Book launch and panel discussion with
Joshua G. Stein, Thurman Grant, and Kelly Bair
November 15, 2016
Tuesday November 15, 2016. Event starts at 6:00 pm. Talk starts at 6:30 pm.
$10 RSVP HERE
Join MAS Context for the Chicago release of Dingbat 2.0: The Iconic Los Angeles Apartment as Projection of a Metropolis. Editors Thurman Grant and Joshua G. Stein will present the dingbat and discuss its relevance for Chicago with Kelly Bair. This panel discussion is organized in collaboration with the Society of Architectural Historians and will take place at the historic Charnley Persky-House (1365 N Astor St, Chicago, IL 60610).
Dingbat 2.0 is the first critical study of the most ubiquitous and mundane building type in Los Angeles: the dingbat apartment. For more than half a century the idiosyncratic dingbat has been largely anonymous, occasionally fetishized, and often misunderstood. Praised and vilified in equal measure, dingbat apartments were a critical enabler of Los Angeles’ rapid postwar urban expansion.
While dingbat apartments are known for their variety of midcentury decorated facades, less explored is the way they have contributed to a consistency of urban density achieved by few other twentieth century cities. Often dismissed as ugly and unremarkable, dingbat apartments have qualities that arguably make them innovative, iconoclastic, and distinctly “L.A.”
Dingbat 2.0 integrates essays and discussions by some of today’s leading architects, urbanists, and cultural critics with photographic series, typological analysis, and speculative designs from around the world to propose alternate futures for Los Angeles housing, and to consider how qualities of the inarguably flawed housing type can foreground many crucial issues facing global metropolises today.
Essays by Barbara Bestor, Aaron Betsky, James Black, John Chase, Dana Cuff, Thurman Grant, John Kaliski, John Southern, Joshua G. Stein, Steven A. Treffers, and Wim de Wit. Photographic series by Judy Fiskin, Paul Redmond, and Lesley Marlene Siegel.
Dingbat 2.0 is published by Doppelhouse Press in cooperation with The Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design. Book design: Jessica Fleischmann/still room.
MAS Context is supported by a grant by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts and by private donations. For information about how to support MAS Context, please visit: www.mascontext.com/support
Thurman Grant is a Los Angeles based architect and educator who specializes in residential and commercial architecture and interiors. Since 2005, he has been an adjunct faculty member at the Woodbury School of Architecture, teaching at its Burbank campus, as well as through the university’s programs in Italy and China. Grant has contributed to a long list of built residential, commercial, institutional and urban design projects, as well as award-winning design competitions in the United States and Asia. Grant is the former president of the LA Forum for Architecture and Urban Design, where he sat on the board of directors from 2009-2013. His first independent exhibition, a collaborative on-site installation with artist Olivia Booth at the MAK Center for Art & Architecture at the Schindler House, was part of Schindler Lab, Round 1 in spring 2011.
Joshua G. Stein is the founder Radical Craft and the co-director of the Data Clay Network, a forum for the exploration of digital techniques applied to ceramic materials. Radical Craft is a Los Angeles-based studio that advances an experimental design practice saturated in history, archaeology and craft. This inquiry inflects the production of urban spaces and artifacts by evolving newly grounded approaches to the challenges posed by virtuality, velocity, and globalization. Stein has received numerous grants, awards, and fellowships, including multiple grants from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, the AIA Upjohn research award, and the 2010-11 Rome Prize Fellowship in Architecture. He is a former member of the LA Forum Board of Directors and has taught at the California College of the Arts, Cornell University, SCI-Arc, and the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design. He is and is currently Professor of Architecture at Woodbury University.
www.radical-craft.com | www.data-clay.org
Kelly Bair is principal of Central Standard Office of Design, an architectural research studio based in Chicago. Her work has been exhibited in New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, Chicago, and Detroit. Most recently her work was exhibited in the 1st Chicago Architecture Biennial (2015) and the upcoming 16th International Architecture Exhibition in the U.S. Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in collaboration with Kristy Balliet of Balliet Studio and Bair Balliet. Bair is an Assistant Professor of Architecture at University of Illinois at Chicago. She is also co-founder of Possible Mediums, a collaborative of four Midwestern architects and educators interested in shaking up the context and format in which architecture is taught, produced, and engaged.