Los Angeles: The Architecture of Four Ecologies

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University of California Press, 2009 - Architecture - 238 pages
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Reyner Banham examined the built environment of Los Angeles in a way no architectural historian before him had done, looking with fresh eyes at its manifestations of popular taste and industrial ingenuity, as well as its more traditional modes of residential and commercial building. His construct of "four ecologies" examined the ways Angelenos relate to the beach, the freeways, the flatlands, and the foothills. Banham delighted in this mobile city and identified it as an exemplar of the posturban future. In a spectacular new foreword, architect and scholar Joe Day explores how the structure of Los Angeles, the concept of "ecology," and the relevance of Banham's ideas have changed over the past thirty-five years.
  

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Review: Los Angeles: The Architecture of Four Ecologies

User Review  - Alex Lee - Goodreads

In this stunning work, Reyner Banham breaks out and challenges many of the norms of his time for urban development and how architecture should be considered. The work isn't academic, because it doesn ... Read full review

Review: Los Angeles: The Architecture of Four Ecologies

User Review  - Adam - Goodreads

I read this in the midst of a bout of terrible, crippling nostalgia for LA after having to leave the city in late 2012 for grad school. I think it's somewhat of a literary trope about LA that people ... Read full review

Contents

List of Illustrations
ix
Foreword to the 2009 Edition
xv
Foreword to the 2000 Edition
xxxiii
Views of Los Angeles
l
In the Rearview Mirror
3
Surfurbia
19
Exotic Pioneers
39
The Transportation Palimpsest
57
The Art of the Enclave
119
The Plains of Id
143
The Exiles
161
A Note on Downtown
183
Autopia 19 5
195
The Style that Nearly
205
An Ecology for Architecture
217
Acknowledgments
227

Foothills
77
Fantastic
93

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About the author (2009)

Reyner Banham (1922-1988) was Sheldon H. Solow Professor of the History of Architecture at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. Joe Day leads deegan day design llc and serves on the design faculty at the Southern California Institute of Architecture.

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