Posts by Gregory Han

WestEdge Design Fair in Santa Monica
Now in its fifth year, WestEdge offers the best in modern design, all in an environment designed to engage, entertain and inspire. The fair offers the opportunity to shop from premium home furnishings brands-many new to the West Coast and meet the designers behind thousands of inspiring products. In addition, attendees gain insight from leading names in the design industry with a full series of educational programs and special events.
When: Tuesday, October 19-22, 2017
Where: The Barker Hangar, 3021 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90405

Art + Tech: Stan Douglas and Michael Govan in Conversation
Join artist Stan Douglas and LACMA CEO and Wallis Annenberg Director Michael Govan as they discuss Douglas’s innovative hybrid of cinema and theater, Helen Lawrence. Conceived and directed by Douglas, this film noir is produced in real time as actors on a stage are composited live into virtual sets of Vancouver circa 1948. In this conversation, Govan and Douglas will talk about the making of Helen Lawrence, and the role of history, narrative, and temporal and spatial displacements in the artist’s practice. Free; tickets required.
When: Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 7pm
Where: LACMA

Halprin Exhibition Reception in Conjunction with ASLA Annual Meeting in Los Angeles
Join The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF) at a twilight, private reception at the A+D Architecture and Design Museum>Los Angeles being held in conjunction with the ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO this October showcasing, The Landscape Architecture of Lawrence Halprin, a traveling photographic exhibition about the life and work of landscape architect Lawrence Halprin (1916-2009), will be on view.
When: October 20, 2017, 4:30-6:30pm
Where: A+D Architecture and Design Museum>Los Angeles, 900 East 4th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Odd Nights at the Autry
Odd Nights at The Autry returns for our 3rd year bringing even more great family fun than before with over 80 local artists, makers, crafters & designers plus 22 food trucks, full bar, & 3 emerging bands. This vivid culture is perfect for all ages. Pets are welcome and there’s an amazing Kids Area with unlimited play wristbands available for sale on site. Bring a blanket and your appetite. Sponsored by LA Weekly. Kids 12 and under are free.
When: October 20, 2017, 6:00-11:00pm
Where: The Autry Museum, 4700 Western Heritage Way

Timeless Space and Values
The second in a series of three conversations with renowned scholars from USC, UCLA, UCSB, CSULB & journalists who explore communication/media, history, science fiction, fantasy, the environment, people & place. We tell and reimagine stories to navigate our place in a changing world and environment through stories offering alternate possibilities or reflections of reality, be they science fiction, fantasy, or the “face” of the news—and remember the timeless value of lives within.
When: Sunday, October 22, 2017, 1:30–3:30 PM
Where: The Rancho, Los Alamitos, 6400 E. Bixby Hill Road, Long Beach

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Will the LA River through Downtown ever look like this?: “Splashy new renderings show what a greened-up LA River—surrounded by parks, jacaranda trees, restored marshlands, and new high-rises and mixed-use development—might look like decades from now.”

Why MacArthur ‘genius’ Kate Orff says designing for nature can protect our cities: “We have to design adaptive landscapes that can accept flood waters or extensive green roofs and streetscapes that absorb rain. But we also need to mitigate the projection of carbon in the first place and decarbonize our built settlement pattern. For me, that is the combination of landscape design and urban architecture that I try to operate in.”

Obesity Thrives in the Suburbs: “So why is obesity less common in densely built areas? The obvious answer is walkability. When amenities are within easy walking distance there is, quite simply, more incentive to walk to them, while densely built environments can also de-incentivize driving because of their congestion and limited parking. The study’s authors also suggest another factor.”

Young Architect Guide: What Is Behavior Modeling in Architecture?: “Behavior modeling programs employ complex algorithms that predict, with an impressive degree of accuracy, the way people will move through a space under a given set of conditions. They’re most often used to analyze the design of buildings that accommodate large crowds, like transit centers and stadiums, though the range of events and decisions that can be modeled is quickly expanding. This means the range of scales and project types that can be analyzed is expanding, as well, increasing the usefulness of these programs to architects who incorporate them into their design process.”

