Forum Newsletter – Spring 1992

Downtown LA in the distance.  Building and highway, remotely proximate. What to do with leftovers – with outdated visions of enduring urban form? Criteria used to evaluate cities, urban values, are predicated on the spatial structure of traditional urban form: cities built […]

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.

Future Directions: Architecture and Urban Design Jurg Lang, Head of A/UD Program Design is the central focus of architectural practice as well as education. Strength and distinction in design is thus an indispensable attribute for any leading school of architecture. […]

New Directions and Priorities In the Urban Planning Program Ed Soja, Assistant Dean I have decided to use the broad title of Critical Studies in Architecture and Urban Planning to encompass what has recently been called Critical Urbanism or Critical […]

On the Search for a New Dean Dianne Ghirrardo, Associate Professor Through some strange sequence of events, an astonishing number of schools are seeking new deans this year. Not surprisingly, one of the first questions asked by faculty members is […]

An Architecture School in the Making Under the leadership of founding dean Adele Naudé Santos, the UCSD School of Architecture is absorbed in its first research project rethinking the nature of architectural education. With just nine months until the arrival […]

SCI-Arc in Motion Michael Rotondi, Director After almost twenty years at its original site on Berkeley Street in Santa Monica, SCI-Arc will be moving this spring to new quarters on 5454 Beethoven Street. The former factory and offices of the […]

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 […]

The architectural culture of any metropolis both needs and is reflected by the quality of its bookstores. More than places to buy books, they are indispensable educational resources for the communities they serve. For many professionals, bookstores take the place […]