5 Design Things To Do This Week

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Your week in design events from DnA.

Hélène Binet: Fragments of Light 

For twenty-five years, Swiss-French artist Hélène Binet has photographed the work of leading architects both past and present, among them Zaha Hadid, Daniel Libeskind, and Peter Zumthor. This Saturday an exhibition of her work Hélène Binet: Fragments of Light will open at the Woodbury University Hollywood Gallery (WUHO) and she will be awarded Woodbury University’s Julius Shulman Institute Excellence in Photography Award (an honor given annually to a photographer who, like the institute’s namesake and benefactor, “substantially shape an understanding and appreciation of the built environment.”)
Binet is said to like Louis Kahn’s observation that “The sun never knew how great it was until it struck the side of a building” and the exhibition, co-curated by Binet and JSI Managing Director Emily Bills, presents work “emphasizing how a building’s atmospheric qualities are created through the interaction between structure and natural light.”
Also at WUHO on Sunday March 1st, architect, educator and co-founder of Archigram, Sir Peter Cook and his wife, architect and author, Yael Reisner will review student thesis work and talk with Peter Culley as part of informal event; then on Tuesday, March 3, Cook will give a talk at Woodbury School of Architecture.

When: Opens February 28, 2015

Where: WUHO GALLERY 6518 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles

Tickets: Free and open to the public.

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Shakespeare in Love, 1998. Courtesy of Miramax

2. Hollywood Costumes On Display at LACMA; Grand Budapest Hotel at Hollywood Museum

The Oscars show may have been drab this year but the celebrated movie costumes were a feast for the eyes as usual. So if costuming interests you, run to the Wilshire May Company Building, the future location of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, for the last week of Hollywood Costumean exhibition curated by Deborah Nadoolman Landis and organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London exploring the central role of costume design–from the glamorous to the very subtle–as an essential tool of cinematic storytelling. Find on show there Jared Leto’s costume from Dallas Buyers Club (Kurt and Bart, 2013), costumes from The Hunger Games (Judianna Makovsky, 2012), Django Unchained  (Sharen Davis, 2012), The Wolf of Wall Street  (Sandy Powell, 2013), American Hustle (Michael Wilkinson, 2013), and The Great Gatsby  (Catherine Martin, 2013) and many more outfits “from the Golden Age of cinema to the present.”

The miniature model from Wes Anderson’s multiple Oscar-winning Grand Budapest Hotel has gone on display at the Hollywood Museum’s Celebration of Entertainment Awards Exhibit. Visitors will have a chance to view up close the bright-pink nine-feet by 14-feet model, which was created by Adam Stockhausen, winner of the Academy Award for Best Production Design. Get more details here. And read DnA’s interview with Adam Stockhausen.

When: Through March 2, 2015

Where: Wilshire May Company Building, 6067 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles 90036

Tickets: Tickets are timed and valid only for a specified admission date and time; book tickets here.

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3. Maps, Map-Making, and GIS Chart a Course to A Better Future

Two pioneers in mapping and GIS — Jack Dangermond, founder and president of Esri, and Richard Saul Wurman, architect, graphic designer and creator of TED and TEDMED conferences — come together Wednesday at the Aquarium of The Pacific (formerly the Long Beach Aquarium) for a conversation about “the roles of maps, map-making, and geographic information systems in charting a course to a better future.” Wurman partnered with Esri to develop the Urban Observatory, an exhibit and app that allows users to examine and compare characteristics of cities.

When: February 25, 2015 7:00-8:30 PM 

Where: 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802

Tickets: Free for Aquarium Members, seniors, teachers and students; $5 for the general public.

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4. Architects on Architecture: Steven Ehrlich; Michael Maltzan

Tonight catch architect Stephen Ehrlich for a tour of the 300-seat Kirk Douglas Theatre that he and his firm (winner of the 2015 AIA Architecture Firm Award) created within the former Streamline Moderne Culver Theatre followed by conversation between Stephen, his lead project manager Whitney Wyatt and architectural writer Thomas Aujero Small  .

When: Monday February 23, 2015 7-9 PM

Where: Kirk Douglas Theatre 9820 West Washington Boulevard, Culver City

Tickets:  $40; Click here for tickets.

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And on Thursday evening, come hear Michael Maltzan (above — architect whose latest projects include One Santa Fe in the arts district and the forthcoming 6th Street Bridge –in conversation with Stephen Phillips, director of Cal Poly’s LA Metro Program in Architecture and Urban Design.

When: February 26, 2015 6:30-9:00 PM

Where: A+D Museum; 6032 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles

Tickets: $15 GA $7 for students; Click here for tickets.

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PowerfulLogoWEB5. POWERFUL: Women Leading Design

It’s not only women in Hollywood who are frustrated about inequality in their profession. So are women in design, especially in architecture; it has been found that even though 50% of architecture graduates are women, they only comprise 32% of the profession and only 12% of women architects are partners in their firms. How can the profession evolve to be more equitable and diverse? What are the benefits from doing so? These are among questions that will be discussed Friday at a daylong conference co-hosted by AIA/LA and the Annenberg Space For Photography.

The conference is sold out, but we have two single seats to offer. Also, you can watch the proceedings online at aialosangeles.org.

And while at the conference, check out Sink Or Swim: Designing For a Sea Change, the exhibition at the Annenberg Space For Photography, curated by DnA’s Frances Anderton (who will moderate a panel at Powerful); she will speak Thursday night about the exhibition.

When: 9:00 AM — 4:00 PM

Where: Skylight Studios – Annenberg Space for Photography, 10050 Constellation Blvd., Century City, CA, 90067

Tickets: The conference is sold out, but we have two single seats to offer. Just write us at dna@kcrw.org and first two to reach us get the tickets. Also, you can watch the proceedings online at aialosangeles.org.

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