Things to do in Los Angeles This Fall: “The 26 best places to visit in LA, from the iconic Stahl House to a highly acclaimed exhibit on radical women artists.”

Pacific Design Center Fall Market / LA STORIES: Design + The City of Angels
From Los Angeles’ indelible imprint on 20th century design to its current, international emergence as a serious artistic and cultural nexus, PDC’s Fall Market 2017 theme profiles L.A.’s ascendance on the world stage … buoyed by the region’s surge in global talent innovating new ideas and concepts that are revolutionizing the city’s design, architecture, arts, fashion and culinary spheres of influence.
When: October 5th, 9am-6pm
Where: Pacific Design Center

Long Beach Landscape Expo
This tradeshow is designed specifically for California’s leading landscape professionals to network, explore innovative products and engage attendees through over 60 accredited seminars while optimizing relationship building. The Landscape Expo brings top distributors, manufacturers, nurseries, service providers and suppliers together, creating the best opportunity to experience California’s landscaping industry at one event. Sign up online for free admission.
When: October 4-5th, 2017
Where: Long Beach Convention Center; Exhibit Halls A/B, Promenade Meeting Rooms 100’s-200’s

Friends of the Los Angeles River’s Gala Fundraiser
Friends of the Los Angeles River invite you to celebrate thrity one years of LA River stewardship and advocacy with us at our gala “Noches Del Rio” at Marsh Park on October 7, 2017. FoLAR will honor California State Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin de León for his continued leadership on enviro
When: October 7th, 7 PM – 10 PM
Where: Marsh Park 2999 Rosanna Street Los Angeles CA 90039

Wild by Nature: Sowing Seeds for Wild Flowers and Cool-season Grasses
In Southern California, fall is prime time for sowing seed in the garden. Our spring-blooming annuals provide an array of colors and forms—and perform well in many garden spaces, from meadows and mixed beds to borders and containers. Our cool-season grasses include handsome, water-thrifty turf substitutes. This class offers tips and tricks on soil preparation, design concepts, sowing techniques, watering and cultivation, and an illustrated overview of the instructor’s most-beloved species.
When: October 7, 2017, 1:30pm – 3:30pm
Where: Theodore Payne Foundation
10459 Tuxford St
Sun Valley, CA 91352

Tech Open Air Conference
Tech Open Air (TOA), founded in Berlin by Nikolas Woischnik, is the first and largest interdisciplinary technology festival in Europe dedicated to bringing together tech, music, art & science through knowledge exchange and collaboration. NThe upcoming 2nd L.A. edition, as part of the “Berlin Weeks”, celebrating 50 years of city sisterhood of both cities, will again highlight the best from Berlin and L.A. tech, music, art and science. TOA L.A. 2016 speakers, attendees and performers included Google Co-Founder Sergey Brin, Native Instruments CEO Daniel Haver and Berlin’s famous export, L.A.-based music producer Robot Koch. On October 4th, TOA L.A. will welcome amongst others: Steven Kydd (Founder of Tastemade), Breanne Butler (Founder of the Women’s March on Washington), Cyan Banister (partner at Founders Fund), Cal Fussmann (New York Times bestselling author, witer at Esquire Magazine) and Kara Swisher (American technology journalist and Executive Editor of Recode). More speakers will be announced soon!
When: Now till October 4th, 2017 5:00 PM
Where: Lot 613, 613 Imperial St., Los Angeles, CA 90021

An App For Democratizing Street Design: “Put in charge, how would you shape the thoroughfares of the future? A simple but intriguing tool called ReStreet invites any would-be transportation engineer to flesh out ideas. Developed and released by a team of planning and design specialists at the University of San Francisco and California Polytechnic State University, ReStreet offers two template streetscapes, one urban and suburban, for reimagining.”

Old LADWP water tunnel to help with Sierra water glut: A nearly century-old water tunnel that’s been idle for decades is being resurrected by the Department of Water and Power to carry water from the overflowing Los Angeles Aqueduct to store underground for future use.

