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Boom. 2015; 5242–51 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/boom.2015.5.2.42
Published: 01 June 2015
... aesthetics of place freed from the confines of purity and beauty. © 2015 by the Regents of the University of California 2015 Carleton Watkins wet-plate photography ambrotype Los Angeles River urban waterways Jenny Price urban nature landscape photography matthew klingle River Glass...
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Boom. 2013; 3117–33 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/boom.2013.3.1.17
Published: 01 May 2013
..., the imprint of place on former incarcerees, and, what the future holds for its interpretation as a National Historic Site. The topic is addressed by examining the social and aesthetic implications of the continued use of its infrastructure, the post-war movement and repurposing of its buildings, the...
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Boom. 2012; 2292–99 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/boom.2012.2.2.92
Published: 01 June 2012
...Howard V. Hendrix Using the ideas of culture theorist Walter Benjamin (among others), I examine the public response to two dams, Friant Dam and Florence Lake Dam, to illustrate the political and aesthetic reasons why Californians have very mixed feelings about the state's dams. The history of John...
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Boom. 2012; 22105–107 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/boom.2012.2.2.105
Published: 01 June 2012
...Alex Schmidt This piece examines the phenomenon of "flipping" distressed houses in Northeast Los Angeles neighborhoods such as Highland Park and Echo Park from aesthetic, economic, and cultural perspectives. © 2012 by the Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved. Please direct...
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Boom. 2011; 1275–81 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/boom.2011.1.2.75
Published: 01 May 2011
... silicon dreams, the search for the next Silicon Valley has helped export a particularly Californian aesthetic and way of doing business across the globe. It also has shown the degree to which the Valley’s success was not only an American phenomenon, but also a Californian one – rooted in this state’s...
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Boom. 2016; 6434–38 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/boom.2016.6.4.34
Published: 01 December 2016
..., following only his creative instincts and aesthetic impulses. He continued expanding and mod- ifying the gardens throughout his life. Baldasare Forestiere died in 1946 at the age of sixty-seven. After his death, the Underground Gardens were opened to the public as a museum10 He built it as a way to cool off...
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Published: 01 September 2016
..., aesthetics, social meaning, and impact on the urban resident. A L E J A N D R O R AM I R E Z M E N D E Z is a Ph.D. student in the department of Spanish and Portuguese at University of California, Los Angeles. He studies the representation of space in Mexican and Chicano/a narratives of the twentieth and...
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Boom. 2016; 6332–39 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/boom.2016.6.3.32
Published: 01 September 2016
... organizing in which political activist groups engage. As a group, these organizations assumed the mantle of public accountability even as they contended with their own missions, communities, political and aesthetic princi- ples, and precarity as small, struggling organizations.6 Shown sequentially, the...
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Boom. 2016; 63110–119 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/boom.2016.6.3.110
Published: 01 September 2016
... does that mean? For instance, if we spend one day of the class at the univer- sity, and one day physically in Oakland, how does that change the nature of the practice? How does that change our collective sense of space and of the region? Jackson: And what might it be to create a binding aesthetic...
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Boom. 2016; 61116–125 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/boom.2016.6.1.116
Published: 01 March 2016
... desire until recently. Last year, with a journalism fellowship from the Alicia Patterson Foundation, he began a project to document the valley s landscapes and people. He continued that work in this photo essay for Boom. Montes sees the valley s spare environment as not just aesthetically compelling, but...
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Boom. 2016; 6158–64 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/boom.2016.6.1.58
Published: 01 March 2016
... Problem Our house culture is L ike so many fascinated by Los Angeles, I grew up worshiping the Case Studyhouses. With their crisp edges, clean lines, muted colors, and vast planes ofglass, they struck me as the perfect objects of aesthetic desire, especially when seen through the loving, era-defining eye...
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Boom. 2016; 6145–50 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/boom.2016.6.1.45
Published: 01 March 2016
... design aesthetics of the parkway era and its harmonious landscape described by Norman Bel Geddes were largely abandoned. Instead, the freeway became its own landscape the concrete ribbon, the gash, the neighborhood barrier. When the Eisenhower period came in and the roads system for the whole country...
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Boom. 2016; 61126–129 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/boom.2016.6.1.126
Published: 01 March 2016
.... Two spacious halls one for arrivals, the other for depar- tures feature high, white ceilings; big, recessed orange lights; and Mexican onyx used decoratively on windows, lights, and globes. Aesthetics aside, something more important is going on. The bridge just might represent a shift in perceptions...
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Boom. 2016; 6165–69 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/boom.2016.6.1.65
Published: 01 March 2016
...; a squared bay on the driveway likely forms a dining room hutch, an interior design feature advertised to middle-class housewives in Ladies Home Journal circa 1910; the perky outdoor furniture from IKEA is Scandinavian modern; and the plaster is a nod to the Spanish tradition. These aesthetic traits...
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Boom. 2016; 6170–75 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/boom.2016.6.1.70
Published: 01 March 2016
... in this state a neglected, industrial landscape with the beauty of the Los Angeles River he says. The aesthetic really attracts artists. For them, it s a blank canvas But it s not just a site for artists. This collaboration with Clockshop is artistic Woods adds, but it also touches on the...
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Boom. 2016; 61108–115 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/boom.2016.6.1.108
Published: 01 March 2016
... synchronicity that no longer surprise me much, I hap-pened to talk to Ed Ruscha at a party in John Lautner s Chemosphere the dayafter I d watched the 1972 documentary Rayner Banham Loves Los Angeles. Ruscha appears in the film, discussing the aesthetics of the gas station. In our conversation, Ruscha...
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Boom. 2015; 5346–55 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/boom.2015.5.3.46
Published: 01 September 2015
..., not to mention hundreds of websites. Most of these works are inspired by a realist impulse. They aim to move readers and spectators through details and data about the animal or (more rarely) the plant species they portray, creating aesthetic specimens for audiences to marvel at and mourn. Hiroko...
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Boom. 2015; 5356–59 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/boom.2015.5.3.56
Published: 01 September 2015
... jade or California tiger s eye.) Serpentine s common occurrence and aesthetic appeal make it an obvious choice as California s official state rock. But it s the rock s chemistry that makes it interesting from an evolutionary point of view. Soils that develop from serpentine typically contain high...
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Boom. 2015; 52v–vi doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/boom.2015.5.2.v
Published: 01 June 2015
... be powerful, even as it has been utterly transformed, in large measure. Today, our hybrid landscapes made up of the natural, the human, the engineered, the cultural, the aesthetic, the unaesthetic, the historical, the futurist still hold incredible power, and a reserve of mystery, of something to be...
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Boom. 2015; 52100–111 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/boom.2015.5.2.100
Published: 01 June 2015
... as Timothy O Sullivan, and the aesthetic shared by the two groups was determinedly documentarian. But, whereas the nineteenth-century photographers photo- graphed mostly the natural world, the latter specialized in the built environment that was quickly turning the mid-twentieth century world into an...