Farm Urbana in Downtown LA is an embryonic installation of what may become a standard feature on urban rooftops. Two professors of information technology from UCI visit it to find out how the merging of technologies may help to make life sustainable.
The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, called “The Wallis,” has good bones. It is relevant for three reasons: 1. its setting in dialogue with the existing urban context; 2. the symbiosis created between an historic landmark and a new building; and 3. the contemporary art language used for its expression.
“Solar Decathlon” is an interdisciplinary students’ competition for the design of sustainable dwelling units. Twenty finalist groups built their version of solar-powered houses that were expected to be cost effective, energy-efficient and attractive. Shown at the Orange County Great Park, it attracted thousands of people hungry for housing solutions.
The architecture exhibition “A New Sculpturalism: Contemporary Architecture in Southern California” shows a large number of works by both veterans like Gehry, and Morphosis, and by a younger generation of architects. Besides providing an initial taste of it, this video brings the camera to “the real thing,” the sites of two architects’ works: Eric Moss’ multiple buildings in Culver City and Hagy Belzberg’s “Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust,” completed in 2010.
Mount Zion is a Jewish cemetery in East Los Angeles, ten miles from Downtown L.A.. Founded in 1916, it was intended for free burials of poor Jews. The final resting place of about 7,000 graves, it has been seriously vandalized over the years. This video documents the place’s condition in June of 2013.
San Pedro’s Ports O’Call is a unique place for people of all ages. The place touches all senses. It is a place from which architects, designers, planners and decision-makers in politics and investment financing can learn a few things on how to touch people’s emotions.
This video explores some streets and “stradaccie” (“ugly streets” in Italian) in Los Angeles, not as tourists, but as observers of the multiple messages they carry. It covers an area of approximately 10 x 16 miles (16 x 25 kilometers) which includes Inglewood, Ocean Park, Santa Monica, Brentwood, Westwood, Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Hollywood, Downtown L.A., Chinatown and Koreatown. The street is the primary urban space. It acts upon us 24/7 throughout our lives. It synthetize what we are as a culture and also contributes in shaping what we are as individuals.
“The Salon on the Spiritually Creative Life” by the Arroyo Seco in Pasdena, under the Ventura Freeway Bridge, is a unique place. Although not many people would chose to build a house under a freway, Carol Soucel King and Richard King had the vision and courage to do it. Within it they host a salon dedicated to link spirituality with the arts, science, philosophy, music, literature and social issues.
The Los Angeles Cathedral is remarkable work of architecture. It was designed by architect Rafael Moneo from Madrid, Spain a Pitzker Price winner, The images of people saluting Pope Francis at Bernini’s Saint Peter’s Square suggest that the subject of a religious spaces respond to a real need.