Recently the Forum has started discussions with other architectural organizations in order to coordinate our efforts with theirs. In October Michael Rotondi, Leon Whiteson, and Aaron Betsky (the ubiquitous Forum Vice-President who wears as many hats as Imelda has shoes) called a meeting of Los Angeles architecture groups (including the local architecture schools, the MOCA Design Council, the Urban Design Advisory Coalition (UDAC), the Architecture Museum Project, and others) to discuss possible cooperative ventures. Several interesting possibilities emerged from this meeting. The organizations that publish newsletters (including SCI-Arc, The Forum, UDAC, and the Art Center) may collaborate on a joint newsletter/calender. John Jerde has offered to let these groups use his former offices on Sunset in Silver Lake as an architecture center. The “Architecture Substation” may soon house offices and exhibit/ installation spaces for the Forum.
Meanwhile, The Los Angeles Architecture Center Project, a group of LA’s finest, including Frank Gehry, Elyse Grinstein, Tom Hines, Charles Jencks, Nancy Pinckert, and Stefanos Polyzoide, is meeting on a regular basis to discuss plans for an architecture museum (LAMAD). Aaron and Christian Hubert are also implicated. More news later.
Back by popular demand, the Forum’s ongoing lecture series, “Out There Doing It”, resumes this Spring. This February and March nine emerging architects will present their work on five consecutive Monday evenings at 8:00 PM. Speakers will include Koenig-Eisehberg, David Kellen, RAW, and Victoria Cosasco. Look for details in future Forum mailings and plan to attend the kick-off extravaganza on February 1.
Planning continues on LA/Overlay, a Forum fax-in project, as part of Westweek in March.
The Playa Vista Alternative
The Absent Debate
Shopping for Architecture: The Sequel
The sad news of the seemingly final results of the West Hollywood Civic Center Competition came in during elections in early November. After over two years of working on this project, partners Roger Sherman and Ed Chang were halted in their progress by the voters. The decision to stop the project was based on a number of complex issues and reflected intense community conflict – not over design, which was well-received – but rather over broader community concerns such as the existing use of the site as open space, the appropriateness of the expenditure of a large amount of public funds for civic buildings, etc.
Craig Dykers was a member of the winning team in the Alexandria Library Competition and has moved to Oslo, Norway to work in the office of his teammates to begin on this project. AKS Runo with Balram Shirdel, Andrew Zago and Michael Murdock was awarded first honorable mention in the same competition.
Richard Keating of SOM Los Angeles and Neil Denari were among those awarded third place in the Tokyo Forum Competition this fall.
Barton Myers is the Canadian nominee for the UIA Gold Medal.
Antoine Predock is opening a Los Angeles office on West Washington Boulevard in Venice to work on the Thousand Oaks Civic Center and several houses.
Josh Schweitzer will be converting the restaurant City of Angels on Fourth Street in Santa Monica to a second Melrose Border Grill. His former firm Schweitzer Kellen did the original construction supervision for City of Angels. David Kellen’s Fama is now open across the street and had a great spread in Record Interiors.
Eric Owen Moss is designing an office building spanning a street in a warehouse district in Culver City.
Jasmine Mahmoudieh is back from Europe and now writing articles on what’s happening here in architecture, furniture, and design for the Parisian design magazine, Intramuros.
Eric Kahn of Central Office of Architecture and Steve Johnson of Johnson Favro are teaching second year studio at SCI-Arc.
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Board of Directors
SHELLEY A. BERGER
Board of Advisors
PETER DE BRETTEVILLE