Posts by AHBE LAB


A Conversation with Women from Cal Poly Pomona Landscape Architecture: “As part of Cal Poly Pomona Department of Landscape Architecture’s 60th Anniversary celebrations the department is pleased to host a screening of the documentary “Ruth Shellhorn: Midcentury Landscape Design in Southern California.” The documentary will be followed by a panel discussion with its creator, Kelly Comras, a landscape architect and CPPLA alumna.” Kiku Kurahashi, one of AHBE’s Senior Associates will be participating as a panelist.
When: Mon, February 27, 2017, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM PST
Where: Japanese American Cultural and Community Center
244 South San Pedro Street
Garden Room A
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Environmental Communications: Contact High: ““Contact High” is the first major presentation of West Coast media collective Environmental Communications, who shot thousands of 35mm slides that captured “a vast visual taxonomy of Southern California’s urban and social geography“ as well as “an almanac of alternative architectural practices” during the late 1960s and ’70s. Browse through the group’s process images, videotaped road trips, blimp tours, group therapy sessions, as well as their sales catalogs and slide sets that they distributed to a network of cultural institutions and architecture schools worldwide”
When: Until April 1st
Where: LA X ART: 7000 Santa Monica Blvd

Catherine Opie: Life and Work: Catherine Opie discusses her life and work, including her iconic photography series of portraits and American urban landscapes. A photographer and photography professor at UCLA, her work includes portrait series and American urban landscapes that range in format from large-scale color works to smaller black-and-white prints. Moving from the territory of the body to the framework of the city, Opie’s various photographic series are linked together by a conceptual framework of cultural.
When: THU, FEB 23, 2017 / 6:30-8:00PM
Where: Skylight Studios
10050 Constellation Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90067

Speaking: Dana Cuff, head of cityLAB and the Urban Humanities Initiative at UCLA: “Dr. Dana Cuff, UCLA A.UD Professor and Founding Director of cityLABleads unconventional architectural practices deploying new logics of discipline, economy, and social purpose.”
When: MON, FEB 27, 2017 / 6:30-8:00PM
Where: Perloff Hall is located on the UCLA Campus.

Boom: A Journal of California, Seeing California Reading: “The Last Bookstore hosts a lineup of contributors reading from the last issue of the beloved publication, with California poet laureate Dana Gioia and Boom editor Jason Sexton among those scheduled to appear. Plus, as thanks to the community for its support, copies of Boom’s final print issue are free with the purchase of any book by one of its contributors.”
When: THU, FEB 21, 2017 / 7:30PM
Where: The Last Bookstore
453 S. Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Palm Springs Modernism Week: “Modernism Week’s signature February Event is an annual celebration of midcentury modern design, architecture, art, fashion and culture. This exciting festival takes place in February in the Palm Springs area of Southern California. Modernism Week features more than 250 events including the Modernism Show & Sale, Signature Home Tours, films, lectures, Premier Double Decker Architectural Bus Tours, nightly parties and live music, walking and bike tours, tours of Sunnylands, fashion, classic cars, modern garden tours, a vintage travel trailer exhibition, and more.”
When: Daily until February 26, 2017
Where: Various across Palm Springs


Renderings revealed for Disney’s Star Wars theme parks: Imaginary landscapes unveiled alongside the announcement of plans for a 14-acre Star Wars-themed extensions to both Disneyland and Disney World theme parks by 2019 (the Star Wars-themed lands are the largest-ever, single-themed land expansions at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts.)

How cities can stand up to climate change: “Donald Trump has pledged to defund climate change science and undo Barack Obama’s progressive climate legacy. As the White House abandons the climate change fight, “resilience” is becoming a big part of the way cities design and build for the future.”

Yesterday’s Dams Face Tomorrow’s Floods: “Water—whether too much or too little—has a way of revealing weaknesses in design and decision making. For Oroville Dam—the tallest dam in the nation—the crisis began with poor maintenance of its main spillway compounded by wholly inadequate design of the emergency spillway, a known problem. But the crisis at Oroville also raise five broader concerns that California will have to reckon with…”

Scientists Are Working to Make All of L.A. Three Degrees Cooler: “Mayor Eric Garcetti has pledged to reduce L.A.’s average temperature by three degrees over the next two decades (which, if you think about the difference between it being 101 and 98 outside, is a big deal), and, as the Los Angeles Times reports, a group of scientists are actively working towards that goal.”

Despite drought-reducing rains, central California continues to sink: “The most comprehensive study yet of the problem reveals the startling pace and extent of the damage: NASA satellites found the ground subsiding up to 20 inches in a seven-mile area near the Fresno town of Tranquillity, because the state’s subterranean water supply was drained to record lows by farms and towns coping with the recent drought.”

