[Image: POSTOPOLIS! LA. Logo, thanks to Joe Alterio, 2009.]
It’s hard to believe we are only less than two weeks away from Postopolis! LA, and it is really coming together nicely. So here’s a little update.
First, we’ve locked down our location. Looks like we will be hosting the entire event – beginning Thursday, March 31st through Saturday, April 4th from 5-11pm every night – on the rooftop of the Standard Hotel in Downtown LA, which I’m told is quite a spot. I’ve never been but with a pool and bar on top, free wi-fi, projectors, and all of you, only thing I can say is -- sick! I’m not sure we could have done much better -- really psyched about that. So hopefully that alone will entice you to come down and chill with us over some martinis and crazy space conversations on one if not all evenings that week.
Just so you know, Postopolis! is completely free and open to the public. This isn’t a conference, it’s not a lecture series, it’s a more casual weeklong evening of run-on back-to-back short presentations followed by short discussions on a wide array of topics and interests around space design and space production. It’s meant to be a super accessible counter to the conference thing, and on top of the hotel from Happy Hour on every night is gonna be amazing!
Man, I can’t wait. A more formal schedule of speakers will come together soon, but for now here’s a list of who to expect so far.
—Ari Kletzky (Founder, Islands of LA)
—Austin Kelly (Principal, XTEN Architecture)
—Ava Bromberg (Spacemaker, In the Field)
—Ben Cerveny (Strategic and Conceptual Advisor, Stamen Design)
—Benjamin Ball and Gaston Nogues (Architects and Founding Partners, Ball-Nogues Studio)
—Benjamin Bratton (Architect and Theorist)
—Bryan Boyer (Organizer, Helsinki Design Lab 2010)
—Christina Ulke (Artist, Co-Founder, C-Level, and Editor, Journal of Aesthetics and Protest)
—Christopher Hawthorne (Architecture Critic, Los Angeles Times)
—David Burns, Matias Viegener, and Austin Young (Founders, fallen fruit)
—David Gissen (Theorist and Historian, CCA)
—Dwayne Oyler (Architect and Principal, Oyler Wu Collaborative)
—Eric Rodenbeck (Founder, Stamen Design)
—Freya Bardell and Brian Howe (Principals, Greenmeme)
—Fritz Haeg (Artist and Writer)
—Gary Dauphin (Writer and Critic)
—Jeffrey Inaba (Architect and Principal, Inaba Projects)
—Ken Ehrlich (Artist and Writer)
—Mary-Ann Ray (Architect, Writer, and Principal, Studio Works Architects)
—Matthew Coolidge (Director, Center for Land Use Interpretation)
—Michael Dear (Professor of Geography, USC)
—Michael Downing (Deputy Chief of Counter Terrorism, Los Angeles Police Department)
—Mike the Poet (Poet and Writer)
—Orhan Ayyüce (Architect, Blogger, and Senior Editor, Archinect)
—Patrick Keller (Architect and Principal, Fabric)
—Paul Petrunia (Founder, Archinect)
—Robert Miles Kemp (Designer and Principal, Variate Labs)
—Sam Grawe (Editor-in-Chief, Dwell)
—Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee (Architects and Principals, Johnston MarkLee)
—Stephanie Smith (Founder, Ecoshack)
—Steve Roden (Musician and Artist)
—Ted Kane (Architect and Author, Polar Inertia)
—Whitney Sander (Architect and Principal, Sander Architects)
—Yo-Ichiro Hakomori (Architect and Principal, wHY Architecture)
In addition, Saturday, April 4 will be a little different since it will involve a few media panels, including Matt Chaban from the Architect's Newspaper, Dakota Smith from Curbed LA, Greg J. Smith of Serial Consign & Vague Terrain, journalist Alissa Walker, some local Archinect school bloggers, among others you will learn of shortly.
There will be certainly more to announce in the coming days, so just cool your jets. Just in case you forgot – the whole thing is being co-hosted with these badasses: BLDGBLOG, City of Sound, mudd up!, Plataforma Arquitectura/Arch Daily, and we make money not art, all under the organization of the Storefront for Art and Architecture and the sponsorship of ForYourArt.
We are grateful. More in a bit.