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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 being superfluous by joining this system as temporary containers for the people, objects, and capital. A provocative collection of research ...

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Overview

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 being superfluous by joining this system as temporary containers for the people, objects, and capital. A provocative collection of research through photography, essays and maps, this is book looks at infrastructure as a way of mapping our place in the city, remaining optimistic about the role of architecture to affect change. A project by Network Architecture Lab in collaboration with the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design. Kazys Varnelis teaches at Columbia University (New York).

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  • ISBN-13: 9788496954250
  • Publisher: Actar
  • Publication date: 10/30/2008
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 9.02 (w) x 6.74 (h) x 1.01 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction Networked Ecologies Kazys Varnelis Varnelis, Kazys 4

Landscape 18

Owens Lake: Reconstructing the Void Barry Lehrman Lehrman, Barry 20

Los Angeles River Watershed: Flood Control Freakology David Fletcher Fletcher, David 34

Oil: Crude City Frank Ruchala Ruchala, Frank 52

Gravel: Margins in Our Midst Matt Coolidge Coolidge, Matt Center for Land Use Interpretation 66

Picturing Los Angeles: The Linear City Lane Barden Barden, Lane

The River: The Los Angeles River 76

Fabric 100

Traffic: Blocking All Lanes Sean Dockray Dockray, Sean Fiona Whitton Whitton, Fiona Steve Rowell Rowell, Steve 102

Telecommunications: Invisible City Kazys Varnelis Varnelis, Kazys 118

Landscape: Tree Huggers Warren Techentin Techentin, Warren 130

Mobile Phones: Cell Structure Ted Kane Kane, Ted Rick Miller Miller, Rick 146

The Street: Wilshire Boulevard 156

Objects 176

Property: Counting (On) Change Roger Sherman Sherman, Roger 178

Distribution: Consumers Gone Wild Deborah Richmond Richmond, Deborah 206

Props: Story of the Eye Robert Sumrell Sumrell, Robert 218

The Trench: The Alameda Corridor 236

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