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DINGBAT 2.0: THE ICONIC LOS ANGELES AS A PROJECTION OF METROPOLIS


Spring 2016


Dingbat 2.0 is the first critical study dedicated to the quirky and idiosyncratic “dingbat”
apartment, which for more than half a century has been largely anonymous, often
misunderstood, and occasionally fetishized—as much for being ugly and ordinary as for
being innovative, iconoclastic, and distinctly “L.A.” Even if you don’t know the name, all
Angelinos know the dingbat. Built in the ‘50s and ‘60s, the dingbat is recognizable as a
boxy, two-story apartment building with a variety of decorative facade styles and open
carports. Learn how the dingbat played an essential role in the development of Los
Angeles, and how it might help shape the future of the metropolis.



Published Spring 2016 in cooperation with DoppelHouse Press
Edited by Thurman Grant and Joshua G. Stein

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