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  • Toyo Ito's architecture beckons a critic to Asia

    Toyo Ito's architecture beckons a critic to Asia
    Jet lag can do strange things to a person. But it wasn't just a mixed-up body clock that had me awake at 3 a.m. during a trip to Japan a few years ago, madly scrolling through online ferry schedules and trying to plot a route by train, boat and taxi to a new architecture museum on the southern island of Omishima. It was also a long-standing interest — OK, maybe an infatuation — with the work of Japanese architect Toyo Ito.
  • Google's new headquarters design takes transparency to new levels

    Google's new headquarters design takes transparency to new levels
    As an architect, what do you give the company that has everything? More to the point, what do you design for the company that is everywhere, that has become digitally ubiquitous? If you're Thomas Heatherwick and Bjarke Ingels, the rising-star architects...

    McCormick Place 'L' station needs help to make a neighborhood

    McCormick Place 'L' station needs help to make a neighborhood
    A good city is like a good omelet. While the fillings matter, what really counts are the eggs that hold everything together. I kept thinking of omelets last week as I walked the dull, nearly empty sidewalks around McCormick Place, the nation's largest...

    El Centro wows with bright colors, visual rhythms

    El Centro wows with bright colors, visual rhythms
    Consider yourself lucky the next time you're stuck in traffic on the Kennedy Expressway around Kimball Avenue: The delay will let you check out a visually arresting zebra of a building. Dedicated Tuesday, this boldly sculpted academic structure is an...

    Fall marks season of revival for architecture in Los Angeles

     Fall marks season of revival for architecture in Los Angeles
    Architecture is not just slow. It's a hurry-up-and-wait profession at its core, chancy and contingent, as vulnerable to the cold feet of clients as the whims of capital markets. During the Great Recession, as financing dried up and confidence cracked, the...