September 02, 2004

Four Ecologies

"Los Angeles: The Architecture Of Four Ecologies": The flip side of Reyner Banham’s freedom of mobility is the necessity of mobility. Such a dated but seductive book, yet nothing in it gives you much idea of what it’s like to actually live in L.A.; there’s little about the actual life of the ecologies. Frothy eulogies to Watts Towers can’t hide the fact that for most of the last three decades few foreign tourists could have got there alive; the thrill of the freeway now seems so much like a duty or sentence; the ecology of the ecologies now seems so much clearer in its destructiveness....

Banham’s updated ecologies might now include “Violence” and “The Ghetto”....

(Part of California).


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