UNFINISHED BUSINESS 25 Years of Discourse in Los Angeles

July 14th to August 26th
Friday, Saturday & Sunday — 12-5PM

The Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design announces a major retrospective exhibition: UNFINISHED BUSINESS – 25 Years of Discourse in Los Angeles, running from July 13th through August 26th, 2012 at the WUHO Gallery in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design has been at the center of the city’s architectural discourse since 1987. Through each decade – the scrappy 1980s, the experimental 1990s, and the booming 2000s – the Forum has vigorously interrogated the culture of architecture and urban design in Los Angeles. Although geographically positioned on the far edge of the continent, the organization nonetheless impacts the discipline at large: Forum events and programming routinely introduce emerging talent; issues of contemporary design are captured in its exhibitions; and its publications and competitions speculate on urbanism and often challenge the conventions of what architecture means in L.A. The retrospective Unfinished Business unpacks the organization’s archive, revisiting a history of commentary and debate. In looking backward, the exhibition finds within the Forum’s history the architectural questions, urban design conversation starters, and critical loose ends that are just as relevant now as they were over the past quarter century. Unfinished Business doesn’t come to any fixed conclusion, but opens up a rich and potentially provocative dialogue.


July 13th-14th, 2012: Opening weekend, including panel discussions and other events.

Friday, July 13th, 2012 VIP reception/opening preview (by invitation only)

Saturday, July 14th, 2012
2pm: Afternoon panel discussions
6-9pm: opening night

August 24th-26th, 2012: Closing weekend LA Forum Events @ WUHO Woodbury University Hollywood 6518 Hollywood Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90028 2012 Unfinished Business programming includes the On The Map building-tour series in June/July, the LA Forum’s 6th annual Pecha-Kucha Femmes Fatales in July, and the Out There Doing Itlecture series in October/November, and other events.

Panel Discussions Participants

2:00 pm Panel discussion 1: Publishing as Practice

Aaron Betsky, Joe Day, Tim Durfee, John Dutton, Todd Gannon Moderated by John Southern

4pm Panel discussion 2: Unfinished Business

Barbara Bestor, Aaron Betsky, Thurman Grant, Craig Hodgetts, Christian Hubert, Kimberli Meyer Moderated by Mimi Zeiger with a reading of  “Swimming to Suburbia” by Craig Hodgetts


Unfinished Business has been made possible thanks to California Arts Council, City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, Los Angeles County Arts Commission, Mak Center for Art and Architecture, National Endowment for the Arts, Southern California Institute of Architecture,  Woodbury University School of Architecture, Abby Sher, Joe Day and Nina Hachigian, John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects,  Johnson Fain, Mohamed and Rehana Sharif, Pamela Burton & Company,  Merry Norris Contemporary Art, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, Suisman Urban Design,  Warren Techentin Architecture Premiere Media Sponsor: California Home + Design, Media Sponsors: Archinect; The Architect’s Newspaper


Curatorial and exhibition design: Los Angeles Forum Board of Directors Graphic design: Neil Donnelly

Sponsorship Opportunities

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