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I finally got to swim in one of those pools where you dive down through an underwater opening, swim along a passage, and surface in a totally different space. I’d been dreaming of that kind of pool since I was a child, and it turned out to be just as fantastic as I always knew it would be.

Architectural dreams come true in L.A. Moments after my swim, I went walking with Richard Meier along the ridge of the mountaintop site of the museum and study center he is designing for the Getty Trust. The Getty was the dream commission of the 1980s—the apex of a fabulous decade of museum architecture—and the site is a dream site: the best place in the most dynamic city on the most beautiful planet we know of in the year 1990. By 1997, Meier’s design—really a whole campus of buildings—will gleam above the smog like a heavenly city.

But on our walk Meier told me of another dream: he’d like to be accepted

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