Wednesday, October 30, 2013

November 23 > "Eat to the Beat" Grand Central Market Tour and dublab Proton Drive Celebration > DTLA

Grand Central Market has been feeding LA for almost 100 years. When it opened in 1917, Broadway was the principal commercial and entertainment corridor of downtown Los Angeles. The Market has always reflected the changing population of downtown. Today, as the downtown historic core continues to evolve (particularly Broadway), Grand Central Market is once again adapting. Join de LaB for a tour of this historical and epicurean landmark with Kevin West, former W editor, and author of Saving the Seasonthe blog and cookbook. We'll see (and taste) firsthand what is helping to transform Grand Central Market from yesteryear's farmer's market into LA's own version of Pike Place.

We'll start by exploring the 45,000 square foot arcade and meeting some of the shops that are helping to make the market a national-caliber eating experience, including the signature stops like Sarita’s Pupuseria, Las Morelianas, and Tacos Tumbras a Tomas; as well as the newbs like Sticky Rice, Eggslut, Valerie, G&B Coffee, and more. We'll end the tour at Horse Thief Barbecue just in time for lunch.

Following the tour, stay for dublab's Eat to the Beat Fall 2013 Proton Drive Closing Celebration. The beloved LA music and culture collaborative will be dropping beats all day long and curating a slate of fun activities to celebrate the close of their biannual fundraising drive.  Eat to the Beat is free and open to the public.

Kick off Thanksgiving a bit early: eat up with de LaB, then stay and dance it off with dublab!

Grand Central Market Tour and dublab Proton Drive Closing Celebration
Saturday, November 23

12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.: Guided tour of Grand Central Market with Kevin West
1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.: Buy-your-own lunch from any of the vendors and meet at Horse Thief, then stick around for the rest of "Eat to the Beat" and dublab's Proton Drive Closing Celebration!

RSVPs for this event will open at this link on Wednesday, November 6 at 10:00 a.m.

Grand Central Market
317 S. Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Excellent walking, biking and transit directions provided here; parking also available.

More about dublab: 
dublab is a community supported web radio station and creative collective celebrating 14 years of sharing music. As a non-profit organization they rely upon contributions to achieve their positive music mission. Listener donations provide half of dublab’s funding. Public support is essential and greatly appreciated.  dublab’s Fall 2013 “Proton Drive” Fundraiser is happening November 4-23. They will be broadcasting live on from 8am-8pm PST each weekday and beyond to inspire your support. Tune-in and join the dublab family by giving a generous, tax-deductible donation!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

November 9 > 28th Street Apartments Tour > South LA

For the next event in our Making LA series, we're visiting South Los Angeles, where a historic YMCA has been brought back to life by Koning Eizenberg. The 28th Street Apartments is a supportive housing and community space for individuals transitioning from foster care. In addition to a careful restoration of the historic features, a new residential wing provides affordable apartments for residents with sustainable features like cooling cross-ventilation and solar energy from photovoltaics. In addition, the existing rooftop was repurposed as a garden and social space to link the historic building to new construction.

Built in 1926, the 28th Street YMCA provided a recreational respite, a place for socializing, and affordable housing for the predominantly African American community. Designed by renowned African American architect Paul Williams, the YMCA glittered as a jewel of the neighborhood until it fell into disrepair in the latter part of the 20th century. After it was acquired by Clifford Beers Housing in 2009, the organization worked closely with the architects to restore the building to its former sense of pride while looking forward to the new role it could serve in the community.

This collaboration between Clifford Beers Housing and the Coalition for Responsible Community Development exemplifies the potential for public-private partnership and has won numerous awards to date. Read more about the project at Architectural Record.

28th Street Apartments Tour
Saturday, November 9
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Free, RSVP required, space is limited.

RSVP here

28th Street Apartments
1006 East 28th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90011 [view map]

Street parking is available. There are bike racks at the building. The major bus lines run along Central and Adams and are an easy walk away from the building, plan your trip at

About the Speakers

Julie Eizenberg, AIA founding Principal, brings design vision and leadership to the firm’s wide range of projects. Julie is an astute observer and institutional iconoclast leading investigations that reshape the way we think about the architecture of everyday life. Under her and partner Hank Koning’s lead, the firm has earned more than 90 awards for their projects, including 25 AIA awards, the 2009 AIA California Council Firm of the Year Award, and the 2012 AIA Los Angeles Gold Medal in recognition of a lasting influence on the theory and practice of architecture. Julie teaches and lectures around the world and is a frequent advisor to the U.S. Mayor’s Institute on City Design.

