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The Harsh Beauty and Banality of the 110-105 Interchange – L.A. TACO
[See also: https://www.instagram.com/110_105/ ]

"The 110-105 interchange holds a unique place in the psyche of Los Angeles. I’ve always called it The Cathedral, because it feels like you’re inside one when you’re driving under the towering, chapel-like crests of the ramps connecting the highways. The sounds of speeding engines in trucks and cars amplify against the network of massive concrete pillars sustaining the bridges, so it almost sounds like voices singing from a hymnal.

At all levels the thing is intense. Driving overhead, it almost feels like you’re about to fly through the sky into the downtown skyline when you’re changing from the 105 West to the 110 North. And way underneath, at traffic-lane level, for commuters using the Metro bus and rail transit hub to get around, the setting is stark: extreme noise, exposure to harmful exhaust, and views of encampments in the concrete shadows.

But there are also wondrous aspects to the interchange. Its history is an epic read shaped by a protagonist federal judge named Harry Pregerson, who eventually redefined the process of bringing a massive government works project to an economically depressed and dense urban area, like the South Figueroa Street corridor was in the 1970s. The interchange had starring roles in 1994’s Speed (when the bus leaps over a gap in an unfinished overpass) and last year’s La La Land (the big opening dance number). And for photographer Lindsey Mysse, who began to regularly use the 110-105 transit station on a commute, the interchange offered a window into a side of Los Angeles he never thought he’d get to know.

Mysse is an artist and software developer by day, and in his free-time a devoted documentarian of the interchange with the IG account 110_105. In it Mysse captures the light, colors, and faces he sees in the soaring chapel of the interchange.

I spoke to him recently over the phone about the project. Below is a sample of some of his photos.

All photos by Lindsey Mysse

L.A. TACO: Tell us how the project got started.

Mysse: The specific Instagram account started earlier this year. … Well, really what happened was that I had just come back from New York City, had been dumped by a girl, and my art career had kinda fallen apart. Everyone was pissed at me, and I just needed to get a real job.

I live in San Pedro and I got a job in El Segundo, so I started commuting from San Pedro to El Segundo — the bus, from San Pedro, to get on the Green Line to get to El Segundo — and it was just this ugly, ugly place to me. It represented a defeat in life. It felt like the world was making fun of me. It actually started as a joke. I’d check-in at the 105-110 freeway, and start taking photos of it …

What is this place like, for someone who hasn’t been to the transit station?

It’s very loud, it’s very dirty, because the cars: there’s just chain-link fence between you and the highway. But you also kinda have the people there, they’re just getting to their jobs, there’s that sort of day-to-day negotiation of, How you get around, right?

Last week the trains broke down — it’s the Green Line, the trains are always breaking down — people were negotiating, like, My boss is stricter than your boss, and so on, negotiating who could get on the train because the trains were packed. And it’s democracy in action. That’s how the city works.

It’s one of the most hostile places in L.A. to humans, isn’t it?

I think so. People live there, though, under the 110 and 105. I don’t photograph them, so they tend not to be in my photographs, but yeah, there are people that live there. You see the encampments, how they hide themselves, and it really is shocking. A lot of people drive and just stare straight ahead, and there’s this whole world along the edges.

I take photographs every time I am there … four to six times a week.

What did you end up liking about it?

It’s banality at a grand scale, which is what Los Angeles is all about. If that place is beautiful to you or not is determined by how you feel. It’s your projection on the place, which is very L.A., too. … It’s this blank canvas, and it’s a massive artifact to a way of life that isn’t very sustainable also.

The freeways. You learn so much about the city when you really study them, right?

You find that everywhere in L.A. but most people just filter it out. With something like 110-105, people just drive by and you don’t really contemplate it, what it is or what it means.

What did you learn about this place over time?

I started to pay attention to how the light would change everyday I was there. The colors would always be different. As you go through the year, you get there at different times of dawn or sunset, you get those Southern California sunrises and sunsets and all the colors and how they reflect off the concrete. It really becomes something intriguing to follow."
2017  losangeles  freeways  110  105  danielhernandez  instagram  commuting  transportation  metro  greenline  lindseymysse  photography 
december 2017 by robertogreco
Mexico 68 - 99% Invisible
"The clear iconography of the Metro system is a reminder of a complicated and sometimes terrible period in Mexico City’s history. It’s a simple design that invites you to explore the massive and complex metropolis. It is a graphic design system that assures that, if you get lost, no matter where you’re from, or what language you speak, you can find your way around, and see the city for yourself."

