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The Infrastructural City: Networked Ecologies in Los Angeles

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Once the greatest American example of a modern city served by infrastructure, Los Angeles is now in perpetual crisis. Infrastructure has ceased to support architecture's plans for the city and instead subordinates architecture to its own purposes. This out-of-control but networked world is increasingly organized by flows of objects and information. Static structures avoid ...more
Hardcover, 251 pages
Published December 1st 2008 by Actar (first published March 30th 2008)
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Feb 13, 2016 Debbie rated it it was amazing
I am a contributor to this book, having written the essay "Consumers Gone Wild." I am grateful to our superb editor, Kazys Varnelis, for his insight and guidance and for having the foresight to gather these essays together just months before the entire country began talking about "infrastructure" following Hurricane Katrina. It continues to be a rich discussion that new researchers and writers add insight and data to each year, such as Jesse LeCavalier and his writing about Walmart in the journa ...more
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Jan 18, 2014 Bryan Rountree rated it it was amazing
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The subtitle is clearly a polemic against the longevity of Reyner Banham's popular Los Angeles: The Architecture of Four Ecologies as the supreme endemic study of the Southland. While Banham's love letter to the culture of L.A.'s beaches, canyons, freeways, and basin plains was unprecedented in 1971, it now reads (to me, at least) as too optimistic and myopic and limited by its pedestrian view of the city and its amalgamation of suburbs.

Certainly, not all of the essays (each by a different autho
Oct 28, 2009 Ben rated it liked it
A book dealing with infrastructure in a way that is accessible & interesting for a general audience, along the lines of the work done by the Center for Land Use Interpretation (to which the essays make numerous references). Some of the essays I found insightful and well-written, others fell flat. It's a field I'm not really familiar with, so I can't compare it to other books with the same thrust, but it does seem to take a fresh perspective on the issue of infrastructure. The topics range fr ...more
I found the opening essays on water, oil, and traffic really interesting, but when it devolved into preaching about the evils on consumerism I sort of lost interest.
Jan 29, 2011 Linda rated it it was amazing
Seriously, the best textbook on L.A. as place. Conceptualizes the city. The essay on the L.A. river is brilliant. Freakology is my new favorite word.
Apr 25, 2010 Dylan rated it it was amazing
Reminded me that I still kinda like LA despite no desire to ever be there.
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