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Wim de Wit is an architectural historian and head of the Department of Architecture and Contemporary art at the Getty Research Institute. Christopher James Alexander Is assistant curator of architecture and design at the Getty Research Institute.


"[This volume] offers non-Angelinos a chance to reframe their imagined views of this quintessentially quirky conurbation."--New York Review of Books
"Masterful. . . . Under four wide headings De Wit and Alexander invite a stellar roster of historians to exhume the city's past."--Los Angeles Review of Books
"Overdrive: LA Constructs the Future, 1940-1990 . . . produces an incisive critique and an oddly exhilarating reverie by excavating remains--archival photos and ads, engineering drawings, architectural renderings and models--that document LA's continuing failures in architecture and urban planning."--Bookforum
"This book is unmatched in portraying the personality of Los Angeles's urbanism. Essential for all students of architecture and urbanism."--Library Journal
"An eye-opening compendium of architectural drawings and b&w photos . . . along with 11 essays on how Los Angeles came to be what it is today."--Book News
"The book [presents] enlightening reevaluation and a new source about these farsighted California architects."--Choice
"A handsome exhibition catalog."--Wall Street Journal
"This catalog offers a kaleidoscopic overview of Los Angeles as built environs."--Winterthur Portfolio

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