As the economy puts the skids on McMansions, Dubai towers, and all the projects that might give architects a bad name, Frances Anderton thought it time to correct some misconceptions.
“Architects have strong egos, but they also have strong ideals,” said Anderton, host of KCRW’s DnA: Design and Architecture.
In an event co-sponsored by the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, Anderton talked with an architect well known for his ideals. Michael Maltzan’s award-winning work encompasses everything from homes for clients like Michael Ovitz to a series of Skid Row apartments. He joined Anderton and a full house at the Petersen Automotive Museum to explain what luxury is, whether good design can be affordable, and whether architecture can change lives.