Mellon Forum | Beaches in the City

Wed, Mar 23, 2016, 12:00 pm

Beaches in the City

The Mellon Forum for Research on the Urban Environment welcomes Princeton-Mellon Fellow Elsa Devienne for a presentation on Beaches in the City.

Between the 1940s and the 1960s, engineers, city officials, urban planners, and the business elite worked together to transform Los Angeles’s beaches into modern playgrounds. In doing so, the members of this powerful “beach lobby” reinvented the beach experience for the suburban age, effectively preventing a much-feared “white flight” from the coast. Yet these transformations also had adverse consequences for certain groups of beachgoers, including bodybuilders, African-Americans, and homosexuals, whose presence on the sand did not fit what the beach lobby had in mind for the shores.

School of Architecture, Betts Auditorium