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For this issue we compiled a reading list of suggestions from our friends and colleagues. Grahame Shane describes incursions made by alternate voices and views of the city in Postmodern Cities and Spaces, Joe Day argues for a broadening of architectural vision in a decade of pragmatism in his review of the Dia Art Foundation Discussion Series, Kevin O’Brien poses alternatives to erudition in his review of Compulsive Beauty, Tom Marble describes the materialization of a screenplay in the mind of a designer and Arden Yang presents the architectural imaginings of a movie producer. In closing this issue, we remember the passing of a good friend.

Review: Compulsive Beauty by Hal Foster Compulsive Beauty Hal Foster MIT Press 1996 (PB) Surrealism has been rediscovered. In the avalanche of this renewed interest arrives Hal Foster’s book Compulsive Beauty. Foster proposes a psychological analysis of Surrealism via Freud, […]

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

The competition to design a staircase and work(s) of art at the end of Pico Blvd. in Santa Monica has been narrowed down to four finalists: Red Grooms, George Herms, James Turrell, and the team of Newton and Helen Harrison. […]