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Buildings in Print
January 25 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm PST
Author John Hill Presents His New Book Buildings in Print
CES Learning Units: 1 LU
Presented in partnership with LACMA and organized by AIALA Interior Architecture Committee
This is a FREE virtual event.
Author John Hill will present his new book Buildings in Print: 100 Influential and Inspiring Illustrated Architecture Books (Prestel, 2021). This exploration of nearly a century of architectural publication combining writing and illustration begins appropriately with Le Corbusier’s 1923 Vers une architecture (translated to English as Towards a New Architecture). Hill has chosen one hundred seminal books and presents them in nine thematic categories starting with the early modern manifestos and ending with contemporary theories and critiques, the last entry being Reinier de Graaf’s 2017 Four Walls and a Roof. He will explain the making of the book, highlight some of the 100 books included in its pages (and a few that didn’t make the cut), and discuss the continued relevance of architecture books in our digital age.
John Hill – Editor in Chief, World-Architects.com Magazine
John Hill is a registered architect focused on editing and writing about architecture. He is Editor in Chief of the English Magazine at World-Architects.com, blogger at A Daily Dose of Architecture Books, and the author of seven books on architecture including 100 Years, 100 Buildings; 100 Years, 100 Landscape Designs; and NYC Walks: Guide to New Architecture. John received a Bachelor of Architecture in 1996 from Kansas State University, where he worked as an editor of Oz Journal. After working for a large architecture firm in Chicago, he attended the City College of New York, receiving a Master of Urban Planning in 2007. He has over ten years of architectural experience in Chicago and New York. He lives in Astoria, Queens.
Frances Anderton, Hon. AIALA – Design and Architecture Writer and Producer
Frances Anderton covers Los Angeles design and architecture in print, podcasts and public events. She is currently writing a book, “Common Ground: Multifamily Housing in Los Angeles,” for Angel City Press. Anderton also programs talks, exhibitions and events at Helms Bakery District; these included Low Rise, Mid Rise, High Rise: Housing in L.A. Today, a pop-up exhibition displayed in June 2021. For many years Anderton hosted DnA: Design and Architecture radio show, which told stories about the design and the built environment from the vantage point of designers, critics and users. Metropolis magazine named Anderton the “voice of the city.” Anderton got her start at KCRW producing Warren Olney’s current affairs shows Which Way, LA? And To The Point, two brilliant programs that gave voice to multiple stakeholders and diverse opinions on pressing issues. She produced and co-hosted the radio series Wasted: Neat Solutions to the Dirty Problem of Waste, aired in early 2021 on KCRW’s Greater LA. In 2015 she curated Sink Or Swim: Designing For a Sea Change, about resilient architecture, shown at the Annenberg Space for Photography. Honors include the 2020 ICON Award from the Los Angeles Design Festival and the 2010 Esther McCoy Award for her work in educating the public about architecture and urbanism, bestowed by the Architectural Guild of USC School of Architecture.
+ Rethinking Urbanism – Offer several ways in which British critic Reyner Banham impacted academic views of Los Angeles specifically, and urbanism generally, after his Los Angeles: The Architecture of Four Ecologies was first published in 1971.
+ Early Interior Design Standout – Based on the discussion of designer and architect Eileen Gray’s successful integration of architecture and furnishings as presented in O’Neil Ford Monograph 7: E.1027, Eileen Gray, edited by Wilfried Wang and Peter Adam and published in 2018, provide examples of how she influenced modern design beyond the construction of space.
+ Changed Perception of Architecture’s Role – After hearing the reasoning behind the categories of illustrated architecture books in the presenter’s books, explain why the initial Manifestos of modern architects, which presented design as a solution to social problems, gave way later to competing Theories of architecture and Critiques of the earlier modern manifestos.
+ Mid-Century Housing Experiments – Describe the magazine that promoted the construction of houses designed by Richard Neutra, Ray and Charles Eames, Craig Ellwood, Pierre Koenig and others, and which helped define mid-century modernism, as presented in Modern California Houses: Case Study Houses 1945-1962 by Esther McCoy, first published in 1962.