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Aaron Betsky

Thanks to the generous support of our members and friends in the community, the Forum’s Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for the publication of the Dingbat 2.0 publication raised over $12,000 and achieved “funded” status. The Forum thanks you heartily for your support! […]

The LA Forum announces the launch of our Kickstarter campaign to support the upcoming publication Dingbat 2.0!  The book features projects from the Dingbat 2.0 Competition, which challenged the design community to re-envision dingbat apartment buildings for the 21st Century, […]

I’m writing to share my enthusiasm and support for the LA Forum and encourage you to join me. For over twenty-five years, this organization has changed the way we look at, think about, and make the designed environment in Southern […]

Approaching the completion of our successful 25th anniversary year, we look forward to a full year of LA Forum events in 2013. We ask you to please keep us in mind for your end-of-year giving, and to either maintain your […]

Unfinished Business Panel Discussion Images On July 14, 2012, The Los Angeles Forum conducted two panel discussion in conjunction with the UNFINISHED BUSINESS retrospective exhibition. Images by Monica Nouwens and Luke Gibson Panel 1: Publishing as Practice July 14, 2012  at 2 pm […]

Unfinished Business: Panel Discussions   Please join the LA Forum on Saturday afternoon, July 14th for two panel discussions in conjunction with our UNFINISHED BUSINESS retrospective exhibition.  The opening night reception for the exhibition follows immediately after the discussions. Panel […]

The Los Angeles Forum is pleased to have honored Aaron Betsky, Director of the Netherlands Architecture Institute and founding member of the LA Forum, at a reception held at the stunning new Vitra showroom in Santa Monica on December 11th. […]

Essays on cyberspace, VR, AI, information panopticons, Shin Takamatsu and hospital design by Rachel Allen, Aaron Betsky, gordon kipping and an interview with Christian Hubert by Stephen Perrella.

Doctors Bury Their Mistakes Some Notes on Hospitals Nowhere is our pact with the technological devil more clear than in hospitals. They represent our enslavement to a technology that promises survival, on both a personal and a professional level, but […]

Articles:

Whose Beach Party is this Anyway? Architecture and its Audience
John Chase

Letter from Vienna
Terence Riley

Experimental Architecture in Los Angeles
Nina Lesser

Nomadic Thoughts
Aarden Hank

James Stirling: Full Frontal Up View
Aaron Betsky

I have always felt slightly guilty about admiring James Stirling. The pleasure I took in his architecture always seemed somewhat perverse. How could I explain to a rational person the delight I took in a floor plan, like that of […]

Sylvia Lavin guest edits this issue, soliciting statements from various participants in various initiatives, which offers an educational glimpse of the lay of the changing architectural land regarding the education of an architect.

Experiments Against Buildings Aaron Betsky, Department Coordinator What is a Department of Environmental Design? During the 1960s, Environmental Design was a phrase meant to defuse the imperial overtones of architecture. It implied the dissolution of a formalist practice into technological […]

Arch Info (Architecture and Information) addresses architecture as information and takes the form of a HyperCard Stack for the Macintosh computer. Includes a computer diskette with all required software, duly licensed for personal use. Also included are 40 printed 4 […]

This book features the work of 22 architecture firms, including Michele Saee, AKS Runo, Josh Schweitzer, Guthrie + Buresh, Koning Eizenberg, and COA. The book is drawn from the work of participants in a series of lectures presented during the […]

Articles:

RE: defining the American Dream
Alison Lynn

Dream On
John Chase

State of the Art
Joe Day

Home on the Range
Aaron Betsky

I Like X
Douglas MacLeod

At the edge of the city, the forms of the future rise in front of you like an apocalyptic nightmare of normalcy. Coming over the crest of the San Gabriel mountains, you see nothing but the closed compounds of suburban […]

Articles:

Chaos and its (Dis)Contents: The Boys O’Freud
Joe Day

Violated Perfection: A Critical Review
Diane Ghirardo

The Armand Hammer Museum and Mausoleum or Life After Death, Building Beyond Blandness
Aaron Betsky

Violated Perfection: Architecture and the Fragmentation of the Modern, Aaron Betsky, Rizzoli, 1990, 208 pp., illus., $50 hard cover, $35 paper back In Violated Perfection, Aaron Betsky attempts to place the work of a diverse group of contemporary architects into […]

It is hard to find good things to say about the architecture of the Armand Hammer Museum and Cultural Center in Westwood. Unfortunately, the combination of incompetence in planning and desperate, empty gesturing in appearance is nothing new in Los […]

Articles:

Two Recent Defeats
Aaron Betsky

How Can I Miss You When You Wont’ Go Away?
John Chase

Them vs Us
Ben Caffey

Jumbo Size Architecture
Alan Hess

Two recent events have brought political realities home to us. The first was the recent forced resignation of Merry Norris from her position as President of the Cultural Affairs Commission. Norris has been instrumental in turning that body into an […]

On August 4, a symposium called “Welcome to the Millenium: Architecture Strikes Back” was held in conjunction with the Coop Himmelblau Exhibition at Richard Kuhlenschmidt Gallery.  Behind a table on a raised dais set up in the gallery’s parking lot, […]

Articles:

A City Transformed
Ben Caffey

Public Planning: The Physical Paradigm
Michael Pittas

Shopping for the Beverly Center
Aaron Betsky

Duchampian Dudes Missing Waves
Raymund Ryan

Articles:

The Playa Vista Alternative
Liz Moule

The Absent Debate
Aaron Betsky

Shopping for Architecture: The Sequel
John Chase

She wore a yellow jacket and a two-foot high pillbox hat. She explained that she was currently engaged in “investigations along a Freudian-Lacanian axis,” though her “ground had been somewhat disturbed” by the recent earthquakes. After the presentation, she then […]

Articles:

Covering the Basin
by Ben Caffey

Fragments, Out There
by Aaron Betsky

Shopping for Architecture
by John Chase

A Discourse on Critical Digression
by John Kaliski

Out there, on the Plains of Id and in the Ranges of Romance, hidden in alleys and behind bougainvilleas, there are young men and women doing it. This was proven by the Forum series “Out There Doing It” this past […]

Articles:

Seagate Update
Kevin O’Brien

Modest Houses in the Tradition of Southern California Architecture
Frauke Neumeyer

The California Project
Christine Cinciripini

UCLA Center for Regional Policy Studies
Christine Cinciripini