Posts from the Looking Ahead Category


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


Tiny House Pre-Build Party and Building Workshop with Derek Diedricksen at CAFAM: Meet Derek Diedricksen and learn about his innovative design approach as he brings his unique Tiny House Project to LA for the first time at CAFAM. The Launch Party features a book signing and talk with Diedricksen and guest micro-builders Michelle Boyle, Dustin Diedricksen, Andrew Odom, Marty Skrelunas, and Jedediah Voltz. Builder Palo Coleman will demonstrate Shou Sugi Ban, a Japanese technique of protecting wood by charring it with fire and designer Dustin Diedricksen will present a live framing demonstration. Food, cash bar and other surprises to come!
When: February 3, 2017
Where: Craft & Folk Art Museum
5814 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90036



Metro Crenshaw LRT – Technical Tour (Joint ASCE OC/LA)
Please join ASCE OC & LA for a technical tour of the Metro Crenshaw LRT. Currently in construction, the Metro Crenshaw LRT was one of 12 transit projects funded by Measure R approved in 2008. The Line will travel 8.5 miles to the Metro Green Line and will serve the cities of Los Angeles, Inglewood and El Segundo; and portions of unincorporated Los Angeles County. This tour will be hosted by the Walsh Group (Design Build Contractor) and HNTB (Designer) to discuss construction/design challenges and discuss overall project progress. Lunch is provided at the technical tour. PPEs (orange safety vest, hard hat, safety glasses and steel toed boots) are a requirement for this tour.
When: Friday, January 27, 2017 from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM (PST)
Where: 9323 Bellanca Ave, CA 90045


Photo by Gregory Han

Photo by Gregory Han


Origami by Robert J. Lang: Join origami master Robert Lang for a gallery talk about the beautifully complex folded art he created for his current installation at The Huntington. (The exhibit ends Jan. 29.) A book signing follows the informal talk. Free; no reservations required. Brody Botanical Center.
When: January 28, 2017, 2 p.m.
Where: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, CA 91108

Doug Aitken: Electric Earth: For more than 20 years, Doug Aitken has shifted the perception and location of images and narratives. His multichannel video installations, sculptures, photographs, publications, happenings, and architectural works demonstrate the nature and structure of our ever-mobile, ever-changing, image-based contemporary condition. With a profound knowledge and understanding of the history of 20th-century avant-gardes, experimental music, and cinema, and an intimate kinship with the protest movements of the late 1960s, Aitken has invented a unique immersive aesthetic. Rooted in interdisciplinary collaborations, and the broad availability of images and the vulnerability of individuals, his work accounts for the cool but relentless human, industrial, urban, and environmental entropy that defines 21st-century existence.
When: Through January 15, 2017
Where: The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA Grand Avenue), 250 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Patricia Fernandez’s Point of Departure: Five Walks: “Over the past three years, artist Patricia Fernandez, who lives in L.A. but was born in Spain, took five walks through the Pyrenees mountains that separate Spain from France. She was retracing routes her own relatives took at the end of the 1930s, after the Spanish Civil War, when they, like so many other defeated Republicans, trekked off. Along the way, Fernandez collected souvenirs, documents and photographs that she then recreated as paintings, drawings or objects.”
When: 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. every Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat.
Where: Commonwealth & Council
3006 W. Seventh St., #220
Los Angeles, CA 90005

Enchanted: Forest of Light at Descanso Gardens: Enchanted: Forest of Light is an interactive, nighttime experience unlike anything else in Los Angeles, featuring a one-mile walk through 8 distinct lighting displays in some of the most beloved areas of Descanso Gardens. Tickets are timed and must be purchased in advance. Enchanted: Forest of Light is a rain or shine event.
When: 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. daily until January 8
Where: 1418 Descanso Dr.
La Canada Flintridge, CA  91011

LA Union Station Cocoa Concert Series: “This Christmas season, Union Station’s majestic south patio will be transformed into a hub of holiday entertainment with three distinctive and diverse “Cocoa Concerts”. From 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. on Fridays December 16th and 23rd, Angelenos can enjoy a festive, family-friendly holiday celebration featuring free concerts, a “Cocoa Bar” with Elftenders, an “Ugly Christmas Sweater” contest, holiday crafts and cookie decorating, a Naughty & Nice photo booth and selfies with the most popular guy in Tinsel Town.”
When: Friday December 23 2016
Where: Union Station
800 N Alameda St
Los Angeles 


Renegade Craft Fair at Grand Park: Looking for holiday gifts? 250 artisans and makers will be offering a multitude of DIY design wares, food, and other items at Los Angeles’ Grand Park over the weekend, December 10th and 11th.
When: December 10 + 11, 2016, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Grand Park
200 N. Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 9001

California Continued (Garden): “In the outdoor ethnobotanical garden, discover more than 60 native California plant species and examples of their past and present uses. Designed by landscape architect Matthew Kennedy (Ponca), the 7,000-square-foot space comprises seating and relaxation areas, a wetlands cove, pond, waterfall, basalt columns, and a California Oak tree.”
When: 10:00 a.m. every Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat., Sun.
Where: The Autry, 4700 Western Heritage Way
Los Angeles, CA 90027

The Downtown Art Walk: A free, self-guided, public art event celebrating the vibrant Downtown Los Angeles art scene, each and every month on the 2nd Thursday. Hours vary by gallery, but most participating galleries and spaces operate between 12PM – 10PM, with tours led by Art Walk Ambassadors available.
When: Thursday, December 8, 2016 4:30PM – 6:30PM
Where: 634 S. Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90014

Origins: The Birth and Rise of Chinese American Communities in Los Angeles: “…a permanent, cutting edge exhibition celebrating the growth and development of Chinese American enclaves from downtown Los Angeles to the San Gabriel Valley.”
When: Every Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat., Sun.
Where: 425 N. Los Angeles St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

The Los Angeles River: Connecting Water & Art Hosted by Friends of the Los Angeles River: “One of a series of four events for all ages offered by the Friends of the Los Angeles River (FoLAR) about the history and promise of rivers and art. Look for the LA River Rover, a mobile museum designed to give visitors an interactive experience of the LA River’s past, present, and potential futures.”
When: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. every Sat., Sun.
Where: Cheviot Hills Recreation Center
2551 Motor Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90064