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LA Here and Now Presents: Reyner Banham loves Los Angeles

February 1, 2012 6:30 pm
February 1, 2012 9:00 pm
City Works Campaign
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HMC Architects
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633 W. Fifth Street, 3rd floor, Los Angeles, CA, United States, 90071

For more info & tickets: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/2730387663/

HMC Architects can offer attendees validated parking at the nearby Pershing Square Garage only. Parking can not be validated inside HMC’s building.

Sneak preview of the film at: http://www.cityworkscampaign.org/our-next-event.html

Long before Los Angeles’s contribution to modern culture became widely recognized, British architectural historian Reyner Banham proclaimed it one of the world’s great cities. Banham’s influential yet controversial book Los Angeles: The Architecture of Four Ecologies (1971) saw beauty in the city’s sprawling layout and car-based urbanism. Shortly after the book’s publication, the BBC documented Banham’s vision of Los Angeles for an episode of its series One Pair of Eyes. The documentary takes the viewer on a tongue-in-cheek tour of the city’s cultural landscape. The trip includes stops at iconic landmarks such as Watts Towers and the Lovell “Health” House designed by Richard Neutra, as well as mini-malls, drive-thrus, and strip clubs. The film documents a city situated at the divide between the modern era’s clean lines and faith in progress-as captured in the work of architectural photographer Julius Shulman-and what has been described as Banham’s “Pop Art” view, with its sparkle-front houses, Tiki huts, and jarring juxtapositions.

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