West Hollywood Lecture Series: 'Constructing the Future'
West Hollywood Library, City Council Chambers
Ric Abramson established his office, Workplays studio*architecture, in 2003. A former Fulbright scholar in Italy and Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome, he divides his time between professional practice, academic research, and community involvement. His practice focuses on creative land use strategies, urban housing typologies, hybrid programs, residential hillsides and urban infill. He teaches at the USC School of Architecture.
Norman Klein is a cultural critic, and both an urban and media historian, as well as a novelist. His books include The History of Forgetting: Los Angeles and the Erasure of Memory, Seven Minutes: The Life and Death of the American Animated Cartoon, the data/cinematic novel, Bleeding Through: Layers of Los Angeles, 1920-86 (DVD-ROM with book) and The Vatican to Vegas: The History of Special Effects.
John D’Amico attended CalArts in the early 80’s and went on to study business, architecture, and urban design. He returned to CalArts as a mid-career professional in the architecture and construction industry. Like the NASA Galileo Missions that use the gravity of the inner planets to gain enough velocity for their long trips to the outer planets, John returned to CalArts to help catapult himself into the future. He is now a West Hollywood councilmember.