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.II."s streets and auenues are stitched together from a monic of discrete clt!J grids which ere dlscontinuousl!J linked b!J dlslotlltlons, swerulng aKes and polar rotations. These grids open ulstas, freme trlulalltles and reueal anomalies. It Is e system of eltertlltlons end Inconsistencies - of thoughtless breadth end pregmatlc entlclpatlon which has bred, albeit tIIrelessl!J, the culture of cruising. hatchbec:ks and conuenlence corners which eKempllf!J the present ulslon of the future clt!J.

In short, the city grid Is the medium from which all other media emanllte. People do things with It: they plan eHcurslons and funerals, meditations lind trysts, with the abandon of an action pflinter. The city Is perhflps less fin flrtlfflct thfln fI beneuolent fluH In Which to pursue indiuidufll destinies. Yet It seems thflt our flbility to understand find modify urbfln destiny hfls in both theory find practice been hopelessly mired in the trflmped spflce of our most elementflry perceptions. In other words, giuen the uniuerse of energy find Its corollflry mlltter, we fire only able to measure find perceiue the "physicfll" world, and consequently hllue deueloped systems of archltecturlll "order" reillted to the IIblllty of ullrlous urbfln Objects, buildings find so on to reflect light. Becfluse of this flHfltion, the plflnnlng of most cities is still at the toy block stflge, While much of the rest of the world hfls dlscouered electricity. We generfllly see wfllls lind roofs flS shflping our cities, but there fire those of us who are frustrllted by the limits of construction and its control of mflking find memory, lind there fire others who recognize the inconuenient weight find the permflnence of stone flS fI naturfll way to dominflte the culture as II whole. I would propose thflt our idefl that the stone image confers Stfltus by Its simple eHistence must be re-eHflmined in light of the relfltiue effort required for its refllizfltion. Imflgine, for fI moment, the ponderous tflsk of coordinfltion In the times when euen bflsic size find

shflpe could only be communicated with difficulty. A world Iflcklng FAH find stah, limited to messengers toting papyrus rolls In bOflts up the Nile, could hflrdly be blamed for the rigid geometry which cflme to signify clulllzation. That geometry was a useful tool. It got things done, enabling legions of people to work on a single product, euen a simple, elemental one: there was fI necessllry symbiosis between the monolithic communications network and the task at hllnd. So It comes as no surprise to find the design for the network Itself carefully Incised Into the rock, In effect memorifllizing the "chain of command" which may hllue been the real inuentlon of such II culture. Thus the definition of power and rllnk came to reflect the rigidity of the medium In which early clulllzlltions worked !ImagIne the consequences of People Magazine in stone), with the resulting geometry Inferring a like status fit some future time. By the late Middle Ages, the routines lind sub-routines of city building inherited from the Aomllns had become the structure by Which urban life was eualuated. The medieual city became II familiar IIrtifact, so much so that Giollo's toy-like depiction of formerly monumentfll edifices as tilted, colored, euen charming obJects-at-pIIlY defies their StlltUS, reducing them to the engaging companions to urban life that they had become. Buildings themselues becflme entertaining pleasure object~, as plentiful liS Wlllkmen; they made you feel gOOd, dressed up your life, lind prouided II defined conteHt In which you could relate to others.

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Los Rngeles Is frustrllting beclluse the wllys In which we hllue studied cities In the PIISt - IInllIyzlng their solids lind uolds, their bumps lind ulllleys - Is no more releullnt todll!J thlln lire the fingers of phrenology which IIttempt to "sclentificlllly" plumb neurologiclIl depths by describing the surfllces of the sleull. This Is beclluse cities hllue become liS QUllsl-electronlc liS the brllins they house. Rny IInlllysis must IIddress this rellllty. Rs Keith Jllrrett hilS remllrleed: "There's electricity In 1111 of usl"

In the chllnt, we lire offered II ulsion of unllnimlty: II single melodic line thicle with uoices of euery timbre, without so much liS II rhythmic defection, reflects the QUlliity of MedleulIl IIgrllrllln society. In the music of 8eethouen II mllrleed tension Is IIppllrent liS themes lind sub-plots ule for IIttentlon, yet the Whole Is clellrly domlnllted by II single powerfulldell - much, It would seem, "lee the Renlllssllnce city . Flnlllly , In the worle of Terry Riley , ellch of II series 0 f th reelind four-note phrllses Is pillyed liS often liS ellch member of the ensemble chooses, producing II slowly euolulng field of hllrmonlc euents often chllrllcterlzed liS non-music. In fllCt, liS Is the cllse In II hologrllphlc Imllge, the reilltionship of ellch unit of the piece to the whole Is IIbsolutely typiclIl. [llch moment Is th'e whole lit the slime sCllle, euen , though the, whole Is IIrticulllted In Its pllrts .

