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Title: Los Angeles: World Cities (World Cities ...
Publication Date: 1994
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Los Angeles possesses a heterogeneous urban fabric of many layers, unfolding a collective, cultural organism which fosters and continues to breed an extraordinary range of buildings. This volume provides a unique insight into the exuberant, beguiling and wholly eclectic architecture of Los Angeles. The condition of the city today is examined, encompassing a wealth of buildings by some of the world's leading architects, whilst future perspectives paint a picture of a city that is undergoing constant restructuring in order to accommodate its burgeoning cultural mix.From the Inside Flap:
World Cities Los Angeles Los Angeles possesses a heterogeneous urban fabric of many layers, unfolding a collective, cultural organism which fosters and continues to breed an extraordinary range of building types. Kindled by the sheer diversity of inhabitants and stoked by a climate of liberal aestheticism, the emergent architecture is exuberant, beguiling and wholly eclectic. This volume presents, illustrated in colour throughout, essential coverage of projects which have captured the imagination of the public and the critics alike. Los Angeles is divided into four main sections featuring cultural centres, mixed use development, private residences, health and leisure centres, restaurants, bars and shops. The first section examines the social and planning history of the city with incisive essays by Elizabeth Moule and Stefanos Polyzoides, Diane Ghirardo, Kim Coleman and Kathryn Smith, Included are the proceedings from the Academy International Forum 'Learning from Los Angeles', unveiling the stimulating debate between participants Eric Owen Moss, Charles Jencks, Edward Soja, Wolf Prix, Ralph Erskine, Allen Scott, and others. 'Los Angeles As It Might Have Been' features an absorbing collection of projects which were never realised, such as Studio Asymptote's Steel Cloud, Dagmar Richter's Century City, Eric Owen Moss' S.P.A.R.City, Frank Gehry's Familian Residence, Hodgetts + Fung's Cookie Express, offering a nostalgic look at missed opportunities, for better or for worse. 'Los Angeles As It Is' dissects the condition of the city today, encompassing a diverse wealth of buildings by key architects. Predominant in the last five years is a shared ad hoc approach responding to the heterogeneity and prowess of the city. 'Los Angeles As It Will Be' offers a future perspective. With the riots of 1992, the departure of the defence industry, the deep recession and the recent influx of a million immigrants, Los Angeles is looking like a possible harbinger of the European global city. But once again it is restructuring, despite the many pressures imposed. The various schemes presented here reveal the prospective urban fabric. Los Angeles is illustrated in all its complexity, demonstrating both the problems and potential of one of the most provocative cities of the world. It is hoped that in the nineties architecture will resume its historic role: that of an art which celebrates the finest achievements and aspirations of an age. World Cities: Los Angeles is the second in a prestigious series featuring prominent cities of the world, following the success of London. The series, stemming from the vital need to consider our urban environment in the latter part of the twentieth century, presents a detailed and intelligent analysis of the condition of the world's cities and their visions of the future. Each volume not only examines the social environment and planning history of each city, but extracts a variety of unrealised projects; revealing missed opportunities that might have created a city with a very different atmosphere. A comprehensive collection of essays, illustrations and projects representing the gamut of architectural styles gives each volume in the series a unique viewpoint. Available in print: World Cities: London Other cities to be explored within the series include: Berlin Tokyo New York Barcelona Sydney Brasilia
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