5 Design Things To Do This Week

Your week in design events from DnA.

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1. The Mediated City, at Woodbury University 

What is the relationship between architecture, cities, technology and media today? That’s the question posed by Woodbury University’s ‘Mediated City’ conference taking place this week; it takes its cue from Marshall McLuhan who, fifty years ago, “coined the term the ‘global village’ and envisaged a future in which “technologies and medias would radically alter the way we interact in our physical environments.” Hear from speakers giving fast-paced presentations, including DnA’s own Frances Anderton, landscape architect Mia Lehrer and environmental health sciences professor Dr. Richard Jackson.

When: Wednesday October 1-Saturday October 4, 2014

Where: Woodbury University; 7500 N Glenoaks Blvd, Burbank

Tickets: Click here for pricing info.

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2. Stephen Wilkes: Day to Night

Photography meets post-production in Day To Night, an intriguing series of constructed images by fine art photographer Stephen WilkesWilkes photographs a notable landmark in natural and urban settings (London’s Trafalgar Square, above) from one camera angle continuously for up to 15 hours. Then he electronically blends a selection of the images into one photograph to create “epic cityscapes with fleeting moments throughout the day and night.” 

When: Opens September 27, 2014

Where: Peter Fetterman Gallery; Bergamot Station, Santa Monica

Tickets: Free and open to the public.

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3. Great Streets Pop Up Event on Broadway + CityLab: Making L.A.

The Atlantic, The Aspen Institute, and Bloomberg Philanthropies are in town to host CityLab, a conference about “about the challenges, ideas, and innovations that are shaping cities around the world,” featuring  mayors, urban experts, technologists, and designers on panels taking place today and tomorrow. Tonight they will gather at Ace Hotel for CityLab: Making LA; get tickets and come mingle with LA movers and shakers Michael Govan, Roy Choi, Mayor Garcetti and others.

If you go to CityLab, while there check out Pop-Up Broadway,” (#PopUpBroadway), a series of “interventions on Broadway, ” involving local merchants, street art, live music, a bicycle zone, artist installations and nighttime projections,” intended “to demonstrate the power behind Great Streets to transform the everyday experience of Angelenos.”

When: Monday September 29, 2014

Where: The Theatre at Ace Hotel; 929 S Broadway, Los Angeles

Tickets: Starting at $50; Click here for tickets.

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4. Openings: The Date Farmers at ACE; Scent Visualized at Fifth Floor Gallery: 

Date Farmers: Sh*t Ain’t Funny

Carlos Ramirez and Armando Lerma grew up in the Coachella Valley, where Lerma’s family owned a date farm.  They called themselves the Date Farmers and since 1998 have been collaborating on their own striking variant on assemblage art, made of discarded corrugated metal signs, “found and brought over by artists across the border in Mexico,” as well as bottle caps, children’s toys, hand-written notes and newspaper cutouts.

When: Exhibition opens Saturday, October 4; Opening Reception: 7-9pm

Where: Ace Gallery Beverly Hills, 9430 Wilshire Boulevard

Tickets: Free and open to the public.

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Molecule: Designing the Unseen

Chinatown’s Fifth Floor Gallery is about to open an exhibition with a difference: in collaboration with the Institute for Art and Olfaction (I.A.O.) it has created a scent, described as nothing less than “an olfactory palliative for the urban Angeleno, the scent itself counterbalances dry concrete, hot shimmering metal and the dog days of a never-ending summer with bright herbaceous citrus, tropical fruits, lush florals, and dry, musky woods. . .” The scent will be available at the gallery, along with a display of limited edition prints by I.A.O. creative director Micah Kahn, that represent an “intricate graphic representation of a selection of the molecules that make up the new scent.”

When: October 4-November 16, 2014; Reception: Saturday, October 4, 6-9pm

Where: Fifth Floor; 502 Chung King Court Los Angeles

Tickets: Free and open to the public.

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5. Lee Broom at A+R

Hot off of the recent London Design Festival, British interior and product designer Lee Broom will stop by A+R on La Brea to talk about his new Nouveau Rebel Collection, getting its second showing outside London for a limited time only. Lee will talk about his “trajectory, from Central St. Martins fashion student to training at Vivienne Westwood to retail and nightclub interiors” and thence to “a leading design house that taps homegrown manufacturing.” Visit A+R for a reception, talk and the chance to purchase his “iconic” Crystal Bulb.

When: Thursday October 2, 2014; 7:00 PM

Where: A+R; 171 S. La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles; parking validated.

Tickets: Free and open to the public. But RSVP by Oct. 1 to rsvp@aplusrstore.com

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