Los Angeles used to be famed for its mobility. Now it is choked by immobility. LA CoMotion’s public festival in DTLA promises to show you transit and streetscape alternatives to a life shaped by the private car.
The architect Beverly Willis, at 89, is about to receive a lifetime achievement award from the American Institute of Architects, California Council. Her confidence and resilience comes from an adventure-filled life that included time spent in an orphanage; crash-landing a plane at 15; and running her own firm at a time when the profession was almost exclusively male.
Billionaire philanthropist Nicolas Berggruen has likened his planned research center and think tank in the Santa Monica Mountains to a secular monastery. Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron is designing it. What is the Berggruen Institute, will the neighbors welcome it and what’s the thinking behind the spheres?