Paul Miller, Architect, LEED AP, Associate joined Koning Eizenberg in 2004 and has worked on a range of institutional, commercial, and multi-family and affordable housing projects, he contributes to the firm’s design process that involves a thorough understanding of client requirements, along with a rigorous approach to innovation and sustainable design. His excellent communication skills, and extensive knowledge of cost, code and construction methods ensures strong project development, from design through completion.

Vanessa Luna, Housing Director, spent seven years prior to joining Clifford Beers in the field of affordable housing development as a project manager for Skid Row Housing Trust. During this time, she managed the development and completion of 394 affordable housing units, with an additional 171 units under construction at the time of her departure. The majority of these units are supportive housing units targeted toward special needs and formerly homeless individuals. She was instrumental in securing loans, grants, and equity from both private and public sources for these projects, which include two 9% re-syndications and two projects funded with American Recovery and Reinvestment Act federal stimulus funds.

This program was made possible in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

October 19 > Hyperion Avenue Open Studio Tour and Making LA Fundraiser > Silver Lake

Did you know a one-mile swath of Hyperion Avenue in Silver Lake is home to some of the greatest architectural talent east of La Brea? Join de LaB on Saturday, October 19th for a self-directed tour of five fascinating architecture studios, all within walking distance of one another.

Michael Maltzan Architecture: Founded in 1995, Michael Maltzan Architecture has designed some of Skid Row's most transformative projects, including two projects which have hosted de LaB events: New Carver Apartments and Inner City Arts. See the plans for the upcoming Sixth Street Viaduct and currently under-construction One Sante Fe.

Warren Techentin Architecture (WTARCH):  Headed by architect Warren Techentin, WTARCH is an award-winning, multi-disciplinary office that includes designs for single-family residences like this Los Feliz Residence or this house in the Pacific Palisades, plus multi-family housing, educational and institutional spaces.

MASS Architecture & Design: If you're a fan of Silverlake Wine, Intelligentsia Venice or Pasadena, or Pitfire Pizza, then you're already familiar with the work of MASS Architecture and its principal, Ana Henton (or maybe you joined us for her tour of a renovated USC fraternity house). We apologize that this studio is not ADA-accessible. Please be careful, the stairs are steep.

Lehrer Architects: Founded in 1985 by native Angeleno Michael Lehrer, the national firm has worked on a number of community-based projects, including the recently opened Spring Street Park in downtown LA which is nominated for the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt People's Design Award, the Annenberg Innovation Lab at USC, Reseda Pool, and the Restore Neighborhood LA Affordable Housing Prototypes.

MAKE Architecture: A collaborative architecture and design firm founded by Jess Mullen-Carey and Bill Beautur in 2000, the studio's focus is broad and encompasses architecture, furniture, product and graphic design. Perhaps you joined us two years ago for a visit to Beer Belly in Koreatown designed by MAKE?

Hyperion Avenue Open Studio Tour
Saturday October 19
3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
The tour is self-directed; tickets and a map will be issued via email on Friday, October 18

Afterwards, join the group for buy-your-own happy hour from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Hyperion Public
2538 Hyperion Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90027

Tickets are $20 per person and must be purchased in advance

Purchase tickets here.

Please read our ticket policy for this event
- Tickets for the tour cost $20 person, and must be purchased in advance.
- Space is limited and we will not accept payment for tickets on the day of the tour.
- The tour is self-directed and tickets and a map will be issued via email which you will need to print or show on your phone at each location.
- Tickets and a map will be issued via email on Friday, October 19
- All ticket sales are final and no refunds will be given. All proceeds will go to support future de LaB programming, including our Making LA series.
- Children under 12 are not allowed, no exceptions, please.
- Some of the studios have steep stairs and are not wheelchair accessible, we apologize for this.

We need docents! Volunteers will be assigned a 1.5 hour shift and will receive one free ticket to the tour. Please be willing to commit to a 1.5 hour shift on Saturday, October 19th. Docents must arrive 10 min prior to the start of their shift. Early shift times are approximately 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. and late shifts will be approximately 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. Studio docents are present at the door, checking tickets and ensuring visitors are respectful and follow the rules outlined in the Open Studio Tour ticket.

Here's a general map showing the location of the studios, but we'll be providing you with a detailed map and addresses for all the studios.

