A recent article on Urbanize.la about a variety of now "forbidden" housing types produced in Los Angeles throughout the 20th century discusses dingbats at length and quotes Dingbat 2.0 essays by Aaron Betsky and Steven Treffers:
Ryan Bradley quotes Dingbat 2.0 in his essay on what LA might loose when the Big One strikes:
"Ironically, it was a law banning new construction from including parking spaces that required backing out onto the street that killed off new construction of the classic dingbat design—a design with efficiency we now recognize as deadly, because the living spaces are above parking spaces. In making room for cars below, the dingbat leaves out room for the extra support necessary to survive a major earthquake. The architect Joshua G. Stein has written that a 'dingbat is tenement housing with a happy face, where the ghettoized squalor of nineteenth-century New York is replaced by the global itinerancy of post-Fordist Los Angeles.'”
Some nice words on Dingbat 2.0, from Jonathan P. Bell
I loved Dingbat 2.0 and wrote about it in, "The Dingbat is Dead. Long Live the Dingbat!" Thanks DoppelHouse Press & Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design.
Something from 2016: Details about Los Angeles dingbat seismic retrofitting on KCRW:
A nice review of Dingbat 2.0 from a little while back on the Dwarf and Giant Blog:
Obama lived in a dingbat.
BRANDON VILLALOVOS with DAVID CROSS
5:59 am | December 15, 2016
The Pasadena apartment building President Barack Obama lived in between 1980 and 1981 while an u...ndergraduate at Occidental College will be the scene of a commemorative ceremony and honorary plaque unveiling Saturday.
Obama spent two years studying at “Oxy,” from 1979 to 1981, years the College said “played a major role in determining his future.”
During one of those years Obama lived with roommate Hasan Chandoo in an apartment building at 253 E. Glenarm Street, near Blair High School, where he spent his days much the way most college students do — studying, having parties, going out to a local favorite pizza joint and enjoying his roommate’s “volcanically” hot Indian cooking.
Lena Kennedy, local community activist and political consultant, said that earlier this year she and her brother, Pasadena District 3 Councilmember John Kennedy, gave President Obama a letter telling him about the plaque commemoration.
“As a rule, the President would normally take the letter, say ‘thank you’ and give it to his staff person. But in this case, which was was unusual and special, he took the letter, he opened the letter and then read the letter in its entirety and he smiled and laughed and said something like, ‘boy, do I have some memories of being in Pasadena…’,” Kennedy recalled.
Author David Maraniss wrote in his book “Barack Obama: The Making of the Man,” that Obama, during his sophomore year at Occidental College in the early 1980s, moved into the apartment building (reportedly into Unit 3), between Marengo and Los Robles Avenues in the Madison Heights neighborhood of Pasadena.
According to an online forum on Pasadena’s Library website, a “B. Obama” was listed as living at 253 E. Glenarm in the January, 1981 issue of the Los Angeles – Northeastern Area phone book and the name disappeared by the December, 1981 issue.
“In short, Barry, as we knew him, and Hasan (Chandoo), his friend and roommate (who was my boyfriend), had some marvelous parties there,” remembers Margot Mifflin, Occidental College graduate and fellow friend and classmate of Obama, who has written about their college years for The New Yorker.com and The New York Times.
“…some were huge parties where we danced to the Talking Heads, The Clash, and Bob Marley. We also had study sessions at their apartment,” she wrote.
According to Maraniss, Obama occasionally hitched a ride to school in Chandoo’s yellow Fiat 128S when his own car wasn’t running or he couldn’t scrounge up enough gas money.
No evidence has yet been found to suggest that Obama ever stopped by the Allendale Branch Library, although it was just a couple of blocks away.
Reports indicate that Obama enjoyed hanging out with friends in Old Pasadena, and one of his favorite hangouts was Casa Bianca Pizza Pie in Eagle Rock, according to a Facebook post from the Allendale Branch Library.
Pasadena City Councilmember Steve Madison has spoken to Obama about the President’s youthful days in Pasadena.
“In 2008 I was fortunate to meet President Obama (he was Senator Obama then). When I mentioned in that first meeting that I was on the Pasadena City Council, he replied that he loves Pasadena,” recalled District 6 City Councilmember Steve Madison.
