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“Big, Vast, Powerful, and Contemporary: Picturing Education in LA,”

Stephen Phillips‘ article “Big, Vast, Powerful, and Contemporary: Picturing Education in LA,” is published in 34 Magazine, No. 11, alongside photos by well-known Dutch photographer Monica Nouwens.

“To be in LA is to be cool and edgy, living at the center of a robust urban network that drives media to the farthest extremes. How does the next generation learn to live in this new world structure? Students are raised not to notice. LA’s schools are big to help students adjust to feeling small. Spaces are vast to contain the population. Environments are powerful to impress the students to behave. The architecture is cool and edgy; it accustoms students to their harsh urban surroundings, as they learn to act-right, hang-out, and just fit-in.”