To compliment our issue of book reviews, we asked for summer reading recommendations from the members of the L.A. Forum Board of Directors, past and present. We requested picks related to visual and urban issues, as well as whatever might make it to a poolside table. Had better luck with the latter.
Vision and Visuality
Hal Foster. ed.
Bay Press 1988 (reviewed in this issue)
Visual Display: Culture Beyond Appearances
Lynne Cooke and Peter Wollen. eds.
Bay Press 1995 (reviewed in this issue)
Modernity and the Hegemony of Vision
David Levin. ed.
University of California Press 1993
Perspective as Symbolic Form
The Projective Cast
MIT Press 1994 (now in paperback)
Techniques of the Observer
Painting as Model
Chris Jenks, ed.
Sites and Stations, Provisional Utopias
Stan Allen and Kyong Park, eds.
The Visual Display of Quantitative Information
Graphics Press 1983
Vision and Painting: The Logic of the Gaze
With Downcast Eyes
UC Press 1994
Theories of Vision from AI-Klndi to Kepler
David C. Lindberg
University of Chicago 1976
Depth Takes a Holiday
next issue of OCTOBER on Visuality
White Walls, DesignerDresses
Window Shopping: Onema and the
UC Press 1993
Visual Culture Anthology
Bryson, Holly and Moxey, eds.
University of New England 1994
The books by my bed, besides assorted
magazines, newspapers, and catalogs
are as follows:
L’amour omdes villes
Barbara Maria Stafford
Inspector Imoomnishi Investigates
PG Wodehouse, The Nation magazine,
The New Yorker, a Pat Barker novel,
Primary Colors – nothing yet of architectural
As to bedside reading, you might be disappointed – no architecture. Jeffrey Meikle’s cultural history of plastic, Russel Banks’ Bred to the Bone, Richard Dawkins’ The Blind Watchmaker, and a stack of novels waiting for a good airplane flight, where they must fight it out with a stack of New York Review of Books.
Here is a sneak peek of the titles you guys will be choosing from:
The Art of the Motor
Julie Rose, trans.
University of Minnesota Press 1996
Towards Paradise on Earth: Modern
Space Conception in Architecture
Odense University Press 1996
The Revolution of Everyday Life
Left Bank Books/Rebel Press 1996
Mies van der Rohe In Hell
Nielsen Editions 1996
Analogous and Digital
Ernst & Sohn 1996
Well, a big part of summer can be taken up reading the Aubrey-Maturin novels by Patrick O’Brian, along with the companion dictionary A Sea of Words. A new novel is supposed to come out this year, so soon it will be time to reread the previous eighteen volumes. On the lighter side: The Caveman’s Valentine and Pluto, Animal Lover. Which reminds me, Frans de Waal, Peacemaking Among Primates, can come in handy when you’re thinking of asking “what’s so funny about peace, love, and understanding?”
First of all, The Baseball Almanac, complete with career stats for all active major leaguers. Then, Adom Bede by George Eliot. Colonial Desire: Hybridity In Theory, Culture and Race by Robert J.C. Young. No architecture books, you might notice. That’s work.
Film Architecture, From Metropolis to Blade Runner
Paul Virilio 1994
Lustmord: The Writings and Artifacts of Murderers
Brian King, ed.
Bloat Publishing 1996
also, the new Eames book.
Evolution of the Solar System
A Different Shade of Green
That’s Blaxploitation – Roots of the Baadassss’ Tude
Darius James (aka Dr. Snakeskin)
St. Martin’s Griffin 1995
Ed. Sean Perkins
Warren Commission Report
Random House 1990
101 Un-Useless Japanese Inventions
Keri Kawakami 1995
THE FORUM ALSO RECOMMENDS:
Kant after Duchamp
Thierry do Duvo
MIT Press 1996
Design Writing Research
Ellen Lupton & J. Abbot Miller
Cool Memories II,1987-9O
Chris Turner, trans.
Duke University Press 1996
Stud: Architectures of Masculinity
ed. Joel Sanders
Princeton Architectural Press 1996
Modern Art in the Common Culture
Yale University Press 1996
The Cyborg Handbook
ed. Chris Hables Gray
Building the Workingman’s Paradise
Project Blue Book
ed. Cornelia Lauf
Imschoot uitgevers, Gent 1996
Red Light – Inside the Sex Industry
Sylvia Plachy & James Ridgeway
Powerhouse Books 1996
Hot Rods by Ed “Big Daddy” Roth
Ed Roth & Tony Thacker
The Unabomber Manifesto
F.C. Jolly Roger Press 1995
Mr. Wilson’s Cabinet of Wonder
City of Bits
William J. Mitchell
MIT Press 1996
Personal and Environmental Saftey
Lab Safety Supply
Janesville, Wisconsin 1995
and, of course, the Forum’s own Publication List:
Swimming to Suburbia
(out of print)
Gary Paige, ed.
(out of print)
The Ecology of Fantasy
Recombinant Images in Los Angeles
Central Office of Architecture
Los Angeles Boulevard
(out of print)
Princeton Architectural Press
Experimental Architecture in Los Angeles
Aaron Betsky, John Chase, and Leon Whiteson, eds.
Based on the Forum’s ‘Out there Doing it’
Los Angeles and the L.A. School