To L.A. Forum Members and Friends:

The year progresses with no sign of natural catastrophes, no local media circuses, an expanding economy promising real architectural work, and State budget overflows enabling Governor Wilson to don his mask of empathy and generosity.  In the face of such optimism and apparent good fortune, it is perhaps more important than ever for the Forum to provoke discussion and debate.

The term-limit zeitgeist affects even modest organizations like ours, and I would like to thank Ming Fung, Ron Golan, Luis Hoyos, Deborah Murphy and Julie Silliman for their years of dedication and vision.  As part of the continuous evolution of the Forum, we welcome Rachel Allen, Jack Burnett-Stuart and Annie Chu to the board.

In April, we presented our first lecture series of the year, “Inside Out: Critical Issues in the Relationship of Architecture and Interior Design.”  The three panel discussions investigated “The Design Divorce: Architecture/Interior Design,” “Gender and Sexuality in Space and Style,” and “Architecture and the Domestic in Contemporary Media.”  Beginning July 8, the Forum will continue its annual “Out There Doing It” series, featuring practitioners of architecture and related disciplines.  The Forum is grateful to the MAK Center for Art and Architecture for the use of Schindler’s Kings Road house for these events.

The Forum is also proud to announce, with the generous support of MOCA, SCI-ARC, and UCLA, the screening of the complete archive of films and videos by artist Gordon Matta-Clark.  Never before viewed on the West coast, these screenings and a symposium will occur in September.

An anthology of essays based on our symposium “Urban Design, Urban Theory, Urban Culture” (held in connection with the MOCA Architecture and Design Council in 1995) is soon to be published by Monacelli Press.  Entitled Everyday Urbanism, it is edited by Margaret Crawford and former Forum Board members John Kaliski and John Case.  Our next publication, entitled Wrapper, is a series of façade studies for the Museum of Jurassic Technology by Robert Mangurian and Mary-Ann Ray.  Essays will be included by David Wilson, the Museum’s founder, and Ralph Rugoff, author of Circus Americanus.  Wrapper is funded in part by a Graham Foundation grant, and will be published and distributed worldwide through a new publishing collaboration with Form Zero bookstore of Santa Monica.

The newsletter will continue to be published three times a year, and we are planning to add interviews, book reviews, and a calendar in addition to the regular essays and projects.  We welcome unsolicited material for either the newsletter or the pamphlet series.  Also, the Forum is soon entering the virtual world, fashionably late, with a web page which will list events, publications, and merchandise, as well as provide an on-line archive of material from our newsletter.

There are very few organizations like the Forum in the country, and we need your membership to continue our ongoing conversation on architecture and urbanism in Los Angeles.  Los Angeles has often been called the prototypical post-industrial city, with its sprawling morphology and concomitant social problems.  The questions that confront Los Angeles at the close of the twentieth century reflect larger questions of architecture and urbanism around the globe.  We hope you will support the Forum and contribute to its dialogues through your participation and membership.

John Dutton


Postscript, After 7 Years
Grahame Shane

Steven Flusty on Skid Row
Steven Flusty

The Shower Truck
Li Wen

Andrew Castrucci/Dystopia Deferred
Joe Day

Original Newsletter:

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Newsletter_Summer – 1997: Urban Assault Issue