“Stucco Sublime” The Architect’s Newspaper reviews Dingbat 2.0
Dingbat 2.0 explores the history and future of L.A.’s famous Atomic Age apartments
The book successfully leverages the dingbat as a launchpad for surveying multi-family housing in Los Angeles, picking apart the prickly and multivalent nature of its creation myth and subsequent existence through the lenses of prior appreciation, scholarly interest, and post-war art production.
It attempts to ground what could otherwise be a fetishization of Sputnik-era kitsch into a sprawling examination of the economic, social, and technocratic instruments developers, architects, and occupants used to design, build, and enjoy one of L.A.’s most unsung contributions to architectural-historical patrimony.
Photo copyright Paul Redmond, 2016.