Posts by AHBE LAB

Screen from Transit Alliance

Visualizing Transit Reliability in Realtime: The Miami organization Transit Alliance has done a nice visualization of transit reliability on that city’s rail transit system. It looks at the system right now and shows how many trains are running late. It’s important to note here that late does not mean behind schedule. It means that the maximum wait time is longer than scheduled, by a given number of minutes. (That’s the only rational way to talk about reliability in high-frequency services.)

Parks for People: Stories of Park Design and Landscape Architecture Advocacy from Los Angeles: “In her lecture, [landscape architect] Toni Kjer will discuss how high-quality parks and close-to-home open spaces provide a wide range of benefits to urban residents and cities themselves, including economic, physical and mental health, community-building and environmental benefits. The Trust for Public Land (TPL) works to ensure everyone has access to a great park within a 10-minute walk of their home and easy access to green spaces and wilderness. In urban areas, TPL works in low-income, park-poor neighborhoods to create and improve parks and remake unused, polluted alleys into green public spaces.”

Kengo Kuma’s Architecture of the Future: “Rejecting flashy forms in favor of buildings in harmony with their environment, the architect — poised to become world famous for his stadium for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo — is trying to reinvent his entire trade.”

Blue Line in Long Beach to close for a total of eight months next year to undergo $300 million renovation: “The agency plans to add four new switches that allow trains to move quicker, new signals, new tracks in downtown Long Beach and improvements at street level intersections, especially at the Washington Boulevard and Flower Street junction near downtown Los Angeles where cars have crashed into trains, causing significant delays.”

8 photos shot by Ansel Adams of 1940s Los Angeles: “One such job for Fortune magazine in the early 1940s sent him to Los Angeles to shoot photos for a piece on the area’s booming aviation industry. He left with more than 200 photos that capture what the city was like at the time…The photos, now in the digital collection of the Los Angeles Public Library, were first on public display in February 2012 at the Downtown LA gallery drkrm, part of that year’s annual, multi-institution Pacific Standard Time series.”

The Getty Center – Photo (CC BY-SA 3.0): ChristianSchd

Sonnets and Sonatas presents Animals!
How do artists and composers evoke, imitate, mock, or pay tribute to animals, which are both our best companions and our radical “other”? This lecture-concert attempts to answer this question through a presentation by Laure Murat, professor of French and Francophone Studies at UCLA, and performances of works by Rimsky-Korsakov, Faure, Rameau, Rossini, Cage, Gershwin, and others. With special guest Vincent Penot, clarinetist of the Opera de Paris, in his U.S. debut.
When: February 24, 2018, 7:30 pm
Where: Getty Center – Harold M. Williams Auditorium

Talk: Preserving Obsolescence
Artist Julia Christensen and author Geoff Manaugh discuss how dynamic shifts in technology and user participation impact our buildings and infrastructure. The conversation will explore how networked culture changes the role of long-standing institutions like museums and universities and examine how society’s complex relationships with ubiquitous technology changes the way it interacts with these institutions and their associated buildings. The evening will conclude with a discussion on how institutions can keep pace with a contemporary rate of technological innovation.
When: February 20, 2018, 7pm
Where: LACMA

Living Building Challenge – Los Angeles Collaborative February Social Mixer
Join us for our first 2018 Living Building Challenge – LA Collaborative Social Mixer at The Rooftop, Standard Hotel in DTLA. Be curious and spirited, and get ready to have some fun! Meet our new steering committee, discuss ideas, share experiences and learn about this year’s LBC-LA goals while enjoying the amazing view!
When: February 21, 2018, 6pm
Where: The Standard, 550 South Flower Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071

The Line Becomes A River: Dispatches from the Border
For award-winning writer and former agent for the United States Border Patrol Francisco Cantú, the border is in his blood: his mother, a park ranger and daughter of a Mexican immigrant, raised him in the scrublands of the Southwest. His new book, The Line Becomes A River: Dispatches from the Border, is haunted by the stories he experienced both while working for the Border Patrol—where he hauled in the dead and delivered to detention those he found alive—and also as a civilian after he abandoned the Patrol and helped an immigrant friend return to Mexico to visit his dying mother. Join us for an eye-opening look at the devastation the border wreaks on both sides as Cantú shares this deeply personal work with journalist Ruxandra Guidi, who frequently reports on immigration from the U.S.-Mexico border region.
When: February 21, 2018, 7:30pm
Where: Mark Taper Auditorium-Central Library

Landscape: Natural, Urban and Imagined, a Poetry Event
Suzanne Lummis, poet and editor of the anthology Wide Awake: Poets of Los Angeles and Beyond, will lead a discussion and poetry reading with four of L.A.’s most distinctive and popular writers and performers. Brendan Constantine, Mary-Alice Daniel, Nicelle Davis and Olga Garcia Echeverria will compose poems inspired by visits to the Arboretum and in exploration of the themes of natural, urban and imagined landscapes. Included in admission; members free
When: February 24, 2018, 2pm
Where: Los Angeles Arboretum Library

