Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Big City Forum #7
A conversation about our relationship to city and place...
Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009
7 – 9 pm
6:30 private reception
Fifth Floor Gallery
502 Chung King Cour
LA , CA 90012
Tom Marble is an architect and urbanist living and working in Los Angeles. After obtaining degrees from UC Berkeley and Yale, Tom worked on a variety of projects at a number of scales for firms as diverse as SOM and Rios Associates, Morphosis and The Irvine Company. In 2001, he opened his own practice, Marble Architecture which, initially focused on residential work, has expanded to include conceptual urbanism, public art, and writing. With his book, “After the city, this,” recently published by the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design, Tom embarked on a new line of inquiry, employing urban forensics to investigate the death of the public realm and to determine how individuals and cities use the massive media of architecture and infrastructure to communicate their values in a preverbal, often ambiguous language.
Playing with fictional documentary, the fantasy of expectation and the false promise of travel, an obsession with transience, and the reconsidered archive, Zoe Crosher's work has been shown internationally in Vancouver, Rotterdam, Los Angeles, and New York City. She completed her MFA at the California Institute of the Arts in the Photography and Integrated Media Programs. As Julian Myers writes, “Crosher’s method works through the difficulty of taking pictures of Los Angeles, and what she understands as its resistance to being pictured." This obsession with capturing the imaginary of LA began with photographing planes coming in to land from each motel along the forgotten strip of Century Boulevard by LAX, captured in the series, Out The Window (LAX) (2001-05). Her interest in, “a place that moves in shifts and perpetual motion, with no real center, no point of concentration,” now informs the series LA-Like (2004-), a body of work inspired by the sun-drenched noir of Raymond Chandler and F.Scott Fitzgerald, anoydyne boosterism of Helen Hunt Jackson and the other early salesmen of the Los Angeles proto-myth.
Director, Government & Public Affairs
AIA Los Angeles
At AIA Los Angeles, Will Wright plans, coordinates, and implements the advocacy, legislative, and outreach initiatives and programs of The American Institute of Architects, Los Angeles Chapter. He serves as a liaison between local civic & municipal leaders and the AIA/LA's Political Outreach Committee, which is a board committee integrated with the Urban Design Committee, the Committee on the Environment (AIA/LA COTE), the Building Performance & Regulations Committee and the Professional Practice Committee with the mission of reviewing and influencing local government policies and regulations pertaining to issues that impact the built and natural environments. In 2007, Will Wright served on four separate steering committees to organize a broad range of events: the Public Space LA! urban open space summit, Park(ing) Day LA, Canstruction LA and AIA/LA Legislative Day.
Will Wright received a BFA from Southern Methodist University before moving to The City of Los Angeles in 1995. He later went on to receive an MFA from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. In his spare time, Will enjoys reading the likes of Chandler, Faulkner, Cormac McCarthy & Dennis Johnson, hiking the San Gabriel Mountains with his dog Lexington, collecting seeds from native California plants and xeriscape gardening in his backyard in Silver Lake, California.