5 design things to do this week

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This week, you can: celebrate sister cities and their iconic music halls; support SCI-Arc’s vision while honoring visionary designers; get a ringside seat at a great American battle over development; consider architecture in the larger urban context of infrastructure, ecology, and civic engagement; and shop till you drop for mid-century modern or folk art, depending on your taste.

Hans Scharoun’s Berlin Philharmonic, (Berliner Philharmonie, built 1960–1963) and Frank Gehry’s Walt Disney Concert Hall (built 1999–2003). (The original image is no longer available, please contact KCRW if you need access to the original image.)

1 ) Berlin/Los Angeles: Space for Music

If Frank Gehry has a touchstone for his Walt Disney Concert Hall (built 1999–2003), it is Hans Scharoun’s Berlin Philharmonic (Berliner Philharmonie, built 1960–1963). Both buildings feature a “vineyard style” plan, where the seating surrounds the stage, rising up in serried rows in a manner that creates an intimate connection between performer and audience. Both captured the public’s imagination and become signature features of the landscape of each city. The relationship between the two is explored in an exhibition at the Getty Research Institute at the Getty Center, curated by Maristella Casciato, senior curator of architectural collections for the GRI. Berlin/Los Angeles: Space for Music focuses on the buildings’ extraordinary interiors and exteriors, through original drawings, sketches, prints, photographs, and models. This exhibition also celebrates the 50th anniversary of the sister-city partnership between Berlin and Los Angeles by exploring two iconic buildings.

When: Tuesday, April 25 – Sunday April 30

Where: The Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90049

Tickets: Free and open to the public. More information here.

Emerson College Los Angeles, architect Thom Mayne (Morphosis). This year SCI-Arc will be honoring Mayne and Merry Norris (Merry Norris Contemporary Art) for their contributions to SCI-Arc and to Los Angeles. (The original image is no longer available, please contact KCRW if you need access to the original image.)

2 ) SCI – Arc: Main Event 13

SCI-Arc’s MAIN EVENT marks the opening of the school’s 10th Annual Spring Show Exhibition with a reception to raise funds for SCI-Arc’s Scholarship Endowment Fund. The school will honor co-founder Thom Mayne (Morphosis) and Merry Norris (Merry Norris Contemporary Art) for their “extraordinary contributions to SCI-Arc and to Los Angeles.” Treats for attendees include bespoke “3D printed” confections by alumni Liz and Kyle von Hasseln (M.Arch ’12) and an immersive VR demonstration presented by SCI-Arc faculty and students.  Musical by Adam Bravin, also known as DJ Adam 12 and half of the duo She Wants Revenge.

When: Friday, April 28, 7 – 11 pm

Where: SCI-Arc, 960 E. 3rd St., Los Angeles, 90013

Tickets: This is a fundraiser for SCI-Arc, $150 and up.  Get tickets here.

A Tale of Two Planners: Jane Jacobs vs. Robert Moses, Mid-20th Century New York  City. (The original image is no longer available, please contact KCRW if you need access to the original image.)

3 ) Screening and Director Q & A: Citizen Jane: Battle for the City 

Citizen Jane: Battle for the City tells the story of Jane Jacobs, urban activist and author of the classic book “The Death and Life of Great American Cities,” and her battle with the super-powerful planner/”master builder” Robert Moses in 1950s and 60s New York City.  Director Matt Tyrnauer (Valentino: The Last Emperor), portrays how  Jacobs—a journalist with provincial origins, no formal training in city planning and scarce institutional authority—led community opposition to Moses’ sweeping urban renewal plans. He also looks at the explosive growth of Asian cities today. He will participate in a Q & A at the screening. 

When:  Friday, April 28, 7:30 pm, Saturday, April 29, 7:30 pm and Sunday, April 30, 2:50 pm  Click here for additional showtimes.

Where: Nuart Theatre, 11272 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, 90025

Tickets: $11.  Get tickets for Q & A here.

ALSO airing April 28 on ABC:  John Ridley’s new documentary Let It Fall. Of the many documentaries being released to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the 1992 L.A. uprising, this takes a step back, literally, going back to the root causes of the unrest that he dates to 1982, and unfolding as a series of very personal decisions and very public failures. The film weaves first hand accounts from “black, white, Asian, and Hispanic Angelenos of all classes, caught up in a cascade of rising tensions culminating in an explosion of anger and fear after the Rodney King verdict.” Details here.

SL11024 student and faculty housing by Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects (The original image is no longer available, please contact KCRW if you need access to the original image.)

4 ) In The Gutter: Amplified Urbanism at SL11024

Join this discussion and book launch celebrating “Amplified Urbanism,” a new publication by Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects. “Amplified Urbanism” situates O’Herlihy’s work within the larger urban context of Los Angeles, and features essays by critics and journalists who examine the city in the broadest sense via infrastructure, ecology, and civic engagement. The panel of guests will include two of the publication’s contributing authors, Judith Lewis Mernit and Greg Goldin; architect Lorcan O’Herlihy; and Kevin Keller, Deputy Director of City Planning, City of Los Angeles.

When: Saturday, April 29, 3 – 5 pm

Where: SL11024 Apartments, 11024 Strathmore Drive, Los Angeles, 90024

Tickets:  $15 (Members free).  RSVP and tickets here.

Flea Market meets Mid-Century at the Downtown Modernism open air shopping event, where ‘vintage-modern’ is everyone’s favorite oxymoron. (The original image is no longer available, please contact KCRW if you need access to the original image.)

5) Shopping Sunday: 2 Events

~Spring Marketplace at CAFAM

Just in time for Mother’s Day, find unique contemporary jewelry, art, textiles, ceramics, chocolates and more.  Stop by for something wonderfully unexpected.

When: Sunday, April 30, 11 am – 5 pm

Where: Craft and Folk Art Museum, 5814 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles 90036

Tickets: Free. More information here.

~Downtown Modernism

This bi-annual event features five acres of Mid-Century Modern furniture and objects by local dealers, shops, and collectors.  Plus, don’t miss the performance art of furniture! If you haven’t had a chance to see these historic processes in action, you can watch as Modernica’s technicians create authentic Fiberglass Shell Chairs on the original machines that Zenith Plastics used to create the first line of Fiberglass chairs in the 1950s. Specialty food and drink vendors will keep you energized.

When: Sunday, April 30, 8 am – 2 pm

Where: Modernica Factory and surrounding area, 2901 Saco St., Los Angeles, CA 90058

Tickets: $8. More information here.