Reyner Banham (1)

I took the opportunity of a long haul flight to Los Angeles (and standing in line for immigration) not just to finish Notes from Walnut Tree Farm, but to re-read Reyner Banham’s Los Angeles:  The Architecture of Four Ecologies which I probably first read when I visited LA in the mid-70s.   I was surprised how well it had stood up as a way of writing about a city, as much a study in historical geography and sociology (he was writing for New Society at the time) as it was a conventional architectural history or, as it is remembered, a love letter to the city by a hitch-hiking professor in love with pop culture who was ideologically moving west.

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