The Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles
The MOCA Architecture Design Council
The Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design


Above, Below & Beside
Urban Design, Urban Theory, Urban Culture

Saturday, May 14 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

New Location:
Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration
Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors
Hearing Room
500 West Temple, Downtown LA

“Above, Below & Beside: Urban Design Urban Theory, and Urban Culture”, a day-long symposium designed as a dialogue between urban designers and professionals from allied fields whose work influences the practice of urban design, will provide a rare opportunity for experts in various fields as well as the general public to explore the complex issues that effect decisions about the shape and future of the American city.  Co-sponsored by the MOCA Architectural Design Council and the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design the symposium is held in conjunction with a MOCA-originated exhibition, “Urban Revisions: Current Projects for the Public Realm.

Introduction: Elizabeth Smith, MOCA Curator
9:30 am

Session 1: Urban Culture Confronts Urban Design
9:45 – 11:30 am

Moderator: John Chase, Principal, Chase Burnett Inc., Critic

Margaret Crawford, Chair, History and Theory of Architecture Program, SCI-Arc, “Everyday Life and Urban Space”
Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, Professor of Performance Studies, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, “Performing the City: Reflections on the Urban Vernacular”
Ruben Martinez, Editor, Pacific News Service and Co-host of KCET’s Life and Times, “Reimagining the City of Angels”
Allan Sekula, Photography Faculty, Cal Arts, “On Maritime Space”
Paula Sirola, UCLA Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Planning, “Urban Economics and Street Vendors”

Session 2: Urban Theory Challenges Urban Design
12:30-2:15 pm

Moderator: John Kaliski, Architect, Aleks Istanbullu John Kaliski Architecture and City Design, Professor at SCI-Arc

Mike Davis, Urban Theorist, Professor at SCI-Arc,” The Ecology of Los Angeles”
Kristin Ross, Professor of French Literature, University of California at Santa Cruz, “Contesting Cityspace: French Urban Debates”
M.Patricia Fernandez-Kelly, Associate Research Professor, Johns Hopkins University Institute for Policy Studies and Department of Sociology, “Migration, Race and Ethnicity in the Design of the American City”
Michael Dear, Professor of Geography, University of Southern California, “The Social Limits of Urban Design”
Robert Beauregard, Professor at Carnegie-Mellon University

Session 3: Urban Design Responds
2:15 – 4:00 pm

Moderator: Diane Ghirardo, Associate Professor of Architectural History, University of Southern California

Diana Balmori, Principal, Balmori Associates, Inc., Landscape & Urban Design; Yale School of Architecture, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
Gustavo Leclerc, ADOBE LA
Stefanos Polyzoides, Principal, Elizabeth Moule and Stefanos Polyzoides, Architects and Urbanists
Michael Sorkin, Pricipal, Michael Sorkin Studio

4:00 – 4:30

The event is free of charge.  Reservations are not required, and seating will be available on a first come first serve basis.  For further information please call 213-621-1751.

Free Parking available in Lot 20 located directly across the street from 500 West Temple.

This symposium is a collaboration between MOCA’s Architecture and Design Council and the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design.  L.A. Forum programs are supported by a grant from Design Arts Program at the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.  Major funding for the exhibition “Urban Revisions: Current Projects for the Public Realm”, has been received from the National Endowment for the Humanities, a federal agency.  Education programs at MOCA are made possible by a generous grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation.

MOCA Architecture & Design Council

Richard Keating, President
Donna Vaccarino, Vice President
John Bache
Saul Bass
William H. Fain, Jr.
Ming Fung
Frank O. Gehry
April Greiman
Professor Robert Harris
Professor Thomas Hines
Craig Hodgetts
Arata Isozaki
Franklin D. Israel
Aleks Istanbullu
Kathleen Leonard
David C. Martin
Richard Meier
Barton Myers
Frederick M. Nicholas
Stefano Polyzoides
Rob Wellington Quigley
Michael Rotondi
Adele Santos
Deborah Sussman
Dean Richard Weinstein

Board of Directors
Amy Alper
Aaron Betsky
John Chase
Chava Danielson
John Dutton
Ming Fung, President
Ron Golan
Luis G. Hoyos
Christian Hubert
John Kaliski, Vice President
Sylvia Lavin
Kris Miller
Deborah Murphy, Financial Officer
Roland Wiley
William Williams
Julie Silliman, Administrative Director

To contact the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design
835 N. Kings Road
W. Hollywood, CA 90067