Glitter Stucco & Dumpster Diving: Reflections on Building Production in the Vernacular City

Glitter Stucco & Dumpster Diving: Reflections on Building Production in the Vernacular City

by John Chase
     
 

In this free-wheeling guided tour to the cityscape of Southern California, from movie-star mansions to the alleys of the homeless, urban planner John Chase combines gossip, anecdote, archival research and tabloid-worthy self-revelation, grounding architecture as a multi-disciplinary art.  See more details below

Overview

In this free-wheeling guided tour to the cityscape of Southern California, from movie-star mansions to the alleys of the homeless, urban planner John Chase combines gossip, anecdote, archival research and tabloid-worthy self-revelation, grounding architecture as a multi-disciplinary art.

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From the Publisher
“An architect by training, Chase is also gaining long-overdue accolades as a historian, critic and often very funny writer.”—Los Angeles Times

“An interesting argument for further legitimizing popular architecture.”—I.D. Magazine

“Chase adeptly probes the intersecting principles that affected Los Angeles’s building design, showing, for example, how the bungalows built by developers in the 1920s aped the large period revival houses of the same decade.”—Publishers Weekly

“Chase, who has been a ‘journalist, architectural designer, critic, and Disney Imagineer,’ puts all of his skills on display in this sprawling and enjoyable tour of the Los Angelino landscape.”—Interiors Magazine

“Chase’s arguments are refreshing and challenging ... they have the advantage of understanding contemporary architecture without the pitched crisis and naïve celebration which postmodern theorizing tends to provoke.”—Fuse Magazine

“His findings reveal a fiercely democratic, if ad hoc, urbanism in which developers, homeowners, renters, retailers, pedestrians and the homeless all demarcate, and thereby create, civis place ... he spouts infectious prose and incendiary theories as easily as Dave Hickey or Mike David do to explain LA’s ever-proliferating landscape.”—Loud Paper

“Setting aside costume jewels such as the Getty Centre, los Ageles architecture—think reckless Spanish-tiled mansard genre mixing, mammoth doughnuts and L-shaped mini-malls—gets little respect in highbrow circles. Thankfully John Chase is around to defend it. Every page of his Glitter Stucco & Dumpster Driving exhales an affectionate architectural populism and a refreshing disdain for art snobs.”—LA Weekly

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781859848074
Publisher:
Verso Books
Publication date:
07/17/2000
Series:
Haymarket Series
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
1,234,343
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

John Chase has worked as a journalist, architectural designer, critic and Disney Imagineer. He is currently the urban designer for the City of West Hollywood. His previous books include Everyday Urbanism, Las Vegas: The Success of Excess and Exterior Decoration.

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