Carren's Pitch

Life by Design

Los Angeles is a great place for architecture, especially the experimental kind. I got a chance to share a bit of what LA has in store for visitors for Wallpaper. A print version is also out this April.

Text by: Carren Jao
Edited by: Emma Moore
Published: March 2013, Wallpaper*

Picture: 'Standard, Amarillo, Texas, 1962', by Ed Ruscha. Image: courtesy of the J Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; © Ed Ruscha.
Glamorous yet rough around the edges, LA has always attracted the daring, including in architecture. From simple modernist homes to shape-shifting civic design, this history of risk is about to go on view in the city's main museums, under the Getty Foundation-funded umbrella 'Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in LA'. Here, we give you a sneak preview of its eleven exhibitions, including an ambitious Getty Foundation show focusing on vintage Ed Ruscha prints immortalising the beautiful banality of 1960s Los Angeles, from gas stations (pictured) and dingbat apartments, to every building on Sunset Strip. [view slideshow]


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