Brazilian modernist architect Lina Bo Bardi is now the subject of a new show, “Tropical Modernism: Lina Bo Bardi” at Santa Monica’s Christopher Grimes Gallery.
Philip Johnson was one of the most influential American architects of the past century, and so was Frank Lloyd Wright. Even though they were unlike in architectural style, philosophy and age, historian Hugh Howard argues in “Architecture’s Odd Couple” that the two were “frenemies” who bookended 20th century American architecture.
President Obama and the First Lady have announced their chosen architect for the Obama Presidential Center to be built in Chicago. It’s the firm of Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects based in New York. Architecture critic Joseph Giovannini says they may have just the right temperament and approach for our president.
Bottom-up, interventionist approaches to city-making are having a moment. At the 2016 Architecture Biennale many of the projects on display emphasized social engagement and grassroots design. Among them was a playground in Scotland, designed by the British collective Assemble.
The Los Angeles City Council is weighing two separate measures to fund solutions to homelessness. One likely applicant for those funds will be the nonprofit developer Skid Row Housing Trust, which has built supportive housing by some of LA’s leading architects. Can good architecture and planning help re-integrate the formerly homeless back into society?