Posts by AHBE LAB

Lummis Day Festival
Lummis Day celebrates the arts, history and ethnic diversity of Northeast Los Angeles through educational and cultural events and an annual festival that draws the community together for a shared experience while providing a platform for cooperation among people of all ages and backgrounds.
When: June 2, 3 & 4, 2017
Where: Various locations

Future Aleppo
This summer, visit Future Aleppo at the Skirball—an installation about the human capacity for resilience, hope, and perseverance in times of darkness. A four-by-four-foot model, Future Aleppo was created by a young Syrian boy and aspiring architect named Mohammed Qutaish while living through the indiscriminately violent war in Aleppo. Between 2012 and 2015, as he witnessed his beloved city being demolished, Qutaish crafted his vision for the future of Aleppo using paper, wood, colored pencils, and glue.
When: Thru August 18, 2017
Where: Skirball Cultural Center

How to Kill a City: Gentrification, Inequality, and The Fight for the Neighborhood
Gentrification has become a household word, but few really understand its causes. We talk about hipsters, craft beer and condos as they’re all unexplained phenomena, part of some mysterious process that we can neither foresee nor control. But gentrification is more predictable and more pernicious than we’re often told. In How to Kill a City, journalist Peter Moskowitz explains the hundred-year-long quest to turn cities into gated communities for the rich at the expense of the lives of the poor and middle classes.
When: May 30, 2017, 7:30pm
Where: The Last Bookstore

Charles Phoenix: Long Beachland
Live Comedy Slide Show Performance Celebrating The Epic City By The Sea … Presented by Inretrospect on Retro Row … Be prepared for your local pride to SWELL when Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix, sweeps us away on a time travel slide show adventure exploring Long Beach’s classic and kitschy landmarks and lore then and now.
When: May 28th, 2017, 11:00am
Where: Art Theatre of Long Beach

Beyond Streets & Avenues: Simple Visual Guide to Different Types of Roads: “They’re not just named at random,” explains Edwards. And while “there’s no rule book for building a city there are naming conventions that are surprisingly strong — ones you’ll find across the world. There are exceptions, but if you comb through postal service guides, state departments of transportation and dictionaries you can start to decipher a code behind our roads.”

The High Line Effect: Are Our New Parks Trojan Horses of Gentrification?: “Parks are now for yuppies. Some of us might still have an image of green and open public spaces as being places where people of all incomes, races, backgrounds, and interests can mingle, freeing themselves from a system of which the city grid is the very embodiment. There is a long history of landscape architects designing and municipalities decreeing parks to be not just places where those with means could enjoy their leisure, but also artificial Edens where the working class could escape from their grim places of working and living. The latter option is becoming more and more difficult to find.”

Why Is Greenspace Different From a Park? “Greenspace is the non-place padding put between buildings to set them back from the street. Greenspace has a negative impact in many neighborhoods because it artificially spaces things out around it, reducing the amount of destinations within walking distance. It can also burden private property owners if they are required by law to landscape and maintain their greenspace.”

The Secret Life of Urban Crows: “But what if I were to tell you that the crows you spy in your yard are almost always the same individual crows? That those birds—usually two, a male and a female known as a territorial pair—don’t live there but fly in every day from 20 miles away? During the day urban crows rummage and build nests in a specific spot, in a specific neighborhood, then decamp for the evening to a massive, crowded roost outside the city—their own crow planet— and report back to the neighborhoods each morning. Like you, they commute to work.”

Can Virtual Reality Help Us Tackle Climate Change?: “Their new, 8-minute film Tree lets users experience life as a kapok tree from the moment it pierces through the earth to its death in a slash-and-burn farming operation. “Deforestation is a bigger contributor to climate change than the entire transport industry combined,” Zec emphasises, yet it’s not common knowledge. In addition to forest degradation, it accounts for 10 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions.”

Photos by Gregory Han

Halfway across the world I find myself thinking about my AHBE Lab colleagues, wishing they were here in Tripoli, Lebanon at the International Fair of Tripoli – a phantom landscape that never realized its intended purpose due to an outbreak of civil war that began in 1975 just at the precipice of the project’s completion.

Designed in 1965 by Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, the International Fair of Tripoli is the sort of public utopian modernist project we never see today, an expanse of visionary landscape intended to unite people shoulder-to-shoulder under a unifying experience intended for global audience at a massive scale. The landscape of Niemeyer is grandiose, yet immediately inclusive – firmly, yet invisibly guiding visitors through carefully articulated arteries of walkways interconnecting 15 pavilions, halls, auditoriums, and other structures at a massive scale. The invisible hand of the designer still haunts these abandon walkways.

Perhaps the closest one could imagine as the modern day equivalent of Niemeyer’s International Fair of Tripoli are the commercial campuses of Apple’s or Google’s respective headquarters, each incorporating a similar architectural vocabulary of communal spaces and pavilions, but each restrictive and redefined by their privatized intent – a pale equivalent to an era of design that embraced an internationalist, humanistic egalitarianism rather than one manufactured and guarded by capitalistic mechanisms. For that, we are all a little less well off.

