May 16th, 2011


John Chase’s West Hollywood: An Architectural Walking Tour
The late John Chase was the City of West Hollywood’s urban designer for 14 years. During that time, he made his mark on every corner of West Hollywood, helping transform Santa Monica Boulevard into a pedestrian-friendly strip. On May 21, John’s birthday, a group of his friends, family, co-workers, and collaborators will lead a walking tour across the city to experience John’s legacy. Architects and city leaders will meet the group along the rout to discuss collaboration on successful urban spaces. A printed map of John Chase’s West Hollywood will be provided by the LA Forum’s John Chase Memorial Fund, recognizing a great friend, supporter, and former board member of the LA Forum.  Presented by KCRW’s DnA: Design and Architecture, design east of La Brea and The Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design.
Saturday, May 21, 2011 – 10 am
West Hollywood Gateway, 7100 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood


PechaKucha #27: BLINK

Featuring the diversity of graphic design in Los Angeles.

Hosted by Behance / AIGA LA and the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design. PK 27 Features presentations by: Anne Burdick,  Andrew Byrom, Anne Swett, Brian Roettinger, Davey Whitcraft, Jessica Fleischmann, Joseph Prichard, Laura Smith, Lorna Turner, Michael Lejeune, Peter Kaplan, and Rosten Woo

Thursday, May 26, 2011 – 7-10pm

Moore’s Deli – 271 E. Orange Grove Avenue, Burbank, CA 91502


Upcoming LA Forum Exhibition: New Park Design in Los Angeles

Within the past five years many important parks have been designed for a wide variety of areas within the Los Angeles Basin. Yet there has been little discussion about these parks: what they look like, how they function, and how they relate to contemporary Los Angeles. This exhibition will survey six major parks that are currently being designed, that are in construction, or have been completed recently.  The exhibit will foster discussion about the current state of public park space and design within Los Angeles.  LA Forum Events @ WUHO – 6518 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA

June 2 – July 8, 2011
Exhibition Opening:  Thursday, June 2, 2011 – 7-10 pm



California Preservation foundation: “Preservation on the Edge”
The annual conference will take place at the historic Fairmont Miramar Hotel and Bungalows in Santa Monica from May 15 – 18, 2011, and will offer numerous educational sessions and explore provocative topics relative to the conference theme: “Preservation on the Edge.”
May 15 thru 18, 2011.
Opening Plenary Session of the California Preservation Conference
Keynote Address by Stephanie Meeks, President of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, on “Sustaining the Future”, the importance of bringing diverse interests into the preservation movement.  Free and open to the public.  Parking available off campus at the Santa Monica Civic Center garage at 4th Street and Olympic Drive.
May 16, 9-11:30 AM at Barnum Hall on the Santa Monica High School.
The Power of Partnerships, Place, and Preservation
A Special Workshop held in conjunction with the California Preservation Conference at the Annenberg Community Beach House, using the Beach House as a case study to explore creating consensus with a broad range of stakeholders, relating the site to its cultural context, innovative approaches to integrate preservation and new construction and the challenges of repairing, restoring and rehabilitating the site’s historic features. May 18, 9 AM to 5 PM,  $65, lunch included.MORE on The Power of Partnerships»

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Born by the River Exhibit, Nuttaphol Ma- Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery

Los Angeles – The Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery Associates (LAMAGA) has awarded its 2011 Lorser and Helen Lundeberg Feitelson Arts Fellowship Award to multi-disciplinary artist Nuttaphol Ma.  Ma combines references to Sam Cooke’s A Change is Gonna Come with a 130 miles performance where Ma set sail with a boat over his head on May Day from Badwater Basin to the trailhead of Mt. Whitney.  The personal odyssey meditates on the ebbs and flows of our existence, the power and the abuse of power subjected upon the powerless, the dreams of leaving, and the dreams of roots.  Ma’s site-specific installation distills the performance to a two-channel video projected onto sewn fabric walls.  Using the dimensions of two blocks from the columns of the gallery space as a unit of measurement, Ma inverts the length horizontally to construct the wall surface made from discarded fabric from his ‘day job.’

