One of the glories of Los Angeles is supposed to be its lack of center, its diffused production, of a multitude of cultural artifacts. What is often lacking in this vital state of anarchy is communication, debate, and discussion. Now there is a potential focal point for such a debate, a physical translation of the very notion of a “forum.”
Jon Jerde has donated his former offices in Sliver Lake at 2798 Sunset Boulevard to a group of non-profit groups concerned about architecture and urban design. The space will become the headquarters for as many of these groups as wish to participate. The main two-story room will serve as the location for the regular events or these groups and will accommodate exhibitions as well. Thus the building, nicknamed “the Substation” by Tim Vreeland, will become a switching station for the ongoing, but diffused, discussion of architecture in Los Angeles.
The Forum will be trying the Substation out by holding its Spring “Out There, Doing lt” series in the space. Young designers who have opened their own offices will show their work on five consecutive Monday evenings February 5 through March5. Craig Hodgetts and Ming Fung wlll start off the series. On the following Mondays, we will see the work of David Kellen, Blake + Au, Raw Architecture, Gary Paige, Wagner + Webb, Koning Eizenberg and Victoria Casasco.