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A Los Angeles Primer: Century

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Nothing dates than people’s fantasies the future, said art critic Hughes, standing in Brasília, in an of The Shock of the New. his television on modernism. This is what you get perfectly decent, intelligent, and men start thinking in terms of rather than place, and rather than multiple It’s what you get when you for political aspirations rather real human needs. You get of jerry-built platonic nowhere with Volkswagens. Each and one of my trips past Century and before now, all of them me past it, since I never had a reason to enter got me thinking Brazil’s highway-wrapped, monument-studded planned and built whole in the fifties, officially inaugurated in Just three years Century City’s first would open. Later decade, the Century Plaza designed by World Trade architect Minoru Yamasaki, have its ribbon cut; his Coast twin towers of the Plaza would open in

I look first for those triangular monoliths, still City’s tallest and most buildings, whenever I perform the exercise in visual navigation. hotel exists, in my mind, abstractly, chiefly as a battleground in the between those who would all modern architecture (of whom you a disproportionately large number in Los though they usually their battles over coffee shops) and those who condemn it all, in some literally. But even if it makes eyes sore, Century built environment, unlike at least hasn’t fallen a hazardous degree of disrepair. heard that Fox Plaza, when first built in played Die Hard’s besieged Plaza, could now use some but when I finally started the area, I found it relatively by the ravages characteristic to other of midcentury modernism. And instead of the infestation, Century City vehicular ostentation; witness, for the Lotuses and Bentleys parked so in front of Watt Plaza, the shorter set of twin towers.

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Still, despite its prosperity even because of its prosperity the invites ridicule. Last-Century jokes come readily to Its streets have corny names like Constellation and Galaxy Way, and walking you experience, on a small scale, a wholly taken in by Corbusian about separating the functions of a residences here, hotels commerce here, industry Hughes criticized just aspect of Brasília when he of single rather than meanings, and wherever you find Los least satisfying urban you find this separation at its (See also Jeremy post, The Roots of Sprawl: Why We Live Where We Work .) For a time, and despite Petty’s I didn’t think you could in Century City at all, but I found its lower-rise east given over to housing entirely. Down and around the Avenue of the Stars you have all its office towers. Just of there sit Fox’s remaining and the Westfield Century City the seat of local commercial

Ironically, those of us who grew up in the of vast tracts of quiet homes might have this setup. Century relatively few residents all live in walking distance of the mall, and it looks or feels like the beasts in which we spent hanging out. Even inclined to dismiss the likes of Century City as vulgar to consumerism diatribes usually boring than the malls have to admit that one ranks a cut above. You can tell by visiting its food court, confronts you with neither a nor an Orange Julius (though it has a Panda Express). The complex includes an entire high-end store, and unlike most has an expansion underway. In a district built atop parking noted for their size the Century Plaza Towers find one of America’s largest around the construction site promise over five more spaces on the way.

More parking? Have the near-utopian architectural ambitions of the century shriveled down to Century City looks on the horizon. Its mall stays even at times of the day I would emptiness. Plenty of people to work in its office blocks. But the still feels naggingly a western downtown designed by who’ve only seen from a great distance in postwar Los Angeles, they may have. You have the strange says David Gebhard and Winter’s well-respected architectural that this city was not for people but for architectural photography. the temptation to take low-angle, shots of building after building weighs heavily me whenever I walk along the of the Stars. Yet there I also signs of change. A series of bronze animal sculptures in recent years, appeared the street, and the real-estate media has much of plans for more bicycle-friendly development spurred on by the of

that cutting-edge technology as a subway reaching the corner of As of this writing, alas, a looks unlikely to materialize 2026, only four ahead of the time only City, with its plots of cloning, bionic eyes, and implants, dared envision.

Photos by Colin Marshall.

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