Go Avenue 26 – A little paint and a lot of listening: “The design installations are stunning, and they demonstrate that transportation can be an opportunity around which unlikely things can occur. The connections between community and transit facilitated by this project hit on multiple levels from pragmatic to fun, and give Angelenos a better sense of what buzz words like placemaking, activation of space, wayfinding and first and last mile connections can actually mean.”

What would an entirely flood-proof city look like?: “The wetter the better. From sponge cities in China to ‘berms with benefits’ in New Jersey and floating container classrooms in the slums of Dhaka, we look at a range of projects that treat storm water as a resource rather than a hazard”

How Concrete Cemented Its Place in History: “Concrete is permanent and yet throwaway. It lasts forever. In a million years, when our steel has rusted and our wood has rotted, concrete will remain. But many of the concrete structures we’re building today will be useless within decades. That’s because, more than a century ago, there was a revolutionary improvement in concrete—but it’s an improvement with a fatal flaw.”

Commune with Nature
Learn about Natural Agriculture and how to grow food in pure untreated soil. This is a great chance to commune with nature and revitalize your spirit at Shumei’s Natural Agriculture Garden in Hollywood! Natural Agriculture is a philosophy and a way of life based on a deep respect and regard for Nature. It encompasses the way we eat, cook, and think about food. In addition to the sustainable farming of crops, Natural Agriculture puts us in touch with the wisdom of nature so that we can work in harmony with our world.
When: Saturday, September 30th, 2017; 9:30 AM – 12PM
Where: Shumei Hollywood Center
7406 Franklin Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046

Plant Form and ID Workshop with Nick Jensen & Sandra Namoff
A basic botany course for home gardeners and landscape pros. Learn the fundamentals of plant form (morphology) and the characteristics used to identify the most species-rich plant families in California, including the sunflowers (Asteraceae), peas (Fabaceae), buckwheats (Polygonaceae), and monkeyflowers (Phrymaceae). Limit: 10.
When: Saturday, September 30th, 2017, 9:00 AM – 1PM
Where: Theodore Payne Foundation
10459 Tuxford St.
Sun Valley , CA 91352

La Tuna Canyon Regeneration: Sustainable Slopes with Joshua Link
FREE LECTURE SERIES for those affected by the La Tuna Fire and those who serve that community.
Landscape architect Joshua Link will address ways to protect slopes in advance of and after a wild fire in his talk: Sustainable Slopes. The presentation offers the fundamentals of gardening on uneven ground using native plants and light-on-the-land construction methods for stabilization and erosion control — and including up-to-date, practical information for residents of fire-prone or recently burned areas.
When: Saturday, September 30th, 2017, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM PDT
Where: Theodore Payne Foundation
10459 Tuxford St
Sun Valley, CA 91352

Found in Translation: Design in California and Mexico
Found in Translation: Design in California and Mexico, 1915–1985 is a groundbreaking exhibition and accompanying book about design dialogues between California and Mexico. Its four main themes—Spanish Colonial Inspiration, Pre-Hispanic Revivals, Folk Art and Craft Traditions, and Modernism—explore how modern and anti-modern design movements defined both locales throughout the twentieth century. Half of the show’s more than 250 objects represent architecture, conveyed through drawings, photographs, and films to illuminate the unique sense of place that characterized California’s and Mexico’s buildings. The other major focus is design: furniture, ceramics, metalwork, graphic design, and murals.
When: Thru April 1st, 2018
Where: LACMA

Historical Society of Southern California Tour of Rancho Los Cerritos with a Garden Lunch
The house tour of the historic Monterey-style adobe will be a one-hour walking tour which includes work areas like the mayordomo’s room and blacksmith shop as well as living spaces like the parlor, library, and master bedroom. The garden tour includes the vibrant gardens that grace the property today including trees that date back to the mid-19th century, as well as lush landscaping designed in the early 1930s by notable landscape architect Ralph Cornell. Then we will have lunch in the grounds. The tour will include the house, the gardens, and unique opportunity to have lunch on the grounds in a private garden.
When: Saturday, September 30th, 2017, 10:00 am-1:00 pm
Where: Rancho Los Cerritos, Historic Site
4600 Virginia Road
Long Beach, CA 90807