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Sunday, September 8, 2013

October 1 > Magic Castle Tour > Hollywood

As an icon of Hollywood, the Magic Castle needs no introduction. Since 1963 the Victorian mansion has served as a private club and academy for magicians counting over 5,000 members worldwide. The historic-cultural monument was designed in 1909 by Lyman Farwell and Oliver Dennis and remains one of the most beloved—and mysterious—buildings in the city. On this private tour, we'll learn about the historic structure as well as the renovations that occurred after a devastating fire on Halloween Night 2011. Who knows, we may even meet Irma, the castle's resident ghost.

Tuesday, October 1
Meet at 5:30 p.m.
Afterwards you can enjoy food, drinks and magic at the club

The Magic Castle
7001 Franklin Avenue
Hollywood, CA 90028

Tickets are $10 per person and will go on sale Tuesday, September 17 at 10:00 a.m. PST

Buy tickets at this link after 9/17 at 10:00 a.m.

Space is extremely limited for this tour and we expect tickets to disappear quickly!
- Limit two tickets per person
- Everyone must be 21 and older
- You can cancel for a full refund up until 48 hours before the event
- The waitlist will be limited to 30 people (please don't email to ask if you can get added, when it's full, it's full, we promise)

A portion of the proceeds from the evening will benefit The Academy of Magical Arts.

Monday, August 26, 2013

September 28 > Making LA > Lake and Lotuses: An Echo Park Lake Restoration Tour

Image courtesy of Sterling Davis
For our inaugural NEA Art Works-funded Making LA event we're visiting a piece of LA history at Echo Park Lake. Originally built in 1860 as a reservoir for drinking water, the lake and surrounding park recently underwent a two-year, $45 million rehabilitation. The trash, urban detritus and bacteria that killed the fish and flowers are gone. In its place are nearly 400 new lotus plants, spruced up walking paths, newly planted native greenery, and a restored fountain, boathouse and The Lady of the Lake. Plus, the pedal boats are back, as well as the recently opened Square One cafe!

Image courtesy of LA I'm Yours
Join us on September 28th for a tour of this beautifully restored piece of parkland paradise that once again serves as Echo Park's backyard. We'll be hearing from the architects, engineers and politicians who helped make it happen, followed by a BYOP (bring your own picnic!) by the lake.

Echo Park Lake Tour
Saturday, September 28
Meet at 11:30 in front of the boathouse

751 Echo Park Ave
Los Angeles CA 90026

RSVP here

Street parking only. Metro lines 92, 4, 2, 704 are all nearby, plan your trip at

Please wear comfortable shoes as we will be walking on uneven terrain, and bring sunscreen, a blanket, a frisbee, a picnic and anything else to enjoy a day by the lake.

Our plan for the day:
  • 11:30 a.m. Meet in front of the boathouse
  • 12:00 p.m. Tour begins with opening remarks by newly elected councilmember Mitch O'Farrell from Council District 13.
  • 12:15-ish We will then tour the park with Black & Veatch engineer Jim Rasmus and AECOM landscape architect Josh Segal, two of the key leads who oversaw this complex rehabilitation.
  • 1:00 p.m. We encourage you to bring a picnic or purchase lunch at Square One and stay to enjoy the park. Pedal boats will also be available for rent on a first come, first serve basis. 

Image courtesy of LA I'm Yours

A little more about the day's speakers:

Mitch O'Farrell
Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell was elected to represent Los Angeles’ 13 Council District in May of 2013. Prior to that, he served as a Field Deputy, District  Director, and as Senior Advisor to Council President Eric Garcetti from 2002-2012. Mitch’s accomplishments while on the staff of Councilmember Eric Garcetti  include restoration of the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Echo Park Lake renovation and boathouse restoration, the Glassell Park Community and Senior Center, and improvements at the Los Angeles River, including new parks and miles of walking and biking paths. He worked on community gardens, farmers markets, increasing public safety, helping small businesses, and general quality of life improvements across the district.

Jim Rasmus
Mr. Rasmus is Practice Leader for Water Resources in the West for Black & Veatch.  He specializes in the planning and design of regional-scale urban stormwater systems that enhance water quality. While many of these projects are initially driven by stormwater regulations, Jim and his team have found creative solutions that integrate these projects into the local water supply portfolio.   Mr. Rasmus’ innovative ideas and leadership have led his clients to numerous awards for innovations in urban water quality including: APWA’s Best Environmental Project Award; Natural Resources Defense Council’s Beach Buddies Award; APWA’s Technical Innovation Award; Consulting Engineers and Land Surveyors of California’s Honor Award for Engineering Excellence; APWA’s  Project of the Year Award for Environmental Projects; and the Construction Management Association of America’s Public Infrastructure Project of the Year.

