Protests Heat Up Against the Guggenheim's New Museum in Abu Dhabi

Growing outrage against the Guggenheim's new museum in the United Arab Emirates kicked into high gear this week: Protesters stormed the Guggenheim's New York location for a second time, and a fake website launched claiming to solicit new, "ethical" ideas for the museum's design. » 3/31/14 5:20pm 3/31/14 5:20pm

Frank Gehry Is Still the World's Worst Living Architect

While it's been widely known for at least a decade that Frank Gehry is the world's worst living architect, it's not entirely clear why some people—mostly very rich clients—haven't picked up on this yet. The utterly god awful Biomuseo in Panama, an eco-discovery center that cost at least $60 million and took a decade to … » 2/14/14 4:55pm 2/14/14 4:55pm

10 Secrets About L.A.'s Disney Hall on Its 10th Anniversary

Happy birthday, you old crumpled wave of steel, you! L.A.'s signature building opened to the public 10 years ago today, giving the city's downtown a much-needed civic boost and cementing architect Frank Gehry's status as a metal god. I wrote a story for this month's Los Angeles Magazine about the building's… » 10/23/13 3:40pm 10/23/13 3:40pm

Huge Erections: What’s Driving The Rise Of Super Towers?

Is it just us or are towers getting taller and taller these days? Broad Group, a Chinese developer, recently announced plans to scale up its prefabricated building technology to unparalleled proportions. The proposed Sky City outside Changsha will be the tallest on earth at 838 m or 2,749 ft, just barely inching past… » 5/24/13 3:40pm 5/24/13 3:40pm

Frank Gehry Is Designing Facebook's New Office Building and That's Sad

Frank Gehry, the genius architect who designed the Walt Disney Concert Hall or the curve perverted one-trick pony who litters beautiful cities with Toontown buildings because he can't draw a straight line anymore (depending on your perspective), is going to be designing Facebook's new engineering office building. You… » 8/24/12 6:40pm 8/24/12 6:40pm

Is This the Ultimate Outdoor Home Theater? Answer: Yes

Nestled in the hills above Hollywood is a glass house that boasts one of the coolest open-air home theaters I've ever seen. You can flop on one of the sofas and watch a movie on an enormous screen, one of the outer walls of the guesthouse of the Hagy Belzberg-designed Skyline residence. A couple more mouthwatering pics … » 2/06/08 7:12am 2/06/08 7:12am