Meet the Nelsons, the sixth volume of the Forum Pamphlet Series, documents “The Nelsons,” Wes Jones’s notorious comic strip that appeared in ANY Magazine (Architecture New York) from 1994 to 2001. At once a critical send-up of 1990s architectural discourse and a masterfully executed homage to the traditions and techniques of comic book art, “The Nelsons” addresses themes ranging from the legacy of the machine aesthetic to the challenges of virtuality to key disciplinary personalities such as Buckminster Fuller and Manfredo Tafuri. Each strip combines insider knowledge and healthy skepticism with a sly wit rarely encountered in serious architectural discourse. This book brings together every frame of “The Nelsons” in a single volume and features bonus texts by Wes Jones, ANY editor Cynthia Davidson, and LA Forum president Mohamed Sharif.

Wes Jones is founder and principal of Jones, Partners: Architecture based in El Segundo and is a faculty member at SCI-Arc.

Cynthia Davidson is a writer and editor based in New York City. She is the director of Anyone Corporation and the founding editor of ANY Magazine and Log.

Mohamed Sharif is Assistant Chair of the Architecture/Landscape/Interiors program at Otis College of Art and Design and was president of the Los Angeles Forum of Architecture and Urban Design in 2008-2009 .

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The publication of this pamphlet follows the LA Forum Exhibition MEET THE NELSONS, held in Summer 2009 at LA FORUM Events @ W.H.E.*

January 2010
LA Forum Pamphlet Series 6
Wes Jones

*Woodbury Hollywood Exhibitions

This project was made possible with support and funding from the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design, The National Endowment for the Arts, and the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs.