5 Design Things to Do This Week

Your week in design events from DnA.

A rendering of Shanshui City, as imagined by MAD Architects
A rendering of Shanshui City, as imagined by MAD Architects

1) Shanshui City

How do architects enable a “return to nature” in a country that has seen urban development on an unprecedented scale and speed?

That is the goal of Chinese architect Ma Yansong, founder of MAD Architects, who will share the stage with USC’s School of Architecture Dean Qingyun Ma at A+D Museum Tuesday night for a discussion about Shanshui City, Ma Yansong’s new book exploring “a new model of urban development based on Chinese Shanshui spirit and an ethos for people to return to nature.” DnA’s Frances Anderton will moderate the conversation. While at A+D you can check out the musem’s Shelter exhibition, which includes MAD’s “Cloud Corridor,” a speculative design for high-rise housing on Wilshire Boulevard.

When: Tuesday, October 13, Reception: 6:30PM; Discussion: 7:00 — 8:30PM

Where: A+D Museum, 900 East 4th St., Los Angeles, 90013.

Tickets: Free to the public. Read more here or email rsvp@aplusd.org

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A futuristic LA cityscape from architecture firm Smout Allen, made with Geoff Manaugh.
A futuristic LA cityscape from architecture firm Smout Allen, made with Geoff Manaugh.

2) L.A.T.B.D.

What if Los Angeles went the way of Shanshui City, and found new ways to integrate the natural world as it densifies? There are so many possibilities for the future of Los Angeles, and an exhibition and art installation explores some of them at the USC Libraries. Opening Thursday, October 15, L.A.T.B.D. (LA To Be Determined) is the work of USC Libraries Discovery Fellow Geoff Manaugh who, with London-based architects Smout Allen, modeled the futurescape of the city out of milled lime wood and 3D-printed plastic. The installation is informed by Manaugh’s wide-ranging interviews with experts from seismologist Lucy Jones to filmmaker John Carpenter, and draws on principles of game design to allow visitors to navigate diverse narrative possibilities. If you’re going to the annual LA Archives Bazaar at USC on Saturday, October 17, poke your head into the Treasure Room and see some fantastical visions of L.A.’s future.

When: Opens on October 15, 2015 and runs through January 31, 2016

Where: The Treasure Room at the University of Southern California’s Doheny Memorial Library, 3550 Trousdale Pkwy, Los Angeles 90089

Tickets: Free and open to the public.

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DABSMYLA put their stamp on the Modernica factory; photo: Brent Boza
DABSMYLA put their stamp on the Modernica factory; photo: Brent Boza

3) DABSMYLA Take Modernica

Serious Modern goes psychedelic in an installation at the factory of furniture manufacturer Modernica by DABSMYLA. The eponymous Dabs and Myla are prolific Australian commercial artists, and partners in life and work, who have spent the last few weeks transforming the 4,000 square foot, 1930s Spanish Revival workplace building into a blaze of color and cartoonish imagery. In a month-long installation you can see their new paintings, sculptures, lighting installations as well as limited-edition fiberglass shell chairs and hand painted ceramics.

When: Open to the public October 17 — November 15, 2015, Thursday — Sunday; 12 — 7PM

Where: Modernica Factory, 2901 Saco Street, Los Angeles, CA 90058

Tickets: Free and open to the public.

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Photographer: Taiyo Watanabe                 Architect(s): Tom Marble, Marbletecture www.tommarble.com “On a hillside overlooking Silver Lake Reservoir and the Hollywood Sign beyond, the Tattuplex is an all-steel, kit-of-parts prefab duplex deploying a three-axis equilateral grid and perched atop a cast-in-place concrete foundation.  It has an embedded sustainability, oriented to prevailing winds, designed to capture light from all angles, and opened up to a variety of views.”
Tattuplex House designed by Tom Marble, on Venice Family Clinic’s Silver Lake tour; photo: Taiyo Watanabe

4) Ugly Buildings in Van Nuys/Fine Buildings in Silver Lake

Van Nuys: The Ugly, Ordinary and Unappreciated

Many of LA’s buildings are ugly, but they tell a story of Los Angeles that is perhaps more reflective of everyday life and people than the carefully designed and built “beautiful” buildings. That’s the view of LA author and architect Wendy Gilmartin, who has been writing about LA’s “ugly,” even “fugly,” buildings in LA Weekly and in an essay in “LAtitudes: An Angeleno’s Atlas.” She will lead a tour of some of them in the San Fernando Valley this Saturday, as part of L.A. Commons’ 5th annual Found L.A: Festival of Neighborhoods.

When: Saturday, October 17th, 12:00pm-1:00pm

Where: Sepulveda Blvd at Victory
Tickets: Free but you need to RSVP here

Architecture Tour: Silver Lake

If you’re looking to see some more “beautiful” architectural gems that day, Venice Family Clinic is offering an exclusive tour of Silver Lake homes designed and renovated by architects Escher GuneWardena, Rudolph Schindler, Tom Marble and Marmol Radziner.

When: Saturday, Oct. 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: location will be shared on purchase of tickets

Tickets: $175 donation, includes a VIP tour of five homes & refreshments. Proceeds to Venice Family Clinic, which provides health care for more than 22,000 low-income and homeless people. Click here to sign up or call (310) 664-7930.

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Ryman Arts will host The Big Draw LA’s flagship event in Grand Park on Sunday, October 18.
Ryman Arts will host The Big Draw LA’s flagship event in Grand Park on Sunday, October 18.

5) The Big Draw

Chances are you’re planning on spending this Sunday, Oct. 18 cycling or walking through downtown LA as part of the latest installment of CicLAvia. There’s another big gathering of Angelenos on Sunday, but it’s to draw together. The Big Draw LA is Southern California’s largest public drawing celebration, with a series of drawing activities throughout the month of October, hosted by community-based organizations throughout the region, including parks, museums, and neighborhoods. The flagship event is this Sunday at downtown LA’s Grand Park.

“The concept behind this movement is to encourage community participation, inspire creativity, and improve the vitality and vibrancy of our communities by leveraging the power of art and creative placemaking,” says Diane Brigham, executive director of Ryman Arts, the nonprofit behind The Big Draw.

When: October 18, 2015, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Where: Los Angeles Grand Park between Hill & Broadway

Tickets: Free and open to the public; for more information, click here or call (213) 629-2787.

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