In the wake of the brutal electoral fight over Measure S, long-simmering debates over the future of Los Angeles have entered the public consciousness.
On Sunday, February 26th, in honor of Black History Month, the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Institute of Architects hosts an Iconic LA tour of Compton. This walking tour spotlights architecture and design south of the 105, east of the 110, west of the 710, and north of the 91, including some Brutalist masterpieces and the work of pioneering black architects.
On Saturday, January 14th, we hosted Celebrate, our annual gala. This year’s event paid tribute to our new home in Arts District and reflected the creative energy and transition we are witnessing in Downtown Los Angeles.
You cannot step in the same river twice, and January 2017 is a time in DTLA’s history that will not come again. There is an unprecedented influx of youthful, creative, and entrepreneurial energy. The neighborhood’s culture is evolving its way into an uncertain future. By participating in Celebrate: DTLA, you helped to create that future and to honor this unique and exquisite moment.
This Sunday, architect and educator David Eskenazi will lead a workshop in conjunction with our current exhibition The Drawing Show. Participants will start by building volumetric models with two-dimensional materials and finish by creating drawings based on those models.
On Saturday, October 25th, the A+D Museum hosted Next Up: LA River, a live podcasting event organized by Archinect. The event featured frank, funny, and far-ranging conversations with architects, designers, urban planners, journalists, and activists, all focused on the past, present, future, and potential of the titular waterway.
You may know Eero Saarinen best through his work. From the Gateway Arch to the TWA Flight Center to iconic modernist furniture such as the tulip chair, the Finnish-American architect and designer crafted a daring and unmistakable aesthetic that was all his own and that he shared with millions. Saarinen’s work helped define a robust and bustling slice of time in the nation’s cultural history.
On Friday, October 21, as part of its Pep Rally series of free events, the Unique Space in Little Tokyo hosted Jon Setzen for a morning lecture. Setzen is a designer, creative director at Bluebeam, and an organizer in his own right – he launched the Los Angeles chapter of Creative Mornings, which he describes as “TED for the creative masses.”
On Thursday, September 22nd, the Downtown Film Festival LA introduced its 2016 Art+Architecture+Design programming (no relation) with a snappy and stylish film that raises some intriguing questions. The software startup InVision hosted a red carpet premiere for Design Disruptors, a documentary covering some of the prominent ideas and players on the current digital landscape. Reps from InVision and several featured tech companies were in attendance and held a quick panel discussion afterward.
Transportation is a key influence on what gets built and where. Los Angeles is notoriously the largest American city which grew up entirely within the embrace of 20th Century automotive culture. Now that California is grappling in earnest with climate change, transportation is bound to change quickly, and the architecture and design of LA are bound to change with it.