The Los Angeles Times' cantankerous columnist Steve Lopez dissects Downtown's new performing arts high school and calls on billionaire benefactor Eli Broad to cover a portion of the school's price tag since Broad was instrumental in selecting Coop Himmelb(l)au's costly $230 million design--the Vienna, Austria-based architects' first project to be built in Los Angeles. Related: Downtown Councilmember Jan Perry referred to the 1,700-student school as the "Eli and Edith Broad High School" at a Zocalo forum at MOCA last September, but a LAUSD spokeswoman told Curbed the school hasn't been named yet. According to the spokeswoman, all LAUSD high school names are decided by local community members and the LAUSD board of educators. Latest construction shots of the school, which'll open to students in fall 2009, in the gallery. Update: Councilmember Perry tells Curbed that LAUSD's in charge of the naming process. Move along, folks.
· The design of L.A. Unified's new arts high school is convoluted and costly [LA Times]
· New Buck Rogers High School Now Totally Terrifying Looking [Curbed LA]
· Art Doesn't Come Cheap [Curbed]