The City Observed: Los Angeles, a Guide to Its Architecture and Landscapes

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The City Observed: Los Angeles, a Guide to Its Architecture and Landscapes
Charles Moore / designed by Carole Lowenstein
Vintage Books / 1984 / out of print / first edition / paperback / 5.8 x 8.4 in / 413 pp / b+w / eng / ISBN: 9780394723884 / weight: 12.6 oz
Condition: very good, small creases on lower spine, minor shelf wear on edges, small red line on fore-edge, interior clean and unmarked

Description:
Architect Charles Moore’s 1984 guide to Los Angeles architecture is among the best books ever on the subject. Thoroughly researched, clearly written, and wonderfully idiosyncratic, Moore's book captures the physical and ephemeral qualities of the sprawling city. Fourteen chapters (containing 64 maps) double as car tours that snake through each of LA’s major neighborhoods. Meaty enough to curl up with, each building entry is like a mini-historical essay mixed with an aesthetic manifesto. Some of the buildings have disappeared in the thirty years since the book was first published. Charles Moore’s heartfelt appreciation—made while the buildings were still standing—is a fitting memorial.

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