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Towering Observations from Visiting Architect

Léon Krier, an internationally known architect born in Luxembourg, visited Balboa Park this past weekend for a lecture presentation at MoPA. Having been to San Diego in the past, he praised recent efforts to clean up Balboa Park, restore many buildings and pieces of architecture, and celebrate the Mediterranean style of building that complements our local climate so well.

He did not, however, have many nice things to say about the urban, high-rise sprawl that is downtown. He deemed Petco Park a monster, chided the city on allowing the massive convention center to block bay views, and cited a lack of "nodules" or gathering points among the cacophony of downtown condo buildings.

Roger Showley has a great rundown in today's UT with reaction from local architects and others who attended the lecture.

Get more information on MoPA's lecture series here: