Piano's Resnick at LACMA; CicLAvia and Biking in LA
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Renzo Piano's new Resnick Pavilion opens soon at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. LACMA director Michael Govan discusses how it fits into his art and architecture vision for the campus, and architecture writer Sam Lubell explains why Piano is the go-to architect for so many art museums. Plus, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Stewart Reed and Amanda Bromberg discuss CicLAvia, biomorphic bikes and the joys and challenges of urban cycling in LA.
Banner image: Lynda and Stewart Resnick Exhibition Pavilion at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Photo: Alex Vertikoff © Museum Associates/LACMA
Renzo Piano's Resnick Pavilion ()
On October 2, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's Resnick Pavilion opens to the public. The 45,000 square foot gallery is the newest art space at LACMA and the latest building on the campus to be designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano. Critics have already nicknamed the Resnick the "Baby Piano" since it indeed looks like the smaller sibling of the Broad Contemporary Art Museum, which opened in 2008. LACMA Director Michael Govan discusses how it fits into his art and architecture vision for the campus, and architecture writer Sam Lubell explains why Piano is the go-to architect for so many art museums.
LA Biking Gets Momentum ()
Ciclovias, or days where streets are closed to cars, began as popular events in Bogota, Colombia and have spread to European and American cities, like New York's Summer Streets. Now LA is enjoying its first ciclovia, aptly-named CicLAvia, on 10/10/10. CicLAvia board member Amanda Bromberg says the event is an important one for the city.
CicLAvia has full support from one very influential local cyclist. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa says he's working with activists like the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition to craft the Los Angeles Bike Plan, which proposes hundreds of miles of bike lanes, bike paths, and "bike friendly" streets. Then, Art Center College of Design Transportation Chair Stewart Reed discusses biomorphic bikes, including the Felt AR series of high-performance road bike, which could help commuters mount the unique challenges of urban cycling in LA.
Finally, Frances looks at the month's calendar of design and architectural events, including Santa Monica's massive art party, GLOW. Santa Monica's cultural affairs manager Jessica Cusick talks about what's planned for GLOW this weekend.
Image: Geoff McFetridge's poster reminds drivers to give bikers three feet of margin
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