The '70s and Beyond—Looking Forward | Los Angeles Conservancy
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The '70s and Beyond—Looking Forward

Friday, December 31, 2021 - 11:45pm Register
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The 1970s were a unique period of architectural design and experimentation—but the perceived “unfriendliness” of buildings from this era can sometimes put them at risk for extensive remodels and alterations. This Live Stream panel will focus on how to balance the needs of the public with the duty of historic preservation, and what this could mean for future preservation efforts. 

What can be learned about prevailing attitudes concerning the aesthetics of the ‘70s, and how do we apply that knowledge to the coming decades—and to preserving the buildings that come with them? 


Christopher Hawthorne, Chief Design Officer, City of Los Angeles

Tom Mayes, Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel for National Trust of Historic Preservation


Frances Anderton,  covers design and architecture for KCRW


In 1975, an enormous, bright blue building (which almost immediately became known as "The Blue Whale" due to its outrageous size and hue), rose from the center of what was once a low-scale residential and commercial neighborhood. Two more buildings, first Green, then Red, joined the Blue Building in later decades. 

Designed by architect Cesar Pelli and Norma Merrick Sklarek for Gruen Associates, the complex was created to serve as a multi-use facility for the design community, containing everything from workshops to showrooms to restaurants. A Conservancy docent will lead you on a virtual tour of the iconic Blue Building, and you'll discover how this complex inspires those who work there.

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