Exhibition: May 19 to July 3, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery

Opening Reception: May 22, 2-5pm, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery

Artist Conversation: June 18, 2pm, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery


25th Annual Last Remaining Seats.

The Los Angeles Conservancy celebrates a quarter century of presenting classic films and live entertainment in historic theatres. May 25 – June 29; Wednesdays at 8 p.m., plus bonus screenings Sunday, June 26 to celebrate the 100th birthday of the Palace Theatre. All screenings in the Broadway Historic Theatre District of downtown Los Angeles. Advance tickets $20 for general public, $16 for L.A. Conservancy members. Tickets on sale March 30 to members, April 13 to general public. (213) 430-4219

May 25, 2011 to June 29, 2011 – Wednesdays starting at 8:00pm



An Architectural exhibition exploring the 4D possibilities of architecture

at SUPERFRONT Located in the  Pacific Design Center.

Curated by Martin Roy Mervel and Ralph Spencer Steenblik.

Including: Craig Hodgetts, Syd Mead, Carlos Barbosa, Marcos Novak, Tim Durfee, Orhan Ayuce, F. Myles Sciotto, Roberto Prodo, Christopher Aykanian, Jay Vanos, Robin Nanney, Henrey Dominquez and Michael Fox

Opens May 26th, 2011


Ilan Dei Studio SUMMER SERIES: Contour Crafting – The Upcoming Revolution in Construction – Talk by Dr. Behrokh Khoshnevis

Khoshnevis is the Director of the Center for Rapid Automated Fabrication Technologies (CRAFT) and Professor, Industrial & Systems Engineering and Civil & Environmental Engineering, USC. The nature of construction has remained intensely manual throughout recorded history. Unlike in manufacturing, the growth of automation in construction has been slow. A promising new automation approach is Countour Crafting (CC). Invented by Behrokh Khoshnevis, Countour Crafting is a mega-scale fabrication process aiming at automated construction of whole structures as well as subcomponents. The potential of CC has become evident from experiments with various materials, geometries and scales. Using this process, a single building or a colony of buildings may be constructed automatically with all plumbing and electrical utilities embedded in each; yet each building could have a different design which can include complex curved features.

NASA is exploring possible application of CC in building on other planets.

Thursday, May 26, 2011 -7pm

2100 Zeno Place. Venice. California 90291



The increasingly popular TEDx one-day lecture program comes to the UCLA campus with a wide-ranging assortment of short, lively presentations designed to spark imagination and dreams.  TEDxUCLA 2011 is billed as a collective exploration around “Minding, Mining, Mending, and Mapping.” The event will include UCLA professors, instructors and students, as well as outside experts who will share stories from the arts, humanities, sciences, and technologies. Registration is required; pricing is $65 for the general public, $55 for UCLA alumni and $35 for UCLA students.

Speakers include David Feinberg, UCLA Medical Center CEO, discussing “healing humankind one patient at a time,” Harry Hellenbrand, Cal State Northridge provost, who will talk about learning, Rebeca Mendez,  Design faculty member talking about the Arctic Circle, and many more.

Saturday, June 18, 10am-3pm at UCLA’s Broad Art Center.


Design Open Mic at Dwell on Design – Call for Submissions

Architecture for Humanity is hosting a one-hour Design Open Mic at Dwell on Design on June 25 at the LA Convention Center. We’ll be hosting the Pecha Kucha style presentation format on the Design Innovation Stage ( We’ll be choosing designs that can be presented via PowerPoint or pdf (can include video clips) in 7 minutes that speak to the theme of “Regeneration” – this as a positive reflection of the recent natural disasters that have occurred in Christchurch, New Zealand and northeast Japan. The deadline is May 25 and finalists will be contacted by June 3. There’s free admission to Dwell on Design for finalists and a friend.

