In conjunction with the DINGBAT 2.0 COMPETITION & EXHIBITION, the LA Forum held two panel discussions to consider Dingbat apartment buildings from urban and iconographic points of view.  The discussions covered a range of topics, including the submitted and winning projects from the competition, historical development and typological significance of  dingbats, economic forces behind the creation of dingbats vs. housing development realities today, and the place of dingbats in the future of Los Angeles’ housing development.

Dingbat as Urban Typology

Panel Members

  • John Chase, Author and Urban Designer, City of West Hollywood
  • Alan Loomis, Principal Urban Designer, City of Glendale and Delirious L.A. founder
  • Roger Sherman, Principal of Roger Sherman Architecture and Urban Design, and Co-Director at cityLAB
  • Mott Smith, Principal of Civic Enterprise Development

The panel discussion was moderated by LA Forum Board member Francie Stefan, Strategic Planning Manager, City of Santa Monica.

Dingbat as Cultural Icon

Panel Members

  • Barbara Bestor / Principal, Bestor Architecture & Author, Bohemian Modern / Chair, Graduate School of Architecture at Woodbury University
  • Christopher Hawthorne / Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic
  • Mimi Zeiger / Editor, Loud Paper Architectural Zine and Blog
  • Alan Hess / Architecture Critic & Author of numerous books, including Palm Springs Weekend and Googie Redux: Ultramodern Roadside Architecture

The panel discussion was moderated by LA Forum Board member Michael Osman, UCLA Department of Architecture and Urban Design.