[See also: http://www.hermanmiller.com/why/talking-pictures.html ]
design  graphicdesign  1968  olympics  mexico  graphics  mexicocity  df  mexicodf  lancewyman  petermurdoch  opart  art  history  typography  luiscastañeda  color  mexico68  government  civics  metro  transportation  subways  worldcup  1970  tolisten 
june 2017 by robertogreco
Los Angeles Future Rail & BRT | Transit Maps by CalUrbanist
"Transporting the masses has always been a zero-sum game in Los Angeles. L.A. was built by streetcars; then modern L.A. was built around the car. Only recently have Angelenos begun to realize that any metropolis of 16 million*, no matter how lowrise, cannot live on roads alone. The long-term project to rebuild the Red Car network got underway in the ’80s, but 2008 was a turning point. That’s when voters approved Measure R, a 30-year tax to, among other things, build multiple Metro Rail lines. This fall, voters will get an opportunity to double down on Measure R by raising the tax, making it permanent, and building more lines. The map below is based on that proposition, Measure M. It also includes a couple of unrelated projects that are largely funded and likely to happen. Stylistically, the diagram draws on clean and simple Central European examples. (* Depending on how you measure it, there are somewhere between 13 and 19 million people in Greater Los Angeles.)"
losangeles  transportation  future  transit  publictransit  trains  measurer  measurem  maps  mapping  lightrail  metro 
august 2016 by robertogreco
Brand New: Why Microsoft Got its Logo Right
"There are two interesting threads that build into this logo. The first is Microsoft’s decision to push aside its corporate logo history and not try to revive or recycle any of the previous stylings… nstead they have chosen to build the new logo around the history of Windows, building on the four-color square arrangement first seen in the form of a flag and most recently as a single-color, tilted version in the Windows 8 logo. This is smart. …

The second thread is, obviously, the evolution into the Metro system and the reason why this new logo feels so underwhelming and like not such big news at all. For the past two, three, and perhaps four years, Microsoft has been slowly deploying different interfaces, advertisements, and products that feature this simplified approach helmed by the Segoe font that has become as distinctive of Microsoft as Myriad of Apple."

[Read on for "the interesting reversal of roles between Apple and Microsoft."]
windowsphonemetro  metro  2012  windows  design  branding  logo  logos  apple  microsoft 
september 2012 by robertogreco
Augmented Paper - Matt Gemmell
"For me, software experiences that feel like Augmented Paper are those that second-guess our (developers’) natural tendency to put functionality first, or to think of our apps as software. Apps are only incidentally software; software is an implementation detail. Instead, apps are experiences. Design an experience. Make it as beautiful — and as emotionally resonant — as it can possibly be. Then adorn the core experience and content with only as much functionality as is absolutely necessary. Functionality…is like seasoning. A little is an enhancement; any more destroys the flavour…and may well be bad for you. These new classes of devices, so immediately personal and portable and tactile, aren’t desktop-era shrines demanding incantation and prostration. They’re empowering extensions to our real, actual lives - and that’s a profound thing. They take what was once prosaic or mundane, and give us just a taste of superpowers. They’re augmentations, and they should be beautiful."
instapaper  aesthetics  tactile  clear  invisibleinterfaces  instinctivecode  digital  minimalism  skeuomorph  tablets  augmentation  mobile  ipad  iphone  applications  augmentedpaper  mattgemmell  2012  via:preoccupations  designasexperience  ui  ux  windowsphonemetro  windowsphone7  metro  windows  design  ios  apple  android  wp7 
april 2012 by robertogreco
Bus screenings June 13-19 launch mobile community TV network – Out The Window
"Short videos, presented across the entire Los Angeles County Metro bus system, will share diverse perspectives on Los Angeles, as seen through the creative eyes of its young people for its 4400 existing TV screens on public buses."

"The project links physical and virtual worlds through digital media portraits of places, offering views from different neighborhoods up to the city and region at large. Out the Window aims to create a mosaic of the many social, cultural, economic and creative layers of this complex American city. In reply, bus riders can text responses instantly or eventually to location-specific and thematic questions posed on the screens by youths, artists or community curators."
losangeles  video  film  metro  publictransit  buses  freewaves  perspective  urban  neighborhoods  diversity  youth 
june 2011 by robertogreco
Public transportation: New bus-tracking technology comes to L.A. County - latimes.com
"Is the bus late? Or did I miss it? How much longer will I be standing here? Now Metro riders can call or go online to see exactly when their bus will arrive at a particular stop."
losangeles  buses  time  transportation  publictransit  transit  metro 
may 2011 by robertogreco
From Transportation to Pixels - Mike Kruzeniski
"…summary of a talk Windows Phone Design Team has given…originally posted on the Windows Phone Developer Blog.

In November, myself & Albert Shum drove a few hours north to visit our friends at the Vancouver User Experience Meetup, to talk about Metro & the design philosophy behind Windows Phone. The beginning of the presentation traced the roots of the Windows Phone Metro design language, a topic we’ve spoken about at a number of developer conferences (Watch Albert at MIX 2010). From there, we decided to push the discussion a bit further this time, to look at where we see Metro going next. As you can imagine, this was a lot of fun. Our presentation was over an hour long and covered a lot of material, so rather than just posting the slides up, I’ll describe the talk in its four parts. First, the story of Metro. Second, a look back at history of UI design. Third, visions of future UI design in Science Fiction. Fourth and finally, where we see UI (& Metro) headed in the future."

