Waking Ideas Publishing - Culture & Critics Corner
Written By Danny Nicolas
Richard Rayner recounts a tale of a certain Peter Reyner Banham:
"So, like earlier generations of English intellectuals who taught themselves Italian in order to read Dante in the original, I learned to drive in order to read Los Angeles in the original"
And we see, too, Banham making judgments that were not only spot-on but also predictive. He sings an ode to the Danziger studio house on Melrose: "wood frame with a rendered surface, though the stucco is heavily rough-cast to provide a surface that can absorb the dirt of a heavily used thoroughfare without becoming streaky." The architect of this structure, who Banham, in 1971, was already comparing to the great Schindler, was the then-little-known Frank Gehry.
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