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Barton Myers: Works of Architecture and Urbanism
September 12–December 12, 2014
With works as varied as a Vidal Sassoon Salon from 1968, the U.S. Expo Pavilion in Seville, Spain in 1992, and his steel houses, this exhibit will present an overview of almost fifty years of architecture. Barton Myers first attracted attention in the late 1960s for his civic buildings and urban projects in Canada. He returned to the United States in 1984 to open a Los Angeles office and became known for his performing arts centers, campus buildings, and steel houses among many projects. 

The Barton Myers papers were donated to the Architecture and Design Collection of the AD&A Museum, UC Santa Barbara in 2000.  The archive covers Myers’s work from 1968 through 2002 and includes sketches and computer drawings, watercolors, images by well-known photographers, detailed study models and models of blocks-long sections of cities, as well as research notes, correspondence, lectures, and writings.

The West Hollywood Design District Presents Decades of Design 1948–2014
November 19, 2014–February 2015
The first-ever retrospective exhibition uncovering, examining and celebrating six decades of rich design history in West Hollywood. The curated ­­gallery will showcase design pioneers and present tastemakers through bold graphics, photographs and original product.

RICS Development Series Los Angeles 2014: Wilshire Grand Center
November 20, 2014
Join RICS Southern California chapter for the launch of their Los Angeles Development Series seminar, which takes an in-depth look at the development and construction of the upscale, world-class Wilshire Grand Project in downtown LA.

Innovation and Design Excellence in Healthcare Facilities Design: Today and Tomorrow
November 21, 2014
Hosted by AIA Los Angeles and AIA San Francisco, Future Care: Design for Health is a one-day healthcare symposium featuring the top minds in healthcare planning, design and construction. Speakers will address the rapidly changing healthcare environment and how these changes impact what healthcare providers need from the design and construction community.

Heath Ceramics Annual Sale
November 21–25, 2014
Heath's annual sale at their locations in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Sausalito offer deals on merchandise along with special presentations.

FOG Design + Art Fair
January 15–18, 2015
Benefiting the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), FOG Design+Art is a four-day celebration and exploration of modern and contemporary design, architecture, and art with dynamic exhibits, custom installations, art galleries, lectures, and discussions with leaders in the art and design worlds.

 

 

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Jun252014

Book Review: Re-evaluating Rudolph

By Michael Webb

The Architecture of Paul Rudolph
. Timothy M. Rohan. Yale University Press, $65.

A well-researched, critical study of an architect who is in urgent need of re-evaluation. In 1963, Paul Rudolph was widely admired—for his leadership of the Yale School of Architecture, newly installed in his monumental building; for his light, airy houses and schools in Florida, and for his ambitions to renew American cities. He was seen as an iconoclast, experimenting with new forms and materials, and offering bold alternatives to modernist orthodoxy. He was unafraid to express himself, break the rules, and create an architecture of emotion. As Rohan writes, "Rudolph believed that every cantilevered beam, every twist of a passageway, and every bright orange carpet could awaken the creativity and individuality of a building's inhabitants and thus combat the monotony and conformity of postwar life."

Within a few years, his reputation had gone up in smoke. Radicals derided him as a representative of the establishment, the Yale Arts & Architecture building was torched, his visionary megastructures remained on paper. Stunned by the criticism, he retreated into himself, focused anew on private houses, then enjoyed one last spurt of activity in Asia, where he built several high rises before he died, at age 78, in 1997. Since then, his reputation has lagged and too many of his corporate and public buildings have been abused or threatened with demolition. His work is perceived as too overbearing and abrasive to merit the respect that Eero Saarinen has regained and Louis Kahn never lost. Happily, Yale has done an exemplary restoration of his masterpiece, where Robert Stern, Rudolph's former student, now reigns.

Rohan wrote his doctoral thesis on Rudolph's academic buildings and has now authored the first comprehensive monograph on the architect. Books about underrated architects usually strive to redress the balance; to argue that their subject was misunderstood and really belongs in the pantheon. Rohan is surprisingly even-handed, explaining what Rudolph was trying to do but giving a full hearing to his critics and adding many reservations of his own. His subject is portrayed as a formalist, in love with scenographic effects at the expense of integrity and utility. From the start, his buildings were not always what they seemed, and several are seriously flawed. His plans to create vast megastructures in lower Manhattan were as megalomaniac as those of Robert Moses, and both fell victim to popular resistance and the bankruptcy of the city. But the architect was the victim of circumstances as well as ego. "Although Rudolph's monumentality was considered a failure by the late 1960s...what may actually have failed was the will of society to build such edifices," Rohan concludes. Had Rudolph arrived a generation later, he would have missed the postwar boom and the collapse of the liberal consensus, but he might have flourished as the impressario of extravaganzas in Asia and the Middle East, where few care about popular opinion or practicality.

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