Posts by AHBE LAB

The Back 9: Golf and Zoning Policy in Los Angeles
Please join Materials & Applications, Los Angeles Poverty Department and Rosten Woo for a round of mini-golf! “The Back 9” is a playable educational golf course about zoning and redevelopment politics in Downtown LA. Each hole of the course explores a different aspect of zoning and its political implications. The course in particular connects with the planned Downtown Los Angeles 2040 rezoning which will have dramatic effects on Skid Row.
When: September 8th-9th, 6PM – 8PM/2PM – 5PM
Where: Skid Row History Museum and Archive, 250 South Broadway Los Angeles, CA, 90012

Japanese Tea Ceremony in the Garden
Enjoy traditional Japanese tea ceremony in the beautiful garden. Drink a bowl of matcha (green tea) and taste a healthy and natural japanese sweet. Space is limited and reservations are required. Experience Jyorei, a healing practice that removes impurities with spiritual Light and promotes happiness on all levels.
When: September 9, 2PM-4:30PM
Where: Shumei Hollywood Center, 7406 Franklin Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

The 2017 AIA|LA and DCP Urban Design Review Sessions
The review sessions will will enable a rotating pool of architects and designers the opportunity to provide insightful and critical design feedback on pending projects that will be reviewed by the Planning Commission. As a volunteer, you will help educate planning staff on urban design issues and complex urban typologies and you will have the chance to provide project specific urban design advice for planning staff’s consideration.
When: September 5, 10AM-12PM
Where: Los Angeles City Hall, Conference Room 501, Department of City Planning, 200 N. Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles Opening
“Formerly the Santa Monica Museum of Art, ICA LA — Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles — is opening its 12,700-square-foot, Kulapat Yantrasast–designed facility in the Arts District with a weekend’s worth of free festivities themed to its inaugural exhibitions.”
When: September 9th, 101AM-6PM
Where: 1717 E. Seventh St., Los Angeles, CA; 310-284-8100

Newport Bay Conservancy at Green on the Green
NBPD Fire, The Chamber and the City of Newport Beach host local businesses and organizations showcasing Green Practices, Innovation, Products, Education and More. Newport Bay Conservancy volunteer Naturalists talk about the green/blue space in Newport Beach with some fun activities connecting kids with nature.
When: September 9th, 101AM-3PM
Where: Newport Beach Civic Center, 100 Civic Center Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660

Inaturalist Training at Descanso Gardens
Two-part iNaturalist training at Descanso Gardens, led by the Citizen Science Program from the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. Morning session is targeted to citizen scientists and project managers, and will emphasize the iNaturalist mobile app. Afternoon session is targeted to project managers and will emphasize iNaturalist project management.
When: Tue, August 29th; 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM PDT
Where: Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011

Bixby Marsh Open House
The Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County maintain the 17-acre Bixby Marshland. The Marshland is located in the City of Carson, just east of the 110 Freeway and South of Sepulveda Blvd. This urban jewel is a freshwater habitat containing a diverse group of native plants and animals. The marshland has trails, informational signs, and shade structures. Docents are available for guided tours as well!
When: Sat, September 2nd; 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM PDT
Where: Bixby Marshland, Southwest corner of Figueroa St. & Sepulveda Blvd., Carson, CA

Breakfast with Joshua Schenk of Metro
The 2017 AIA|LA CITY LEADERS BREAKFAST SERIES serves as an opportunity for architects & designers and other community stakeholders to meet directly with key individuals transforming Los Angeles in a roundtable setting to discuss innovative ideas that will ensure a healthy, sustainable and economically competitive future. Joshua L. Schank is the first-ever Chief Innovation Officer for the Los Angeles County Metro and former President and CEO of the Eno Center for Transportation a non-profit foundation with the mission of improving transportation policy and leadership. Dr. Schank, who is an urban planner, has worked on federal and state transportation policy over a decade.
When: Thurday, August 31st; 8:00 – 10:00am
Where: AECOM – 300 S. Grand Avenue, 10th Floor Los Angeles, CA, 90071

San Gabriel Mission Fiesta 2017
Join us for this year’s San Gabriel Mission Fiesta beginning on Labor Day weekend of September 2017!
The fiesta will begin on Friday September 1, from 6PM-Midnight and ends on September 3. There will be entertainment, food, games, festivities, and more! We are thrilled to have another fun festival weekend this year! Don’t forget to bring your friends and family!
When: Friday and Saturday, Sep 1st-2nd, 2017, 6:00 PM – 12:00 AM
Where: San Gabriel Mission, 320 South Mission Drive, San Gabriel, CA 91776

Big Canyon Bird Walk
Walk around Big Canyon identifying bird species with Sea & Sage Audubon volunteer and Naturalist. All species documented on Last month’s bird cout can be found HERE. Suitable for beginners and advanced birders. Make sure to bring appropriate footwear, sunscreen and binoculars if you have them!
When: Sun, August 27; 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Where: Big Canyon, 21442 Back Bay Dr, Newport Beach 92660

