New renderings released for Pershing Square redesign: “Highlights of the redesign include a reflection pool meant to capture the image of the Millennium Biltmore Hotel and new landscaping features that designers promise will give the park a “welcoming ecology with gardens, grasses and lawns.”

Current Wildfire and Smoke Conditions: 2017 Statewide Fire Map offers live updates of the ongoing fires impacting numerous communities across Southern California this week. Locals and visitors to Los Angeles seeking information on related closures or possible visitor impact can find relevant information on this page, which will be updated frequently.

Both Sides of Sunset: Photographing Los Angeles: I thought I understood what he was saying, that L.A. was diffuse, disorganized, that the center did not hold. It took me years, perhaps a decade, to recognize that this was, in itself, the point. Los Angeles was a chaotic landscape, a collage in three dimensions, “America’s first postmodern city.”

Top 10 architecture and design movies of 2017: Design site lists the best of their videos dedicated to architecture and design for the year 2017. Our favorite: Japanese architect Tadao Ando’s concealed stone statue of the buddha hidden within a hill covered in lavender plants.

Uncovering a buried movie sphinx in California: “Archaeologists uncover a sphinx from a nearly century old movie set built by legendary director Cecil B. DeMille on the Central Coast of California. The sphinx was one of over twenty that once adorned one of the largest movie sets ever built. “

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