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Dingbat 2.0

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, […]

An exhibition of the winning and selected entries from the LA Forum’s Dingbat 2.0 Competition. Documentation of existing dingbat apartment buildings is included in the exhibition.

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 […]

Dingbat 2.0 Exhibition – Opening Night Photos from the Exhibition opening.   Awards were given to the winning and honorable mention entries for the Dingbat 2.0 Exhibition.   For complete information on the winning work in the exhibit, see here. All photos: […]

A panel to discuss cultural and iconographic aspects of the dingbat apartment building in Los Angeles – both existing conditions as well as proposals from the LA Forum’s recently completed Dingbat 2.0 Design Competition.

The winning and honorable mention entries from the Dingbat 2.0 Competition were announced at the LA Forum’s Dingbat 2.0 Exhibition opening on Saturday, June 19th, at LA Forum Events @ WUHO*. There were EIGHT professional winners and FIVE student winners selected for the competition from over 80 architects and designers from 18 countries.

CARMEN C. CHAM, JAMES BLACK & TYLER GOSS. The “Microparcelization” project advocates replacing Dingbats with small single-family homes on small lots, to be made possible by new mechanism for subdividing parcels, and to be promoted by an updated version of the Case Study House program.

VARIEGATED MAT-SCAPE™
Dense-Mix Prototype for Palms, Los Angeles
Our project for Dingbat 2.0 proposes a Variegated Mat-scape™ as a prototype for generating spatial, programmatic, and material variation.

Alternate solutions that allow Dingbats to more actively and sustainably serve their residents, their communities and the public realm will be required if Los Angeles is to meet the demands of its residential future.

This proposal examines five key issues (STREET, SITE, CAR, HOUSING TYPOLOGY, AND RESIDENTIAL OCCUPATION) that when addressed together form the basis for a 21st century infill neighborhood.

As a reinvention of the distinctively regional dingbat typology, our proposal seeks to maximize the quality of life for residents within the increasingly dense future of the City.

The Choripans: IGNACIO BARRIOS, ARIEL GUALTRUZZI, DELFINA PRAUSE, MAURO APARO
Universidad Nacional del litoral, Santa Fe, Argentina

Entry S-113

A panel discussion to consider the urban condition of the dingbat apartment building in Los Angeles – both existing conditions as well as proposals from the LA Forum’s recently completed Dingbat 2.0 Design Competition.

The Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design proposes DINGBAT 2.0, an open, single-stage, international design competition, reconsidering Los Angeles’ ubiquitous dingbat apartment building for the 21st century.

The first Question & Answers list for the Dingbat 2.0 Competition was posted on 5.13.2010. Final questions are due 5.23 and a second Question & Answers list will be posted the week of 5.24.

Site photos of alleys for the Dingbat 2.0 Competition.

The LA Forum is pleased to announce the addition of ARCHINECT as Media Sponsor for the Dingbat 2.0 Competition. Archinect was initially developed in 1997 by LA Forum friend Paul Petrunia (Paul also developed the first LA Forum website around […]

The LA Forum is pleased to announce the addition of author, Urban Designer, and noted Dingbat apartments authority John Chase to the jury for the Dingbat 2.0 Competition. Chase joins Barbara Bestor, Tedd Cruz, Dana Cuff, Neil Denari and Joshua […]

The LA Forum is pleased to announce the addition of Joshua Prince-Ramus to the jury for the Dingbat 2.0 Competition. He joins Barbara Bestor, Tedd Cruz, Dana Cuff and Neil Denari on the jury. Joshua Prince-Ramus is Principal of REX. […]

Site plans are now available for use in the Dingbat 2.0 competition.  These are basic drawings showing lot sizes, building footprints, setbacks, public sidewalks, driveways and parking areas for the sites.  Basic descriptions are provided for types of buildings in […]

The Field Guide to Dingbats has several small articles and references regarding Dingbat apartment buildings, as well as a chapter from John Chase’s Book Glitter Stucco & Dumpster Diving, which covers the history and types of ‘stucco box’ apartments that […]

Barbara Bestor / Principal, Bestor Architecture, Los Angeles / Chair, Graduate School of Architecture at Woodbury University John Chase / Author / Urban Designer, City of West Hollywood Teddy Cruz / Principal, Estudio Teddy Cruz, San Diego / Associate Professor, […]