Would you buy a house or rent an apartment without knowing the layout, and how much square footage and how many rooms you’re getting? We are being asked to buy the Brooklyn Bridge, sight unseen.
All that we do know about the plans is the extent to which they’ve been scaled back. When LACMA first announced the new design, the Museum heralded its zero-carbon footprint, saying a solar farm covering the wide, flat roof, would “give back more energy to the city than it uses.” But as the estimated price of the Museum’s new building soared from $500 million to $650 million (and counting), the solar panels disappeared, as did the multiple entries that would have created a unique ebb and flow through the structure and into the surrounding park. Seven entryways became two. A 600-seat theater shrank to a 300-seat theater, and a second 116-seat theater was scrapped altogether. So, too, a set of supertall “tower galleries,” whose clerestory windows would drape interior spaces in an aura of natural light, were sent to the ashcan, drastically reducing the height of the galleries, making them look like a dentist's office. What will — or already has been — cut next?
Onto the next unforced error: WHO IS THE SUGAR MOMMA WHO WILL BAIL OUT LACMA?