Los Angeles Mushroom Fair
Los Angeles Mycological Society (LAMS) holds its annual Wild Mushroom Fair that will include demonstrations on growing, cooking, and identifying mushrooms. Professional mycologist(s) will be on site for consultation. The public is invited to bring their found mushrooms for identification. Free with regular admission; members free
When: February 11, 10AM
Where: Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden

Music as Medicine: Renee Fleming and Antonio Damasio
What if music could help you manage pain or treat anxiety? As it turns out, this is not idle fantasy but something that scientists, doctors, and artists at the cutting edges of their fields are putting into practice. Provost Michael Quick will introduce a forward-thinking discussion with opera star Renée Fleming, neuroscientist Antonio Damasio, and LA Opera CEO and president Christopher Koelsch about the connections between music and the brain—and the very real possibility that music is part of the solution to intractable problems like chronic pain and cancer.
When: February 5, 7pm
Where: USC – Bovard Auditorium (ADM), 3551 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90089

Pop-Up Magazine
The acclaimed live magazine is back! Sloane Crosley (New York Times bestselling author, The Clasp, I Was Told There’d Be Cake); Brittany Luse & Eric Eddings (Co-hosts, The Nod from Gimlet Media); James Bennet, II (Staff writer, WQXR from WNYC); Jon Mooallem (Writer at large, The New York Times Magazine, author, Wild Ones); Rose Eveleth (producer and host of Flash Forward); David Guttenfelder (photographer for National Geographic) and other writers and performers will bring new multimedia stories to the stage, with film, photography, sound, and animation all mixed together, and a live score by their house band, Magik*Magik Orchestra. The New York Times calls the show “a sensation.” No video or audio is posted online afterwards. Blink and you’ll miss it.
When: February 7th, 7:30pm
Where: The Theatre at Ace Hotel

Tom Caufield – DTLA Art Walk Music
The Last Bookstore is pleased to present atmospheric composer/guitarist Tom Caufield performing a one hour set of contemplative, mysterious ambient clouds that induce calm yet provide a space to think. Join us to enjoy Caufield’s signature talent for conjuring the sublime.
When: February 8, 8pm
Where: 453 S Spring St – Ground Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Los Angeles and 100% Renewable Energy
Part of an ongoing nationwide conversation, this panel examines L.A.’s bold efforts to shift the megacity from fossil fuels to a renewable energy future. Featuring Angelina Galiteva, founder and board president of the Renewables 100 Policy Institute; Richard Wirz, professor at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science; Nancy Sutley, Chief Sustainability and Economic Development Officer at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power; and David Hochschild, Commissioner at the California Energy Commission.
When: February 7th, 7:30pm
Where: Hammer Museum

Milton Green Street – Grand Opening
City of Los Angeles Councilmember Mike Bonin, Baldwin Hills Conservancy, Baldwin Hills Regional Conservation Authority, and L.A. Mountains Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority. Invite you to the Grand Opening of Milton Green Street. As the 3rd green street in Los Angeles, California this project will improve water quality in Ballona Creek and Santa Monica Bay while beautifying the neighborhood. This event will include a Mini Eco-Fair and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. Light refreshments will be provided. Street parking near the event will be availabl
When: February 1, 2018, 12 PM – 2:30pm
Where: 12500 Milton St, Los Angeles, CA 90066-6760

Visualizing Language: Oaxaca in L.A.
Visualizing Language celebrates the rich social fabric of Los Angeles through the lens of the city’s vibrant Oaxacan community — specifically, the Zapotec communities which make up one of the largest Indigenous groups in Mexico and Los Angeles. Oaxacan artist collective Tlacolulokos has created a series of new murals for the Central Library’s historic rotunda that explore language and culture as a key lifeline sustaining the shared experience between Mexico, Los Angeles, and beyond, with a look at how migration and the socio-political environment shape identity and cultural traditions.
When: Thru August 31, 2018
Where: Central Library, Second Floor Rotunda

Rock the Blvd: Renew Eagle Rock Boulevard
Help Envision the Future of Eagle Rock Boulevard. Come and give your thoughts on the public spaces on Eagle Rock Boulevard. The City of Los Angeles invites you to join Councilmember José Huizar in partnership with The Eagle Rock Association and the Bureau of Street Services, for the launch of Rock the Boulevard.
When: January 30th 7:00pm—8:30pm
Where: Center for the Arts, 2225 Colorado Blvd, Eagle Rock

