Professor of Pomo

Professor of Pomo
Reyner Banham var en fun-loving-professor-of-pomo (læs. POstMOdernisme), forfatter og arkitekturkritiker. Han er elev af både Siegfried Giedion og Nikolaus Pevsner. Han er bedst kendt for sin bog: “Theory and Design in the First Machine Age” (1960) og efterfølgeren: “Los Angeles: The Architecture of Four Ecologies” (1971).

Den 52 minutter lange BBC film, fra 1972, bruges stadig til at undervise i urban theory. Du får præsenteret LA oplevet fra en bil. Faktisk har Benham udtalt at han kun lærte at køre bil af en eneste grund; så han kunne læse Los Angeles!…igen…og igen!


The way LA imposes its style – via Hollywood – on the rest of the world, for instance, makes Banham compare the city to the London of Shakespeare. For me it’s simple cultural imperialism. For Banham, the car represents freedom. “Enjoy the pollution,” the renegade cyclist recommends, “the best of it doesn’t last long”. Sitting in the car lot of a drive-in burger bar, Banham marvels with Ed Ruscha about the beauty of gas stations, a beauty which, since “Paris, Texas”, has become a huge cliche. But Robert Venturi was still fresh in 1972 — he’d just published “Learning from Las Vegas”, and Tom Wolfe had just written his essay about LA’s “electrographic architecture”. (uddrag) 

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  1. Jannie Svar

    tak for linket til filmen – hvor er den fantastisk.

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  3. paulh1412 Svar

    Hej Rasmus

    I really enjoyed watchin the movie of that post! Just a little note to Reyner Banham, he also wrote “Architecture of the Well-Tempered Environment” which is a remarkable book for it’s time and very much discussed in universities lately!

    enjoying your blog