“City in a City”, an exhibition that concentrates on large-scale urban projects and answers to problems of overpopulation, finds itself at ease sitting in an environment that would seem its antithesis: a single-storey home in a city where space is still most often discussed in terms of “how much?” as opposed to “not enough.” Los Angeles is all about different methods of navigating life – remarkably different methods, according to person and neighborhood. But it is exactly because of these many incongruities that the popularity, and title, of this show make so much sense.
What if the title was posed as a question: “City in a City?” How do we make dense, urban spaces seem intimate, inviting, comfortable and even compact, within otherwise vast, hectic environments? This isn’t a new question, but the answers in this exhibition address a new time with its own demands and aesthetics.
“City in a City” is a noteworthy show, not only for the work that is on display, but also for the decisions that went into displaying them.
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