Posts from the Looking Ahead Category

Westweek 2017
Pacific Design Center’s WESTWEEK 2017 Spring Market theme … ICONS+INNOVATORS … celebrates today’s seminal standard bearers and groundbreaking influencers leading the design industry ever-forward, with presentations featuring top talent who both embody and deliberate on what it means to be iconic and innovative in the design world now.
When: March 22-23, 2017, 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Where: Pacific Design Center, 8687 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood, CA 90069

UCLA’s Landscape Architecture Program 40th Anniversary Celebration
“2017 is the 40th year the Landscape Architecture Program has been offering courses here at UCLA Extension. As part of that celebration, we are putting on two celebratory events. Both events will take place on Saturday March 25th.”
When: March 25, 2017; Luncheon: 1pm – 2pm
Presentations: 2pm – 4pm
Where: 1145 Gayley Ave.

Building Change LA
Building Change LA is the new initiative that the Office of Mayor Eric Garrett is launching in partnership with local and national organizations to refresh and futurist policies and processes that inform how we design and build the city sustainably and resiliently. Join us for a knowledge exchange to kick-off this initiative.
When: March 23, 2017, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Where: 900 E 4th Street, Los Angeles 90013

TOMATOMANIA! @ Descanso Gardens
“Back by popular demand, TOMATOMANIA!, the world’s largest tomato seedling sale, returns to Descanso Gardens. Activities free with admission unless otherwise noted.”
When: March 25, 2017, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Where: Descanso Garden, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011

Creative Placemaking: Economic Development for the Next Generation
“Join the Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design for a free webinar tracing creative placemaking’s economic development outcomes. The webinar will feature Zachary Mannheimer of Des Moines, IA, and his approach to economic development in small towns with a focus on retaining young people and creative professionals. The webinar will provide landscape architects and other design professionals with an overview of the way creative placemaking enhances livability and economic opportunity for small towns and rural communities.”
When: March 23, 2017, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Where: ASLA Webinar

Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean
“Writer, sailor, and surfer Jonathan White journeys deep into the world’s oceans in his new book Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean. From investigating the growth of tidal power generation in Chile and Scotland to delving into the threat of rising sea levels in Panama and Venice, join us for this exploration of the current state of our oceans’ infinitely complex and ever-changing ecosystems and the forces that keep our planet’s waters in constant motion.”
When: March 16, 7:15pm
Where: Mark Taper Auditorium-Central Library

L.A. Nature Fest
Experience nature in a whole new way! NHMLA is giving you two days to get up close and hands-on with all things nature. Whether you’re an avid hiker or a nature newbie – L.A. Nature Fest is for you, with over 30 exhibitor booths in partnership with local organizations, access to scientists and nature experts to answer all your questions, live animal presentations, stage performances and nature walks, expert tips on how to attract wildlife to your garden, nature crafts​, and early morning bird walks.
When: March 18 and 19, 9:30 am – 5 pm
Where: Exposition Park, 900 Exposition Blvd

Dream Big 3D
“From the world’s tallest buildings to underwater robots and a solar car race across Australia, Dream Big 3D celebrates the human ingenuity behind engineering marvels big and small, and shows how engineers push the limits of innovation in unexpected and amazing ways. Discover the inspiring stories of human grit and aspiration that reveal the compassion and creativity that drive engineers to create better lives for people and a more sustainable future for us all.”
When: Now playing
Where: 700 Exposition Park Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90037

David Bowie: Among the Mexican Masters
This unique archive captures intimate moments between the legendary musician and the cultural heritage of Mexico made during Bowie’s only visit to Mexico City 20 years ago.
When: Now till June
Where: Forest Lawn – Glendale – Museum

Hanging On: A Tale of Two Desert Icons
“The ocotillo and Joshua tree are iconic plants of the California deserts, indeed the entire Southwest. Not only are they two of the largest plants found on California desert flatlands, both species are widely planted as ornamentals and have names or images adorning hundreds of souvenirs and business logos from Las Vegas to Tucson and beyond. Cornett will share the results of his decades-long studies on the population dynamics of these two iconic species with particular emphasis on the Joshua tree as his research on this species has just finished.”
When: March 13, 2017, 10:00 a.m.
Where: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Visitor Center Discovery Laboratory

