• The LA Forum Anthology
    Thurman Grant
    Actar Publishers and the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design, 2018
    Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design

Quote: Central Office of Architecture / Alison Lynn, Poster by LA Forum in collaboration with Colby Poster, 2012, Los Angeles. Photo: Christopher van Leeuwen. All rights reserved.

The LA Forum Anthology highlights the many contributions to architecture and urbanism by the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design. For the first time, existing works from many different media will be published together in a single volume. New works, informed by our Unfinished Business retrospective exhibition and comprehensive archiving project, will review and critique the past impacts and future discursive directions of the existing body of work. Overlapping these themes are investigations of and discussions on the distinctive geographies and subcultures of the city. Imagery from a variety of forum events—competition results, photographic series, etc.—provides an understanding of the breadth of the forum's programming and the importance of its impact. Through an overview of themes persistent in the creative discourse around Los Angeles, the anthology shows how the forum continues to be a vehicle for important architectural and urban ideas and activities.

Thurman Grant is the former president of the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design. He is an architect licensed in California and a faculty member of Woodbury University's Interior Architecture program. Grant's Los Angeles–based office, GRANTSTUDIO Architecture, was founded in 2005, specializing in residential and commercial architecture and interiors. After completing his architectural studies at the University of Southern California, Grant contributed to a long list of residential, commercial, institutional, and urban design projects—both local and international—including award-winning architectural designs in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Pusan, South Korea. After editing his first publication, Dingbats 2.0 (LA Forum, 2014), Grant will be the lead editor of The LA Forum Anthology.

Mimi Zeiger is co-president of the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design. She is editor and publisher of loud paper, a zine and blog dedicated to increasing the volume of architectural discourse. She is a founding member of #lgnlgn, a think tank on architecture and publishing. The group's work has been shown at Urban Design Week, New York; the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; Storefront for Art and Architecture New York; pinkcomma gallery, Boston; and the Architectural Association School of Architecture, London. As a writer and critic, she covers art, architecture, urbanism, and design for the New York Times, Domus, Dwell, and Architect, where she is a contributing editor. Zeiger is author of New Museums, Tiny Houses, and Micro Green: Tiny Houses in Nature (Rizolli, 2011). She's lectured internationally on the Interventionist Toolkit, a series of articles on alternative urbanist practice she wrote for Places journal. Zeiger, a graduate of Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) and Cornell University, has taught at Parsons The New School of Design, California College of the Arts, and SCI-Arc, and was previously director of communications at Woodbury School of Architecture. She is currently adjunct faculty in the Media Design Practices MFA program at Art Center.

Among the many notable former board members and other contributors whose writings will be included:

Frank O. Gehry, Pritzker Prize-winning architect

Aaron Betsky, LA Forum founder, author and director of several major architectural institutions

John Kaliski, author (Everyday Urbanism), architect, urban designer, and former director of the Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency

Margaret Crawford, author and professor at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design

Craig Hodgetts, LA Forum founder, author, architect, and Chrysler Award winner

Sylvia Lavin, author, director of critical studies and professor of architectural history and theory, University of California, Los Angeles

Founded in 1987 and incorporated the following year, the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting innovative architecture and urban design in Los Angeles and beyond through numerous exhibitions, publications, and public discussions. LA Forum aims to enrich architectural and urbanistic discourse, broadcasting disciplinary trajectories to the global design community.