Authors on Architecture: Universal vs. Disney

Every year Disney and Universal theme parks attract millions of people seeking thrills, shows and a good time with family and friends. When they walk through the entrance gates, however, most of those visitors aren’t thinking about the personalities behind the parks, how they came to be created and the relationship between the two companies […]

Bunker Hill Revisited & ANGEL’S FLIGHT

Downtown Los Angeles is in the midst of a rebirth that is rapidly transforming its varied districts. One of those neighborhoods is Bunker Hill, which today is associated with banks, office towers, and the landmarks and institutions that line Grand Avenue, including the Music Center’s Walt Disney Concert Hall and Center Theatre Group, the Museum […]

L.A. Conservancy Offers Rare Glimpse into Historic Garden Apartments

The “mansionization” of Los Angeles and other southland communities has frustrated and angered many residents over the years, as new, large homes replace smaller ones on modest lots, blocking light and views and towering over their neighbors. There was a time in the not too distant past, however, when L.A. saw a completely different type […]

Touring Historic Robinson Gardens in Beverly Hills

Robinson Gardens, a six and a half acre estate situated on a knoll behind the Beverly Hills Hotel, has been on my “Must See” list for many years. I just never seemed to get there – until two weeks ago. I’m pleased to report it was well worth the wait. My wife and 12-year-old son […]

Los Angeles Design Festival 2014 – A Citywide Celebration of LA’s Creative Design Talent

Most everyone who lives, works or visits Los Angeles knows that creative endeavors make up a significant portion of the region’s economic output, contribute to its vitality and shape its identity. In particular, the breadth and scale of LA’s design talent is expansive and extraordinarily influential both nationally and internationally.  A case in point – […]

de LaB Home Tour: Architects at Home

de LaB is one of the most consistently creative design oriented organizations in Los Angeles. Its co-founders, Alissa Walker and Haily Zaki, are particularly adroit at coming up with engaging events that put you in touch with the city’s history, its vibrant east-side design community and noteworthy projects – both well known and undiscovered. It […]

Explore Downtown LA’s Historic Core on Foot

The Historic Downtown Los Angeles Business Improvement District (BID) has released a mini-pamphlet titled “Walk the Historic Core,” which introduces pedestrians to many of the area’s highlights. Developed by local artists Ari Simon and Phoebe Unterman, the booklet is intended to help downtown residents and visitors alike discover the neighborhood’s restaurants, retail establishments, and galleries, […]