Grand Park’s Downtown Bookfest
“In collaboration with the City of Los Angeles’ Big Read honoring the poetry of Emily Dickinson, Grand Park’s free Downtown Bookfest turns Dickinson’s poetry inside out with performances by Cut Chemist + Hymnal, David Prather and Mayda Del Valle. Free hands-on activities include creating your own pieces of poetic genius with PUBLISH! by Writ Large Press, constructing handmade books using dried plant specimens, a photo booth with Victorian-era props and prose, free writing advice, 826LA’s never-ending story, and pop-up bookshops for literary lovers big and small.”
When: March 11, 2017 12:00-5:00pm
Where: Grand Park’s Olive Court, 200 N Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012

AWA+D Presents the Sheats-Goldstein Residence Tour
“Our 3rd annual AWA+D exclusive tour of John Lautner’s 1963 masterpiece: the Sheats-Goldstein residence. If you’ve never been, this is a MUST SEE LA architectural landmark; and if you have been before, undoubtedly you will want to experience the enchantment for a second time.”
When: March 12, 2017 11:00 am
Where: Sheats-Goldstein Residence

The Path to Net Zero Water
“This month’s free UnMeeting will center around strategies and technologies to projects achieve Net Zero Water. We will discuss the evolving definition of Net Zero as it applies to water use, learn about a range of water reuse projects including local institutional and multifamily projects, and see the commercial graywater system operating at our meeting venue, the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator.”
When: March 8, 2017, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM PST
Where: Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI), 525 South Hewitt Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013

SurveyLA: African American Historic Context Community Meeting
“Join the City of Los Angeles Office of Historic Resources for a community meeting on the SurveyLA African American Historic Context. During this meeting we will provide an overview of the context and the purpose of the historic context, currently in development. We invite community members to provide information regarding significant places, people, dates, and events associated with Los Angeles’ African American history. The community’s participation is important and essential in ensuring that the context reflects a comprehensive history of Los Angeles.”
When: March 11, 2017, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM PST
Where: Holman United Methodist Church, Bowick Music Room – Rm. 111, 3320 West Adams Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90018

Art Night Pasadena
“Enjoy a free evening of art, music and entertainment as Pasadena’s most prominent arts and cultural institutions swing open their doors. The night is yours to decide. Begin your journey at any one of our 18 participating cultural institutions, where free shuttles will be waiting to transport you to your next destination. Last fall, 28,000 people experienced the excitement of ArtNight. Don’t miss the fun this Spring!”
When: March 10, 2017 6:00-10:00pm
Where: Locations throughout Pasadena (venues listed here)


626 Golden Streets: “Modeled after the thousands of other open streets or CicLAvia events that have been organized around the world and across the United States, 626 Golden Streets will temporarily open stretches of roadway from South Pasadena to Azusa for people to walk, jog, skate, bike and more. Organizers are excited to bring this concept to 7 San Gabriel Valley cities for the first time.”
When: Sunday March 5, 2017
Where: Check out the route here

The Great LA River CleanUp: The Friends of the Los Angeles River have opened up registration for what is the largest urban river cleanup in America. FoLAR is aiming to break the records again this year with the most volunteers ever, looking for Angelenos to help clean up sections all along the Los Angeles River (no doubt in need of clean up this spring after all the rain). Note: To participate you must register and turn in a completed waiver at the CleanUp.
When: April 15, 22, 29; 9:00 am – 12:00 noon
Where: Various locations across the river listed here

Julia Morgan Legacy Event – Co-produced by the Santa Monica Conservancy and the Association for Women in Architecture + Design: “Join the Santa Monica Conservancy and the Association for Women in Architecture + Design in a special commemoration of architect Julia Morgan, California’s first woman architect. Noted for her collaboration with William Randolph Hearst to create Hearst Castle in San Simeon, Morgan left a legacy of more than 700 projects in her nearly five decades of practice. Posthumously awarded the AIA’s highest honor, a Gold Medal, her brilliant and pioneering work has only recently won public recognition.”
When: Sunday, March 5, 2017; 11am – 2pm
Where: Annenberg Community Beach House, 415 Pacific Coast Hwy, Santa Monica, CA 90402

Cherry Blossom Festival at Descanso Gardens: The La Cañada Flintridge botanical garden’s most popular festival returns with two weekends of live music, origami, good food and beautiful blooms throughout the garden. Activities free with admission unless otherwise noted.
When: March 4, 2017; 9:00am – 4:00pm
Where: Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Dr, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011

Welcome to Malibu Creek State Park Hike: “Join a docent for a walk along the creek and through a wooded valley. Learn about the area’s animals, plants, early inhabitants and movies filmed in the park. Meet near the bathrooms in the lower / main parking lot at 10 am. Length: 2 hours. Come and bring your family and friends! Docents, trainees and visitors welcome.”
When: February 26, 2017; 10am
Where: Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Dr, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011


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