| Jan 3, 2008
| 10:04 AM
In a cityscape long associated with the flat, black facades of architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, the arrival of Helmut Jahn's State of Illinois Center was akin to Carmen Miranda crashing a black-tie ball. From the outside, where it boldly looks out on...
| Feb 5, 2010
You must be a townie, says author Tracy Kidder in "Home Town," if "you don't shed identities. You accumulate them."
So Pete DiCianni admits he is the product of the "seven-kids, one-bathroom bungalow" on Highland Avenue, the father who campaigns...
| Sep 18, 2010
Set in and around Berkeley, "Parenthood" unfolds principally in three family residences that vary in architectural style.
The first is the house of Zeek and Camille Braverman (Craig T. Nelson and Bonnie Bedelia). "They have lived there 30 years, filled...
| Apr 4, 2010
The Arts Club in Chicago is a tony member's eatery favored by architects and artists, featuring a steel staircase designed by Mies van der Rohe and a permanent collection of works by Alexander Calder, Henry Moore and Pablo Picasso.
It was no...
| Apr 4, 2010
In Chicago they build things right -- and that goes for dance companies. In January, Joffrey Ballet of Chicago displayed its artistic vitality in Los Angeles with its splendid staging of Frederick Ashton's postwar masterpiece " Cinderella" at the...
| Sep 27, 2008
RENZO PIANO'S original concept for the new California Academy of Sciences building in Golden Gate Park was elegantly simple: Slice out a huge, rectangular section of the park landscape, lift it 36 feet into the air and slide a new piece of architecture...
| Sep 28, 2006
Thousands of L.A. residents register their properties with agencies that negotiate usage fees for film, television and still photography. Film and TV shoots are time- and labor-intensive and involve lots of equipment, but the fees are high. Fashion shoots...
| May 24, 2007
New York — DIPPED in a garish green rubbery coating, the ornate Louis-style dining chairs from Six Inch of Belgium looked like irradiated doggy chew toys. The white fiberglass centipede reared on its legs was really Scolopendra, a 7-foot floor...
| Jan 11, 2009
The problem with the Mies apartment that Defne Koz and her husband, Marco Susani, were eager to live in (and had just bought) was that they really didn't like the place.
And no, that's not odd.
We're talking Ludwig Mies van der Rohe here—a...
| Jan 30, 2008
FILM design is about creating an atmosphere in which a story can be told. Whether it is a black college in Marshall, Texas, circa 1935 or a futuristic galaxy, the concern is to be true to the story as well as to the period and place in which it is to be...
| Sep 21, 2009
| 4:24 PM
by Mark Silva When they talk about "shovel-ready'' work for that $787-billion economic stimulus that President Barack Obama signed into law, they aren't talking about the landmark high-rise in Chicago where Obama staged his transition to the White House...
| Sep 23, 2009
| 4:33 AM
When is a house not a home, you might ask? Possibly when everything in it is for sale. The project is the brainchild of the Artigas family--originally from Mexico City--who recently transformed a neoclassical home they own in West Hollywood's historic...