Wednesday, May 15, 2013

June 2 > Design-n-Dim Sum Bike Tour > Chinatown

It's back! Get ready for our (fifth?) annual Design-n-Dim Sum bike ride with Flying Pigeon on Sunday, June 2nd for another day of studio visits, biking and bao. This year we have a stellar lineup of studio visits, including furniture maker Stefan Bishop, the live-work studio of architect Astrid Diehl and artist Eddy Sykes, and master ceramicist Tracy Wilkinson. We'll be meeting at bike shop Flying Pigeon in Highland Park at 11am and will be on the road by 11:30am for a quick trip up to Glassell Park, then roll over the river to Frogtown before heading south to Chinatown. Total distance for the day will be about 9 miles (you can ride one mile or take the Gold Line from Chinatown if you need to ride back to Flying Pigeon to return your bike or get to your car). 

Our itinerary for the day:

Meet at 11:00am at Flying Pigeon LA 
3404 N. Figueroa St. Los Angeles, CA 90042

3420 Verdugo Road, Los Angeles CA 90065

2841 Marsh Street, Los Angeles CA 90039

3rd Stop: TW Workshop
970 N Broadway Suite 214A Los Angeles, CA  90012

Final Stop: Golden Dragon Restaurant for dim sum
960 N Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90012

RSVP here so we can get a headcount

The logistics:

If you have a bike, please bring it. We have about 15 bikes available for rental from Flying Pigeon, for $15 for the day. Bikes are on a first come, first serve basis via RSVP.You can let us know if you need a bike when you RSVP (it's a little checkbox at the end of the form).

Please bring water and sunscreen. It can get hot out there!

Please bring CASH only for the dim sum. We estimate the cost will be about $20 per person.

RSVP hereWe need a headcount to reserve the restaurant so if you need to cancel your reservation, please let us know as soon as possible.

And finally, if you want to join us for part of the day, follow us on Twitter. We'll be updating our location throughout the day.

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Friday, May 3, 2013

May 20 > A New Blue: Behind the Scenes at Dodger Stadium > Elysian Park

Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Daniels and Curbed LA
SOLD OUT: We're very sorry but space is extremely limited for this tour and the event sold out in about 20 minutes. We do have a short waitlist that we will use if people cancel their orders. We'll try our best to plan another tour, but the AIA is hosting a breakfast and tour at Dodger Stadium on May 16 that you might be interested in attending.

You may have read about it. You may have seen it on TV. You may even have gone to a game at the newly renovated Dodger Stadium. But how much do you know about the $100 million off-season renovation that was just completed? With widened concourses, expanded restrooms, new kids' play areas and modernized clubhouses, it's a whole new game. According to Curbed LA:
All told, the team spent $100 million constructing seven new buildings and three entrance plazas around the stadium, reconfiguring the loge and bleacher areas, pulling out rows of seats to widen the walkway in front of concessionaires, and building an entirely new clubhouse for the players. Throughout the winter, crews totaling 700 workers were working 24 hours a day to complete the construction. The team exceeded the industry standard of $1 million a day on construction on more than one occasion.

Join us for a very special behind-the-scenes tour of the stadium with Dodgers SVP of Planning and Development Janet-Marie Smith, who brought her expertise working with the Atlanta Braves, Boston Red Sox, and Baltimore Orioles to LA. Also joining us is architect Brenda Levin, who led the integration of the new construction with historic elements of the ballpark.

Space is EXTREMELY limited for this tour and will book quickly.

Dodger Stadium Insider's Tour
Monday, May 20
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Reserve your space here

Parking and meeting information will be emailed to attendees.

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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

May 18 > Raise the Roof Party at the Neutra VDL Residence > Silver Lake

The view of the Meadow and Reservoir from the Neutra VDL roof
Join de LaB on May 18th for a special "Raise the Roof" party on (yes, on) the newly finished roof of the Neutra VDL Residence, which is owned and managed by Cal Poly Pomona. The much-anticipated restoration work, guided by local firm Marmol Radziner and Neutra VDL Residence Director and Cal Poly Pomona Architecture Chair Sarah Lorenzen, is finally complete and we think it deserves a proper toast!

As some of you may remember, we hosted a fundraiser at the historic home back in September 2011, where we helped raised more than $800 to aid the roof restoration work. Other contributors to this effort were Friends of Heritage PreservationMarmol Radziner, and Friends of VDL. 

In the spirit of the home's ongoing restoration, this event will also support the next phase of restoration work. To date, restoration of VDL, which began in 2008, includes restoration of the interior of the Garden House, full electrical rewiring, restoration of the roofs, new paint, new fences and site walls, and garden replanting. The next phase for Cal Poly Pomona will include restoration of the interior finishes. 

Though the VDL Studio and Residence is open to the public every Saturday from 11am to 3pm, our "Raise the Roof" party will offer a rare glimpse of the house at dusk with all of the reflecting pools filled. We'll also receive an overview on the history of the house, details on the roof restoration project, and the artist-in-residence program from Neutra VDL Residence Director Sarah Lorenzen. 

We look forward to seeing you on the roof with a glass of (white) wine in hand!

Neutra surveying Silver Lake, photo by Julius Shulman

Neutra VDL Residence "Raise the Roof" Party
Saturday, May 18
4:00 to 7:00 pm
Wine and snacks will be served

$20 per person
All proceeds benefit the ongoing restoration work at the Neutra VDL Residence.

Neutra VDL Residence
2300 Silverlake Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90039