LA River and Beyond: The Future of Open Space in LA
With significant projects for the LA River, Pershing Square, Hollywood Central Cap Park, among others, LA is undergoing an unprecedented renewal of the City’s Open Spaces. Revitalization of the LA River alone will directly bene t the 390,000 housing units and 35,000 businesses within the 32-mile LA River Corridor — indirectly bene tting all of LA by demonstrating the value of open space to our communities while spurring major development in their midst. Join us to hear how LA is building towards that new tomorrow!
When: February 8, 2018, 5:00pm
Where: The California Club – 538 S Flower St, Los Angeles, CA 90071

Wu Nin’s Ten Views of a Lingbi Stone
The exhibition focuses on the most extraordinary painting of a stone ever created in China: Wu Bin’s Ten Views of a Lingbi Stone (1610), a Ming dynasty handscroll comprising 10 separate views of a single stone from the famous site of Lingbi, Anhui Province. Also including superb examples of Lingbi and Taihu stones and contemporary Chinese ink paintings depicting stones, this exhibition explores the history of collecting strange stones in China and the relationship between stones, Daoist cosmology, and classical Chinese poetry.
When: Thru June 24, 2018
Where: LACMA, Resnick Pavilion

Jose Davila: Sense of Place
Fully assembled, Sense of Place consists of an eight-foot square cube sculpture comprised of 40 unique concrete forms. Initially installed in West Hollywood Park in September 2017, the modular pieces of Sense of Place transition into temporary locations for a period of two to six months through May 2018. LAND and Dàvila will situate five of these forms at Union Station for two months beginning on January 10, 2018 promoting interaction with the public, who will ultimately decide on the final function of the artwork.
When: Thru March 10, 2018
Where: Entrance to Union Station’s South Patio

Ana Serrano: Homegrown
“Ana Serrano’s immersive ‘garden’ both references a recognizable urban landscape and pays homage to the artist’s family connection to the land in Mexico. Highlighting the juxtaposition of the built environment and plant life, the installation is composed of bright-colored walls and lively plants made of cardboard and paper. The dynamic space invites viewers to move into the sculpture and immerse themselves in the disparate yet familiar elements of city living, emphasizing the balance between man-made constructions and natural elements as well as dense, permanent objects and those that are lighter, more ephemeral.”
When: Thru June 3, 2018
Where: Pasadena Museum of California Art; 490 East Union Street, Pasadena, CA 91101

The Virtuous Cycle of Water and Prosperity
“We have disrupted the natural water cycle for centuries in an effort to control water for our own prosperity. Yet every year, recovery from droughts and floods costs billions of dollars, and we spend billions more on dams, diversions, levees, and other feats of engineering. These massive projects not only are risky financially and environmentally, they often threaten social and political stability. What if the answer was not further control of the water cycle, but repair and replenishment?”
When: January 25, 2018, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM PST
Where: UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, Room 2355, 337 Charles E Young Dr. East, Los Angeles, 90095

Welcome to the Dollhouse
“Welcome to the Dollhouse presents a selection of works from MOCA’s permanent collection that address, document, or deconstruct notions of domesticity. Moving through the “species of spaces” (to paraphrase French writer Georges Perec) one might find in a middle-class suburban home—yard, driveway, foyer, living room, kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom—the exhibition playfully examines a variety of approaches to the idea of the domestic found within the museum’s renowned collection. Spanning sculpture, photography, painting, video, and drawing from the 1960s to the present, Welcome to the Dollhouse includes works by artists for whom a dissolution of the boundaries between the fine arts and design is of central concern; works by artists engaged in a more documentary or photojournalistic approach to capturing domestic spaces and their maintenance; works by artists that veer increasingly toward the melancholic and romantic in their depictions of the interior spaces of the home; as well as works by artists engaged in strategies of appropriation.”
When: January 20th, 2018 – April 8th, 2018
Where: MOCA Pacific Design Center

Museums Free for All
“Dozens of museums—presenting art, cultural heritage, natural history, and science—will open their doors and invite visitors to attend their museums free of charge.Museums Free-for-All is partnering with Metro, encouraging visitors to Go Metro to explore participating museums, many of which are a short walk from Metro bus or rail stops. Experience a day of art and culture without traffic and plan ahead of time on metro.net.”
When: January, 28th, 2018
Where: List of 2018 Participating Museums here.

Urban SOS hOUR City Event
“Please join us on January 23, 2018, at 5:30 pm for hOUR City, an evening of conversations and presentations on how to create more dynamic and equitable cities and regions. Stephen Engblom, Senior Vice President / Global Director of Cities at AECOM, and David van der Leer, Executive Director of Van Alen Institute, will moderate a panel discussion exploring strategies to connect more communities to the opportunities in cities today.”
When: January 23rd, 2018, 5:30 PM – 9 PM
Where: Millwick, 800 E 4th Place, Los Angeles