If you’re already planning on attending the ULI Live! Conference, the Urban Land Institutes Annual Fall Meeting which is being hosted here in LA this week, don’t miss ULI Los Angeles’ love letter to LA, a Night at the Square on Thursday night. Co-curated by Frances Anderton, Clare De Briere, and Sandra Kulli, with some Secret Agent input, this pop-up zocalo promises to bring LA to life. Don’t miss live performances by KCRW’s DJ Raul Campos, the urban planner-turned-urbane DJ, and the Finn Kappe Sextet. See you at the Square!
Normally, we try not to post about our clients (separation of church and state, etc.) but we’re happy to make an exception this time. The Urban Land Institute is hosting its annual conference here in LA next week and we’re thrilled to be working with them to produce The Square @ ULI Live!, a unique space that brings LA to life for conference attendees who might not otherwise see or be able to navigate this complicated megacity. Curated in collaboration with Frances Anderton of KCRW’s Design and Architecture and ULI LA‘s Sandra Kulli and Clare De Briere, The Square is a vibrant patchwork of organizations and individuals who are making their mark in the realm of place-making with their own distinct LA-style.
Here’s a preview:
SHOPS @ THE SQUARE
The Square will feature pop-up “shops” selling a curated mix of ideas, visions for the future, and products.
Beyond the Car
Art Center‘s Advanced Mobility Research group and Conscious Commuter will showcase a range of conceptual solutions for urban mobility. The Advanced Mobility Research group will feature their own futuristic take on the car, while Conscious Commuter (a company co-founded by an Art Center grad) will feature their electric fold-up bike that is meant to integrate holistically into existing mass transit.
Community Arts Resources
Four local educational institutions will be showing representative student work that embodies their signature take on place making. Participating schools include Otis College of Art and Design, SCI-arc, USC, and Woodbury University.
Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA)
This local non-profit will show attendees exactly how they engage youth in the arts, particularly their joint program with the Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles (YOLA). Also known as YOLA @ HOLA. Catchy, right?
notNeutral will set up shop at The Square, offering up their signature brand of colorful, modern, perforated accessories for the modern home and garden.
Longtime LA fixture and quintessential neighborhood bookstore Skylight Books will set up their mobile store for the attendees’ perusing leisure.
Watts House Project
Edgar Arceneaux’s artist-driven neighborhood redevelopment project will show attendees what their colorful vision is for the future of this South LA neighborhood.
Art Lounge with Bill Kleiman
With an insider’s understanding of the LA art scene, including the epic region-wide Pacific Standard Time initiative, LA Art Gallery Tours founder Bill Kleiman will be on hand to help attendees navigate the city and its many galleries.
PUBLIC ART INSTALLATIONS
The 20,000 sf space will also be peppered with public art installations designed by LA artists, architects, and designers. Some of these installations will look very familiar while others are being created especially for the occasion.
cLAsh by Behn Samareh
Artist Behn Samareh has devised a new medium for creating urban scale art. Using the latest in computer fabrication technology this process allows the production of works of unlimited size and scale. Created especially for the Square, cLAsh is an example of a new kind of urban mural. The one-of-a-kind piece will be available for purchase or could be installed on a blank wall near you…
Park(ing) Day LA – LOCAL Park by Standard
Silver Lake architecture firm Standard debuted the LOCAL Park installation in September as part of the Park(ing) Day LA festivities. At once literal and symbolic, the installation was a collaboration with de LaB.
Park(ing) Day LA – Community^2 Park
This interactive Park(ing) Day installation curated by Tiffany Tedesco brings together local community activists and artists to show how people can reclaim their public space and create their own parks.
Netscape by Oyler Wu Collaborative
Perspectives on a Future City + Re-imagining Wilshire
The future-forward exhibit by Rethink LA exploring what our city might look like in 50 years that debuted at the A+D Museum will be making a re-appearance in The Square. The much-lauded Re-imagining Wilshire interactive modeling table designed by James Rojas that contextualizes the city as play is of course part of the modular exhibit.
