For most, Los Angeles did not become a serious object of study until 1971, when British architectural historian Reynard Banham wrote his seminal Los Angeles: The Architecture of Four Ecologies, the first book to explore the car-based urbanism and ideological landscape of Los Angeles' social ecology and built environment. Banham gave serious weight to the city's iconic architecture, endless freeways and disparate social practices long before writers such as Kevin Starr and Mike Davis would popularize the city in the American... More >>>