Slmllllrly, If Los Rngeles Is reduced to II Noill mllp, It seems 0plIQue lind uninspired when compllred to Its [uropelln cousins . Yet we must remember thitt the funclIonlll shllpe of the new city Is best described by the flUH of Its electronic networle. The city Is mllde up of ullrlegllted, constllntly chlln glng rh yt hm s of b 0 ole ing s, orders, trllnsllctlons lind contllcts too rich In Informlltlon to be sUbjected to holistic IInlllysis. The "sleull" of the modern city cllnnot be cleuerly sliced for dlllgnosis lind cure: It Is lin entity requiring the sophlstlclltlon of II brllin-sclln rllther thlln the mlnlstrlltlons of II trlple-O pen. Los Rngeles Is II hologrllphlc city. Let me glue lin eHllmple of the Impllclltions of such lin IInlllysls by compllrlng three muslclIl compositions: II Gregorilln chllnt, the [rolclI Symphony, lind composer Terry Riley'S "In 'C'."

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I belleue thllt los Rngeles hilS the QUllllties of the Riley piece. Here , II grllb-bllg of style, conuenrence lind opportunity surrounds ellch IndluldulIl lllee II microcosm of the whole city , offering short-rllnge choice from tllcley to flllmboYllnt, cllterlng to lifestyles from monlelsh to rllfflsh, crelltlng opportunities euen II chllmplon self-stylist could neuer eHhllusl.

[onsum p tilJe, com pe tltIlJe, lind crenUue, the mythic nuenues of this city, lined with frees of nil species nnd I:lIleldoscoplc homes, hllue II logic born of the IndluldUIII. One mlln's fllntllsy Is IInother's rlllliity In n clnsh of IIduertlsements, decor, wide screens lind IIrchltecturlll brnundo which flicl:ers preposterously ilion g tree-lined IIU enues with nil the glludlness of screen gems. Or do they1 Isn't this cllpsule recrention of erns long gone, tnl:en ns II whole, n differentinted style unto itself1 Isn't It II distinctly post-modern IUHury to dwell In the midst of shnm relliity where the only consensus Is In dluerslty1 Are Trigger's hoof prints Just nnother hleroglyphlc1 At th e_[ hlnese_Then t er1

Los Angeles is n city committed to Imnges, but nelJer to sources. An nduertlsement shows the bull: of the new Beuerly [enter ns the ch npenu on n dressed-to -I:ill model. A Illter lid shows It in stellmbollt drllg, complete with StIlCI:S. A few miles nWlly n IlIndlocl:ed nineteen-thirties [oca [oln bottling plant renders the stenmboat in stucco. A snucershaped restaurant rotating atop a seuerely modern office slab bills Itself as n crenellated IIntlque. A serious downtown hotel tnl:es "Things to [orne" too seriously, with comic results. A gigantic Man on Horsebacl: lights II cigllrette at the focus of n long aHls while multi-million dollar homes 1001: on. Who's I:iddlng whom1 Are the inhabitants of this place simply

gullible? Or are they nhle to roUJ merrily through this shipUJreclc of Icons ns though It UJere n Sunday cruise? [uery UJeelcend nbnndoned corner lots In uacnnt corners of cities-UJithln-the-city UJith nnmes lilce [ngle Roclc, Rlhnmbrn nnd Rrcndla are blasted by the glnnt lights nnd motor generntors of mobile furniture shoUJrooms. Without the benefit of so much ns n tent, UJlth NCR's snfely In the truclc, nnd UJhile soft sculpture surrounds them on the crumbling nsphalt, the omnipresent Unlley houseUJlfes solemnly confer UJith their designer counterpnrts. They nre nfrald It UJon't go UJlth their UJall hanging. The color Is UJrong. The color is money. Surely the creUJ of the Dlscouery could not hnue felt more Incongruous hnd they uncouered a grandfather cloclc rnther thnn n blaclc monolith in thnt pit on the moon.