Josh Segal
Josh Segal is a landscape architect with AECOM’s Los Angeles office. His background includes project work for public agencies as well as private-sector clients, including the design of public realm urban spaces, transit-oriented design, ecological design, and recreation projects. As a project manager and accomplished designer, Josh provides leadership on projects in all phases from visioning and concept through master planning, schematic design, construction documentation, and implementation. Josh holds a BA in Communication from University of California, San Diego, and a Masters in Landscape Architecture from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Josh is a Registered Landscape Architect with the State of California and a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA).

This program was made possible in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

September 12 > de LaB and Hand-Eye Supply present Designer Open Mic > Hollywood

We're joining forces with the awesome Portland-based Hand-Eye Supply during their month-long L.A. pop-up for an evening of open-mic style creative proliferation. Sign up on arrival for 3 minutes of designer fame and your opportunity to share what you're working on with your design community. Or watch the presentations and enjoy a beautiful late-summer evening in the awesome DIY-focused space with a beer in hand.

Have some new material you'd like to test out? Perhaps you've hit the wall on the latest project in the studio or workshop and need some feedback. Maybe you've just made a groundbreaking new discovery, or unearthed new technology you'd like to share? Or, maybe you're just damn proud of the quality and commitment you put into your latest round of work. Whatever lights your fire, we wanna hear about it! Pitch us your ideas then sit back and soak in your peers' sweet creativity.
Hardcopy sketches, prototypes and thoughtful feedback are encouraged. This is Show and Tell with a critical eye!
Designer Open Mic
Thursday, September 12
7:00 to 9:00 p.m. 

RSVP here

Space 15 Twenty
1520 N. Cahuenga Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Refreshments provided (beer and snacks) or you can dine at Umami Burger and still watch the show.

Designer Open Mic is hosted by design east of La Brea, and Hand-Eye Supply's Pop-up Institute for Craft and Ingenuity, a month long pop-up shop and educational happening in collaboration with Space 15 Twenty in Los Angeles, California. Check out all their events happening August 12-September 15 here.

Hand-Eye Supply is a retail store in Portland, Oregon which serves the design and making communities on a local, national and world-wide level. It is the official store of one of the Internet's oldest websites, Core77, which has been covering design and providing resources to creative professionals for the past 18 years. Space 15 Twenty is a unique retail setting which collaborates with creative brands and includes a performance space, pop-up, gallery, book shop and restaurant.

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

August 22 > Never Built Los Angeles Behind-the-Scenes Tour > Miracle Mile

Pereira and Luckman, Original LAX Scheme, Courtesy LAX Flight Path Learning Center

What if LA had five times as much green space? A subway system that spanned more than 100 miles? An airport that looked like this one?

If you've ever wondered these questions and more, then the A+D Museum's highly anticipated summer exhibition, Never Built Los Angeles exhibition, is one you don't want to miss. Curated by Sam Lubell and Greg Goldin, with exhibit design by Clive Wilkinson Architects, Never Built: Los Angeles is the first extensive exhibition to showcase the unbuilt forms that could have radically reshaped the Southern California we know, love, and, let's be honest, sometimes hate. Unlike any other exhibition before it, Never Built Los Angeles asks why does LA attract some of the world's most creative architects only to see so many grand architectural schemes flounder?

On August 22nd, we're hosting an exclusive, behind-the-scenes tour of the exhibition with the curators. Sam and Greg will share the real stories behind the failed 100 projects by more than 25 architects and practices that will be on display. Afterwards, we'll head to Stark Bar, where we can either drown our sorrows over good ideas lost, or rejoice at bad ideas curtailed forever.

Proposed Goodell Monorail Courtesy Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Research Library and Archive
Never Built: Los Angeles Tour
Thursday, August 22
Tour begins at 7:00 pm

$10 museum admission fee

A+D Museum
6032 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Followed by food and drinks at Stark Bar
5905 Wilshire Boulevard (right across the street)
Los Angeles, CA 90036

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Monday, June 24, 2013

July 27 > Going Greek Fraternity House Tour > Exposition Park

( Photo courtesy Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times )

When you think "frat house" you're probably more likely to think of beer and bongs than great design. Yet Mass Architecture and Design has managed to transform USC's Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity house into a modern masterpiece. Think less "Animal House" (goodbye stripper poles!) and more Alvar Aalto.
( Photo courtesy Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times )

This Dwell-worthy housing, featured in the LA Times, reflects a new sensibility for the next generation of design aficionados. After undergoing a $903,000 renovation last year, the house features contemporary design flourishes like cedar ceiling paneling, redwood slats and a cool gray color palette interjected with shots of color. Yet the house stays true to its mid-century bones, maximizing light and open space. It's a house that visibly stands out on "The Row." More photos here.