Solar Eclipse 2017 Viewing
“If you can’t get to the path of totality for the solar eclipse, Griffith Observatory will host a public viewing event for the partial solar eclipse on our front lawn from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon on Monday, August 21. The Stellar Emporium gift shop will be open (and selling eclipse viewers). The Café at the End of the Universe and the historic level of the Observatory building (home of the Observatory’s coelostat, or solar telescope) will also be open.”
When: August 21st, 9:00 a.m. — 12:00 noon
Where: Griffith Observatory

Net Zero 2017: Energy + Water + Waste Conference
AHBE is a proud sponsor of the nation’s largest event dedicated to net zero building design. Attendee registration has nearly doubled in each of its first three years, thereby showing the building industry’s increasing interest in a net zero future. Verdical Group, the conference organizer, is projecting the host venue to be at capacity again with 600 attendees for the fourth annual event in August 2017.
When: August 24th
Where: IBEW Net Zero Plus Facility, 6023 Garfield Ave, Commerce, CA 90040

Solar Saturday Mixer!
Join the Theodore Payne Foundation to raise funds to get SOLAR PANELS for their HQ and an air conditioning system for their classroom! Everyone is invited. Sun-themed and icy refreshments will be served! Hear a lively talk, visit the nursery and bookstore, hang out with like-minded TPFers. For admittance, please be sure to pre-register for yourself and your guest. Help the Theodore Payne Foundation meet their challenge grant: California native plants run on solar power and so should we!
When: August 26th, 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM PDT
Where: Theodore Payne Foundation, 10459 Tuxford Street, Sun Valley 91352

Nisei Week Japanese Festival
The Nisei Week Japanese Festival has lots of great events to participate in, including Nisei Week Rubik’s Cube Open – JACCC Plaza, 8am, the Golden Circle Dinner – Double Tree by Hilton, 4:30 pm (Dinner), the Coronation event at the Aratani Theatre, 7:00 pm, and the Grand Parade on Sunday, August 20th.
When: August 19th-20th
Where: Various across Little Tokyo.

Rancho Los Alamitos Farm Dinner
Dine amid the corrals, barns and farm animals at Rancho Los Alamitos and enjoy a delightful evening of remarkable food, lively entertainment and good friends. The farm-to-table feast is prepared by Chef Paul Buchanan, voted the Best Chef in 2015, 2016 and 2017 by the Long Beach Press Telegram Readers Choice Awards.
When: August 26th, 5-9pm
Where: 6400 E Bixby Hill Rd, Long Beach, CA 90815

Summer Nights at NoHo Plaza
During the month of August, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) will be in the NoHo Arts District on Saturday nights from 6–9 pm! Stop by NoHo Plaza for art projects connected with LACMA’s collection and exhibitions and enjoy a live DJ set. Also called an exploding book due to its jutting geometric structure, the flower-fold book opens into a dynamic and magical art piece. Inspired by artists who embrace geometry from LACMA’s collection.
When: August 26th, 6-9pm
Where: NoHo Plaza (People St.) between 5223–5225 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601 from 6–9 pm.

Chuan Ding is a landscape designer at AHBE Landscape Architects and has a playful way of sketching what she sees.

Chuan draws on anything she can find. All photos by Jenni Zell.

When did you start sketching?
I began sketching when I was really young. One of my earliest memories is of my dad; he was an oil painter and would leave his unfinished canvases on easels around the house. One time I took his brushes and painted on top of one of his paintings. He still has it.

Chuan works out design details for a project.

Were you always drawing on your notebooks in school?
I drew a lot in kindergarten and elementary school, but quit drawing in high school because I spent so much time studying that I did not have time to draw. When I went to college in China, I started drawing again because we were required to for school. I went to Nanjing Forestry University and we were trained to draw classic Chinese landscape scenes with lots of decorative patterns. The sketches were very formal and took many hours to make. We did not use computer programs for technical drafting or drawing through our third year. Our end of studio exams were about 4-6 hours long and all our plans, details, bird’s-eye-views, and perspectives were hand drawn.

I am sure the process was quite different when you went to USC for graduate school?
At USC I only sketched when I was thinking through an initial concept. Most of the time I used the computer for drawing.

Chuan’s June Post-it note calendar.

Do you sketch now during the design process?
I always like to start with a sketch and then put it into CAD. I have my own style – loose and fast – and it helps me to think through ideas and organize my thoughts. Sometimes I don’t have an idea and I start drawing. At the beginning, it may not have any meaning, but eventually a shape will emerge and I can develop that idea.

How do you find time to draw?
Drawing is a stress release for me and I began sketching in meetings. I started sketching more when I burned out my hard drive at work and the spinning wheel would come up on my computer after opening Illustrator or other drawing programs.  I made use of the time by sketching. I also sketch at home. If I am watching a movie and I see a nice composition, I will take a screen shot and then copy it by drawing the scene.

Chuan’s July Post-it not calendar.

I knew you were talented at computer drawing because we work on projects together, but I didn’t know you were also talented at hand drawing until I noticed your Post-it note calendar in your work space. Tell me about your calendar?
I try to find something special, or fun about every day and I spend 10 minutes making a sketch about what I discover. Drawing is a way to express myself and if I find something inspiring, or fun, I sketch it and put in my calendar.

Do you think you will keep producing your calendar every month?
That is the plan for now.

Interview conducted and condensed by Jenni Zell.


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