In this 1972 BBC Films production, architectural historian Reyner Banham takes the viewer on a tour of what he describes as the “four ecologies” of the city of Los Angeles: Surfurbia, Foothills, The Plains of Id, and Autopia (beach, basin, foothills, freeways). Noted for his seminal book of essays, Los Angeles: The Architecture of Four Ecologies, published the year before, Banham had a love affair with the City of Angels and its bold typologies. An Englishman in L.A., Banham exudes an almost giddy enthusiasm for the energy of the highway and celebrates qualities of the city often derided by critics of architecture and urbanism. (Open Source Cities)

Reyner Banham Loves Los Angeles will be shown with The Great Wall of Los Angeles (1978), a film on the making of Judith Baca and the Social and Public Art Resource Center’s iconic mural.

Presented By

  • Princeton-Mellon Initiative