Seventy Years of Los Angeles, Then and Now / Keven McAlester / The New Yorker / 2016

Seventy Years of Los Angeles, Then and Now / Keven McAlester / The New Yorker / 2016


Footnotes

"I love the Frank Gehry building," Loukaitou-Sideris says of Bunker Hill's Disney Hall, "but the focus of development in the American downtown centered very much around these iconic buildings. They are great but they don't give much to the City in terms of how they relate to the street. They are iconic objects but they do not get into any conversation with the environment. If you walk along these buildings, they are pretty much-inward-oriented."

That wasn't the case in Bunker Hill's past. "The neighborhood was much more outward-orientated," she says. "You could walk on the streets of Bunker Hill and you could feel that you were there; the different blocks were quite inter-connected. There were also these continuous facades, there were stores that were opening up to the streets. So there was this kind of neighborhood fabric that the post-modern building have not been able to achieve because each building is kind of an object in itself and it kind of aspires to be really self-referential and does not relate to a surrounding context very well. That's something that we have lost." ➡︎


Extras

◼︎ Rediscovering Downtown L.A.'s Lost Neighborhood of Bunker Hill / Nathan Masters / KCET / 2012


Sources

◼︎ Laws That Shaped L.A.: How Bunker Hill Lost its Victorians / Jeremy Rosenberg / KCET / 2012


LA // 1:87 / Matthew Arnold-Ladensack / 2015

LA // 1:87 / Matthew Arnold-Ladensack / 2015

David Hockney: Joiner Photographs / Don Featherstone / 1983

David Hockney: Joiner Photographs / Don Featherstone / 1983