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graphics6. The only vertical element punctuating the panorama was a reading room, glowing from the inside in a manner similar to the lower parts of the display cases. Durfee Regn Sandhaus say they take their cues in mediating the open vistas of exhibition spaces from landscape design and photography.7 In The World from Here the audience always had an overview creating a feeling of openness and freedom, superimposing design elements at close range in the foreground with others at a distance. Formal or graphic conditions responding to programmatic requirements at local levels were extrapolated throughout the space, becoming motifs that gave a sense of order and continuity. For example, the graphic 'X' introduced at the entrance recurred at “vista points” on the floor of the exhibition space suggesting both a marking on a treasure map and the many "here's" referred to in the exhibition's title: "here" as Los Angeles, the library, or the book itself - a point of departure to a world of ideas.8

The Most Expensive Space in North America

The Most Expensive Space in North America presents a former office building, One Wilshire in downtown Los Angeles, as a case-study of a phenomenon occurring in other buildings in the city and around the world in which a form and its intended function collide in a new, retrofitted use. Built in 1968 by the San Francisco office of Skidmore Owings and Merrill, One Wilshire was one of among many faded and underutilized towers in the city’s downtown core. Resurrected in the late 90’s with a new function as rental space housing the hardware of telecommunications companies, these buildings became known as Telco Hotels. The seed for change at One Wilshire was an MCI long-distance micro-wave station installed on the roof that companies sought to connect to from adjacent buildings. The presence of the rooftop construction prompted the installation of a dense infrastructure of conduit through the building that accommodated evolving telecommunications needs. The most significant parts of One Wilshire are designated floors where network hardware from different companies interconnects free of charge in so- called Meet-Me-Rooms (the Telecom industry’s genial term). The result is that every square inch leading up to and away from these junction areas becomes staggeringly expensive, albeit de-populated, rental


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