While on the beach I managed to read The Infrastructural City, edited by Kazys Varnelis.
It is a contemporary take on Banham's Four Ecologies, updated to the fascinating mess that LA has become.
Highlights include "Flood Cotrol Freakology" by David Fletcher which studies the evolution and disparate ecology of the LA River,
(a fake building that hides oil drills inside)
Mark Ruchala's "Crude City" which talks about how LA has transformed itself from an oil city to an entertainment city,
(a lonely tree that is not a tree but a cellphone antenna)
Kazys Varnelis' "Invisible City" on the surprising infrastructure of telecoms,
Warren Techentin "Tree Huggers" on how trees shape the city, Ted Kane and Rick Miller "Cell Structure"
and Roger Shermans' great "Counting on Change",
an analysis of the hopscotch urbanism and exchange that takes places between awkward properties