NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — The Yale School of Architecture has received a gift of $5 million to support scholarships in celebration of the 90th birthday of architect Frank Gehry.
Major downtown LA development project underway
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Architect Frank Gehry, billionaire philanthropist Eli Broad and civic leaders have held a ceremonial groundbreaking for The Grand, a long-delayed massive development on Grand Avenue in downtown Los Angeles.
Broad told attendees Monday that the project stems from a vision of Grand Avenue becoming the arts, cultural and civic district for the region.
Avenatti agrees to give up assets to estranged wife
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michael Avenatti has agreed to turn over to his estranged wife a corporate jet, Ferrari and other assets as part of their divorce settlement.
Orange County Judge Carol Henson on Tuesday accepted the agreement stipulating that some of Avenatti's assets be liquidated and sold for back child and spousal support. He also must pay at least $80,000 to Lisa Storie-Avenatti by Jan. 2.
Major development project in downtown Los Angeles advances
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A long-delayed major development project in downtown Los Angeles is finally moving forward.
The Los Angeles Times reports Monday that Related Companies has secured $630 million in construction financing from German lender Deutsche Bank for a massive retail, entertainment and hotel project called the Grand.
Gustavo Dudamel wins the Gish Prize, a top arts honor
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Philharmonic conductor Gustavo Dudamel has been named the recipient of a top arts prize worth approximately $250,000 for his craft and music education advocacy.
The 37-year-old Venezuelan conductor will receive the 25th annual Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize during a ceremony Dec. 4 at New York's Lincoln Center. Architect Frank Gehry, a previous Gish Prize recipient, will be among those who speak at the ceremony.
Brad Pitt’s Make It Right venture turns 10
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Ten years ago in the summer of 2008, work began on one of the most daring post-Hurricane Katrina recovery projects, movie star Brad Pitt's architecturally avant-garde Make It Right neighborhood in the Lower 9th Ward. Most of the strikingly angular homes still glitter like pastel gemstones, but the project's 10-year anniversary is tainted by an obvious example of blight.
At any given time, there are 140 languages or dialects that might be spoken on the streets in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. An international city, languages and cultures blend, thriving in neighborhoods and excelling in creating dining experiences to brag about back home. The neighborhoods provide a taste of the world with a definite Canadian flare, especially when spending a day shopping.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Famed architect Frank Gehry has been chosen to design an expansion of a performing arts school campus in downtown Los Angeles.
The Colburn School project will be just blocks away from the Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall.
The school's president, Sel Kardan, said Wednesday that the extension will include an 1,100-seat concert hall, a 700-seat studio theater, and a 100-seat cabaret-style performance room.
Facebook to add 800 jobs in London as it opens new office
LONDON (AP) — Facebook is opening a new office in London, adding 800 jobs and creating the biggest engineering hub for the company outside the United States.
The social media giant will employ some 2,300 people in the U.K. by the end of 2018 — a vote of confidence in London despite Britain's looming departure from the European Union. Nicola Mendelsohn of Facebook says the company is "more committed than ever to the U.K."
After long debate, work to begin on Eisenhower memorial
WASHINGTON (AP) — After years of public controversy and debate, work is finally set to begin on a massive memorial to President Dwight Eisenhower.
A groundbreaking ceremony Thursday marked the start of the project, which has been plagued for years by a bitter fight over the memorial's design and aesthetics. Speakers at the ceremony included members of the Eisenhower family, architect Frank Gehry and Kansas Senator Pat Roberts.
For Bostonians of a certain generation, the tower at Newbury Street and Massachusetts Avenue will always be the Tower Records building.
Reworked by design-great Frank Gehry decades ago, the spot was arguably the Hub’s hottest for the latter part of the 20th century.
A decade later, still no contract to build Guggenheim in UAE
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A planned Middle East outpost of the Guggenheim remains unbuilt as the Louvre Abu Dhabi readies for its opening, with the New York-based museum acknowledging that "no contract has been awarded" to build the $200-million project over a decade after its launch.
5 to find: Cool movies from Tulsa’s upcoming Architecture & Design Film Festival
An acclaimed film festival showing movies about the best architecture and design from around the world is coming to Tulsa, presented by the Tulsa Foundation for Architecture.
Dear Answer Man, why does it seem like all new buildings have to have some weird angles on them? There's the new First Avenue Flats building by Civic Center Drive, which I've been watching -- it now has big angular corners overlooking the railroad tracks. Before that, it was the Metropolitan Market Place on First Avenue, home of the People's Food Co-op, and there are other examples.
Philadelphia Museum breaks ground on Gehry-led expansion
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Museum of Art has broken ground on a $196 million expansion project led by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry.
Gehry was on hand Thursday for the event.
It involves gutting an old auditorium, which will open up over 23,000 square feet of new gallery space and allow more of the museum's collection to be on display.
5 California Things to Know for Today
Your daily look at late-breaking California news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:
1. TRUMP UNIVERSITY
San Diego federal judge to decide whether to approve $25 million settlement with former customers of now-defunct Trump University.
Frank Gehry archive gets home in Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A massive archive containing papers, drawings and models of work by Frank Gehry is getting a home in the adopted hometown of the world-renowned architect.
The Getty Research Institute announced Tuesday that it has hundreds of thousands of sketches, drawings, models, photographs, slides and paperwork involving 283 projects that Gehry designed between 1954 and 1988.
“Communication between cultures through the arts is a good thing,” wrote the renowned architect, Frank Gehry. In this “mad world the only thing that is sane are the arts.” Tragically, any such sanity is now under threat by the Trump administration madly intent on slashing the budgets of the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities, two federal agencies vital for the health of our public museums and thus the civic well-being of the nation.
University of Cincinnati to renovate Gehry-designed building
CINCINNATI (AP) — The University of Cincinnati has announced plans to renovate the uniquely-designed building that houses the western Ohio school's Albert H. Vontz Center for Molecular Studies.
The Cincinnati Enquirer reports (http://cin.ci/2jmm9ru ) the university's Dec. 20 filing with the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission states that the project could cost upward of $17 million.
Springsteen, Frank Gehry, Michael Jordan to receive Presidential Medal of Freedom
President Obama named 21 Americans as recipients of the nation's highest civilian award Wednesday, including one of the world’s leading architects, actors, athletes, and The Boss.
Eisenhower’s relatives drop objections to Ike memorial in DC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Relatives of Dwight D. Eisenhower have dropped their objections to the design of a long-planned memorial for the 34th president in Washington.
The Eisenhower Memorial Commission announced Monday that Ike's relatives now support the memorial designed by esteemed architect Frank Gehry after negotiations "yielded a compromise on several design elements." Former Secretary of State James Baker was involved in those negotiations.