Saturday, 31 March 2007

Braniff Airways: The supersonic future

"You don't have to carry a passport, because a friendly computer already knows more about you than you do..."

Reyner Banham Loves Los Angeles

Reyner Banham Loves Los Angeles (1972) from Repazzo on Vimeo.

This is a work of genius. 1970s pop modernism and intelligent urbanism. Reyner Banham on LA as the city of the future and how it's infected everyone's consciousness, direct from 1972. It might not stand up to ecological scrutiny, but it encapulates a certain techno-futurist optimism that predates the oil crisis. Fresh as anything.