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Architectural Consumption in Los Angeles: Modernism, Power, and the Aesthetic of Plenty

Architectural Consumption in Los Angeles: Modernism, Power, and the Aesthetic of Plenty

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Title: Architectural Consumption in Los Angeles: Modernism, Power, and the Aesthetic of Plenty
Author: Busgang, Alexandra
Abstract: This paper examines the economy produced by modernism as the site for developing an aesthetic grounded in opulence and consumption. While early modern architects aimed to break with tradition and create a new language of architectural forms, the call for new architecture has exploded into sites of what Glen Hill calls “aesthetic waste” in his article, “Aesthetics of Architectural Consumption” (2011). In Los Angeles, this aesthetic obsolescence results in developments being demolished at an alarming rate. As the idea of beauty is valued by its proximity to cleanliness or novelty, massive homes are turned to “junk” in pursuit of the ‘new’.
Subject: Aesthetics
Architecture
Sustainability
Keywords: Aesthetics
Sustainability
Modernism
Los Angeles
Architecture
Modern architecture
Waste
Aesthetic waste
Urbanism
Suburban development
Aesthetic taste
Type: Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
Rights: Author owns copyright, except where explicitly noted. Please contact the author directly with licensing requests.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10315/30022
Supervisor: Foster, Jennifer J.
Degree: MA - Master of Arts
Program: Interdisciplinary Studies
Exam date: 2015-02-11
Publish on: 2015-08-28

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