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ELEMENTAL – Marking Time at Descanso Gardens
“For some art media and techniques, time is an essential component. There are time-based art forms such as performance, images moving in film or digital, and music that act only through an unfolding. As we engage with these artworks, time is being marked off much in the same way a garden grows in cycles, and it is only over the course of time that one sees this evolution and the artwork is completed. ELEMENTAL | Marking Time invites visitors to consider the moment by moment, step by step, mark by mark additive process that marks the passage of time, whether in the life cycles of the Gardens or in the process of art making.”
When: Descanso Gardens
Where: Till December 3rd, 2017

Transpacific Borderlands: The Art of Japanese Disapora in Lima, Los Angeles, Mexico City and Sao Paolo
Transpacific Borderlands: The Art of Japanese Diaspora in Lima, Los Angeles, Mexico City, and São Paulo will examine the experiences of artists of Japanese ancestry born, raised, or living in either Latin America or predominantly Latin American neighborhoods of Southern California. The exhibition is part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a Getty-led initiative exploring Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles, and is made possible through grants from the Getty Foundation.
Where: Japanese American National Museum. 100 N. Central Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012
When: Till February 25th, 2018

Albert Frey and Lina Bo Bardi: A Search for Living Architecture
“Albert Frey and Lina Bo Bardi: A Search for Living Architecture” presents an unprecedented exploration of two visionary architects who critically expanded the meaning and practice of modern architecture. Lina Bo Bardi (1914–1992) emigrated from Italy to Brazil in 1946 and Albert Frey (1903–1998) from Switzerland to the United States in 1930.”
Where: Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center: 300 South Palm Canyon Drive
When: Till January 7th, 2018

HIVE 2017 (coming up)
“HIVE is the marquee innovation event in the nation that touches every aspect of housing. Join the best and brightest construction and design professionals, academics, and thought leaders from an array of industries passionate about design, business strategies, and innovation to stimulate new ideas and shape the future of how people live, work and play.”
Where: Intercontinental Los Angeles Downtown, 900 Wilshire Blvd
When: December 6-7th, 2017

Gridlock resulting from vehicles and pedestrians “blocking the box” at the intersection of 1st Avenue and 57th Street in New York City. Photo by Rgoogin (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Worse Gridlock, More Inequality? 3 Ways Self-Driving Cars Could Change Cities: “Cities could be caught off guard by a new traffic crisis, and be forced to step in to regulate how many AVs they’ll allow on the road. They could also regulate the cost of these luxury rides to help pay for ride access in lower-income areas. Either way, the point is clear: Cities will need to be prepared to step in as this tech radically shifts the carefully planned “calculus” of urban transit.”

The Streets of Tomorrow: “Whether or not autonomous vehicles will allow for utopian cities of tomorrow depends on careful planning and policies today, says writer Brian Barth. And the future of autonomous vehicles might not look as green as we’re imagining. A new landscape by Ki Concepts on Honolulu’s Ford Island—site of the Pearl Harbor attack in World War II—weaves the richly layered history of the site into a sleek, cohesive design. And a new streetscape redesign by CRSA in the Sugar House business district of Salt Lake City turns a large thoroughfare into an inviting multimodal streetscape.”

Sight and Insight in the California Desert: “In our era of rapidly shifting domestic arrangements, nearly everyone — young people living alone or aging couples in communal compounds — seems badly served by architecture designed for the increasingly vestigial nuclear family. The cultish Marie Kondo’s admonitions to cast out the nonessential seems ripped from Zittel’s playbook; the conceptual underpinnings for the swelling phalanx of tiny, modular dwellings that evade byzantine zoning regulations and create a more mobile society can be found in Zittel’s experiments as well.”

A Controversial Plan to Drain Water From the Desert? Go for It, Trump Administration Says: “The publicly traded Cadiz Inc. — which has a market value of nearly $300 million — owns 34,000 acres in the valley, land that is surrounded on all sides by the Mojave Trails National Monument. You’d never know to look at it but underneath the arid land lies the Fenner Basin, a massive aquifer that holds between 17 million and 34 million acre-feet of water, about as much water as in Lake Mead. Cadiz currently uses the water for its 500 acres of farmland. But no one gets rich growing lemons in the desert.”

The Economics of the Office: Why Do We Still Commute? “There are many reasons to believe commuting is stupid. It wastes resources. It’s bad for the environment. It’s unproductive time that we’re not paid for. It costs us money. It’s stressful. It’s associated with higher rates of depression, obesity, cardiovascular disease, divorce, death, and a whole host of other maladies. We report we hate it more than anything else in our routines and that we’re happier when we get to more regularly work from home. Why, then, must office workers continue to do it?”

