Gas stations tend to be pretty bland and merely functional when it comes to architectural design. Many are drab, dirty and downright ugly. Those that are clean and pleasant spaces to visit usually stick to a tried-and-true architectural formula of bright, conservative and no-nonsense, on-brand spaces for pumping gas andContinue Reading

An architecture firm in Montevideo, Uruguay is building the worlds first memorial to the global COVID-19 pandemic. The firm is GomezPlatero. Their vision is for a memorial located on the waterfront of a major urban area that serves as both a monument and a large pubic space. Rendering of theContinue Reading

A funny thing about “art.” Sometimes the happiest of aesthetic accidents happen as a consequence of totally non-artistic impulses. Take as prima facie example the case of the roller-shutter pictured above. It’s on a warehouse-factory building in the rapidly gentrifying Downtown Los Angeles neighborhood dubbed the Arts District. It’s aContinue Reading

Like a shiny extra-terrestrial bobble tucked into the foothills above Palm Springs, “Mirage” by Los Angeles-based artist Doug Aitken is among the most striking contemporary-art experiences of 2017. It’s probably the unofficial rockstar of Desert X, an inaugural exhibition of site-specific artworks mostly in the form of installations and sculpturalContinue Reading

A classic example of Los Angeles movie-theater architecture from the early days of cinema, the Vista on Sunset Boulevard in Los Feliz is a landmark. Built in 1923, it has been a part of the LA urban landscape for nearly a century, from the silent-film era through to the recentContinue Reading