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More Simulated Urbanism coming your way

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Angelenic took special interest in the "Concerto" project at Ninth and Fig a few months ago; especially intriguing to the blog was the proposed 14-storey graphic panels on the sides of both 30-storey buildings. The graphic panels suggested Blade Runner LA to both developer and blog.

The buildings haven't topped out yet, but Angelenic revisits with a followup construction post. There's still plenty of enthusiasm for the supergraphics.

This is already a very strange metropolis architecturally, and it's getting stranger all the time. The simulated urbanism in contained environments like The Grove and Americana at Brand, as well as developments like the Medici etc. and lots of local trolley-styled jitneys, all look to the past, and treat urbanism as though it were simple town square or euro nostalgia. Meanwhile, when the City's builders look to build for the future, they take their cues from not from utopian visions, but from dystopian visions, such as Blade Runner and the dark fleet spaceships that suggested 100 Main. New York is guilty too, as the backdrop buildings of Grand Theft Auto IV demonstrate. There is no architectural vision of the future that is merely pleasant; I suppose the architecture is more honest unto the people who live here than we would like it to be.

Also: USC's new architecture dean and nutcase Quingyung Ma is profiled in this months' Dwell., one of the few articles they put online.