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Los Angeles Conservancy

Panel Discussion and “Landmark This!” Workshop

Saturday, July 27, 2013


AbilityFirst's Paul Weston Work Center

6530 N. Winnetka Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 91367

This panel discussion will re-examine suburbanization and sprawl as a key chapter in the story of post-World War II Los Angeles, at a little-known John Lautner gem in Woodland Hills — AbilityFirst’s Paul Weston Work Center, built in 1979 as the Crippled Children’s Society of Southern California.

Looking at two centers of suburbanization, the San Fernando Valley and Lakewood, this panel will offer insight into the history of their development and what they mean to the people who live there. Today, many of the neighborhoods and communities that once defined the new growth of L.A. are threatened with redevelopment, renovation, and sometimes complete demolition.

Panelists include Robert Bruegmann, Professor Emeritus of Art History, Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Illinois at Chicago and author of Sprawl: A Compact History;Kevin Roderick, author of The San Fernando Valley: America’s Suburb; and D. J. Waldie, author of Holy Land: A Suburban Memoir about the development of Lakewood.

The panel will be moderated by author and architecture critic Alan Hess, who contributed the wonderful essay about Modernism in L.A. for the Conservancy’s website.

The event includes a breakfast reception before the program and booksigning with the panelists afterward.

Fee event (please see link below). Space is limited, and reservations are required.