Postopolis: a city of (blog) posts, touching down, realtime.

nearly two years ago, I participated in the first Postopolis event, held at Manhattan’s “uniquely awesome perforated space” Storefront for Art & Architecture, and hosted by a quartet of architecture/urbanism/design blogs BLDGBLG, Subtopia, City of Sound, and Inhabitat. Great concept and interdisciplinary execution. Now it’s time for round 2 –


[logo by Joe Alterio]

I’m very pleased to announce that the 2nd Postopolis will happen daily from 5pm to 11pm on Tuesday, March 29 through Saturday, April 4. In Los Angeles. And it’s free .

…and yrs truly will be one of the hosts/organizers. It was an honor to be asked. I’ll do my best to keep things muddy.

To quote Geoff: “we’re bringing art, architecture, music, film, design, planning, politics, sci-fi, special effects, geology, history, lost rivers, futurism, and archaeology to Los Angeles, that city of tar pits and movie stars, of beaches, landslides, and mountain lion attacks, of universities and parking lots, of real estate speculation and individualized automotive fractality, city of black magic, mass murder, and abandoned swimming pools, military simulation labs, Die Hard and plate tectonics. City of the Center for Land Use Interpretation, of ecologies, gravel pits, and infrastructure.”

I’m particulary excited because I’ve only been to LA once – for less than 24 hours. My friend’s brother had just been sideswiped by a drunk TV celebrity and everything felt magic.

So I mostly imagine it as a city of (now) cumbia sonidera and (then) Raymond Chandler’s investigative social landscapes. A place of built & naturalized transformations, where the American dream hemmorrhages or feeds itself or simply looks at the weather . But down to business–

Location and preliminary names of guest speakers/presenters/artists coming soon. In the meantime, here’s who’s involved on our end:

—David Basulto from Plataforma Arquitectura and ArchDaily (Santiago, Chile)
—Jace Clayton from Mudd Up! (New York City, USA)
—Régine Debatty from we make money not art (Paris, France)
—Bryan Finoki from Subtopia (San Francisco, USA)
—Dan Hill from City of Sound (Sydney, Australia)
—Geoff Manaugh from BLDGBLOG (San Francisco, USA)

Big shout to our LA sponsors For Your Art and Storefront for Art & Architecture. Without these kind, dedicated folks greasing the wheels, a realtime ‘meatspace’ event like this would go nowhere.

So. See you in LA?

For further reasons to come through – Postopolis is part of LA’s Art Weekend.


  1. *looks at driver’s license*
    Oh crap! I live in LA! I can actually go to this!

  2. are you kidding me!? i JUST left LA for good… ok mr r. when do you think you might make a trip to alaska?

  3. Cool, I might see you there if I get the chance.

    What will you really be discussing? Will you be playing music?

  4. I’m in L.A. until June, so I will very likely make it. Been recently basking in the blaze of a jumping dubstep scene here. Postopolis sounds like a worthwhile shift.

  5. Best news in a while! We’ll be holding our breath for a DJ set sometime that week.

    … Jumping dubstep scene? guess i’m not as informed as I thought, I’ll be looking into this.

  6. ‘Polis attendance is FREE and open to the public, and lively discussions are expected and encouraged; each presentation or chat will be followed up a period for questions and talk, etc.

    WE THE BLOGGERS are inviting guest speakers/presenters and will be sorting out the schedules and all that in the coming weeks.

    but if you have a recommendation of someone in LA who’d be a really great person to come speak, please feel free to leave a comment!

  7. This sounds very interesting. Both to hear from you and also Dan Hill. City of Sound was the first blog I ever followed religiously.

    Dan was the first person I found that really “got” the concept of and other web social phenomena.

    Do you happen to know what you might be speaking about?

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