In this book Michael Maltzan holds conversations with a photographer, architects, a landscape architect, a futurists, and a urban planner about Los Angeles’s recent past and its near and distant future. For Maltzan, Los Angeles is currently in a delicate moment of transformation “where past vocabularies of the city and of urbanism are no longer adequate, and at this moment, the very word no longer applies.” In order to guide this transformation in a positive direction Maltzan asserts that “architects, urban theorists, architects, designers, planners, and city leaders requires keen investigation to produce forms that represent this city and and its culture, as opposed to importing other urban models.” The conversations along with the photographs by Iwan Baan presented in this book are part of the keen investigation Maltzan advocates for. This makes for a very engaging book for anyone interested in Los Angeles and shaping the future of cities in general.
Conversations contributors include: Catherine Opie, Sarah Whiting, Charles Waldheim, Matthew Coolidge, Geoff Manaugh, Mirko Zardini, Edward J. Soja, James Flanigan, Charles Jencks and Qingyun Ma.
39 Conversation with Los Angeles / Michael Maltzan
44 Conversation from Nearby / Jessica Varner
94 Conversation with Matthew Coolidge / Land Use
106 Conversation with Geoff Manaugh / Dense Urban Futures
135 Conversation with Mirko Zardini / Experience of the City
142 Conversation with Edward J. Soja / Spatial Polity
Edited by Jessica Varner
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Hatje Cantz (March 29, 2007)