A Word from LA Architecture’s #1 Fan, Moby
February 11, 2013
By Tashween Ali
Moby is well known for his interest in architecture, particularly LA architecture (ever checked out his awesome blog?). To show his love, the acclaimed musician—and Architizer A+ Awards juror!—stars in a new 3-minute video promoting Getty’s “Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in LA,” an extensive celebration of the city’s architectural legacy. The initiative features 17 partners, 11 exhibitions, and a mile-long list of events.
Wearing his signature thick frames, which he began sporting decades before nerd glasses went mainstream, Moby crafts a compelling argument—or rather, a love ballad—for embracing the city’s complexities. “LA is paradoxical. LA is in a state of flux. LA is ugly. LA is beautiful,” he says. “To sum it all up, LA is mind-numbingly complicated.” Read more!
Accompanied by his song “Sweet Dreams,” Moby emphasizes that the wondrous thing about LA is that it’s loaded with au courant architecture made by contemporary designers. “One of the things I find really endearing and inspiring about LA architecture is that we built it. When you look at beautiful architecture in LA, you’re not looking at buildings from 300 to 400 years ago that made perfect sense contextually [then]—we’re looking at buildings that our friends made,” says Moby. “There’s something more democratic and egalitarian about that.”
Learn more about “Pacific Standard Time” here (and see our top picks here). And be sure to check out today’s roundup of stunning dwellings around the globe inspired by SoCal modernism!
Below are images featured in the Moby video.
LAX, Theme Building: perspective view, 1961, by Charles Luckman, William Pereira, Welton Becket, and Paul R. Williams. Image: © The Luckman Partnership, Inc. | a Salas O’Brien Company
Wayne Williams and Whitney Smith, Shoreline House for Orange County Home Show, Costa Mesa, California, 1957. Image: © Regents of the University of California
Kevin Daly, Daly Genik Architects, Palms House, Venice, California, 2011. Photo: © Jason Schm