Izquierda / Left: Down Town, Los Angeles. Centro / Middle: Getty Center en Los Angeles, de R. Meier (1997). Getty Center in Los Angeles, of R. Meier (1997). Derecha / Right: Vistas sobre Downtown desde el Getty Center. Views of Downtown from the Getty Center.
America constructs buildings to match the scale of its power. Everybody builds according to how they are and thus how they want to see themselves reflected… Tamburlaine the Great, emperor of the Mongolian steppes said, back in the Middle Ages: if you don’t believe in the strength of our armies, admire the beauty of our buildings. Los Angeles is the film capital of the world (with due respect to Bollywood!). The big studios like Warner, Paramount and Universal each have their own city which, effectively, forms cities within another city, each with their own residential areas and shopping malls. It doesn’t only happen in the film world but also in the world of culture, as in the case of the Paul Getty Center with its Getty City, which covers a whole hillside overlooking the sea. A guy turns up (this time I don’t recall his name), he has a vision and he founds a city, as the guide reminds us, as he takes us on a tourist train to see the sets where they shot films ranging from Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho to John Ford’s Stagecoach and Steven Spielberg’s Star Wars… America is the place where dreams can come true.