Building Critique

Defending LACMA

Perhaps the word “controversial” is an understatement to describe LACMA’s reconstruction plans over the next decade. The museum Director, Michael Govan, has planned to demolish most of the museum to make way for a new building designed by renowned Swiss architect Peter Zumthor.Read More

The New Petersen Museum – A Mistaken Metaphor

The newly reinvented Petersen Automotive Museum is an eyesore on many levels, and Christopher Hawthorne does an excellent job in his LA Times article listing the multiple ways in which to sourly interpret the building. Even more though, I believe that this misanthropic contribution to the Los Angeles landscape is emblematic of two larger issues with Architectural design: the limitations of designing as a purely aesthetic proposition and the ignored interplay between how culture and technology intersect with built form.

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The Broad: Synergy of Architectural Diagram and Art

I highly anticipated my visit to The Broad on September 30, and the experience did not disappoint.  The strategies employed by the Architects – Diller Scofidio and Renfro – to create the form of the building parallels my own research into architectural form making.  Their literal interpretation of the programmatic requirements into a clear diagram pairs beautifully with an exceptional attention to detail.  I may not agree with all of the final results, but the building communicates effectively to a visitor and provides an exceptional space for contemporary art.Read More

Gehry’s Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris: The Critics Respond

ArchDaily gathers a few critical responses to Gehry’s new building in Paris.  We’ll let the critics speak for themselves:Read More