Essays on cyberspace, VR, AI, information panopticons, Shin Takamatsu and hospital design by Rachel Allen, Aaron Betsky, Gordon Kipping and an interview with Christian Hubert by Stephen Perrella.


Doctors Bury Their Mistakes…Some Notes on Hospitals
Aaron Betsky

Nostalgia and Technology
Rachel Allen

Cyberspace and Architecture
Stephen Perrella

Information as Discipline
Gordon Kipping

Forum News:

Lecture Series
The Forum and the Association of Women in Architecture have joined forces to organize the next lecture series, “Women/Design/Theory,” which will feature presentations by eight women practitioners followed by discussions led by four women theorists/historians.  Lectures will be held at the Schindler House at 8pm.  For information about the series, which runs from Sept. 13 to Oct. 4, call the Forum at 213-852-7145, ex. 3.

Design Professionals’ Coalition
The Forum was well represented at the first annual luncheon for the Design Professionals’ Coalition.  Groups and individuals active in the rebuilding efforts came together to celebrate this anniversary and to discuss work done to date, including design charettes for St. Elmo Village, Leimert Park/Degnan Avenue, and the Urban Health Care Project.  DPC has 22 member organizations (including the Forum) and 300 individual members.  Its hotline number is 213-380-1751.  The Coalition of Neighborhood Developers, Vernon-Central Cluster, a member organization of the DPC, is looking for a community planner.  The position is part-time and would last 6 to 8 months with a salary of $1,000 to $1,500/mo.  Send resume by Aug. 31 to Anthony Scott, Executive Director of Dunbar Economic Development Corporation, 4225 South Central Avenue, #102, LA, CA, 90611.

The Forum and the Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York have been planning a weekend-long interdisciplinary conference entitled “ECO-TEC/Los Angeles: The Ecology of the City.”  This will be the fourth in a series of international conferences on the conjuncture of ecology and technology.  Prior conferences have been held in Corsica and most recently at the Dia Foundation in New York.  Working titles for panel sessions include: “The Technologies of Discourse,” “Connecting the Dots: Towards a New Urban Landscape,” “The Technologies of Nature and the Ecology of the West,” and “The Ecology of Everyday Life-Paper versus Plastic.” The Forum is also organizing a day-long symposium tentatively called “Urban Design, Urban Theory, Urban Culture” to coincide with an exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art on urban design projects entitled, “Urban Revisions: Current Projects for the Public Realm.”  The symposium will also coincide with the AIA’s annual convention to be held in Los Angeles.

Interesting Event
Southern California first pioneered suburbia as the place where mobility and security meet as dream and nightmare.  Now, virtual reality technologies, theme parks, secured communities, and their corporations are pushing us toward a new global paradigm: the merging of information, urban space, and existence itself.

Come and discuss this future with Ed Soja; Anne Freidberg; Ralph Rugoll; and Ian Mitroll. Town Meeting #3, Cyburbia: New Frontier or Grave?, conceived and moderated by writer Fred Dewey, will be held at Beyond Baroque, October 8.  Call (310) 822-3006 for information.

The publications committee has accepted a proposal from Steven Flusty for Forum Pamphlet No. II-Building Paranoia, an analysis of the growing trend towards direct and indirect privatization of what once was public space.  Flusty will develop typologies of this condition and examine some case studies.  The author will be teamed with photographer Andrew Bush, best known for his drive-by photographs with titles such as “Man Traveling Northwest at 60 mph on Highway 101 in the Vicinity of Hollywood, California, Late on a Sunday Afternoon in March 1991,” and graphic designers/architects Nicholas Lowie and Sheridan Lowrey.

New Board Members
The Forum is pleased to announce that Amy Alper, Luis Hoyos and William Williams have agreed to serve on our board.  The board also elected officers for the coming year.  Ming Fung was elected Vice President, John Kaliski to the new post of Secretary, and Julie Silliman and Christian Hubert were re-elected Financial Officer and President respectively.  We would like to thank Michael Pittas and Marc Tedesco for having served the Forum in myriad ways. Michael Pittas will be joining the advisory board and we wish Marc Tedesco, who has moved to Portland, the best of everything.

To get involved with Forum committees and activities call our phone line 213-852-7145.


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