The hypothetical buildings of Los Angeles

L.A. has been critiqued for being a ”city without iron, eschewing wood, a kingdom of stucco, the playground for mass men,” (Norman Mailer) and a “hick town” that “grew up suddenly, planlessly,” (Louis Adamic).

But that’s not to say that no one attempted any large-scale architectural planning. In the new book “Never Built Los Angeles,” Greg Goldin and Sam Lubell examine the ideas, sketches and concepts that could have shaped L.A.’s skyline.

There’s a 1950s proposal to turn Chavez Ravine (before Dodgers stadium) into a collection of high-rises and garden apartments. The so-called “Causeway,” a six-mile chain of man-made islands that was rejected in 1965. And a 148-story skyscraper planned by Donald Trump that ultimately got the boot.

Check out more of the architectural what-ifs over at Jacket Copy.

Photos: OMA / Rem Koolhaas, Greg Goldin and Sam Lubell / Metropolis Books

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