Boyle Heights art galleries have been the target of an anti-gentrification campaign by artist-activists. One gallery owner has offered to shut down, saying he has begun to “unpack the symbolism of the white cube.”
This week: discuss the role of architects and developers in building supportive and affordable housing; admire the modernist architecture of Escher GuneWardena; explore dream schemes for real Detroit sites by a dozen American design firms; watch Jane Jacobs battle New York’s ‘master builder’ Robert Moses in a new documentary; and learn to weld, woodwork, forge, and fuse glass at Makelympics Weekend.
Some LA City councilmembers want to ban campaign contributions from developers whose projects are before City Hall. Is this a necessary step in cleaning up the dirty politics of land-use, or “misdirection” from the real problem: a dysfunctional planning process that ill serves a city in need of smart, optimistic thinking about how to grow for the future?