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My L.A.: St. John’s Cathedral, Monument of Serenity

A Romanesque gem in West Adams, St. John's Episcopal Cathedral opened its doors in 1925. Photo: Kansas Sebastian, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Kansas Sebastian, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Though overshadowed by modern icons, beautifully crafted buildings like St. John’s are an important part of our architectural heritage. More»

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My L.A.: Learning to Love Baskin-Robbins

Burbank Baskin-Robbins ice cream store
Great architecture? Perhaps not. Community hub? Definitely.

What makes a building into a community gathering spot? Sometimes a nondescript exterior gives way to sugary goodness inside. More»

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Architecture Critic Paul Goldberger Advises “Don’t Squeeze Out All the Fresh Air”

Paul Goldberger
Paul Goldberger

“We’re much more sensitive in general to historic buildings than we once were.” How to move forward while preserving the past. More»

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Our L.A., Mapped

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What place says “L.A.” to you? What’s your favorite building, corner, or monument? What is your L.A.? More»

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Getty Voices: Our L.A.

Getty Voices: Lyra Kilston's L.A. map
My L.A.: My life mapped on the landscape.

Did you walk through Overdrive and see part of your story? What are your junctions of place and history? What buildings reflect a bit of who you are? More»

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Finding Beauty in L.A.’s Visual Clutter

South Broadway in downtown L.A.
But is it architecture? The palimpsests at street level better fit a community definition of architecture than the skyscrapers behind, says Greg Goldin. Photo: S. Broadway by Xavier de Jauréguiberry on Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Hulking public works and messy storefronts are the essence of L.A. architecture. Here’s why you should love them. More»

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Long Live Tiki, the Whimsical Soul of Midcentury Modern

3505 Artesia Blvd. in Some Los Angeles Apartments / Ed Ruscha
© Ed Ruscha

Tiki is the style that refuses to die, and its endurance tells us something about Southern California design. More»

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Ancient Sicilian Coins: Miniature Masterpieces, Full-Scale Challenges

Coin with Nike Driving a Four-Horse Chariot
Royal Library of Belgium—Coin Cabinet

The designer of the Sicily exhibition at the Getty Villa reveals the challenges of displaying small, double-sided, intricate objects—coins. More»

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Explore “Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A.” on Newly Launched Website

Highways 5, 10, 60, and 101 Looking West, L.A. River and Downtown Beyond / Michael Light
Courtesy of and © Michael Light and Craig Krull Gallery, Santa Monica

Browse around L.A. faster than freeway travel (as if freeway travel is ever speedy). “Pacific Standard Time Presents” website sets new sights on how our city was made Modern. More»

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Church Pews and iPads? Designing “Florence at the Dawn of the Renaissance”

Installation view of Florence at the Dawn of the Renaissance showing pews and iPads
Installation view of Florence at the Dawn of the Renaissance showing the design treatment for a gateway object, Giotto's Peruzzi Altarpiece from about 1309–15. (North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, Gift of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, GL.60.17.7). At left, The Virgin Mary with Saints Thomas Aquinas and Paul, about 1330, Bernardo Daddi. The J. Paul Getty Museum. At right, the Carmina regia manuscript, about 1335–40, Pacino di Bonaguida. The British Library

When we first started planning for the design of Florence at the Dawn of the Renaissance in the fall of 2011, we faced a major challenge: how to deliver the wealth of information we wanted to convey about the artworks…. More»

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      Eid al-Fitr signals the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month where the pillar of fasting is observed from sunrise to sunset. In fact, during this “sugar feast,” it is forbidden to fast!

      The Mosque and Madrasa Complex of Sultan Hassan undoubtedly dominated the cityscape of medieval Cairo. What would festivities have looked like back then?

      Kairo, Mosque Sultan Hassan, photolithograph, Photo Zürich, 1906. J. Paul Getty Museum.

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