"Los Angeles - The Development, Life and Structure of the City of Two Million in Southern California" by Anton Wagner

Los Angeles - The Development, Life and Structure of the City of Two Million in Southern California Anton Wagner, Edward Dimendberg, Timothy Grundy

Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication date:
12 Jul 2022
ISBN:
9781606067550
Imprint:
Getty Publications
Dimensions:
356 pages:

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No book on the emergence of Los Angeles, today a metropolis of more than four million people, has been more influential or elusive than this volume by Anton Wagner. Originally published in German in 1935 as Los Angeles: Werden, Leben und Gestalt der Zweimillionenstadt in Sudkalifornien, it is one of the earliest geographical investigations of a city understood as a series of layered landscapes. Wagner demonstrated that despite its geographical disadvantages, Los Angeles grew rapidly into a dominant urban region, bolstered by agriculture, real estate development, transportation infrastructure, tourism, the oil and automobile industries, and the film business. Although widely reviewed upon its initial publication, his book was largely forgotten until reintroduced by architectural historian Reyner Banham in his 1971 classic Los Angeles: The Architecture of Four Ecologies. This definitive translation is annotated by Edward Dimendberg and preceded by his substantial introduction, which traces Wagner's biography and intellectual formation in 1930s Germany and contextualizes his work among that of other geographers. It is an essential work for students, scholars, and curious readers interested in urban geography and the rise of Los Angeles as a global metropolis.

Edward Dimendberg is professor of humanities at the University of California, Irvine. Timothy Grundy is an independent translator based in Los Angeles.