Welcome to our ongoing series of Cal Poly Pomona Coastal Resiliency posts, featuring the observations of 4th year undergraduate students in the Landscape Architecture program.


Photo by Barry Lehrman

Joining the powers of the left and right sides of the brain is central to the practice of landscape architecture, while tapping into our creativity and brain muscle allows our profession to give shape to previously unexplored opportunities. The Cal Poly Pomona students have been applying their minds to the science and art of our profession: see their observations on the process below.

Amphibious Neighborhood Team: Amanda F., Iliana V., Elise A., Andres R.

Amphibious Neighborhood Team: Amanda F., Iliana V., Elise A., Andres R. / Amphibious neighborhood strategies by Amanda F.



Environmental Fable Set in Sci-Fi Landscapes Wins 2017 Fairy Tales Competition: “The winning entries in this year’s competition include oblique references to current events, mundane daily activities and human emotions that we all easily relate to—they make visible how we shape space, and in turn, how space shapes us. The images and narratives are so wildly outlandish, and yet, so grounded that it seems like we could mistakenly stumble into any of them.”

Germany unveils zero-emissions train that only emits steam: “Germany is set to introduce the world’s first zero-emission passenger train to be powered by hydrogen.The Coradia iLint only emits excess steam into the atmosphere, and provides an alternative to the country’s 4,000 diesel trains.”

A City Is Not a Computer: ““What should a city optimize for?” Even in the age of peak Silicon Valley, that’s a hard question to take seriously. The question was posed last summer by Y Combinator — the formidable tech accelerator that has hatched a thousand startups, from AirBnB and Dropbox to robotic greenhouses and wine-by-the-glass delivery — as the entrepreneurs announced a new research agenda: building cities from scratch.”

Japanese Garden at the Donald C. Tillman Water Reclamation Plant: “Whether daydreaming of an escape to a Far East Zen paradise or enrolling at Starfleet Academy, a stroll through this traditional Japanese Garden, part of a not-so-glamorous water reclamation plant in the San Fernando Valley, will instantly transport you in either direction.”

The American suburbs are the next fertile ground for architectural and urban experimentation: “The American suburbs are the next fertile ground for architectural and urban experimentation. Seen here: One Connecticut town swaps a derelict mall for a 14.4-acre, community-centered green space. Click on the link “environmentally” in the sixth paragraph below to learn more.”


cityLAB, Times Ten
For the past ten years, cityLAb – UCLA has been at the center of innovation thought about the architecture of the city. The “cityLAb, Times Ten” exhibition showcases the lab’s research on some of the critical challenges facing the 21st century metropolis ranging from housing to density and transportation. A series of evening panels called “Lab Talks” will bring people together to debate design’s role in the city. Collaborative, experimental projects serve as prototypes of progressive architecture that holds multiplier effects, with the potential to impact the urban fabric of Southern California and beyond. The work from cityLAB is exhibited in three categories: Desk, Neighbor, and Place.
When: February 3 – April 9, 2017
Where:  EXHIBITION at the A + D MUSEUM
Architecture and Design Museum of Los Angeles
900 E. 4th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013

2017 AIA|LA City Leaders Breakfast Series
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. This week’s guest will be Councilmember Gil Cedillo, representing the Council District #1, City of Los Angeles.
When: Thursday, February 9 (8:00 – 9:30am)
Where:  NAC Architecture, 837 N Spring St, Third Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90012-2323

Los Angeles: Detailed
Curated and organized by Mark Indig, Los Angeles: Detailed is an example and an examination by nine diverse Los Angeles-based photographers (native and non-native) who are drawn to very different specifics of this ever-changing city and region. Often drawn to and obsessed by details, marks and captured moments, photographers often do their deepest and most contemplative work close to home. Saturated lifeguard towers, power lines, closed storefronts, abstractions of a marked landscape, architectural landmarks, intimacies from ethnic celebrations and street life – these are all a part of what makes this a vibrant and special space to record.
When: Ongoing
Where: Annenberg Community Beach House
415 Pacific Coast Highway *
Santa Monica, CA, 90402

Audio Tour of Chinatown by L.A. Conservancy
Learn about the multi-cultural history of L.A.’s Chinatown. Produced for our one-day-only tour in April 2016, you can explore Chinatown using this PDF booklet, or even better, accompanied with audio developed by the Los Angeles Conservancy and presented using the free Geotourist app, available in the iTunes store and Google Play store.
When: Ongoing
Where: Chinatown, Los Angeles

Los Angeles Mycological Society Mushroom Fair
The abundance of rain has resulted in a bountiful fruiting of mushrooms across parks, backyards, and lawn. The Los Angeles Mycological Society (LAMS) holds its annual Wild Mushroom Fair, an event 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 12, 2017
Where: Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, 301 North Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007