Los Angeles: The Architecture of Four Ecologies
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.
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Ecology I Surfurbia
Architecture I Exotic Pioneers
The Transportation Palimpsest
Ecology II Foothills
Architecture II Fantastic
The Art of the Enclave
Ecology III The Plains of Id
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