5 design things to do this week

This week, we watch how to build a Tiny House, see cityLAb-UCLA's ideas for the future of our city, welcome the Year of the Rooster, celebrate street art at a Westside popup gallery and see architectural photography by April Greiman.

The World Trade Center Transportation Hub, designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava (photo: April Greiman)

1 ) April Greiman shows new photography at Bulthaup 

In ‘do not trust atoms…’  veteran graphic designer April Greiman exhibits her most recent photography, in the showroom of upscale German kitchen designer and manufacturer Bulthaup, now putting on events and exhibitions produced by Tibbie Dunbar, longtime director of A+D Museum.

When: Opening reception Wednesday, Feb 1 from 6 – 9 pm; show on view Feb 2 – March 10, 2017

Where: 153 South Robertson Blvd, LA 90048 (parking available in garage north of showroom on Robertson)

Tickets: Free; RSVP 310 288 -3875 or email Tibbie.Dunbar@bulthaup.com

Tiny House design-builder Derek Diedricksen takes a rest next to one of his tiny creations.

2 ) Tiny House Pre-Build Party and Building Workshop

Do we really need a big lawn to mow, multiple rooms to clean and a large mortgage to pay?  Is our only other option an apartment and living wall to wall with neighbors? Is there another way? How about a Tiny House? Come listen to designer and micro-builder Derek Diedricksen, bringing his HGTV Tiny House Project to LA for the first time at the Craft & Folk Art Museum (CAFAM). Diedricksen and guest micro-builders will talk about Tiny House building at a pre-build party Friday evening. You can learn how to create a tiny house from salvaged materials at a building workshop taking place on the weekend. And you can enter a raffle to win your own portable and solar tiny house! (Winner will be announced at the Tiny House Party on March 18).

NOTE: While at CAFAM, check out its current show Focus Iran 2: Contemporary Photography and Video.

When: Tiny House Pre-Build Party; Friday, Feb 3, 7 – 10 pm; Feb 4-5, 2017: Tiny House Building Workshop

Where: Craft & Folk Art Museum, 5814 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Tickets: Pre-build party: $30 ($25 members).  Get tickets here. Workshop takes place Saturday Feb 4 and Sunday Feb 5 (sign up here.)

cityLAb-UCLA re-imagines Westwood as a pro walking and cycling village.

3 ) Opening Reception: cityLAb-UCLA, times 10

Founded in 2006 as a think tank within UCLA’s Department of Architecture and Urban Design, cityLAb-UCLA is celebrating its 10th anniversary of successful collaboration between the university, the architectural profession, citizens, and municipalities addressing contemporary urban issues.  Marking its 10th anniversary by looking ten years ahead, cityLAB-UCLA and six young architects exhibit design ideas to spark debate about the future of Los Angeles. Drinks and hors d’oeuvres.

When: Friday, Feb 3, 7 – 9 pm

Where: A+D Museum, 900 E. 4th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Tickets: Free. More information here.

Experience the energy and artistry of Chinese New Year and welcome the Year of the Rooster.

4 ) Golden Dragon Parade & Chinese New Year Festival

Old meets new as traditional Chinese arts and skills parade alongside modern food trucks and local breweries, face painting alongside traditional Chinese paper-folding. Bring the family, young and old, out for the Golden Dragon Parade, taking place in its 118th year.

When: Saturday, Feb 4, 1 – 3 pm

Where: Chinatown, Broadway and Hill between Caesar Chavez and Bernard (see parade map)

Tickets: Free.

One of the featured artists, Millo is an Italian street artist whose  large scale murals have an element of architecture.

5 ) Street Art House Opening Night Party

Part really cool furniture store, part art gallery, the Hängar on Centinela is always a design-rich destination. However, starting Saturday, the art goes full throttle when the Hängar turns into a pop-up gallery, featuring over a dozen street artists from Los Angeles and around the world.  Come out for the opening party, meet the artists, enjoy an open bar, music and live painting.  And of course, you can shop. 10 percent of all art sales at the event goes to LA’s BEST, in support of their new after school mural project.

When: Saturday, Feb 4, 8 – 10 pm

Where: The Street Art House at the Hängar, 3472 S Centinela Ave, Los Angeles, CA  90066

Tickets: $20 ($100 VIP artist meet and greet 6-8pm), Exhibition only Feb 5-10 Free.  Get tickets here.