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The Metropolis Considered

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DnA reflects on what mattered in design and architecture in Los Angeles in 2015, from new developments at the LA river to the closing of Kitson. The Chicago Biennial nears the end of its run, making the case that big change can happen to cities, at a very small scale. LACMA's whirling Metropolis II attracts thousands of visitors. But who knew it garnered so much dust? Gideon Brower finds that maintaining a city is a challenge, even when it's a model.

Photo: Alison Walker helped build Chris Burden's Metropolis II; now she maintains it. (Gideon Brower)