Overdrive, the past, present, and future of Los Angeles


The Overdrive, is a current exhibit from The Getty that is displaying the rapid innovations of the city of Los Angeles and its surrounding counties. The exhibits shows how Los Angeles evolved rapidly into one of the most heavily populated, industrial, economic, and creative capitals around the world. It starts off showing visitors that it was an area that started from a concealed landscape from the early colonial settlements. Soon enough innovations promoted by planners and architects turned it into a place for experimenting with new cutting edge designs. The exhibit Overdrive shows visitors the extraordinary fast pace of Los Angeles expansion and its many contributions to Los Angeles’s impressive expansion over the 20th century. Between the 1950s, Los Angeles’s population sky rocketed leaving to the development of suburbs outside the main city. The exhibit used many drawings, photos, models, and documentaries to show the past, future and ongoing plans around the city. Due to the swift development of suburbs in the Los Angeles area, the designers went on showing the use of complex freeway networks and of public transportation systems such as metro buses and railways.

Overdrive not only shares the worldwide successes of southern California but the challenges of complicated civic, socioeconomic and environment changes that have been ongoing since the start of metropolis. The exhibit shows how Los Angeles continues to re-calibrate and create new ways of architectural exploration. The exhibit displayed many diverse urban landscapes, freeway networks, towers, shopping malls, coffee shops, and many ideal modern homes. Overdrive reveals the complex and rich underappreciated environment that is constantly growing till this day. It shows our community that Los Angeles had not hit its peak and continuously growing with new infrastructures.


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