The Principal Region of the New West

The principal region of the New West is Los Angeles County. It covers 4,752 square miles and contains nearly ten million residents (more than the individual populations of forty-two U.S. states). Despite its infamous reputation as a chaotic, unplanned accident, there is a deliberate structure to this metropolis's decentralized character.

The animated maps of  the Getty Research Institute illustrate the evolution of  four waves of technological innovation in the New West. They are part of Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A., a Getty initiative that brings together local cultural institutions for a wide-ranging look at the postwar built environment of Los Angeles, from its famous residential architecture to its vast freeway network, revealing the city's development and ongoing global impact in new ways.

 

Networks and Settlements of Los Angeles

This animated map illustrates the history of this region's transportation routes and evolving settlement patterns. Source: Getty Research Institute, Philip J. Ethington with Samuel Krueger and Adrian Almer, 2013.

Landscape Infrastructure of Los Angeles

This animated map illustrates the many factors that make up this region's diverse physical landscape. Source: Getty Research Institute and Mia Lehrer Landscape Architects, 2013.

Population, Economy, and Conflict of Los Angeles

This animated map illustrates the region's complex civic, social, and economic evolution. Source: Getty Research Institute, Philip J. Ethington with Samuel Krueger and Adrian Almer, 2013.