This week, you can: learn about living with wildfires; party at an architectural masterpiece; shop for architectural gifts; see the surreal naturalist art of Kevin Sloan; and study Sri Lanka’s history through millennia of art objects.
Is high-rise living the future of housing in downtown LA? DnA visits the Gensler-designed Metropolis tower complex to learn how the architects turned a freeway-adjacent site into sky-high luxury condos, and how its Chinese developer Greenland and Beverly Hills realtor The Agency are selling the new “downtown dream” to prospective buyers.
This week: discuss the changing East Side; (re)experience the birth of punk in Los Angeles through the photos that preserve it; consider the possibilities of art integrated with environment; see Robert Rauschenberg works from his time in L.A.; view a collection of paper jewelry that inspired an artist and saved a town.
Affordable housing is being really well-designed, but it’s also very expensive. At every level, designers and builders are trying to work around a Rubik’s cube of obstacles. DnA looks at the challenges and possible solutions to creating housing for the formerly homeless and low-income residents of Los Angeles.
This week: tour a modern, energy efficient homeless housing project; hear how one curator turned an art publishing house’s body of work into a visual exhibition; experience the culture of the Philippines Island of Mindanao; view fashion as art through the non-demographic brand ’69’; and immerse yourself in the robots of our imagination – while they still let you.
Apartment blocks using “5 over 2” construction are springing up all over the Southland. As part of our series “This is Home is LA,” DnA met with the residents of Mariposa 1038 and found that this generic housing type can be transformed into a very personal and stylish home.
This week: watch a documentary about a temple for human levitation on a mountain in China, celebrate gender fluidity at LA State Historic Park, stay up late enjoying art and music at the Music Center, create a personal map of Los Angeles, and see an artist’s sculptures made of rough and salvaged materials.