L.A. Constructs the Future, 1940-1990

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From 1940 to 1990, Los Angeles rapidly evolved into one of the most populous and influential industrial, economic, and creative capitals in the world. During this era, the region was transformed into a laboratory for cutting-edge architecture. Overdrive: L. A. Constructs the Future, 1940–1990 examines these experiments and their impact on modern design, reframes the perceptions of Los Angeles’s dynamic built environment, and amplifies the exploration of the city’s vibrant architectural legacy.

The drawings, models, and images highlighted in the Overdrive exhibition and catalogue reveal the complex and often underappreciated facets of Los Angeles and illustrate how the metropolis became an internationally recognized destination with a unique design vocabulary, canonical landmarks, and a coveted lifestyle. This investigation builds upon the groundbreaking work of generations of historians, theorists, curators, critics, and activists who have researched and expounded upon the development of Los Angeles. In this volume, thought-provoking essays shed more light on the exhibition’s narratives, including Los Angeles’s physical landscape, the rise of modernism, the region’s influential residential architecture, its buildings for commerce and transportation, and architects’ pioneering uses of bold forms, advanced materials, and new technologies.

Los Angeles’s ability to facilitate change, experiment, recalibrate, and forge ahead is one of its greatest strengths. Future generations are destined to harness the region’s enviable resources to create new layers of architectural innovations.

The related exhibition will be held at the J. Paul Getty Museum from April 9 to July 21, 2013.

Book News
Published in conjunction with an exhibition at the J. Paul Getty Museum (April 9 to July 21, 2013), this volume is an eye-opening compendium of architectural drawings and b&w photos--73 total, shown full page--along with 11 essays on how Los Angeles came to be what it is today. The essays examine the vicissitudes of modernism, Los Angeles as a catalyst for architectural change in East Asia, exchanges with Latin America, the suburban landscape, domestic speculation in postwar LA, LAX, the architecture industry, and post-postwar life in the San Gabriel Valley, among other topics. For architects, city planners, and the general public curious about Los Angeles history. The volume is oversize: 10.75x10". Annotation ©2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Los Angeles, Calif. : Getty Research Institute, c2013
Description: xiii, 301 p. : ill. (some col.), maps (some col.) ; 26 x 28 cm
ISBN: 9781606061282
Branch Call Number: 720.9794 Ove


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