Overdrive - L.A Constructs the Future, 1940-1990 (Hardback)
  • Overdrive - L.A Constructs the Future, 1940-1990 (Hardback)

Overdrive - L.A Constructs the Future, 1940-1990 (Hardback)

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Hardback 320 Pages / Published: 07/03/2013
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This is a fascinating and intelligently illustrated study of architectural innovation in Los Angeles. 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 examines these experiments and their impacts on modern design, reframes the perceptions of Los Angeles' dynamic built environment, and amplifies the exploration of the city's vibrant architectural legacy. The drawings, models, and images highlighted by Overdrive 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.

Publisher: Getty Trust Publications
ISBN: 9781606061282
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 1814 g
Dimensions: 256 x 272 x 35 mm

"A handsome exhibition catalog."--Wall Street Journal
"Masterful. . . . Under four wide headings De Wit and Alexander invite a stellar roster of historians to exhume the city's past."--Los Angeles Review of Books
"Overdrive: LA Constructs the Future, 1940-1990 . . . produces an incisive critique and an oddly exhilarating reverie by excavating remains--archival photos and ads, engineering drawings, architectural renderings and models--that document LA's continuing failures in architecture and urban planning."--Bookforum
"This book is unmatched in portraying the personality of Los Angeles's urbanism. Essential for all students of architecture and urbanism."--Library Journal
"The book [presents] enlightening reevaluation and a new source about these farsighted California architects."--Choice
"[This volume] offers non-Angelinos a chance to reframe their imagined views of this quintessentially quirky conurbation."--New York Review of Books
"An eye-opening compendium of architectural drawings and b&w photos . . . along with 11 essays on how Los Angeles came to be what it is today."--Book News
"This catalog offers a kaleidoscopic overview of Los Angeles as built environs."--Winterthur Portfolio

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