An 87-year-old Japanese designer just won the ‘Nobel Prize of architecture.’ Here are some of his most stunning masterpieces.

Arata Isozaki

Japanese architect Arata Isozaki was awarded the 2019 Pritzker Architecture Prize, which is often referred to as the “Nobel Prize of architecture.”
Isozaki’s most famous works include the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles and the inflatable Ark Nova concert hall in Japan.
Isozaki’s buildings are known for bending genres and styles.

At age 87, Japanese architect Arata Isozaki has left an indelible imprint on the world’s cities.

His recognizable designs include a 700-foot skyscraper in Milan, a contemporary art museum in Los Angeles, and an Olympic sports venue in Barcelona. The buildings span continents, genres, and time periods.

Now, that work has earned Isozaki the highest honor in his field: the 2019 Pritzker Architecture Prize.

Isozaki was awarded the prize on March 5 for buildings that, in the words of the jury, “are constantly evolving, and always fresh in their approach.”

Read more: 30 architectural masterpieces everyone should see in their lifetime

Take a look at some of the most remarkable structures from his decades-long career.

The Kitakyushu Municipal Museum of Art in Japan was one of Isozaki’s first professional projects.

The museum, which sits atop a hill, opened to the public in 1974. The horizontal columns at the top of the structure have been likened to a pair of binoculars.

The architect’s most famous work in the US is the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, which opened in 1983.

Isozaki told the New York Times that he “sensed” that Los Angeles wanted to build something that rivaled the Museum of Modern Art (MoMa) in New York City. While the MoMa’s dark rooms depend on artificial light, LA’s Museum of Contemporary Art features natural light from glass skylights.

The Art Tower Mito was designed to resemble a helix.

The tower opened in 1990 to celebrate the centennial anniversary of the Japanese city …read more

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I compared vitamin C serums that cost $20 and $165 — and it turns out the expensive one is worth the cost


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Vitamin C serums get down to the cellular level to protect skin from free radicals, which can damage skin in the forms of discoloration, fine lines, and wrinkles.
SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic ($166) has been heralded the “gold standard” in vitamin C serums by dermatologists for it’s scientifically-backed formula.
I had heard that TruSkin Naturals makes a vitamin C serum that yields similar results for a fraction of the price ($19.99), so I decided to try both for a month.
Ultimately, while both products gave my skin a nice sheen, the SkinCeuticals serum was more effective at lightening sun spots, discoloration, and dark circles over time.

Vitamin C serums are staples in the routines of skin-care fanatics, but they’re not just a trend — scientific evidence tells us that topical vitamin C promotes collagen production, lightens hyperpigmentation, and protects skin from free radicals. These qualities work together to leave skin plumper, brighter, and with a nice dewy glow.

How could I not be using one of these wonder potions in my routine already? My search for a great vitamin C serum kept leading me back to one product: the SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic serum. Since it’s release in 2005, this serum has been a favorite among self-labeled skin-care experts and dermatologists alike for its scientifically-based formula. That sounded well and good to me, but there’s a catch — a one ounce bottle costs $166.

I’m all for a skincare splurge every now and then, but $166 is a hard pill to swallow. I wondered, then: Would a cheaper vitamin C serum do …read more

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Champions League review: Typical Paris-Saint Germain

Here’s what happened on Wednesday in the UEFA Champions League, in case you missed it…


• Paris Saint-Germain 1, Manchester United 3: Game story || Game stats
• FC Porto 3, AS Roma 1: Game story || Game stats


Man United pulls off the comeback
Manchester United appeared to be dead to the world ahead of Wednesday’s tilt vs. Paris Saint-Germain. PSG held a 2-0 advantage from its win at Old Trafford last month, and no club had ever progressed to the next round of the Champions League after losing the first leg of a knockout match at home by two or more goals. What’s more, United was decimated by 10 absent players for this match – nine through injury and one via suspension (Paul Pogba). Realistically, what chance did they have?

But never underestimate PSG’s ability to somehow snatch a loss from the jaws of victory. For a side that spares no expense on players and has great ambitions to win this tournament in order to rank among Europe’s elite, PSG has a funny way of beating itself at the absolute worst possible moments. Three years ago, the French outfit looked destined for the quarterfinals following a 4-0 home win at Barcelona, only to lose the return match 6-1 in Spain and spectacularly wash out of the competition at the hands of the Catalans. The players and managers may change, but the song remains the same for PSG – it can’t win when it matters most, which is usually when they’re finally on the cusp of greatness. It’s that last step that they can’t make.

This is not to take anything from Manchester United and what …read more



A bad turn of events unfold behind the plate for A’s

MESA, Ariz. — A’s catcher Chris Herrmann likely needs right knee surgery that will force him to miss the beginning of the season, manager Bob Melvin said Wednesday.

Although neither Melvin nor team trainer Nick Paparesta had a definite timetable for Herrmann’s return, the manager does not think it is a season-ending injury.

“I don’t want to get ahead of myself, as far as the surgery goes, but he’ll be playing at some point this year,” Melvin said. “Just not at the start.”

Herrmann, who signed a one-year deal with Oakland in the offseason, will get a second opinion before undergoing arthroscopic surgery to repair a fissure of the femoral condyle part of the knee. Paparesta said the team won’t know for sure the severity of the injury until after the surgery, which has not been scheduled yet.

“We don’t know how deep [the fissure] is until he goes in there,” Paparesta said. “So I can’t tell whether or not he’s going to be on crutches for a long period of time or be able to get off the crutches early.”

Herrmann, 31, seemed likely to make the Opening Day roster before the injury. Melvin indicated Wednesday the team might start the season with veteran catchers Josh Phegley and Nick Hundley, who signed a minor-league deal with the club last month. Oakland also has catcher Sean Murphy, the No. 3 overall prospect in its farm system, at big-league camp. However, Melvin said Murphy, 24, could use more development before making his MLB debut.

Without left-handed Herrmann, the A’s won’t be able to platoon at the catching position if they begin 2019 with Phegley and Hundley. Still, Melvin felt good about the options ahead of the season opener March 20 in Japan against the Seattle Mariners.

“We’re pretty well-covered at this point,” Melvin said.

A seven-year MLB veteran, Herrmann …read more

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