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If one auoids freeUJays, UJhich promise reassurance in the form of n gunrnnteed destination, the surface of this planet l.R. is endlessly reUJarding. It is an en cycloped in of min i-g n rde n san r1 b n re I y t h ro It led po UJ e r bon t s. It is lilce stepping off the Rue Montparnasse to eHplore the bnclc nlleys of Pnris. No matter thnt Melrose Auenue is 120 feet UJ.lde, that it seems to carry more traffic than the nutobahn, it is an nlley nonetheless, and the pattern of freeUJays nnd street grids is topologically, emotionally, nnd urbanistically BeauH-Arts. No UJonder Banham loued them. FreeUJays focus traffic as if they UJere lenses, beaming the cars directly to the neHt interchange,

blitzing the nHls UJlth n megadose of cnr-energy so Intense It ouerUJhelms. Whnt UJould loom as opportunities In the landscape of lesser cities - sites chnrged UJlth n uleUJ, perhaps a prominent bend, a ulsta - here are flung nt the passing tide In n uolley of UJords and images UJhlch ricochet from billboard to billboard, dazzling UJlth a ulsual raclcet as uiolent as a Prohibition shoot-out. 1 Question the fact that nobody "eHplolts" those locntlons. Why do so feUJ buildings address the shifts In aHls UJhlch mnrlc subdiuislons long since anneHed? Rnd then I remember that there nre cars in front and behind. There Is n blonde In that one, the radio Is on, and in the distance a string of cobra-lilce lamps stretches IIlce a uell ouer a parade of billboards. And the carphone Is In my ear.

In fac t, unless there Is som e particular fiwed asset out there Iilee oil - which must be consumed on the uery spot, euery bl'lcleYllrd Is eWllctly eQulI1 to euery other bllcleyard. And it Is the producer sunning blJ the pool , surrounded by telephones lind bileinl'd cuties of either sew , who mlllees 1111 the dellis . The mllgnlficent iml'lges of cities designed to emull'lte , lind euen mllgnlfy, the mllnlfold processes of industry I'Ind culture lind crime I'Ind Indulgence I'Ire not unlilee Gl'linsborough's pllintings . They trl'lnQuillze, mystify , lind roml'ln ticize the uitlliity of lin liS of yet uncongel'lled city which could be getting you off. In this contewt, phlJsiclIl ml'lnlpu Il'Itlon of the gross city fllbric seems superfluous I'It best. Presumptuous lind potentillily dllmllging, c osmetic IIduentures lilee the Bunleer Hill ewerci s e seem destined to I'Ippellr, Iilee tidied - up office lobbies, whereuer deuelop ers hllue 1'1 stlllee. It might instelld be more mellningful to IIddress the wily dislo clltions lind distortions of the bllsic city fllbric cl'ln I'Iccommodllte eccentricities Iilee the Blue Whllie or the Brown [ow . Or one might consider how the messl'lgebeeper, phone bl'lnles I'Ind ewpress mllil hllUI! IIlrelldy crellted II clJbernetic city . One might asle how chain stores can be giuen significant roles which ewploit their cumulatiue importance . Los Angeles has already euolued a unique tewture in Which these elements are the principal determinants . We are I'IlreadlJ

the beneficiaries of 1'1 metll - urban stllte which offers proof - positiue thl'lt scenogrl'lphy lind urbl'ln function lire no longer mutul'IlllJ ewclusiue . This condition suggests thllt uncoupling the diagram from the ewperience ml'ly be the catalyst which ewpllnds our definition of urban form to Include ewplicitly scenographic in ten t : we c II n c re II t e "1'1 goo d shot." The drellm ellch of us drellm s is the locus of ellch indiuidul'll, heating and cooling whole districts in 1'1 dynamic, sensory, alwllYs interactiue ewperience linleed to the fluid nllture of the city itself. As designers, the I'Irchitectural project which faces us is to disassocillte ourselues from the flwlltion on buildings lind to Instelld loole in the rellruiew mirror. v ..~ '"

