Westin Bonaventure, Downtown LA by Scutter (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Smooth Operator: Late-Modern Mirror Glass Architecture, 1970-1985
“A student of the vernacular and the weird, architectural historian Daniel Paul brings a head’s sensibility to research pursuits across the vast text that is the built environment of Southern California. In this illustrated Power Point lecture, he reveals the history and aesthetic underpinnings of one of it’s most identifiable tropes: curtain walls of mirrored glass – from countless corporate centers of Orange County to the iconic tBonaventure Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles.”
When: August 8th, 7pm
Where: Los Angeles Contemporary Archive, 709 N. Hill Street

Lost Landscapes of Los Angeles
An event to share with friends and colleagues up north: “Lost Landscapes of Los Angeles is the latest of Rick Prelinger’s “urban history film events,” featuring rediscovered and largely-unseen archival film footage arranged into feature-length programs. Unlike most screenings, the audience makes the soundtrack — viewers are encouraged to identify places, people and events; ask questions; and engage with fellow audience members. While the films show Los Angeles as it was, the event encourages viewers to think about (and share) their ideas for the city’s future. What kind of a city do we want to live in?”
When: August 7, 2017, 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM PDT
Where: Internet Archive Head Office, 300 Funston Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94118

Urban Soil Summit 2.0 – TERROIR!
Internationally renowned scientists, thinkers, and doers gather to discuss how stewarding living soil could reverse climate change and make our urban communities more resilient.
Inoculation Party – Evening of August 7, 2017
Day 1: Inspiring Small Group Sessions (Including Lunch) – Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Fermentation Celebration – Tuesday Evening, August 8, 2017
Day 2: Powerful Plenary Session (Including Lunch) – Wednesday, August 9, 2017
When: August 8th and 9th, 2017, 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Where: UCLA Meyer and Renee Luskin Conference Center, 425 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles 90095

Design for Dignity Taskforce Meeting #1
This task force will identify a few very specific homelessness & housing policy ‘call to actions’ to prioritize and then will establish a road-map to accomplish moving forward on these call-to-actions. There is also a group of “Yes and…” pro-housing advocates being led by LAplus, The Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce and Abundant Housing LA – and ideally once the D4D task force has had a chance to identify its core objectives we can align in effort and synthesize our ideas and call-to-actions together. Multidisciplinary collaboration will be key to our success.
When: August 9, 6:00 PM-8:00 PM
Where: CallisonRTKL Inc. – 333 South Hope Street Suite C-200 Los Angeles, CA 90071

Katy Grannan: Stories We Tell Ourselves
Part of the Iris Nights Lecture Series at The Annenberg Space for Photography, Katy Grannan screens her intimate and powerful film The Nine, then takes part in a Q&A with the audience. The Nine, Grannan’s first feature film, is an intimate, at times disturbing, view into an America most would rather ignore. Raw, poetic, direct, and unnerving, the film is less a window into a foreign world than a distorted mirror reflecting our own shared existence.
When: August 10th, 2017, 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM PDT
Where: Annenberg Space for Photography’s Skylight Studios, 10050 Constellation Boulevard, Los Angeles, 90067

Intro to Storytelling in VR
“Let no one say otherwise, shooting & stitching 360 video is difficult and intense! It’s a medium that has completely unique challenges. And that is exciting for both the tech folks and storytellers. You’ll need to understand the many hurdles so that you can soar. Knowing the specific details, inherent limitations, and potential problems will only help to inform how to successfully create immersion. And that’s what making360 will teach you with this new series of workshops!”
When: August 10th, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM PDT
Where: Making360, 2137 Glyndon Ave, Los Angeles

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