Postopolis! LA

It still feels like Postopolis! only just happened, though it’s been nearly two years. We’ve all moved on to new cities or we’ve had kids; books have been written; jobs have changed; the United States has a new president; the landscape of architecture and design websites continues to mutate, and… we’ve thus decided that it’s time to do another one.
And we’re doing it in Los Angeles.

[Image: Logo by Joe Alterio].

From Tuesday, March 31, to Saturday, April 4, 2009, from 5-11pm each day, in a location to be confirmed very soon, we’re bringing art, architecture, music, film, design, planning, politics, sci-fi, special effects, geology, history, lost rivers, futurism, and archaeology to Los Angeles, that city of tar pits and movie stars, of beaches, landslides, and mountain lion attacks, of universities and parking lots, of real estate speculation and individualized automotive fractality, city of black magic, mass murder, and abandoned swimming pools, military simulation labs, Die Hard and plate tectonics. City of the Center for Land Use Interpretation, of ecologies, gravel pits, and infrastructure.
So who’s involved?

—David Basulto from Plataforma Arquitectura and ArchDaily (Santiago, Chile)
—Jace Clayton from Mudd Up! (New York City, USA)
—Régine Debatty from we make money not art (Europe)
—Bryan Finoki from Subtopia (San Francisco, USA)
—Dan Hill from City of Sound (Sydney, Australia)
—Geoff Manaugh from BLDGBLOG (San Francisco, USA)

The first Postopolis! was hosted in the uniquely awesome perforated space of the Storefront for Art and Architecture; it was a collaboration between Inhabitat, Subtopia, City of Sound, and BLDGBLOG; and it was an exhilarating and exhausting five days’ worth of back-to-back interviews, presentations, lectures, panel discussions, slideshows, short film screenings, roundtable discussions, slightly surreal international phone calls, and so on.
This time it will be all that plus more art, film, and music, a larger international scope, hopefully several Spanish-language events and lectures, hopefully at least one minor earthquake, and just a short drive west to views of the Pacific Ocean.
We’ll be announcing the actual speakers and all other subsidiary events soon; for now, check out the Postopolis! LA page over at the Storefront for Art and Architecture, bookmark the other blogs involved in planning all this, and watch out for more info coming soon!
And each night will be free and open to the public, and all indications are that this thing will be as centrally located as something can be in Los Angeles. So come by at any point: from 5pm to 11pm each night.
Postopolis! LA is sponsored by the Storefront for Art and Architecture and ForYourArt, and it will be part of Los Angeles Art Weekend.

8 thoughts on “Postopolis! LA”

  1. Great! And which LA blogs are participating? And are the venues going to be large enough? We’ve got some great spaces Downtown if you’re still looking…

  2. It should be a lot of fun – thanks for the comments. Clare, Daniel, Brady, Nicola, Betalevel, I’d love to see all of you there.

    Brady, the bloggers are from all over, but the speakers – an estimated 45-50 people, possibly more – will all be from LA (or the greater southern California region). The overwhelming majority of people participating in the event, in other words, are LA-based, so there is no shortage of local representation!

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