Los Angeles County covers 4,752 square miles and contains nearly ten million residents (more than the individual populations of forty-two U.S. states). Despite its infamous reputation as a chaotic, unplanned accident, there is a deliberate structure to this metropolis’s decentralized character. This animated map illustrates the history of this region’s transportation routes and evolving settlement patterns.
By Phil Ethington, with Adrian Amler and Samuel Krueger
This video is part of Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A., a Getty initiative that brings together local cultural institutions for a wide-ranging look at the postwar built environment of Los Angeles, from its famous residential architecture to its vast freeway network, revealing the city’s development and ongoing global impact in new ways.
Learn more about the exhibition, Overdrive: L.A. Constructs the Future, 1940–1990, co-organized by the Getty Research Institute and the J. Paul Getty Museum. http://www.getty.edu/art/exhibitions/overdrive/index.html
Learn more about the initiative, Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A.: http://www.pacificstandardtimepresents.org/