Yes, there are lots of plans afoot for Forum activities this fall. This issue of the newsletter is the first of our new poster-format publication which is slated to appear every other month. Doug Suisman’s pamphlet has upped the ante for any critical investigation of Los Angeles sponsored by the Forum and is being distributed coast to coast by Princeton Architectural Press. Our next two pamphlets will be by Douglas MacLeod and Mike Davis. Douglas Macleod’s forthcoming effort is entitled “Architecture and Information”. His aim is to produce a different interpretation of urban design, based not on a paradigm of Cartesian space, but on a paradigm of information. This pamphlet will be available both on Macintosh disc and in “hard copy”. While the personal computer may be an effective instrument for the new interpretations that are proposed in the pamphlet, Macleod sees the computer as a symptom of that change, not as its cause. Mike Davis is preparing a pamphlet about the Los Angeles River, based on his recent article in the L.A. Weekly. We are interested in correlating his piece with any other research or projects for the river. If you know of any, please give us a call.
“Out There Doing It”, Parts One and Two, will be followed by yet another sequel next spring. The entire series will be the basis of a book edited by Aaron Betsky and John Chase and scheduled to appear in the fall of 1990. The book will contain work by all the speakers in the series and essays by Leon Whiteson and Frank Gehry as well as by the editors. Can a major motion picture be far behind?
Two other events are coming up through the efforts of the Activities committee: the Beverly Center Investigations and the Wilshire Walk. The literary sources for the projects and discussions around the Beverly Center, cryptically referred to as 33:D6, E6, should be clear to anyone who has navigated the city with the Thomas Guide. It seems that the turd-brown mass of the Beverly Center is becoming the nucleus of a new urban node whose activities are essentially hidden from the street. Sometimes we wonder if anyone goes into the Ma Maison hotel at all. Is there a secret underground entry in back with the overscaled marquis on Beverly only a residual sign? The intense interiority of Cedars-Sinai is another major presence in the node, and our fantasies of cancerous growth serve only to add to our urbanistic confusion. We look forward to seeing the projects by Michele Saee, Michael Sorkin, and Batsch/O’Brien.
Talks are also underway with the sponsors of Westweek for a collaborative project with them next spring. We are thinking of a “Fax-in” collective design proposal that would produce an “analogous” Los Angeles 2050.
Covering the Basin
by Ben Caffey
Fragments, Out There
by Aaron Betsky
Shopping for Architecture
by John Chase
A Discourse on Critical Digression
by John Kaliski
The Ratkovich Company has retained the Urban Innovations Group with Richard Weinslein, Gensler and Associates and Richard McGee and Associates, Architects, to design the 55,000 square foot new museum as part of a twenty-one story, multi-use condominium project including residential and commercial space.
Grinstein-Daniels has a Kentucky Fried Chicken under construction on Western, just north of Beverly Boulevard. Watch out. Much of the structure is up and it is worth driving by…
Barton Myers has organized four local architecture schools to provide studios to do studies for projects within the Hollywood Boulevard District. The Urban Design Plan is currently under revision by the CRA and the hope is that the student work will provide additional insights. Barton Myers, with Ben Caffey and Douglas MacLeod, will leach a UCLA studio on a hotel project on a site within the project area. Robert Harris will participate at USC; Barry Wasserman and Spiros Amourgoris at Cal Poly Pomona; and Michael Rotondi at SCI-ARC.
Frank Israel is teaching this fall at Harvard…Aaron Betsky, Judith Sheine, and Kris Miller will be teaching at Cal Poly Pomona… Aaron will also be teaching seminars at SCI-Arc and the University of Arizona during the year…Fritz Neumeyer is doing a studio at SCI-Arc on Wilshire Boulevard.
The Charles and Ray Eames Studio on Washington Boulevard is being renovated by Frank Israel for Bright Associates (who are owned by Chiat Day).
Craig Hodgetts and Ming Fung are designing a house across from Frank O. Gehry’s House. Excavation has commenced in Venice for Gehry’s Chiat Day complex.
Glenda Rovello is now practicing on her own and has a number of interesting projects, one of the more notable being the renovation of an airstream trailer into production offices.
Michele Saee is doing a new Angeli and a new Ecru at the Marina Market Place in Marina Del Rey.
Jasmine has a new restaurant, Manhattan West on La Cienega (the opening was the party for Lock-Up) and another restaurant in Newport Beach. Huberti/Zelnio is designing half the new galleries in Santa Monica.
John Kaliski was on a panel in Harper’s…Aaron Betsky was on 20-20 talking about Beverly Hills…Josh Schweitzer’s Campanile made it into Newsweek…
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