Los Angeles Architecture

The Contemporary Condition

A penetrating study of the city's fascinating and seductive architectural scene.

James Steele


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  • Looks beneath the seductive surface of Los Angeles to reveal why the city's architectural scene is so fascinating
  • Traces the energy of Los Angeles architecture from the American Arts and Crafts movement, through Frank Lloyd Wright and Rudolph Schindler to Frank Gehry
  • Investigates avant-garde institutions such as Sci-Arc as well as the development of specific zones, including downtown Los Angeles

In The Press

'James Steele's book - with glamorous photography and elegant design - will have enduring value.' (Architects' Journal)

'This book proves to be far more than skin deep, thanks to a provocative and erudite text. An excellent insight.' (Architectural Review)

'A stylish and rigorous analysis.' (Building Design)

'Steele's rigorous examination of Los Angeles' contemporary condition looks at issues as well as influences, providing a timely portrait of a city often said to represent the urban typology of the future.' (Perspectives)

About the author(s)
James Steele is Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. His books include Architecture Today, Pierre Koenig and Queen Mary, all published by Phaidon.


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