1 week ago
'Never Built Los Angeles' explores the ‘what if’ Los Angeles, investigating the values and untapped potential of a city still in search of itself. A treasure trove of buildings, master plans, parks, follies and mass-transit proposals that only saw the drawing board, the book asks: why is Los Angeles a mecca for great architects, yet so lacking in urban innovation? Featured are more than 100 visionary works that could have transformed both the physical reality and the collective perception of the metropolis, from Olmsted Brothers and Bartholomew’s groundbreaking 1930 Plan for the Los Angeles Region, which would have increased the amount of green space in the notoriously park-poor city fivefold; to John Lautner’s Alto Capistrano, a series of spaceship-like apartments hovering above a mixed-use development; to Jean Nouvel’s 2008 Green Blade, a condominium tower clad entirely in cascading plants. Through text and more than 400 color and black-and-white illustrations drawn from archives around the U.S., authors Sam Lubell and Greg Goldin explore the visceral (and sometimes misleading) power of architectural ideas conveyed through sketches, renderings, blueprints, models and the now waning art of hand drawing. Many of these schemes—promoting a denser, more vibrant city—are still relevant today and could inspire future designs. ‘Never Built Los Angeles’ will set the stage for a renewed interest in visionary projects in this, one of the world’s great cities.

'Never Built Los Angeles' explores the ‘what if’ Los Angeles, investigating the values and untapped potential of a city still in search of itself. A treasure trove of buildings, master plans, parks, follies and mass-transit proposals that only saw the drawing board, the book asks: why is Los Angeles a mecca for great architects, yet so lacking in urban innovation? Featured are more than 100 visionary works that could have transformed both the physical reality and the collective perception of the metropolis, from Olmsted Brothers and Bartholomew’s groundbreaking 1930 Plan for the Los Angeles Region, which would have increased the amount of green space in the notoriously park-poor city fivefold; to John Lautner’s Alto Capistrano, a series of spaceship-like apartments hovering above a mixed-use development; to Jean Nouvel’s 2008 Green Blade, a condominium tower clad entirely in cascading plants. Through text and more than 400 color and black-and-white illustrations drawn from archives around the U.S., authors Sam Lubell and Greg Goldin explore the visceral (and sometimes misleading) power of architectural ideas conveyed through sketches, renderings, blueprints, models and the now waning art of hand drawing. Many of these schemes—promoting a denser, more vibrant city—are still relevant today and could inspire future designs. ‘Never Built Los Angeles’ will set the stage for a renewed interest in visionary projects in this, one of the world’s great cities.

3 months ago
A Map of the Futuristic Los Angeles Subway From Spike Jonze’s "Her"
Rad subway system designed by Geoff McFetridge. The system ranges from the Angeles National Forest to Malibu over five lines, with stops at some familiar places and some completely invented (I especially love the stations named “Nail Spot” and “Hair Salon”). A new neighborhood, Melrose Center, which I would guess to be around modern-day Koreatown, has become a major hub, bigger than present-day downtown. And for those who bemoan our current transit options at the airport: The train not only goes to LAX now, but it makes THREE stops!
Most notable are the paths of some of the lines. While the gold/teal path almost traces the real-life Gold and Expo Lines (which will bring light rail to Santa Monica in 2015), others seem to mimic current freeway routes. There’s a junction named 101 Freeway Axis, and the orange line running over the Sepulveda Pass looks like it basically traces the 405 Freeway. Who knows? With this system up and running, we might be constructing the light rail lines over abandoned freeways in the future.
McFetridge would especially like to call attention to the fictional transit authority named Los Angeles Metro Light Rail (LAMLR) and the logo he designed for it: “From the Summit to the Sea.”

A Map of the Futuristic Los Angeles Subway From Spike Jonze’s "Her"

Rad subway system designed by Geoff McFetridge. The system ranges from the Angeles National Forest to Malibu over five lines, with stops at some familiar places and some completely invented (I especially love the stations named “Nail Spot” and “Hair Salon”). A new neighborhood, Melrose Center, which I would guess to be around modern-day Koreatown, has become a major hub, bigger than present-day downtown. And for those who bemoan our current transit options at the airport: The train not only goes to LAX now, but it makes THREE stops!

Most notable are the paths of some of the lines. While the gold/teal path almost traces the real-life Gold and Expo Lines (which will bring light rail to Santa Monica in 2015), others seem to mimic current freeway routes. There’s a junction named 101 Freeway Axis, and the orange line running over the Sepulveda Pass looks like it basically traces the 405 Freeway. Who knows? With this system up and running, we might be constructing the light rail lines over abandoned freeways in the future.

McFetridge would especially like to call attention to the fictional transit authority named Los Angeles Metro Light Rail (LAMLR) and the logo he designed for it: “From the Summit to the Sea.”

1 year ago 1 year ago
Weekend in Los Angeles. Ran into Reserve Result.

Weekend in Los Angeles. Ran into Reserve Result.

2 years ago
Ah…ordering coffee and doughnuts through a glass panel. Memories.

Ah…ordering coffee and doughnuts through a glass panel. Memories.

2 years ago
keithschofield: And afterwards, after nearly 10 years of living in LA, I finally ate my first Danger Dog. IT WAS INCREDIBLE.  NO HOMO.

keithschofield: And afterwards, after nearly 10 years of living in LA, I finally ate my first Danger Dog. IT WAS INCREDIBLE.  NO HOMO.

2 years ago
Will be back in Los Angeles this weekend (seems like I’m there every month?). I have time to kill during the day Saturday if anyone is around. See everyone else Saturday night.

Will be back in Los Angeles this weekend (seems like I’m there every month?). I have time to kill during the day Saturday if anyone is around. See everyone else Saturday night.

2 years ago
Heading back to Los Angeles the first weekend of May to check out the new MOCA exhibit, see old friends and make new ones. I came to party, hit me up.

Heading back to Los Angeles the first weekend of May to check out the new MOCA exhibit, see old friends and make new ones. I came to party, hit me up.

3 years ago
go: Must-see L.A. attractions from last night’s Simpsons.

go: Must-see L.A. attractions from last night’s Simpsons.

(via outsiderart)

3 years ago
I’m in Los Angeles for the rest of the week. Anything good happening? Sup?

I’m in Los Angeles for the rest of the week. Anything good happening? Sup?