ForumFest 2015: Bridge, Tunnel, Channel.
October 25, 4:00-8:00PM
S. Santa Fe at Sixth Street - Downtown Los Angeles Arts District

ForumFest 2015: Bridge, Tunnel, Channel.

October 25, 2015, 4-8 p.m.

Under the Sixth Street Bridge rain or shine
S. Santa Fe at Sixth Street
Downtown Los Angeles Arts District

ForumFest 2015: Bridge, Tunnel, Channel. parties on, under, and along the L.A. River's infrastructure. Come celebrate the final days of the Sixth Street Viaduct and support the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design.

Join us in the Sixth Street Bridge tunnel for a carnival mood and festivities that include DJs, live music, and food trucks. Artistic and musical surprises in store.

This year’s ForumFest honors the Los Angeles River. We applaud the concrete channel as an important catalyst for change in the city and recognize the efforts of designers, activists, citizens, and politicians in reimagining this singular piece of infrastructure.

On view will be temporary installations by architects and designers featured in the Forum’s 2015 Out There Doing It series including, Typical Office (Duygun Inal and Ben Warwas), LA-BOR (Jia Gu and Jonathan Crisman), and PAR (Jennifer Marmon). Jai & Jai (Jomjai and Jaitip
Srisomburananont) will present a curated series of video works by Chris Gassaway, Devin Gharakhanian, Nick Korody, Juanito Olivarria, Tomas Koolhaas, Akiko Yamashita, and art by Mike Nesbit.

Supporting the LA Forum means supporting architecture and urban design in an evolving city. ForumFest tickets and sponsorships underwrite our innovative programing: exhibitions, events, and publications.

The Forum’s recent newsletter documented expressive (and at times challenging) Brutalist architecture in Los Angeles and found an unsung urban vernacular in the process. In appreciating the channel that cuts a swath from the Valley to Long Beach we find beauty in the hard and soft details of this singular landscape.

The Sixth Street Viaduct will be torn down weeks after our event to make room for Michael Maltzan Architecture’s new bridge. ForumFest is a celebration of the future of the river and a wake for its current form. Come party in the tunnel under the bridge before it is demolished.

Ticket Includes:
Admission to ForumFest 2015, 2 drink tickets and 2 food tickets. Additional food and drink may
be purchased on-site with vendors. (Children tickets includes 1 drink and 1 food ticket.)

Annual Membership Includes:
Annual admission to Forum programming, the LA Forum Newsletter mailed to your door,
invitations to members-only gatherings, VIP openings, and events, and pleasure in being part of
the dialogue about architecture and urban design in Los Angeles.
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Early Bird Pricing
Adult: $60
Adult with Annual Membership: $100

Student (with valid student ID): $20
Student with Annual membership: $35

Children (under 16 years of age): $10

At the Door
Adult: $75
Adult with Annual Membership: $120

Student (with valid student ID): $25
Student with Annual Membership: $45

Children (under 16 years of age): $15
Adult Annual Membership Add-on to ticket price: $45 (regularly $50)

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The Forum takes stock of contemporary design in Los Angeles each fall through our Out There
Doing It series, the Forum’s longest running series. A selected group of architects, artists, and
designers are invited to participate with the Forum in an assortment of activities over the course
of several weeks with the goal of making evident both the breadth and depth of design practice
right now in LA. For last year’s installment, we partnered with Big City Forum and the Neutra VDL
Research House as participants in World Wide Storefront, a project of the Storefront for Art and
Architecture. OTDI 2014 featured Erin Besler and Ian Besler; Laurel Consuelo Broughton and
Andrew Kovacs; Jose Sanchez, Plethora Projects; and Katya and Alexei Tylevich, Friend &

In late summer, the Forum organizes a series of site visits as part of our annual On The Map
program. Open to our members and the general public, these visits provide a behind-the-scenes
tour of new buildings lead by their architects and designers. Last year’s series, titled “Shop Talk”,
focused on process rather than the final product, bringing our audience into the studios and
fabrication shops of innovative design-build practitioners. This summer's series stages a series of
conversations about architectural design with prominent engineers at iconic late-modern buildings
around Los Angeles.

The Forum resumed publishing a print newsletter in 2013 after a decade-long hiatus. Published
two to three times per year, each Newsletter includes commissioned new visual and written works
on the subjects of architecture and urbanism. Since the relaunch, the Forum has utilized the
Newsletters to explore themes such as virtual and simultaneous urbanisms, the definition of the
city as a public realm, and history and conservation in Los Angeles. Our most recent issue,
published in Summer 2015, is dedicated to Brutalism in Los Angeles, complete with a guide to
these often hard to love buildings.

Through the publication of books, pamphlets, newsletters, online articles and artist portfolios, the
Forum fosters and documents discourse about architecture, design, and the city with a particular
embrace of topical investigations and adventurous experimentation. Previous publications include
Swimming to Suburbia, Los Angeles Boulevard: Eight X-Rays of the Body Public, Experimental
Architecture in Los Angeles, Meet the Nelsons, and Everyday Urbanism. The Forum currently has
two publications in the works: Dingbat 2.0 and The LA Forum Reader.

The Forum typically stages one to two exhibitions each summer at the WUHO gallery on
Hollywood Boulevard. These exhibitions transform the space into a place of dialogue with sitespecific
installations, gallery talks and workshops, and social events. Our most recent exhibitions,
Linear City and The Big Atlas of L.A. Pools, featured the work of Lane Barden and Benedikt Groß
& Joseph K. Lee, respectively, to illustrate two distinct ways of seeing our sun-drenched
metropolis through infrastructure, water resources, and habitat.

In memory of John Chase, the Forum annually grants an award in his name to a project inspired
by the urban issues he believed in. The John Chase Memorial Fund (JCMF) aims to highlight new
critical voices that contribute to contemporary urban thinking in Los Angeles in a unique and
personal way. Recent recipients of the award include Laurel Consuelo Broughton and Andrew
Kovacs, Duc Le, and deLAB.