RBST 430 Designs on Los Angeles: 20th-century Architecture, Urban Planning, and Metropolitan Imagery in the Making of Americas Second City

Investigates the particular role that twentieth-century architecture and urban planning played in creating Los Angeless current image as a pre-eminent metropolitan node of design arts. This course will establish political, economic, geographic, and ecological contexts for twentieth-century architecture and urban design in L. A. through the study of not only built works and executed plans, but also visionary, unrealized projects. These works of architecture and urbanism will be studied against the background of other contemporaneous modes of Los Angeles artistic endeavor in fiction, music, dance, graphic arts, photography, and film, as well as in landscape and garden design.