Architecture and Design

Our built environment in sketches, study models, architectural photographs, writings, letters, and more, 1500 to now

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Subterranean L.A.: The Urban Oil Fields

Union 76 Refinery / Connell
Union 76 Refinery at Night, about 1950, Will Connell. Gelatin silver print, 18 1/4 x 23 1/4 x 1/4 in. Lent by Stephen White, Collection II. Artwork © Will Connell

Since the 1890s, Los Angeles has literally and figuratively been built upon acres of ancient oil deposits deep beneath its shifting surface. More»

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India’s Vibrant Cultural Heritage Comes to Life at Nagaur Fort

Nagaur, Sheesh Mahal: vault painting with ladies amid clouds and lightning bolts. © Courtauld Institute of Art
Nagaur, Sheesh Mahal: vault painting with ladies amid clouds and lightning bolts. © Courtauld Institute of Art

A 20-year project Initiated by the Getty Foundation at the Historic Fort Has Lasting Effects Located in northwest India, a two hour drive from the fortress city of Jodhpur in Rajasthan lies the Nagaur-Ahhichatragarh Fort. Begun in the 12th century… More»

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Unearthing ‘70s Architecture in L.A.

Cesar Pelli's Pacific Design Center
Kent Kanouse on Flickr, CC BY-NC 2.0

The 1970s are the “missing years” of L.A.’s architectural history. A reappraisal. More»

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L.A. Architecture and Movie Fantasy

Museum Entrance Hall at the Getty Center, designed by Richard Meier
And one day it would also be in Star Trek: the Museum Entrance Hall at the Getty Center, designed by Richard Meier

The Getty Center in Star Trek, a Beverly Hills mansion in The Big Lebowski, and other L.A. locations on the silver screen. More»

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Also posted in Art, Exhibitions and Installations, Getty Research Institute, Research

Treasures from the Vault: Harald Szeemann’s “Project Files”

Photos of the Venice Biennale from the Harald Szeemann papers
Behind the scenes at the Venice Biennale. At top left, Szeemann inspects construction progress; at bottom right, artwork crates arrive by boat. Undated; photographers unknown. The Getty Research Institute, Harald Szeemann papers, 1892–2010

As director of the Venice Biennale, curator Harald Szeemann created new ways of showing art—and new places to show it. More»

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Also posted in Art, Behind the Scenes, Conservation, Getty Conservation Institute

The Eames House – Conserving a California Icon

GCI staff Emily Macdonald-Korth carrying out paint excavation on exterior metal work.

A multidisciplinary team is investigating the iconic Eames House in order to preserve it for the future. More»

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My L.A.: The Once and Future Golden Gate Theater

Golden_Gate_Theater_East_Los_Angeles

Hollow and in disrepair, it embodied the reason I wanted to leave Los Angeles. I was wrong. More»

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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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