Los Angeles Times: Architecture and Filmmaking

In Ayn Rand’s 1940s bestseller “The Fountainhead,” architect Howard Roark blows up a housing complex he designed because the developer changed its style. It was a dramatic act and a dramatic role for an architect. And…

1988

Los Angeles Times: The World of Syd Mead

WHAT WILL LOS ANGELES really look like in 25 years? Visual futurist Syd Mead imagines a city characterized by clean lines and high buildings–a crowded, busy place with sleek transportation tubes and few architectural remnants of…

1987

Los Angeles Times: Exhibit Explores the Magic of Movie and TV Special Effects

During the early days of silent films, movie producers solved the problem of location shooting by a simple device. A motor driven carrousel with a panoramic painting of a rugged outdoor setting was installed in the…

1985

Los Angeles Times: Set Designer Defines Future for Hollywood

Syd Mead isn’t the kind of guy you’d expect just to walk into a room. The architect of future worlds for forward-looking films such as “2010,” “Blade Runner,” “Tron” and “Star Trek: The Motion Picture” might…