PRINT Summer 1964

Architecture in Los Angeles

THE PRESENT ARCHITECTURAL SCENE in southern California can, at best, be described as respectable, but dull. One end of the spectrum—that which may be thought of as popular or folk architecture—still brings forth unbelievably fantastic creations, ranging from the façadism of the suave “Hollywood regency” to the latest version of Islamic, Tahitian or Japanese architecture. At the other end are elegant, finely detailed structures, as fraudulent in their use of materials and expressive form as the current emaciated female Hollywood model. No matter how one may try to twist or turn the facts, Los Angeles architecture reveals none of the lively vitality experienced in painting and sculpture in the galleries on La Cienega.

With few exceptions, the significant buildings now being designed and built in the Los Angeles area are being produced by men who established themselves in the late 1940s and

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