The LA Forum Presents: Dingbat 2.0: The Iconic Los Angeles Apartment as Projection of a Metropolis
The Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design is pleased to announce the publication of Dingbat 2.0: The Iconic Los Angeles Apartment as Projection of a Metropolis, a collaborative project of the LA Forum with Doppelhouse Press. Join us for a book launch celebration with architects, planners, LA Forum members, the publisher, book contributors, Dingbat residents, and participants in the LA Forum’s design competition Dingbat 2.0. The event will include a brief presentation and discussion on Dingbats with Frances Anderton, host of the KCRW radio program DnA: Design and Architecture; architect Lorcan O’Herlihy, an innovator in multi-family housing in Los Angeles; and author and professor Dana Cuff of UCLA/cityLab whose essay “R1 and the Dingbat” is included in the Dingbat 2.0 publication.
Dingbat 2.0: The Iconic Los Angeles Apartment as Projection of a Metropolis
Edited by Thurman Grant and Joshua G. Stein, Dopplehouse Press
Dingbat 2.0 is the first critical study of the most ubiquitous and mundane building type in Los Angeles: the dingbat apartment. Often dismissed as ugly and unremarkable, dingbat apartments have qualities that arguably make them innovative, iconoclastic, and distinctly “L.A.” For more than half a century the idiosyncratic dingbat has been largely anonymous, occasionally fetishized and often misunderstood.
Praised and vilified in equal measure, dingbat apartments were a critical enabler of Los Angeles’ rapid postwar urban expansion. While these apartments are known for their variety of mid-century decorated facades, less explored is the way they have contributed to a consistency of urban density achieved by few other twentieth century cities.
The book’s essay contributors include many familiar names from progressive architecture, urban planning history, and critical studies: Barbara Bestor, Aaron Betsky, James Black, John Chase, Dana Cuff, Thurman Grant, John Kaliski, John Southern, Joshua G. Stein, Steven A. Treffers, and Wim de Wit. Photographic series in the book are by Judy Fiskin, Paul Redmond, and Lesley Marlene Siegel. A new typology of dingbats by Thurman Grant and James Black is an exhaustive study of the housing type and will be invaluable to educators, students of architecture, and planners alike.
About the Editors
Thurman Grant is a Los Angeles based architect and educator. He is a faculty member of the Interior Architecture Department at the Woodbury University School of Architecture, and through the university has taught in related programs in China and Italy. Grant has contributed to a long list of built residential, commercial, institutional and urban design projects, as well as award-winning design competitions in the U.S. and Asia. In 2011 he partnered with artist Olivia Booth on the installation Schindler Lab, Round One at the MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House in West Hollywood, Los Angeles. Grant is a former president of the LA Forum Board of Directors and was a project leader for the Dingbat 2.0 competition and exhibition.
Joshua G. Stein is the founder of Radical Craft (www.radical-craft.com), a Los Angeles-based studio that advances design saturated in history (from archaeology to craft) and inflects the production of contemporary urban spaces and artifacts, evolving newly grounded approaches to the challenges posed by virtuality, velocity, and globalization. He has taught at the California College of the Arts, Cornell University, SCI-Arc, and the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design. He was a 2010-11 Rome Prize Fellow in Architecture, and is currently Professor of Architecture at Woodbury University. He is also a former member of the LA Forum Board of Directors and was a project leader for the Dingbat 2.0 competition and exhibition.