Peter & Tom Explore LA

Posted by peterlunenfeld on October 5th, 2021 filed in Uncategorized
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I’m featured in the latest episode of the YouTube series, Tom Explores Los Angeles, interviewed about the mysterious life and even more confusing death of the co-founder of JPL, the rocket scientist and magus Jack Whitesides Parson.


DMA Grad Show

Posted by peterlunenfeld on October 5th, 2021 filed in Uncategorized
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Emma Akmakdijian, Carrie Chen, Jodi Cheung, Don Edler, Leslie Foster, Berit Gilma, Yuchi Ma, Harvest Moon, Iman Person and Isaac Ruder

The department of Design|Media Arts at UCLA is proud to announce Perspective Slip, an exhibition of new work by second-year MFA candidates within the department. The exhibition will open to the public on Thursday, Oct 14, 2021, at the New Wight Gallery and the EDA in the Broad Art Center, UCLA.


And in Pasadena…

Posted by peterlunenfeld on August 31st, 2021 filed in Uncategorized
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City on the Edge of Forever is on the Vroman’s Bookstore bestseller list for paperback non-fiction this week.


Paperback in Daily Kos

Posted by peterlunenfeld on August 12th, 2021 filed in Uncategorized
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Daily Kos made a nice mention of City at the Edge of Forever’s release this month in paper


New e-Book

Posted by peterlunenfeld on July 17th, 2021 filed in Uncategorized
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My essay “Colloidal Suspension” is included in Bruno Mendes da Silva and Jorge Carrega’s new collection, The Forking Paths – Interactive Film and Media, which comes out of a long term research project on interactive narrative at the Centro de Investigação em Artes e Comunicação da Universidade do Algarve in Portugal. Click here for the pdf.


Summer Books

Posted by peterlunenfeld on July 5th, 2021 filed in Uncategorized
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Happy to join critic Howard Rheingold, historian Carla Nappi, and writer/DJ John Morrison (among other luminaries) as a contributor to Roy Christopher’s annual Summer Reading List


Los York / New Angeles

Posted by peterlunenfeld on May 3rd, 2021 filed in Uncategorized
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Excited to talk with award-winning urbanist Tom Dyja about his amazing new book on, well, the title gives it away (three times), New York, New York, New York: Four Decades of Success, Excess, and Transformation. Hosted by Chevalier’s Books on May 4th.


A Lateral Pass from Reyner Banham!

Posted by peterlunenfeld on February 24th, 2021 filed in Uncategorized
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William Deverell, director of the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West, wrote a really thoughtful piece in the LA Review of Books. I love the final image: Lunenfeld has his own lineup of imagined teammates for playing his breed of Los Angeles catch: “Eve Babitz takes the ball and passes it off to Jean Stein. Carey McWilliams tosses to Mike Davis. Charles and Ray Eames flip the ball back and forth to one another. Scotty Bowers laterals a pass through the window of Reyner Banham’s car. Now a quarterback, Banham parks his automobile, darts over to the Sunset shoulder and, improbably, lofts a long pass to Peter Lunenfeld, running west in the city on the edge of forever, looking for, finding, and telling eclectic L.A. stories.”


Colloidal Suspension

Posted by peterlunenfeld on January 21st, 2021 filed in Uncategorized
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 “Colloidal Suspension: Immersion and the Pedagogies of Making” is a mix of media theory, design practice, and digital humanities published by Sensate: A Journal for Experiments in Critical Media Practice. The piece combines an essay on immersive, virtual, and augmented realities, a curated selection of UCLA undergraduate work from my Desma 104: Design Futures class, and a boundary-pushing format based on Google Sheets by renowned designer Denise Gonzales Crisp.  Sensate is a peer-reviewed, open-access, media-based journal for the creation, presentation, and critique of innovative projects in the arts, humanities, and sciences published by Harvard University’s Critical Media Practices program.


On the Frontier

Posted by peterlunenfeld on December 24th, 2020 filed in Uncategorized
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The Winter Huntington Frontiers issue has a cover story on Octavia Butler and the new bio written by Lynell George. There’s a nice write-up on City at the Edge of Forever as well: “How did Los Angeles start the 20th century as a dusty frontier town and end up a century later as one of the globe’s supercities—with unparalleled cultural, economic, and technological reach? … Lunenfeld, the 2015–16 Dana and David Dornsife Fellow at The Huntington weaves together the city’s art, architecture, and design; juxtaposes its entertainment and literary histories; and explores its restaurant kitchens, recording studios, and ultra-secret research and development labs. In the process, he reimagines Los Angeles as simultaneously an exemplar and cautionary tale for the 21st century.”