This week, television viewers can get a glimpse of the clean lines and space-age quirks of the concrete amphitheater in Chavez Ravine, including the accordion-folded metal roof of the pavilion in center field; the perfectly framed sunset views of palm trees behind the Jumbotron; and the topiaries cut into space-age lozenges dotting the terraced entrances to the different seating levels. The stadium was designed by architect Captain Emil Praeger (USN) in consultation with legendary former Dodgers owner Walter O'Malley, whose ideas for the new home of his transplanted Brooklyn Dodgers were influenced by journeys to Japan and Disneyland.
Dave has contributed to Dwell since its inception. He's a CalArts dropout, a former art critic for The New Yorker, and a producer of comedies on TV. He lives in, and writes from, Los Angeles.