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Never Built Los Angeles

A treasure trove of buildings, plans, parks and mass-transit proposals that only saw the drawing board
Never Built Los Angeles - A treasure trove of buildings, plans, parks and mass-transit proposals that only saw the drawing board

Never Built Los Angeles explores the "what if" Los Angeles, investigating the values and untapped potential of a city still in search of itself. A treasure trove of buildings, master plans, parks, follies and mass-transit proposals that only saw the drawing board, the book asks: why is Los Angeles a mecca for great architects, yet so lacking in urban innovation? Featured are more than 100 visionary works that could have transformed both the physical reality and the collective perception of the metropolis.

Through text and more than 400 color and black-and-white illustrations drawn from archives around the U.S., authors Sam Lubell and Greg Goldin explore the visceral (and sometimes misleading) power of architectural ideas conveyed through sketches, renderings, blueprints, models and the now waning art of hand drawing. Never Built Los Angeles will set the stage for a renewed interest in visionary projects in this, one of the world's great cities.

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