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Gehry's Grand Ave. Revealed

(Renderings courtesy of the LA Times)

So much to digest in the Times' take on Gehry's latest Grand Ave. doodlings. The design of the project, which is being considered this morning by the LA County Board of Supervisors, "has grown richer, more colorful and more reflective of Los Angeles and contemporary culture," writes Times architectural critic Christopher Hawthorne. The Mandarin Hotel tower design "represents an architectural bridge between Disney Hall and the two mirrored-glass skyscrapers that make up Arthur Erickson's nearby California Plaza"....and Gehry's approach "will make the tower — if built in its present form — the most compelling vertical form on the downtown skyline." More news: the mirrored glass may go, Gehry is no fan of Apple's cubey store design, and Santa Monica's Nancy Goslee Power is now the project's landscape architect.
· A Gehry Imprint [LA Times]