Question For AIA Panel: Is It Time to Ban Billboards?

Frames for billboards were designed as an integral part of this L.A. building

Are billboards incompatible with the practice of architecture, which aims–theoretically, at least– to enhance the visual environment of the city?  Or should outdoor advertising be integrated into architecture, thus providing financial benefits that will make projects more feasible?  These and other questions will be put to a panel at a discussion entitled “Is It Time To Ban Billboards?”, sponsored by the urban design committee of the L.A. Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) on Nov. 12.  Panelists will include anti-blight activists, as well as lobbyists for developers who want to include significant advertising signage in their projects.

When:  Wed., Nov. 12, 7-9 p.m

Where:  AIA Los Angeles
3780 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 800
Los Angeles, CA  90010

Kevin E. Fry – President, Scenic America
Dennis Hathaway – President, The Coalition to Ban Billboard Blight
Con Howe – Managing Director of The CityView Los Angeles Fund and Former Director of Planning of the City of Los Angeles
Craig Lawson – President, Craig Lawson & Co., LLC
Jeff McConnell – Vice President, Arnie Berghoff & Associates

Moderator:  John Kaliski, AIA – Principal, URBAN STUDIO

The public is invited, but space is limited, so anyone wanting to attend should RSVP to


AIA Los Angeles

Dennis Hathaway

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