Not All of L.A.’s Architectural Marvels Are Vintage
New to the Los Angeles publication bookshelf this month is Los Angeles New Architecture by professional photographer Mike Kelley and museum director Brooke Hodge. The set hounded a collection of the most vibrant structures of the last 20 years that assist discuss efforts to change of our rural metropolitan area into a solar-fueled, high-density, pedestrian-powered paradise.
” Los Angeles is a city of unlimited possible and large geographical reach,” Hodge composes. Our home town is still more than 500 square miles, however we’re beginning to be familiar with our next-door neighbors much better.
Los Angeles invested the 2nd half of the last century refining a collection of far flung (however cost effective) single-family houses filled with gardens and hammocks and yard barbecues. A hundred areas are all connected together by an asphalt ribbon loaded with friendly mom-and-pop stores all blinking and winking attempting to tempt you into their wide-open parking area.
The 21 st century has actually brought us cubes of color tucked and folded into the in between. We have wonders of preservation with energy-sipping structures that appear to actually operate on sunlight. There are tales of gifted designers turning deserted factories and a downtrodden lodge hall into temples of art. Go L.A.!
The majority of the operate in the book are industrial and civic structures, and the names (Eric Owen Moss, Renzo Piano, Thom Mayne) would be anticipated on any lineup of a dream team of designers. I was pleased to see that many tradition companies (A.C. Martin, Victor Gruen, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill) still made the list.
Hodge anticipates that more public transportation, the 2028 Olympics, and Frank Gehry’s remake of the Los Angeles River will continue to change the city, which’s all fantastic. However here’s hoping we do not lose the open sky, the ease of travel, and casual character that brought us 10 million next-door neighbors to start with.