[Now here: http://kruzeniski.com/2011/from-transportation-to-pixels/
and here: http://blogs.windows.com/windows_phone/b/wpdev/archive/2011/02/16/from-transportation-to-pixels.aspx ]
design  mikekruzeniski  windowsmobile7  windowsphone7  windowsphonemetro  ui  typography  motion  digital  vannevarbush  bumptop  designfiction  gestures  eink  2011  wp7  metro  microsoft 
may 2011 by robertogreco
Square Feet - In Westside Los Angeles, a Rail Line Stirs Development - NYTimes.com
"Slowly, mass transit is taking hold in a city synonymous with the car. Now a light-rail line is finally coming to the affluent and traffic-choked Westside after years of local resistance, and at least some urban-style development is likely to follow."
losangeles  traffic  metro  lightrail  transportation  development  masstransit 
july 2010 by robertogreco
Chile: Santiago contará con una nueva línea de Metro - FayerWayer
"Esta mañana la Presidenta Michelle Bachelet anunció la construcción de una nueva línea de Metro para la capital, correspondiendo a la futura Línea 6 de Metro y que recorrerá un total de 14,8 kilómetros (pasará por 8 comunas de la capital)."
chile  transportation  publictransit  santiago  linea6  metro  subways 
december 2009 by robertogreco
YouTube - Linea 3 del Metro de Santiago
"Imágenes de la Linea 3 del Metro de Santiago, emitidas por el programa Plaza Italia de Canal 13 Cable en 2004."
chile  santiago  metro  subway  2004  linea3 
december 2009 by robertogreco
The Transport Politic » Gold Line Extension Ready for Service in East Los Angeles
"So the plans for an east side subway died, replaced by Metro with a partially federal-sponsored light rail project that runs just 1.7 miles under Boyle Heights, with the rest along the street; construction began in 2004. Now that the city’s citizenry has approved a new funding source and Mr. Waxman has removed his block on subway funding, it looks like the Westside will get its subway after all — but not East L.A."
losangeles  metro  lightrail  subways  politics  money  class  eastla  westside  goldline 
november 2009 by robertogreco
Munich's Metro Stressful, But It Goes Everywhere | Autopia from Wired.com
"Munich's transit system is a sprawling network of light rail, subway, tram and bus lines that reach every corner of a city inhabited by 1.3 million people. It's an amazing system, but it can be overwhelming if you're a foreigner exploring the Bavarian capital.
munich  vienna  masstransit  transportation  travel  germany  transport  metro  transit  cities 
february 2009 by robertogreco
Google Maps añade capa de tránsito para transporte público - FayerWayer
"Google Maps ha añadido una capa de tránsito para transporte público a los mapas de algunas ciudades. Ahora es posible ver vistas de las rutas de autobús, tren, y líneas de metro.

Este servicio solo está disponible en 59 ciudades del mundo, incluyendo ubicaciones importantes como Brasil, México, Chile y Venezuela."
maps  mapping  googlemaps  chile  santiago  metro  transit  publictransit 
january 2009 by robertogreco
Redesigning cities | Tackling the hydra | Economist.com
'Its politicians are determined to turn Los Angeles into a normal city...original metropolitan miscreant is now trying to reform itself so fundamentally that Joel Kotkin, an urbanist at Chapman University, compares it to rewriting a DNA code."
housing  traffic  politics  transport  urbanism  sprawl  losangeles  density  urban  cities  transportation  planning  metro  subway  trains 
april 2008 by robertogreco
/// Peliculas Ponder ///
ad for Madrid metro system showing a view from underground looking up
perspective  spain  subway  television  tv  underground  graphics  creative  advertising  ads  perception  motion  metro  madrid  animation  architecture  cities  españa 
february 2008 by robertogreco
LAist: Metro Goes Mobile
"Soon enough, we hope Metro takes the plunge and hires NextBus, which offers real-time transit info on the fly (via GPS) for public systems such as SF Muni."
losangeles  metro  subway  mobile  phones  information  online  web  internet 
january 2008 by robertogreco
MTA vote to install gates targets railway fare cheats - Los Angeles Times
"The L.A. agency looks to install turnstiles at its stations after a study finds 5% of weekday riders don't pay fares."
losangeles  transportation  public  metro  money 
december 2007 by robertogreco
Boing Boing: London metro police poster
"This is an actual British Government poster outside a London Metro. Looks like they ripped it straight from the set of 'Brazil.'"
surveillance  cctv  london  metro  transportation  government  uk  police  graphics  design  scifi 
january 2007 by robertogreco
Metro Bits
"Some aspects of the world's subways unearthed - mic-ro.co(s)m"
architecture  cities  art  geography  urban  transportation  subways  maps  travel  metro  underground  design  world  public  reference 
august 2006 by robertogreco

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