For all of you architecturally hungry Angelenos, we’ve discovered a nice show that captures the history of the city and its architecture history in a quick thirty minutes: Metropolis: Los Angeles by Pilot Productions. The show speaks with some very knowledgable persons in LA architecture history and tells the story of the city’s buildings from a point of view removed from the city (and that isn’t afraid to say that the city can be “all about looks” and only concerned with “new” things).
Travelling up and down Wilshire Blvd, host/architecture and design expert Charlie Luxton speaks of the influences of buildings and styles, capturing art deco to modern to what is next in the city’s buildings. Luxton explores and dissects neighborhoods from Hancock Park to Silver Lake, speaking about what inspired these buildings and eventually visiting inside of them (or, if he can’t, he scopes them out from his car).
The documentary runs about thirty minutes and costs three dollars on YouTube (below, you will find the first two minutes). Admittedly, it is a little cheesy and features some embarrassing fonts/graphics/music; however, that disclaimer aside, it is one of the most intelligent looks at the city’s architectural history we’ve seen.