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News from the Forum

With Spring (coming soon, we believe) comes new hope that the Forum still lives, despite the many vicissitudes that have befallen this fragile organization. Forced to move twice in the last year, we are now (permanently, we hope) ensconced at the scene of so many a cold evening out there, The Schindler House, 835 North Kings Road, West Hollywood, CA 90069. Call us anytime at 213 852 71 45. Our machine will be there. We have also been turned down by every level of government (city, county, state and federal) for grants. We might try UNESCO next: Other titan Fred Fisher, Barton Myers, and Thom Mayne (to whom our gratitude), corporate and beyond the call of duty donation, have dried up. And yet we are alive and well. The “Out There Doing It” book, retitled “New Experimental Architecture in Los Angeles” (so you come up with a better one that uses the words “now”, “architecture ” and “Los Angeles”), should be out this summer. By the time you read this, you should have received Forum Pamphlet j/6, “Architecture Information.” Because of his prompt production of this publication (and his complete commitment to the Forum publications program in general), Douglas Macleod has been asked to join the Board of the Forum, along with Kris Miller. The Spring discussion series, “Teaching Architecture,” will for once and all answer the question “Where did all that stuff Out There come from?” by bringing Eugene Kupper, Ralph Knowles, Ray Kappe, Craig Ellwood , Adele Santos and (maybe) Charles Moore to the Forum. Watch for details of the hottest party of the Spring, a masque party performed in one of the most cleverly masked pieces of Los Angeles architecture, March 22, 901 Abbot Kinney Boulevard. Best of all, we have a new set of official officers: Michele Saae as President, John Chase as Vice President and, for continuity and excellence in service, Ann Zollinger as Secretary Treasurer.

Aaron Betsky

Articles:

Chaos and its (Dis)Contents: The Boys O’Freud
Joe Day

Violated Perfection: A Critical Review
Diane Ghirardo

The Armand Hammer Museum and Mausoleum or Life After Death, Building Beyond Blandness
Aaron Betsky

Original Newsletter:

For a downloadable PDF copy of the original Newsletter with searchable text, click on the direct link below.

Newsletter_March/April – 1991