This is architecture at both its most political and apolitical state, somehow both defining and erasing the lines of where and how humans of different backgrounds interact and engage with one another. Ironically, it was the last gasp of optimism before the dire pessimism of conflict swallowed the region whole, leaving the grounds abandoned for years, now to slowly fall into a state of beautiful decay (but become a playground to skaters as the sun falls, a small consolation) – a crumbling concrete reminder our best intents occasionally succumb to the worst of social forces outside a designer’s control.


In the spirit of “ideas worth spreading,” TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.
When: Sat, May 20, 2017 at 10:00 AM
Where: Royce Hall, UCLA

Sci-Fi Sewage Sanctuary
Tour a water recycling plant better known as Starfleet Academy, and the Japanese garden it irrigates with toilet water.
When: Sat, May 20, 2017
Where: Donald C. Tillman Water Reclamation Plant, 6100 Woodley Avenue, Van Nuys, CA, 91406, United States

Free Metro Bike Share Monthly Pass
May is Bike Month, and we’re celebrating by giving you the opportunity to try Metro Bike Share for a whole month…for free! Sign up online at any time during the month of May and use the promo code BIKEMONTH17 at checkout for your FREE monthly pass.
When: Thru May 2017
Where: Various DTLA locations

The Garden
The South Central Farm was a 14-acre community garden in one of the country’s most blighted neighborhoods. Created as a form of healing after the Los Angeles uprising in 1992, the urban oasis was leveled by its landlord in 2006. The Garden follows the farmers who organized, fought back, and demanded answers. The Oscar-nominated film is about greed, power, racial discord, and the importance of grassroots activism. (2008, dir. Scott Hamilton Kennedy, 80 min.)
When: Wednesday, May 17, 2017 7:30PM
Where: Hammer Museum, Billy Wilder Theater

FutureLA: Contemporary Arts and Culture in the City of Angels
Please join the Asian Business League of Southern California and DTLA Rendezvous for a fire-side chat on the exciting state of contemporary culture in Los Angeles, the many projects in the pipeline, how they figure into the greater development of our city, and our rise as an international-caliber metropolitan destination. Panelists: Danielle Cornwell, Managing Partner of District Realty Group / Dixon Lu, Associate Partner of MAD Architects / Han Lo, Executive Director of Open House Los Angeles / Samuel Vasquez, Deputy Director of Advancement at The Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (ICA LA)
When: Wed, May 17, 2017 6pm
Where: Cross Campus Downtown LA, 800 Wilshire Boulevard #200, 90017

The Museum of  Ice Cream
“Remember those crazy ideas you dreamed up as a kid? The Museum of Ice Cream is the place where ideas are transformed into real life experience. A place where flavors are mysteries, toppings are toys, and sprinkles make the world a better place. Our mission is to design environments that bring people together and provoke imagination.”
When: Thru May 29, 2017
Where: 2018 E 7TH Place, Los Angeles CA 90021

IMAGINING LA – 2017 AWA+D Symposium, AWAF Awards Ceremony
“In celebration of our 95th year, AWA+D’s symposium entitled IMAGINING LA draws inspiration from the rich history of women who have imagined the future for Los Angeles. Never has it seemed more vital to remember the role women have played in building our metropolis and to amplify our ideas for LA’s evolution in the 21st century.”
When: May 13, 2017 10:00 am
Where: Women’s Club of Hollywood, 1749 N. La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles 90046

La Ballona Valley Bromeliad Society Show & Plant Sale
The La Ballona Valley Bromeliad Society, a non-profit organization founded in 1950, will hold its Annual Show & Plant Sale with the Sunset Succulent & Cactus Club simultaneously happening in the Garden Room & Patio of the same building. There will be a professionally-judged Exhibition of homegrown plants, flowers and edibles and a Club plant sale table. Admission is free and there is free parking, with vendors selling gardening supplies & plants. Each day at 2:00 PM, we’ll have Plant Workshops/Talks.
When: May 6, 2017, 10am-5pm
Where: Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 4117 Overland Ave, Culver City, CA 90230

Old & New Downtown LA Walking Tour
“Experience the history of Los Angeles from its mirrored development in the early 20th Century to its eventual growth of unique landmarks, which have become new destinations for all to explore.”
When: May 10, 2017 1:30 PM
Where: 351 S. Hill Street Los Angeles, CA 90013

Proyecto Jardin in collaboration with the LA Community Garden Council celebrates International Compost Awareness Week with the launch of an 8-week Compost Academy that prepares participants to manage a sustainable composting system and facilitate Community Compost Hubs.
When: May 13, 2017
Where: Mott Street Urban Farm, 1020 S. Mott Street, Los Angeles, CA 90023