now that my schedule has calmed down a little bit i’ve been able to start doing the ‘i live in l.a but i’m still a tourist’ things that i’ve wanted to do for a while now.
today my ‘i live in l.a but i’m still a tourist' agenda involved going to the architecture and design museum on wilshire to see the 'unbuilt los angeles' exhibit. it's a remarkable exhibit for a lot of reasons.
one of those reasons is, of course, that a lot of what had been planned for l.a was idealistic and kind of random and, in some cases, deeply flawed (like the idea of extending the 10 freeway out into the ocean in front of santa monica and malibu). but it’s also remarkable, and sad, in that a lot of the grand and amazing and inspired designs and plans that would’ve made l.a a much better place (like, say, more municipal parks and an amazing subway system) were killed off before they could even be fully considered (the frederick law olmstead plan for an amazing inter-connected urban park system hadn’t even been seen publicly after the chamber of commerce killed it off almost a century ago).
the third thing that makes it remarkable is that some of these plans and buildings could still be fairly easily built and realized.
the one that really caught my eye was john lauthner’s proposed griffith park nature center building. to wit:
- the a&d museum have all the plans (including soils reports..)
- the land is currently empty
- it’s not a very expensive project
so maybe we could all rally together to get the lautner griffith park nature center built because:
- it’s great architecture
- john lautner is now rightfully seen as the patron saint of l.a architecture and this would be a fitting tribute to him
- it could remind people that it’s still possible to design and build great public buildings
just a thought. but a practicable thought. anyway, here’s hoping.
ok, i’ll be honest, i don’t expect anyone to either like today’s pictures or understand why i’ve put them up here.
which is not to imply that the pictures are so sophisticated that only 3 semiotics professors in zurich could understand them.
no. i mean, if these are sophisticated pictures then they’re accidentally sophisticated.
they’re what they seem to be, pictures of an abandoned liquor store in the middle of hollywood.
i’ve always loved abandoned buildings. abandoned factories, abandoned apartment buildings, abandoned railway stations (this might be one of the reasons why i like detroit so much, as detroit is mecca for abandoned buildings).
i love them. generally more than their unabandoned counterparts.
i drive by this abandoned liquor store every day.
and i wonder.
here’s what i wonder:
- for how long has it been abandoned?
- isn’t it odd to have an abandoned building sitting in the middle of a big city?
- when it becomes unabandoned will it be used well or will it, as is often the case, be a step down from abandonment?
and yes, ‘unabandoned’ isn’t a real word.
some odd things about this odd abandoned liquor store.
- there’s some interesting tyler the creator graffiti on the back wall.
- the roof is succumbing to entropy faster than the rest of the building.
- american apparel are getting years of free advertising, although i’m not sure it’s the sort of upscale demographic association they’d normally be interested in.
- it’s a few hundred feet from the corner of sunset and gower, where the first hollywood film studios once stood.
- i think that’s all i have.
- oh, what do tourists think when they come to hollywood expecting cinematic glamour and instead are confronted with crumbling abandoned liquor stores?
i’m off to canada now. i’m working under the assumption that i won’t find derelict, abandoned, entropic liquor stores in toronto, but who knows.
i love canada, even if it’s missing the baffling squalor of the united states (well, specifically los angeles).
ok, have a nice weekend.
oh, and just to warm things up a bit i’m also including a picture of some trees in griffith park.