A film-noir cum urban manifesto following key players in an ongoing melodrama of a massive yet ill-fated real estate development in downtown Los Angeles. Completed during Covid, an excerpt appears in “Design’s Fictions,” published in 2017 by Actar and Art Center College of Design.
An article exploring how human interaction drives change in cities. Published July, 2021, in the Proceedings of the 2019 Associated Collegiate Schools of Architecture Conference “Less talk, More Action.”
Life Vest Under
Nat Fleming needs to finish a paper on Hamlet before he can graduate from high school; however, an emerging first love, a pot-smoking best friend, and a downward-spiraling father pose serious obstacles.
A piece exploring the anxiety of a changing city, to understand how and why it occurs, and to offer a proactive approach to building better cities. Published in 2015 in MONU Magazine’s Issue 23, “Participatory Urbanism.”
Rip 3389 Padaro
An obituary for an exceptional home in a spectacular setting asks the question: Why can’t Modernism also be preserved? Published in the Architects Newspaper in 2012.
The Role of Technology in the Evolution of Cities
An article linking historic changes in cities to the emergence of new technologies and imagining implications of current and future technologies. Published in 2012 in MONU Magazines issue 16, “Non-Urbanism.”
An appreciation of the more decorative species of late-modern architecture practiced by people such as Edward Durrell Stone, Paul Williams, and Millard Sheets. Published in 2010 online as “Forum Issue 7: The Late Moderns.” Also Editor.
Paul Williams in
The renovation of an office building in Burbank asks the question: when is it okay to design in a historical style? From the “Entitlements” issue of ArcCA, the Journal for the AIA California Council, published in 2009.
After the city, this
(is how we live).
Entering the world of real estate development in Southern California, Nat Fleming comes to learn exactly how master-planned communities happen. Published in 2008 as Pamphlet #4 from the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design.
The Brown Room
A study of the history of waste treatment in the city of Los Angeles, written for but not included in “The Infrastructural City” edited by Kazys Varnelis, and published by Actar in 2008.
Under the Radar:
A review of the Hustler Casino designed by Godfredsen Sigal, for the “LA” issue of ArcCA, the Journal for the AIA California Council, published in 2006.
for Shopping Malls
Guidelines to facilitate an alien takeover: The first step? Create an environment suitable to shopping. Published in 2004 in “Dead Malls,” Pamphlet #1 from the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design, edited by Warren Techentin.
A feature-length screenplay set in a future Los Angeles that lives in symbiotic equilibrium with the Information Superfungus; that is, until the pervasive microbe turns on its host. A finalist in the 2003 Scriptapalooza screenplay competition.
The LA River:
Recent Books Briefly Noted
A review of two actual books and one fictitious one for the “H20/CA” issue of ArcCA, the Journal for the AIA California Council, published in 2001.
An exploration of an unanticipated side effect of merging architecture culture with entertainment culture. Published in the late-spring 1998 issue of the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design Newsletter.
An excerpt from the Hollywood Building Code outlining the requirements for construction. Published in the 1996 Summer Reading Issue of the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design Newsletter.
The Spirit in Architecture: John Lautner
A documentary by Bette Cohen surveying the work of this idiosyncratic Los Angeles Architect.
with Frank & Dolores
A short movie about the clash of civilizations masquerading as a romantic drama. Screened at the 1989 Monterey Design Conference.
A subjective take on the mythic environment of Los Angeles. Published in 1987 in “Rap Sheets,” a quarterly zine published by the students at the Yale School of Architecture.
A short film following the summer 1986 construction of a new pavilion at Fort Nathan Hale in New Haven by the Yale School of Architecture class of 1988.
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