The West Hollywood Aesthetics and Politics (WHAP!) lecture series ends its year with the program Constructing the Future tomorrow (May 4) from 7-9 pm in the West Hollywood Library.
LA-based architect and USC professor Ric Abramson, cultural critic and CalArts faculty member Norman Klein, and West Hollywood Councilmember John D’Amico (Critical Studies MA 09) discuss the future of West Hollywood and Los Angeles from architectural, urban studies and personal perspectives.
D'Amico, who came to CalArts for the MA in Aesthetics and Politics Program as a mid-career professional in the architecture and construction industry, worked with CalArts faculty members Arne De Boever and Martín Plot to develop the series to explore topics on the intersection of art, science, philosophy and politics.
Klein, an urban and media historian as well as novelist, has written about LA and its environs in his book The History of Forgetting: Los Angeles and the Erasure of Memory as well as the data/cinematic novel, Bleeding Through: Layers of Los Angeles, 1920-86 (DVD-ROM with book).
In his practice with Workplays studio*architecture, Abramson focuses on design that reflects "fresh thoughts about lifestyles and living patterns through a careful study of site and environmental forces, typological conventions, and forward-thinking building practices."
WHAP! Presents: Constructing the Future
West Hollywood Library, City Council Chambers
625 N. San Vicente Blvd., West Hollywood
Friday, May 4, from 7-9pm