Los Angeles. Architectural Design Profile
New York: St. Martin's Press, 1981. 1st Edition. Quarto, publisher's photo-illustrated stiff paper wraps.
"We are attempting a thesis which probably, at first sight, is as confusing as the city it endeavors to represent. Los Angeles is a city one defends, not from a traditional standpoint of instance coherence and romantic immediacy like Renaissance Florence or the Bastide towns of France, but as a city of gradual discovery and grandiose excess." Compiled with the assistance of the University of Southern California, this thoroughly illustrated survey describes the growth and development of Los Angeles, examines the architectural styles that permeate the city, and investigates a wide variety of its definitive cultural aspects, such as drive-in culture, Beverly Hills, weddings and funerals, and Venice Beach. Illustrated with hundreds of color and black-and-white photos, plans, elevations and diagrams, including demographic maps, infrastructure diagrams, and images of popular architecture. Issued in conjunction with Architectural Digest magazine, as part of their Architectural Design Profile series. Fine. Item #6637