Tuesday, March 19, 2013

April 14 > Culver City Architecture Tour with KCRW's "DnA: Design and Architecture"

Join us for a walking tour of Culver City in partnership with our good friends at KCRW's DnA: Design and Architecture as part of an exciting full day of events celebrating the Getty's Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A at the historic Helms Bakery.

Our two-hour guided tour will focus on contemporary design and architecture, stopping by the area's newest buildings, studios and stores, and meeting many of the creatives who are transforming the city into one of the most exciting pockets of L.A. We'll check out the new digs of Morphosis and Clive Wilkinson Architects, hear from Eric Owen Moss about the legacy and future of the Conjunctive Points and Hayden Tract developments, and peek inside the beautiful Arcana Books space, designed by Johnston Marklee. Plus, we'll be joined by Culver City planner Joshua Williams, who can answer all your burning questions about the smart urban design and planning that makes this city shine.

The tour will end at Helms Bakery at noon, just in time for you to grab a bite at one of the food trucks before an afternoon of design and architecture events hosted by DnA's Frances Anderton. There will be two panel discussions, live music from KCRW DJ Liza Richardson, a pop-up gallery of design curated by DnA's new "DJs" (design journalists), food available for purchase by Let's Be Frank, and more! Tickets for the afternoon events are available at KCRW.com

Culver City Architecture Tour
Sunday, April 14
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Buy walking tour tickets here for $10 each

Meet at 10:00 a.m. in the pedestrian plaza named Helms Walk near the corner of Helms Avenue and Washington Boulevard. (Link on Google Maps to location.) We'll start and end where the KCRW event is taking place.

Free parking is plentiful in one of several lots (view map here), or the Expo Line is only a few blocks away.

Please note that this ticket only includes the walking tour. To purchase tickets for the afternoon panels, please head over to the event page at KCRW.com

Top image: The new Arcana Books store, designed by Johnston Marklee

Monday, March 11, 2013

April 6 > Oxy Solar Array Tour > Eagle Rock

You've likely spotted it as you've sailed by it on a nearby freeway, or perhaps you caught a glimpse in the distance during a hike on an adjacent hill: Occidental College's Solar Array is one of the largest ground-mounted arrays in L.A. The 4886 panels will provide an estimated 11% of the power on campus and could save the school as much as $250,000 a year. We'll be getting a tour of the array with Kara Bartelt of Lettuce Office, who will demonstrate how her firm worked with the school to create the curving design of the panels based on a mathematical formula, resulting in a sustainable, aesthetically pleasing installation that's more akin to public art.

Oxy Solar Array Tour
Saturday, April 6
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

RSVP here. The event is free, but space is extremely limited.

Meet at the Hameetman Science Center (Building #39) in the lobby by the pendulum. 

Parking: You can park on Campus Road by the Science Center or you can park in the Upper Campus Parking Lot (#19) where it's about a five-minute walk to the Science Center, but you'll be parked closer to the array for when the tour is finished. To park in this lot, you'll want to enter on Ridgeview Avenue, take a left on Gilman Road and a right on AG Coons.

What to wear: The hillside is steep, rocky and sunny (obviously!), please wear sturdy shoes that are good for hiking and bring a hat or sunscreen if you're worried about exposure. Our apologies, this tour is not good for people who have limited mobility.

Friday, March 8, 2013

March 27 > Night Gallery > DTLA (sorta)

Photo courtesy of ZELLNERPLUS

When Night Gallery opened in a strip mall in Lincoln Heights back in 2010, keeping odd nocturnal hours, it wasn't easy to predict that it would become one of LA's most successful gallery stories. Yet today it's thriving - a combination of daring gallery exhibitions and social space have propelled it into one of LA's most interesting galleries. Run by partners Davida Nemeroff and Mieke Marple, the gallery has given up its cave-like space for something more cavernous, moving into a 6,000 square foot warehouse near downtown LA. 
Photo courtesy of ZELLNERPLUS

Join us for a tour of the new space with owners Nemeroff and Marple as well as Peter Zellner (who has also designed Matthew Marks Gallery, Susanne Veilmetter, and LAXART). We'll be seeing a group show, Made in Space, featuring artists such as Liz Larner, Jim Isermann, Jorge Pardo, and William Leavitt. Unlike our last tour of Night Gallery, we're meeting at the much more reasonable hour of 7pm! And join us afterwards for drinks at Tony's: 2017 East 7th Street, LA CA 90021.

Night Gallery
Wednesday, March 27
7:00 p.m.

2276 East 16th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90021

Street parking is available. 

Free, but space is limited, RSVP to secure your spot.

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