5 design things to do this week

Test your urban planning trivia knowledge; hear from leaders in LA transportation and development at SCI-Arc; relax at a dance festival in Baldwin Hills; consider what is luxury today at Flexform; and drool over 50 models of Porsche at the Petersen Automotive Museum.

Not so useless trivia: come out and test your knowledge of urban planning and design.

1) Urbivia: Urban Planning Trivia

How much do you know about Los Angeles’ urban landscape?  If you can’t get enough wonky information about who designs buildings, zoning ordinances, planning and approval procedures, housing statistics, district maps and the like, then come out and compete in the American Planning Association Los Angeles’ Urbivia competition.

When: Wednesday, Jan. 31, 6 – 8:30 pm

Where: The Lost Knight, 1538 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles 90026

Tickets: APA members free, non-members $5.  You can get tickets here.  NOTE:  Teams and individuals must be pre-registered to participate.

What is “luxury?” The Guggenheim offered this critique of opulence with Maurizio Cattelan’s “America”, shown September 15, 2016–September 15, 2017. Photo: Kristopher McKay. It was reportedly offered to the Trumps.

2) Flexform panel on “The New Luxury”

From the opulence of the current occupant of the White House to the minimalist purity of some of the newly affluent, luxury can mean very different things to different people. DnA host Frances Anderton will probe the message and the substance of today’s “new luxury” with architect Ron Radziner, interior designer Jamie Bush and Lisa Bingham Dewart, Luxe Interiors + Design Homes Editor. The discussion takes place at Flexform, the Italian furniture maker that has just opened a showroom in West Hollywood.

When: Thursday, Feb. 1, 5:30 – 9 pm (panel discussion 5:30, cocktails 6:45 – 8:30).

Where: Flexform Showroom, 308 N. Robertson Boulevard, Los Angeles 90048

Tickets: Free. RSVP to info@33sixty.com. Please indicate whether you will be attending the panel discussion, the cocktail party, or both.

Does this residential-retail complex currently under construction along the border between Palms and Culver City — by NMS Properties and Killefer Flammang Architects — signal the way more and more Angelenos will live?

3) Los Angeles 3.0: Development and Design for the New Los Angeles

“No city in America—and possibly the world—is currently undergoing a more significant transformation than Los Angeles. Having remade itself once, after World War II, from a sprawling prewar metropolis into the supreme model and prototype of the modern city—shaped by the highway, automobile, and single-family tract house—Los Angeles is today transmuting itself yet again, with remarkable speed, into a new kind of urban presence, one whose implications promise to be no less significant for cities across the country and the world.”

That’s the premise for “LA 3.0”, a half-day conference about transportation, development and design taking place this Thursday at SCI-Arc, with sponsorship from Woods Bagot architecture firm. Speakers include developer Ava Bromberg; architect Lorcan O’Herlihy; Seleta Reynolds, head of the Department of Transportation; urbanist and futurist Greg Lindsay; Jenna Hornstock, Deputy Executive Officer in Metro’s Countywide Planning and Development Department; DnA’s Frances Anderton and James Sanders, writer and researcher on urban planning and architecture.

When: Thursday, Feb. 1, 8:30 am – 1:30 pm

Where: SCI-Arc, 960 E 3rd St, Los Angeles 90013

Tickets: Free. RSVP here.

Porsches are cool.

4) The Porsche Effect

From the purring engines as their tires make love to the road to the curvy, aerodynamic designs, Porsche has captured a place in our hearts and souls like few other brands.  In conjunction with Porsche Cars North America, the Petersen Automotive will unveil their new exhibit, The Porsche Effect, this weekend. The exhibit will focus on the impact of the iconic German brand from a cultural and design perspective, offering a selection of sports and race cars along with renderings, engines and billboards. On show will be 50 models including classics and rarely seen models including a 550 Spyder, the Jagermeister 962, a Gulf-liveried 917K and a modern 919. There will also be “seldom-seen” cars: the 1938 Berlin-Rome Type 64 race car, a 906, and Bruce Meyer’s own 935 K3 Le Mans winner.

When: Opens to the general public Saturday, Feb. 3, 10am – 6pm; VIP reception, 5:30PM, Thursday, Feb. 1

Where: Petersen Automotive Museum, 6060 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles 90036

Tickets: Museum general admission $16. Click here for tickets.

Ebb & Flow will feature site-specific performances by diverse local artists.

5) Ebb & Flow: Culver City

Heidi Duckler has spent three decades choreographing dance in urban spaces. This Saturday her troupe will dance along with other groups in a community festival taking at theBaldwin Hills Scenic Overlook, called Ebb & Flow: Culver City. Choreographers featured in the event include Comfort Fedoke, Ryan Walker Page, Tess Hewlett, and Rebecca Lemme; students from Loyola Marymount University, St. Mary’s Academy, and Culver City High School will also perform. The festival kicks off with FishEyes, a recurring piece by HDDT that uses dance and music to explore issues of drought and water conservation, centered on a 15-foot steel fish sculpture designed by Alex Ward, architect and FOLAR boardmember.

When: Saturday, Feb. 3, 12 – 7 pm

Where: Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook, 6300 Hetzler Rd, Culver City 90232

Tickets: Free. RSVP here.

Planning for next week?  Pop Up Magazine comes back to the Theatre at the Ace Hotel Monday, Feb 5.  Creative artists share their new and unpublished work on stage, live and unrecorded so you have to be there to experience it.   7:30 pm.  You can get tickets here.