Conservation for Cities
It’s time to think differently about cities and nature. Understanding how to better connect our cities with the benefits nature provides will be increasingly important as people migrate to cities and flourish in them. All this urban growth, along with challenges of adapting to climate change, will require a new approach to infrastructure if we’re going to be successful. Yet guidance on how to plan and implement projects to protect or restore natural infrastructure is often hard to come by. With “Conservation for Cities”, Robert McDonald offers a comprehensive framework for maintaining and strengthening the supporting bonds between cities and nature through innovative infrastructure projects.
When: November 2nd, 6pm
Where: UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation

Landscape as Catalyst: Lawrence Halprin’s Legacy and Los Angeles
The Cultural Landscape Foundation, in collaboration with the A+D Architecture and Design Museum, is organizing a public, daylong symposium on November 4, 2017, that will examine the influences and accomplishments of renowned landscape architect Lawrence Halprin (1916 – 2009) and his impact on the renaissance of downtown Los Angeles. Held as part of a three-month series of public events honoring Halprin’s rich local and national legacy, this symposium will be suitable for enthusiasts of Modernist design and landscape architecture, practitioners and urban planners, fans of Los Angeles and those interested in the city’s history, and others.
When: November 04th, 9:30am to 4:00pm
Where: A+D Architecture and Design Museum, 900 East 4th Street, Los Angeles, 90013

Neural Exchange – Research Lecture with John Gerrard
2016 Art + Technology Lab grant recipient John Gerrard introduces his project Neural Exchange. Inspired by conversations with Lab technology advisors, the artist researched neural networks, a type of machine intelligence that mimics networks of neurons in the brain. Gerrard will present these artistic experiments in lecture form alongside the performance debut of a generated simulation. A publication featuring interviews with practitioners from Google, NVIDIA and elsewhere, relating to this powerful new computing form will be handed out during the event.
When: November 1st, 7pm
Where: LACMA | Bing Theater

Aerial Futures: Leading Edge
Drawing on the expertise of prominent airport terminal designers, industry leaders and disruptive innovators, Aerial Futures is a forum for knowledge sharing and exchange. Keynotes, presentations and panels will showcase leading thinking and projects related to terminal creation and operation, from components to user experience. Airports are taking the lead as intricately designed, highly frequented and resource-intensive structures that define how we travel, trade and connect with each other, now and into the future.
When: November 2nd-3rd, 2017
Where: Architecture and Design Museum Los Angeles

A Tale of Two Cities in a Hotter World: Los Angeles and Beijing
Climate change is the existential crisis of the 21st century. How it plays out, how we can curb it, and how we adjust to the changes already underway will define our generation. This fall, the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, in collaboration with UCLA Institute of Environment and Sustainability, has designed a new kind of climate series; a four-night conversation between the L.A. community and some of the world’s experts on all things climate change.
When: November 2nd, 6pm
Where: Natural History Museum

The Future Today
Physicists say, “time is flexible, stretchable, even reversible.” But “we are all futurists today” as the past, present and future morph together in real and virtual time and where tomorrow may depend on leaving options open now.
When: November 5th, 1:30–3:30 PM
Where: The Rancho, Los Alamitos


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All Roads Paved with Asphalt Trap 90% of the Sun’s Heat—That’s a Problem: “For cities the problem is even bigger. On top of the rising temperatures, the urban heat island effect results in an additional 1.8 to 5.4°F burden for urban dwellers during the day and up to 22°F in the evenings. Concrete buildings, asphalt paved roads radiating accumulated heat throughout the night, and lack of trees contribute to the making of scorching cities. Active measures will be needed to reduce the risk of heat-related health problems.”

What the Garden-Hacking Grandmas and Grandpas of South Korea Know: “Gardening here is not a hobby. It comes from the realization within people that there is inherent value in tending a garden and taking time to be a part of nature.”

Meet Me in the Trees: “Aloft, the usual corporate sounds of clicking doors, conference calls, and heels on concrete melt away. A fall wind sweeps through emerald branches. Every once in a while, a pinecone drops to the deck with a soft thud. A sudden ruckus breaks the gentle morning hush: a squirrel scrambling for breakfast charges across the arms of nearby hemlock and western red cedar…”

Problem Not Solved, But Not a Problem: “Assembling a decade of design and scholarly research, Bélanger provides readers with a much-needed alternative history of urbanization (primarily in mid- to late 20th and early 21st-century North America), as well as a survey of the contemporary forces that drive urbanization patterns today. These aspects of the book are complemented by an account of the accompanying epistemological shifts brought about by new understandings of complexity and ecology as well as a resurgence of the importance of geography, and all of these facets add up to a convincing challenge to many of the ideological positions that continue to dominate the planning, design, and engineering of urbanism today.”

A Pioneer in Public Space: “Lawrence Halprin might not be a household name, but his work has been seen and enjoyed by millions of people in Downtown Los Angeles over the decades. The landscape architect designed the Bunker Hill Steps across from the Central Library, next to U.S. Bank Tower. He also created the design for one of Downtown’s few green spaces, Grand Hope Park, next to the FIDM campus. So it is only fitting that the late Halprin is being honored in a Downtown museum. Last month, the A+D Museum in the Arts District opened the exhibit The Landscape Architecture of Lawrence Halprin.”