What I love about ‘Her’.
The future city of Los Angeles, where he lives, borrows designs and inspiration from places like Tokyo, Hong Kong and Shanghai. I have no doubt that is what all cities of the future will look like: endless sprawl, big open spaces, pathways connecting buildings that are separate from street-level, building up with more skyscrapers. I loved that he never once took a car; it was always public transit. (I believe I caught one taxi in the background in the whole movie).
Spot on. Have a few things to add once I wrap my mind around it.
As I noted earlier, like Blade Runner thirty years ago, Her makes Los Angeles a vertical city, when it’s really not at the moment. In Rayner Banham’s superlative Los Angeles - The Architecture Of Four Ecologies he describes how the city is flatter and more sprawled than older cities.
Written nearly half a century ago, new American cities don’t generally look like Shanghai, or even New York- they look like LA. Phoenix, Atlanta, Las Vegas, Dallas Fort Worth, and the other rapidly growing southern and south-western metropolises are vast flat expanses, tied together by freeways.
Globally, large African and South American cities may be dense, but it’s more typically slum-packed closeness than the exclusive luxury apartments everyone in Her seems to effortlessly own.
I’d like to think that the future city is vertical, and that its inhabitants can rely on public transport to get around, but sadly I don’t see the world moving that way.