Well I can't really be bothered writing too much about our day in LA so I'm going to do a bit about the jolly fine Bradbury building (its in BladeRunner!) and then describe most of the rest of the day in chronological order using short phrases. This should be enough to remind me what I did in LA in times to come if not much fun for you guys :)
The Bradbury building was commissioned by a chap called Lewis Bradbury. He went through a variety of architects whos design's didn't match his grandiose plans. Instead, and somewhat curiously, he then hired a draftsman with no architectual training. The draftsman had apparantly been instructed to take the job whilst conversing with his dead brother, which is certainly an interesting opening line for an interview and seemed to do the trick. The building itself is inauspicious from the outside but really neat inside. It makes heavy use of glazed bricks, ornamental tiles and detailed wrought iron work that appears to be in Parisian style. It has a nice airy feel from the central courtyard and the large glass domed roof which lets in copious amounts of light. Its great! and looks nothing like it did in BladeRunner, where it was the dilapidated apartment block inhabited by Sebastian.
Heres some photos from as high up as the public can get in the building :-
Ah, and the draftsman subsequently switched to being an architect and produced nothing of note for the rest of his life. Hmmm.
And for the rest of the Day :-
Wake, Drive, Bel Air, Look, Suburbs, Breakfast pie, Chap from 'Swingers', Stupid valet parking nonsense, Ooo lovely lovely Bradbury building from Bladerunner, Downtown LA, walkity-walk, What a dump, Everyone is spanish, Crippled chap doing a job that could be replaced with an IR sensor, Cheap labour, Silly, Hollywood sign, walkity-walk, Hollywood street with the stars on it, Ah godzilla has a star - wierd, Blokes dressed as storm troopers, Chinese man theatre, Beach, Mmm beach nice, Sun, Flight soon - sadness, Flight. Right.