Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Reluctant Praise

Robin Pogrebin reviews L.A. architecture in the N.Y.Times. A good inventory of the city's main projects and trends, though slightly condescending -- as if Los Angeles only recently discovered civic architecture. "To the extent that Los Angeles is a company town — that company being movies and television — it isn’t easy to gain fame as an architect here," writes Pogrebin. "Pogrebin [is] taking the position that L.A. design is leaving the dark ages and finally starting to shine," retorts Kevin Roderick in LAObserved. Roderick goes on to review Pogrebin's article, including quotes that "foreshadow the coming debate over urbanization of L.A." Two fun, parallel reads.