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  • Paperback: 281 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; 2nd Revised edition edition (17 Mar. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520260155
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520260153
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 474,273 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"In one volume [Banham] does the near-impossible: He makes us see this fragmented city [of Los Angeles] as a breathing whole." -- Ariel Swartley Los Angeles Magazine "Still as penetrating now as when Banham completed his observations on the city in 1971." La Observed "Banham wrote like a blissed-out lover, surrendering to his feelings of derangement and wonder while keeping his eyes wide-open." Los Angeles Times "Banham's book has remained au courant." Palisadian Post

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Reyner Banham (1922-1988) was Sheldon H. Solow Professor of the History of Architecture at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. Joe Day leads deegan day design llc and serves on the design faculty at the Southern California Institute of Architecture.

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nina on 25 Oct. 2010
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Arrived in good time. Excellent copy of the book. Arrived in mint condition. I was very pleased with this purchase.
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LA Re-visited 14 July 2006
By James B. Garrison - Published on Amazon.com
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Even though Banham's book was written in the early '70's, it remains a cogent view of a metropolis that has changed yet remained the same. It is a place, yes a real place, that is defined by geography and the various cultures of its inhabitants to a unique degree. Architecture is but a backdrop to Banham's larger point about the inter-relationship of people to the natural and built environments. The perspective of 35 years only sharpens the observations made by the insightful author.
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Getting to know LA from the ground up 18 July 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Reyner Banham's writing is intelligent and entertaining. He has taken LA to heart and reveals how its "four ecologies" have affected its contemporary appearance and character. You'll not only learn how LA's architecture came to be as it is, but learn a great deal about the history and personality of the city as well. I read this book to get to know LA better. I couldn't have picked a better one.
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When the Going Was Good 18 July 2008
By David Schweizer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Los Angeles. There were a few years there when Los Angles was the center of the world. 1965-1985, give or take a few years. Oh yes, even the Brits were raving. David Hockney had declared LA the best place to paint ("Splash") and Reyner Banham declared LA the city of tomorrow. Things were cooking and I was there. Then things started to go wrong. Spielberg and the boys from USC took over Hollywood and turned the city from a culture center into an amusement park. The pollution started to get too dangerous to laugh at. The gangs took over much of the fringe. There was Rodney King, O.J., riots, earthquakes, fires, gang warfare. All in all, the city was destroyed. Who knows what Banham might make of the place now. This is a great little book.
Internal Combustion City 1 May 2015
By Bob Taylor - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Although I've never been to Los Angeles, I conceived a great affection for the city by reading this book. Banham was a wonderful writer, a man utterly without European prejudices regarding the United States and southern California. To better understand the city and its modes of life, he learned to drive. He grasped that Los Angeles depends on mobility, rather than central organization. The illustrations are wonderful--one in particular, the magnificent interior of the Bradbury building of 1893 I found inspiring. A very beautiful book that belongs in every library.
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Still a classic! 7 April 2011
By John W. Ehrlich - Published on Amazon.com
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A wonderful introduction to the roots of L.A. and how it came to be what it was in the arly 70's, and amazingly still relevant for the 21st century.
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