PRINT December 2003

Tom Vanderbilt


1 Marko Home and Mika Taanila, eds., Futuro: Tomorrow’s House from Yesterday (Desura) Finnish architect Matti Suuronen’s pill-shaped Futuro went from helicopter-delivered fiberglass “after-ski cabin” to icon of the emergent, plastic-as-pornography space age. The “leisure house,” as the promotional literature would have it, was wrapped by Christo, posed in by Warhol, purposed as an Air Force recruitment station in California, and nearly bought en masse by the Soviet Union in a bid for cold-war cultural supremacy. The book, with its enclosed DVD documentary, is an elegiac postcard from an architectural future lost to history.

2 Los Angeles Plays Itself This monumental documentary, directed by Thom Andersen, takes an obvious conceit—“Los Angeles is the most photographed place in the world”—and follows it, with stunning rigor, to its logical conclusion: a picture of the

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