“It was so damned ugly I was physically sick for about a year. I’d been used to … everything beautiful, and here everything’s ugly. I couldn’t imagine doing anything as ugly as Los Angeles.”
-- John Lautner, Architect
THIS MIGHT be of interest, considering our discussion about the odd physicality of L.A.'s built landscape.
Here is a link to a pretty interesting radio piece about the architect, John Lautner, whose structures you've seen in films -- or sprouting out of the earth in the hills of L.A There are midcentury bachelor pads, glass and wood hideaways, Space-Age perches. When I mentioned the film A Single Man (based on the Christopher Isherwood novel) last week, it's a Lautner house that most of the film is set in. (If you've seen The Big Lebowski, there's a Lautner in that too) Gorgeous windows open out onto canyon trees -- that lush indoor/outdoor life that L.A. is known for.
Above is a promo for a documentary about Lautner, from which the above quote was taken.