Welcome to the Horizontal Fault, a newsletter about Architecture, Art, Design, and Cities on Substack by Peter Martinez Zellner.
I’ll be posting new essays, parts of my upcoming books, old essays, and other musings on life in LA and other cities here.
If you’re curious, this Substack’s title derives from this great insight from French philosopher Jean Baudrillard:
“Cities are distinguished by the catastrophic forms they presuppose and which are a vital part of their essential charm. New York is King Kong, or the blackout, or vertical bombardment: Towering Inferno. Los Angeles is the horizontal fault, California breaking off and sliding into the Pacific: Earthquake.”
Fatal Strategies, ‘Ecstasy and Inertia.’
1983 / trans. 1990 / Semiotext(e); Reprint edition (April 11, 2008)
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