Orhan Ayyüce, Architect
Los Angeles contains multitudes, as any large city anywhere. But here, scale and size and separation continue decade after decade to make the feeling of any one location less multitudinous than it actually is. In other words, one can stand "here" and completely forget the existence of "there," as L.A. history re-teaches us over and over.
The intersection of Wilshire Blvd. and Santa Monica Blvd. is one such place. It's the front door of the luxury lounge that is Beverly Hills, but also a bus stop where those leaving to return to other "theres" stand en masse as thousands drive past.
On the occasion of the L.A. Forum's Every. Thing. Changes. project, a group will spend August 8, 2020, at this intersection facilitating a day of curbside workshops and discussions. Participants will consider these corners of Wilshire Blvd. and Santa Monica Blvd. as a nexus and explore what understandings might emerge from hours of observation and deliberation. Inspired by the 1970s East L.A. collective Asco and their work, “First Supper (After a Major Riot),” where the artists presented one of their surreal performances on a traffic median, this effort will be presented on the sidewalk across from the Waldorf Astoria, visible to all passersby.
Orhan Ayyüce is a senior editor for Archinect and also writes for other domestic and international publications. His writing is translated to many languages in Europe, Asia and Middle East. He writes articles and interviews about architecture, urbanism, people, politics, arts and culture. He has taught architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design at California Polytechnic University, Pomona and Woodbury University in Burbank in all levels of undergraduate school to graduate school. He is currently a full time professor at East Los Angeles College. Additionally, he teaches urbanism and architecture at Escuela Libre de Arquitectura in Tijuana, Mexico. Orhan Ayyüce is a recognized name in architectural schools and a well-known design critic in Southern California and beyond.