“Over the eight years he has been in the White House I have spoken with him on five or six [occasions], and each time we have touched on his time here,” Madson said.
According to Madison, Pasadena Library staff researchers were able to determine the exact location of his Pasadena residence.
“Now, it is appropriate and exciting that the City is recognizing the former residence of the 44th President of the United States in our great city,” Madison said.
Celebrating Obama’s ties to Pasadena goes beyond recognizing a place where he lived — it represents a legacy that the City is forever associated with, for future generations, said Councilmember Kennedy.
“I think the importance of recognizing the place where the President lived when he was a student is symbolic, but it also is something to point to the humanity of the President — meaning he’s a regular person who had good breaks in life and worked very hard to achieve …. He was in fact a part of our community,” said Kennedy.
Kennedy said Pasadena has always had an oversized influence in what happens in the region, in the State and what happens nationally.
“There is something special in the air of Pasadena that grows leaders and I think that’s what we are commemorating,” Kennedy said.
Obama eventually transferred transferred as a junior to Columbia College, Columbia University, in New York in 1981.
“The plaque itself is very simple and has the year when President Obama lived there. There’s text saying it’s a former residence and that the ‘44th President of the United States lived here’. It will be set in public property on the parkway in front of the building,” said City Council District 6 Liaison Takako Suzuki.
The commemoration ceremony will take place on Saturday, December 17 at 11 a.m. at 253 E. Glenarm Street.
If any further information is needed, please contact Takako Suzuki at (626-744-4739) or Pam Thyret at (626-744-4737).
A nice interview with Dingbat 2.0 Editors on Archinect.com, along with several free copies of the book offered in an upcoming promotion.
Enter to win! Archinect is one of our favorite sites, and we are honored to be in their stable. Look for the upcoming podcast.
Book launch in Chicago with MAS Context and the Society of Architectural Historians. Editors Thurman Grant and Joshua G. Stein will present the dingbat and discuss its relevance for Chicago with Kelly Bair.
Dingbat 2.0 review in the Architect's Newspaper.
Dingbat 2.0 images and texts featured in Artbound article "Is Los Angeles a City of Houses?"
Dingbat 2.0 included in good company on MasContext's World Book Day post: http://www.mascontext.com/tag/world-book-day/
A few photos from our booklaunch last weekend at Jai & Jai Gallery, co-hosted by the LA Forum for Architecture and Urban Design and DoppelHouse Press.
Some pics from our launch last weekend for Dingbat 2.0! Editor Thurman Grant addressing the crowd of 150+ people in the Jai Jai Gallery courtyard, with editor J...oshua Stein and LA Forum president Roberto Sheinberg speaking later. Also Carrie Paterson, publisher, selling books with DoppelHouse chief of logistics and facilities, George Domantay. Photos by Joanna Grasso and Terri Hernandez. Thanks to everyone who came out to support the book!
Dingbat 2.0 in LA Weekly:
"Thurman Grant and Joshua G. Stein decided to focus on one seriously forgotten (and often hated) structure: the dingbat. Dingbat 2.0: The Iconic Los Angeles Apartment as Projection of a Metropolis reflects on the importance of the dingbat in thinking about the urbanization of Los Angeles and the making of a metropolis — even while some naysayers might call it a blight on the architectural beauty of the city."
The Dingbat 2.0 publication is here! We wanted to let everyone know about the launch party for the just-released book, Dingbat 2.0: The Iconic Los Angeles Apartment as Projection of a Metropolis, a joint venture of the LA Forum for Architecture and Urban Design and Doppelhouse press, and edited by Thurman Grant and Joshua G. Stein. Speakers at the event include Frances Anderton of KCRW; architect Lorcan O'Herlihy; and author, UCLA professor, and cityLab director Dana Cuff. ...
Saturday, April 30th, 6-9 pm, at Jai & Jai Gallery in Chinatown.
This event is free and open to the public, and Dingbat 2.0 books will be available for purchase. We hope you can make it!
Many dingbats affected by this new law, although some blogs are confusing "13,500 apartments" to mean "13,500 dingbats"