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AIA | LA Presents: 2×8 Source
2×8 is an annual exhibition sponsored by the AIA|LA, showcasing exemplary student work from architecture and design institutions throughout California.  Each of the participating academic programs selects two projects that exemplify its core vision.  The students’ design work will be judged by a noteworthy panel of architects and designers, who will then announce the winners at the exhibition opening and convene in a forum to discuss the successful work.
May 3, 2011 through June 3, 2011
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BROODWORK: It’s About Time
at OTIS College of Art and Design’s Ben Maltz Gallery.

BROODWORK: It’s About Time explores what family life can provide to creative professionals. While having both a family and a productive practice is nothing new, the trend of honoring the synthesis of the two is a current phenomenon. This exhibition is a project of BROODWORK, the multi-year, cross-disciplinary inquiry surrounding the integration of creative practice and family life founded by BROODWORK: It’s About Time curators Iris Anna Regn and Rebecca Niederlander. The curators defined, named and now investigate the practices and output of this previously unspoken vanguard community. For this project, the lens is focused on Time, and presents the themes of Juncture, Momentum, Occasion, Transference, Interval, and Expansion through a wide range of works from the fields of visual art, architecture, design, creative writing, and music within the parameters of 21st century life.  Participants include greg lynn, Michael Rotondi, so-il, Nina Tolstrup and many others.
April 30 – June 11, 2011
Sunday, May 22, 2pm-5pm – BROODWORK: Marking Time at the Santa Monica Museum of Art SMMoA’s Cause for Creativity welcomes BROODWORK’s intergenerational exploration on how family becomes a mechanism for marking time; includes Ann Faison’s Making Time workshop and other hands-on activities.
Location: SMMoA, Bergamot Station G1, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica, 90404
Info: Tickets: $5, FREE for SMMoA Members
Saturday, June 4, 11am – Gallery Tour with BROODWORK curators

Edward Cella Art + Architecture announces a solo exhibition of a trilogy of new    works by contemporary artist and sculptor Brad Miller. Using the elements of clay, wood and fire, Miller creates three interconnected yet discrete bodies of work that suggest the life generating systems found in nature. His installation of branching porcelain sculptures, burned wood panels inscribed with bisymmetric forms, and carved clay vessels evoke the cellular patterns that are the very genesis of life.
April 23 through June 28, 2011

MAK Center Presents Two-Part Exhibtion, 91 92 93,
With the Schindler House as the Backdrop
The MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House recentlypremiered the first half of a two-part exhibition, entitled 91 92 93. The exhibition, presented in January and May, will examine the creation of an aesthetic idiom through key projects of the early 1990s with the migration of artists from New York to Los Angeles. Part one of the exhibition serves as a performative aspect, with the residence of Warren Niesluchowski, longtime assistant to Alanna Heiss of P.S. 1 in New York City. His piece will continue exploring concepts first presented in Simon Leung’s installation Warren Piece (in the 1970s) –which will be shown in part two of the exhibit–as a modern chapter in the enigmatic figure’s life.
Part Two: May 11, 2011 to August 1, 2011

Los Angeles Forum 2011 Sponsors and Contributors:

Sponsors: St. Thomas the Apostle School, Blueprint, Colornet Press, and Woodbury University.

Contributors: AHBE Landscape Architects, Architects’ Newspaper, Arktura, Boffi, D+ Con Construction, Daly Genik Architects, Fred Fisher and Partners, Gehry Partners, Gensler, Griffin Enright Architects, House & Robertson Architects, Inc., Hinerfeld-Ward, Inc., Ilan Dei Studio, KCRW, Koning Eizenberg, LA AIA, Merry Norris Contemporary Art, Morphosis Architects, Pamela Burton & Company, Taylor & Company, Thornton Tomasetti, Osborn, SCI-Arc, Warren Techentin Architecture, Uprinting and WD Partners.