BEYOND URBAN SUCCESSIONISM
Classification of building species proceeds much in the same way as it does for plants or animals. Differentiation between the species must be definite, yet must be open enough to allow for a degree of variation within the species. If all dogs are the same species, for example, how are the different breeds distinguished from one another. The use of a simple differentia following the genus and species name could solve this:
A Proposed Taxonomy for Building Species:
Thus the house pictured above, Case Study House #16 by Craig Ellwood, could be called:
Domus casestudiana "Craig Ellwood"
The task of identifying and naming the various native and non-native building species in a city like Los Angeles is fairly daunting. Yet when approached from the perspective of Urban Successionism as outlined in my previous post, such an effort could result in a history of the city told in its buildings, making it visceral, alive, relevant.
A FIELD GUIDE TO THE ARCHITECTURE OF LOS ANGELES (www.afgala.org)