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Exhibits: Ell Exhibit of collages by Richard Meier. Kirsten Kiser Gallery, 964 N. La Brea. Call 213-876-7012 for information. December 11-January 30. m Two exhibits: "Frank Lloyd Wright and the Johnson Wax Buildings: Creating a Corporate Cathedral", and "Frank Lloyd Wright in Los Angeles: Architecture for the Southwest" . Municipal Arl Gallery, Barnsdall Art Park, 4800 Hollywood Blvd. Call 213-485-4581 for information. January 28 - March 13. m "David Hockney: a Retrospective". LACMA. February 4 . April 24. ill "The Arch itecture of Frank Gehry" . MOCA. February 16 - May 19. I!![ "Charles Demuth". LACMA. February 25 - April 24. .I!El Exhibit of work by Frank Gehry. Kirsten Kiser Gallery, 946 N. La Brea. Call 213-876-7012 lor information February - March. m Also of note: Metropolis Bookstore, a new bookstore specializing in arl, architecture. and design, has opened at 634A N. Robertson Blvd. Hours are 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m., Mon. - Sat. ; 12:00 p.m. ·6:00 p.m. ,Sun. g} Please contact Natafie Shivers with news or events that should be included In future calenders. (213) 389 6730

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with MacArthur Park Project Director AI Nodal. ·Clock Tower" sculptor George Herms, artist Alexis Smith. Lyman Hall. Pomona College Reming Program, Claremont. Call 714-621-8000 ext. 2221 for information.Wednesday, January 27, 4:00 p.m. Lecture by John Lau tner. UCLA School of Architecture. Call 213-825-8950 for inlormation. Thursday. January 28, 8:00 p.m. Reception In honor of the Frank Lloyd Wright Exhibit staged by the Southern Calilornia Chapter 01 the Society of Architectural Historians at the Municipal Art Gallery (see exhbit schedule). Hollyhock House, Barnsdall Art Park, 4800 Hollywood Blvd. Cost $5. Friday, January 29, 5:30 - 8:00 p.m. Lecture by Gunther Behnisch. UCLA School of Architecture. Call 213-825-8950 for information. Thursday, February II, 8:00 p.m. Tour of the Million Dollar Theater and film program: "Reel Love - Romantic Images 01 the Silver Screen", sponsored by the Los Angeles Conservancy. Million Dollar Theater, 307 So. Broadway. Call 213- 623·2489 for information. Friday, February 12. Lecture by Dolores Hayden. UCLA School of Architecture. Call 213-825-8950 for information. Thursday, February 25. 8:00 p.m. The USC lecture series will be held Monday evenings in Walt Hall. Cal/ 213- 743-2723 for information.

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THEORY TOWARDS ARCH ITECTURE Themes no less than ' Earth' , "Air", ' Fire', and ' Water' will be the Forum's topics for investigation in a series of events entitled 路Suggestive Spaces" to be held this Spring. The cosmic elements will be transposed into the local vernacular via a range of discussions and tours that will

explore the fundamental structures of Los Angeles. Each event will take place in a space evocative of the topic to be discussed , so please note the change in location from meeting to meeting. Events are free for members, $7.50 for nonmembers.

The SCI-ARC Reading Group will meet biweekly to discuss the application of particular theories and modes of thinking to architecture. Occasional guest speakers will be invited to discuss both their own work and interpretations of the relationship between theory and architecture.

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a discussion of the function, role, and place of tall buildings in Los Angeles with Richard Keating (Design Partner, S.D.M.), Seo" Johnson (Design Partner, Pereira Associates), Mike Davis (Professor of Urban Geography, UCLA), and Thom Mayne (Partner, Morphosis; Professor,SCI-ARC). Tower Reception Room , Los Angeles City Hall, 200 N. Spnng SI. Monday, January 25, 7:30 p.m. ~ Tour of Sylmar Aqueduct Allratlon Plant and a discussion (tentatively scheduled) with Bill Morrish, Professor of Architecture at USC, whose investigations of the L.A. water system were published in Issue #16 of Modulus Saturday, March 26, 1:00 p.m. ruI Discussion of the Los Angeles landscape with Pamela Burton, landscape architect with Burton and Spitz April 23, time and place t.b.a. ~ Tour of Union Oil Refinery, Wilmington. Limited number of places available. Call 389-6730 for information and reservations. Time and place t.b.a.

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Schedule (Tentative) Discussion with Mark Wigley: "Derrlda". Monday, January lB. Text: "Plato's Pharmakon", by Jacques Derrida. Monday, February 1. Text: "Thinking", by Hannah Arendt. Monday, February 15. Selected texts by Svetlana Alpers, Donald Preziozl, Norman Bryson. Monday, February 29. Text: The Order of Things, by Michel Foucault. Monday, March 14. Discussion with Cornel West: "Post-Moderni sm" Monday, March 2B. Selected texts by Anthony Vidler. Monday, April 11.


Newsletter, January 1987