Los Angeles is the undeniable film capital of the world. But beyond the Hollywood stars, the city itself is a leading character. These curated shorts shine a spotlight on the City of Angels and the leading cast of creative stars that make up the rich fabric of this shining city. From the streets to the global arena this is a snapshot of the place we all call home; LA.
The Square will feature a revolving loop of film segments including: films commissioned by John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects for the Guadalajara Book Fair Pavilion, Heidi Duckler Dance Theater, and Out the Window.
During session breaks, attendees will enjoy downtime in the Square punctuated by live performances by local musicians, including the Spirit of Troy USC Marching Band, local chemist and chanteuse DAFNI, and the Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles.
On Thursday, October 27th, the Square will stay open late for a Night at the Square. KCRW’s Raul Campos will spin a set followed by a performance by the Finn Kappe Sextet. Throughout the conference, we’ll be playing an impressive play list compiled by KCRW’s Tom Schnabel.
Here’s the exact schedule of performances:
Wednesday – 10/26
9:00am – 4:00pm Chalk Artist (General Session Stage)
12:30pm – 1:00pm DAFNI, LA Chanteuse
2:45pm – 3:15pm Intro to The Square by Frances Anderton
Thursday – 10/27
8:00am – 1:00pm Chalk Artist (General Session Stage)
9:30am – 9:45am “Spirit of Troy” USC Marching Band
4:30pm – 5:00pm Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles (YOLA)
6:00pm – 8:00pm Night at the Square
Besides a beer garden designed by The Lab, the OC’s anti-mall, and cafes serving Intelligentsia‘s eye-opening brews, The Square will also feature Haworth‘s interpretation of the NewWOW, or ways of working. It’s the office, as re-imagined from the year 2020.
Interest piqued? Unfortunately, the conference is not open to the general public. But if you’d like more information about how to register for ULI Live!, click here.
Unleash your inner sculptor and be a part of the performative construction this weekend! In preparation for the Pacific Standard Time Public Art and Performance Festival next year, Materials & Applications is holding an interactive workshop series led by internationally acclaimed artist Judy Chicago. Known for bold, powerful pieces such as The Dinner Party and The Holocaust Project, Chicago is an icon in the world of contemporary art.
This weekend, participants will work alongside the artist herself to reinterpret her iconic 1968 public art installation, “Disappearing Environments.” In the first of three Sublime Material workshops, Chicago will introduce the background, methods, and creation of the original installation, which was comprised of 91 blocks of dry ice. Tools, safety gear, and 60lb blocks of dry ice will be provided, but with only 40 open spots, spaces are filling up fast!
For more information or to register, click here.
After a visit to the Brewery in August for a studio tour with de LaB, we decided that it was about time that we made it to the biannual Art Walk to see what it’s all about. This past weekend, we packed up the visiting in-laws and headed over to Lincoln Park to check it out. The sun was a lot, the beer was cold, and the studios were fascinating. I can understand why some artists kept their doors closed though. The Art Walk is like a giant, unapologetic open house. Hundreds of lookiloos trapsing through your living space, judging your work, poking about your space. Not entirely pleasant of you’re the private type of artist who requires solitude. But then again, that’s what you sign up for to live in this thriving community of artists.
Among the highlights, Cael made a new friend at the (I’m guessing, eponymously) named Chakacoco studio. We also popped in on our friends at Fresh Pressed to check out their new loft. They gave up their storefront in Hollywood so they could focus on design, but the good news is they still travel and print on-site at events. Hip Cooks was making empanadas when we stopped by and definitely had the best-smelling studio. Sister studio Retimade was also there showcasing some gorgeous and irresistible eye-popping glass jewelry. And we developed an instant art crush on Sam Kopels‘ abstract landscapes of LA which use color to evoke place. All in all, fun.