5 Design Things To Do This Week

Your week in design events from DnA.

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1. Los Angeles Design Festival West Side Home Tours

For those who still haven’t caught a Los Angeles Design Festival event, there’s still time! Head to LA’s Westside where a series of tours of noted houses will take place.

When: Sunday June 14, 2015

Where: Various locations on the westside.

Tickets: $40; Click here for tickets. *** We have 3 pairs of tickets to give away. Please email dna@kcrw.org, and the first three to do so will get a pair of tickets. NO MORE AVAILABLE

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2. Backyard Bi(h)ome/Hyperloop Studio

It’s thesis review time for LA’s architecture students and typically they show drawings and models. UCLA’s Citylab has built a full-scale mock-up of the “Backyard BI(h)OME”, described as “an ultra-modern, lightweight, energy and water efficient, accessory dwelling unit that has the potential to meet the current demand for 100,000 additional housing units for people in Los Angeles while also enhancing habitat for other species.” DnA’s Frances Anderton will discuss the real world applicability of The Backyard BI(h)OME with by teachers Jon Christensen, Dana Cuff, Kevin Daly, and Ursula Heise at a reception at the school.

Also, on Tuesday, the public is invited to come see the results of UCLA architecture school’s Hyperloop studio, taught by architect and longtime transportation geek Craig Hodgetts. Student “analysis and research leading to the creation of an innovative, global way to develop a practical and passenger friendly transit tube system” will be juried Tuesday afternoon; and on display through 11pm — at the Schools “Ideas” Campus in Playa Vista: 5865 S. Campus Center Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90094

When: Wednesday June 10 5-7 PM

Where: Broad Arts Center, UCLA, Second Floor Courtyard (near ‘Untitled Cafe’);  240 Charles E Young Dr N, Los Angeles, CA 90095. Find map to find Broad Arts Center here.

Tickets: Free and open to the public.

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3. LACMA’s Zumthor Building: Albatross or Asset?

Should LACMA invest millions on a new building? That’s the topic of a discussion hosted by Artillery magazine Thursday night. Christopher Michno, Art Writer and Curator, will moderate a conversation with Alan Hess, Architecture Historian and Architect; Scott Tennent, Director of Executive Communications, LACMA; John Southern, Architect; and Lane Barden,  Architectural Photographer and Writer. 

When: Thursday June 11, 2015 7:00-9:00 PM

Where: Shulamit Gallery; 17 N Venice Blvd, Venice, California 90291

Tickets: Free and open to the public.

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4. Someday is Now: The Art of Corita Kent

Corita Kent was a nun and a pop artist who lived in L.A. and whose work is currently enjoying a revival. A new exhibit at the Pasadena Museum of California Art explores her 30 years as an artist who co-opted advertising slogans and transmitted messages of peace and love in her colorful screenprints. Listen to tomorrow’s DnA to hear from the curator other voices about why she was a significant figure in L.A.’s art and religious history.

When: June 14, 2015-November 2015

Where: Pasadena Museum of California Art;

Tickets: Included in admission to museum.

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5. To Live and Dine in LA 

A new exhibit at the Los Angeles Public Library (Central Library) explores the rich visual and edible history of Los Angeles. “To Live and Dine in LA” explores LA’s history through its menus and was curated by USC Professor Josh Kun who told Los Angeles Magazine,“Menus are urban texts which give us a glimpse into a specific time and place by revealing cultural identity, class conflict, race, and gender disparities. Some of the menus we came across are food documents of privilege and speak to issues of food awareness and inequality. It is those kinds of histories that are buried within the menu.”

Check it out, you’ll never look at an L.A. menu the same way again.

When: Opens Saturday June 13, 2015

Where: Los Angeles Central Library; 630 W. 5th Street Los Angeles

Tickets: Free and open to the public.

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