Architecture critic and author Alan Hess practically defined Googie as a genre with a series of reverent books on California's generally disrespected roadside architecture. Now he's working out the untold story of Irvine. Turns out it was actually daring in its day, with a deep-rooted consideration for the environment and a hopefully utopian theory of urban planning. His in-progress book on the history of our "city of the future" could rehabilitate Irvine's beige reputation. Until it's finished, Hess is still on duty, holed up in the most master-planned accommodations 1971 could construct. But after he's... More >>>