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Modernism’s Maverick: A Conversation with Harry Gesner

Harry Gesner portrait featured

“Nature is my teacher, rather than other architecture. I don’t study other people’s work.” More»

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Julius Shulman’s Journey to City Hall

View of Los Angeles City Hall from the Union Station construction site / Julius Shulman
View of Los Angeles City Hall from the Union Station construction site, ca. 1934, Julius Shulman. John C. Austin, John and Donald Parkinson, and A. C. Martin, architects, 1928

Los Angeles at the mayor’s office. More»

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Women in Architecture Wikipedia Edit-a-thon at the Getty Research Institute

Architect Greta Magnusson Grossman photographed by Julius Shulman in 1959
Architect Greta Magnusson Grossman photographed by Julius Shulman in 1959

Join us October 15 to improve the coverage of women architects on Wikipedia. More»

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10 Frank Gehry Buildings to See in L.A.

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Gehry has been designing in L.A. since the late 1970s, here are a few of his projects. More»

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Getty Foundation Awards 14 New Grants for “Keeping It Modern”

The Solar Observatory Einstein Tower on the Telegrafenberg in Potsdam. Photo: R. Arlt / Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP)
The Solar Observatory Einstein Tower on the Telegrafenberg in Potsdam. Photo: R. Arlt / Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP)

New grants in the Foundation’s modern architecture initiative will help conserve important buildings around the globe. More»

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12 Things You Didn’t Know about Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House

Hollyhock House exterior. Photo: jwpictures.com
Hollyhock House exterior. Photo: jwpictures.com

Must-know facts about the recently restored L.A. landmark. More»

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HistoricPlacesLA Catalogues Over 25,000 of L.A.’s Most Significant Buildings and Sites

North Broadway-Buena Vista Street Bridge
North Broadway-Buena Vista Street Bridge

Explore Los Angeles history online with HistoricPlacesLA. More»

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Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon at the Getty Research Institute to Focus on Architecture and Design

Wikipedia edit-a-thon at the Getty Research Institute

Join us to build a better history of L.A. art through Wikipedia. More»

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Are We Living in a Barrier-Industrial Complex?

Gilo #1 / Miki Kratsman
Courtesy of and © Miki Kratsman

The art and politics of border walls. More»

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Honoring the Legacy of Ladislav Sutnar

Inside the Ladislav Sutnar Faculty of Design and Art
Touring the Ladislav Sutnar Faculty of Design and Art with its dean (center). I am at far right with Steven Heller.

A giant of graphic design is remembered again. More»

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