The Los Angeles Times's Christopher Hawthorne calls Doug Suisman's book on the boulevards "the most important take on this gigantic subject."
The 25th Anniversary Edition of this urban design classic is now available.
Greg Goldin's review in The Architect's Newspaper
"Doug Suisman’s 'Los Angeles Boulevard: Eight X-Rays of the Body Public,' remains today, as it was 25 years ago, a contrarian essay fashioned with an urbane and civilized pen...in retrospect [it] seems as prescient as any subsequent understanding of Los Angeles."
Read the full review here
USC Annenberg's Josh Kun Praises Los Angeles Boulevard:
"Doug Suisman's Los Angeles Boulevard is making me look at the city in totally new ways...there are revelations at every turn, and the writing is as powerful and poetic as anything I've come across in awhile."
See the full commentary below by Josh Kun, Associate Professor of Communication and Journalism, USC Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism, and author of "Songs in the Key of Los Angeles"
DAVID KIPEN DISCUSSES LOS ANGELES BOULEVARD ON KPCC'S "TAKE TWO"
“Shamefully -- monomaniac about Los Angeles that I am -- I did not know that the book "Los Angeles Boulevard" existed until Christopher Hawthorne, the architecture critic for the LA Times, started championing it. Suisman is a really good writer, a graceful writer - literature's loss has usually been architecture's gain, but luckily in this book we have both.”
Los Angeles Boulevard is discussed on KPCC’s “Take Two” by book critic and founder of lending library Libros Schmibros in Boyle Heights, David Kipen.
PUBLISHED AT LAST!
We're delighted to announce that LA Boulevard is now available! Visit your local bookstore, or visit one of the links below.
BOULEVARDS PODCAST: Colin Marshall interviews Doug Suisman about Los Angeles, the boulevards, city form, and the upcoming reissue of "Los Angeles Boulevard" - Colin Marshall › Notebook on Cities and Culture S4E35: Path and Place with Doug Suisman
BOULEVARDS ON KCRW: On April 23, 2013, Doug Suisman was interviewed by journalist and architecture critic Edward Lifson and discussed Wilshire Boulevard in anticipation of the Ciclavia ride on Wilshire coming in June. Link here: KCRW or listen here: (starts at 12m40s): Wilshire Boulevard
BOULEVARDS AND THE BAUHAUS: On May 15, 2012, Doug Suisman discussed boulevards throughout history and around the world at the re:street conference, organized by Cal Pol Pomona and the Bauhuas in Weimar. Link here: re:street conference
BOULEVARDS ON KPCC: On May 15, 2012, Doug Suisman and Christopher Hawthorne discussed L.A.'s changing boulevards with Patt Morrison. Link here: KPCC
Suisman Urban Design is pleased to announce the 25th anniversary edition of Doug Suisman's seminal monograph, Los Angeles Boulevard. Since its first publication by the Los Angeles Forum in 1989 in a limited run of 1,500 copies, the book has been much sought after and difficult to find. The new edition will contain the original content plus a new chapter on Suisman's boulevard work in practice. Please sign up here if you would like to reserve an advance copy.
Be sure and read Los Angeles Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne's front-page feature on Atlantic Boulevard, which kicks off his year-long series on Boulevards: Atlantic Boulevard. In the article, he writes: "Suisman's concise and shamefully underappreciated 1989 study of the history and design of the boulevards...remains the most important take on this gigantic subject." Suisman and Hawthorne drove the length of Atlantic Boulevard together during the preparation of the article, and Christopher is writing a new Foreword for the anniversary edition.
LA Forum for Architecture and Urban Design: Los Angeles Boulevard
Suisman Urban Design: Street Projects
LA Times (Aaron Betsky, 1992): Remaking L.A.