiling and credulous tone that prevails.
  • The new LACMA: Does an art museum have to be a work of art?

    To the editor: The primary function of a museum is to display art and to serve as a community amenity. It appears that the current primary goal of upgrading the L.A. County Museum of Art is to create a "work of art." This is putting the cart in front of...

    Chicago plans global architectural expo for 2015

     Chicago plans global architectural expo for 2015
    Aiming to boost tourism and elevate its status as a design center, Chicago next year will mount a global exhibition of cutting-edge architecture that will strive to duplicate the cachet and commercial success of a cultural spectacle in Venice, Italy....

    A new blueprint for architectural excellence

    Do you know the Monuments Men? I don't mean the George Clooney movie with the middling box-office numbers. I mean the male geniuses, according to architecture's creaky conventional wisdom, who push the profession forward with one pricey and daring...

    Robert Dawson tells the story of 'The Public Library' through photos

     Robert Dawson tells the story of 'The Public Library' through photos
    Photographer Robert Dawson recalls in his new book how the libraries of his childhood "always kept my interest partly because they allowed me to escape the mundane existence of my life in West Sacramento.... They showed me something better." It's a...