Join us as we take a tour of the house with Frank Acevedo, alum and president of the Central Area Planning Commission and MASS Architecture and Design principal, architect Ana Henton.

Afterwards we'll head over to modern gastropub The Lab for craft beers and bites in a former Sizzler.

The event is free, cash bar at The Lab, but space is limited so be sure to reserve your space early.

Phi Sigma Kappa Fraternity House Tour
Saturday July 27th
11:00 a.m.
938 W. 28th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90007
Corner of Hoover

RSVP here

Followed by food and drinks at The Lab
3500 Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90007

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Thursday, June 13, 2013

July 16 > Invention Bar at the Los Angeles Athletic Club > DTLA

Down on 7th and Olive in the Historic Core, the Los Angeles Athletic Club has been entertaining its exclusive membership since 1880. With a brand new makeover by interior designer Tracy Beckmann (Mas Malo, Hotel Lautner), the third-floor restaurant and bar maintain the space's Art Deco charm with mid-century flourishes. With a new cocktail program by master mixologists Liquid Assets’ Marcos Tello & Aidan Demarest, Invention is set to become one of downtown's hottest spots for a tipple. 

While the LA Athletic Club is still members-only, the Club now offers a social membership for those who want to make Invention (and the adjacent restaurant Famous Players) their preferred drinking destination.

Tracy Beckmann honed her skills as a designer during her four-year collaboration with Kelly Wearstler of KWID and the renowned KOR Group.  In addition to an impressive collection of LA-based design projects, Beckmann has also recently garnered global media attention for the impressive restoration of the famed Hotel Lautner that she and business partner Ryan Trowbridge own in Desert Hot Springs (that we toured earlier this year at Modernism Week).

Join us for a tour of the bar with Tracy Beckmann, and stay for the special -- $7 Manhattans for de LaB.
The event is free but space is limited, so be sure to reserve a spot early

Invention bar tour at the LAAC with Tracy Beckmann

Tuesday July 16th
Tour begins at 7:30pm
Los Angeles Athletic Club

431 West Seventh Street
Los Angeles, CA 90014

SOLD OUT (and waitlist is full, too)
Parking is available in the structure on Olive just past 7th Street for $4.50.

Monday, June 10, 2013

June 13 - 30 > Los Angeles Design Festival

The Los Angeles Design Festival kicks off this week, signaling the beginning of two weeks worth of citywide design celebrations.  The festivities range in size, scope, and splendor from large-scale design conferences to more intimate gatherings in studios, showrooms, and shops across town.  With over 40 events scheduled in June, the LADF continues to grow with each year.  Here are a few of de LaB's top picks.  For more info and a full schedule of events, check out the LADF's website or their new mobile app.  Happy festival-ing, LA!

LADF Opening Night Party with Wiles Magazine - June 14
LADF and Wiles Magazine kick off the festival by honoring the inaugural recipient of the Julia Morgan ICON Award, the inimitable Deborah Sussman.  Learn more and RSVP here.

Big City Forum - June 19
Our friends at BCF host one of their signature salons for design intellectuals.  They'll explore visual language in the public sphere and much more.  Join them for the conversation and stay for cocktails.  Learn more and RSVP here.

Never Built Los Angeles Preview - June 20
Join Sam Lubell and Greg Goldin for the last fundraiser before the much-anticipated Never Built Los Angeles exhibition opens at the A+D Museum next week.  Learn more and RSVP here.

Dwell on Design Eastside Home Tours - June 22
Don't miss this hot-ticket home tour which includes stops in Atwater Village, Silver Lake, Downtown LA, and Glendale.  Buy tickets here.

Pecha Kucha x Ping Pong - June 26
Don't miss de LaB's first-ever Pecha Kucha x Ping Pong Night, curated by Santino Medina.  Buy tickets here.

Design Shopping Night - June 27
Shop your favorite design haunts for one special night across town, in neighborhoods like DTLA, Highland Park, Venice and Culver City.  No RSVP necessary.

Chinatown Design Night - June 29
Chung King Alley brings back the annual design street party which also serves as the closing party for LADF this year.  Galleries and stores stay open late.  Music, art, and even some dragons.  No RSVP necessary.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

June 26 > Pecha Kucha x Ping Pong > DTLA

As part of the third annual Los Angeles Design Festival, de LaB is collaborating with Santino Medina of Gehry Technologies to co-host the first-ever Pecha Kucha x Ping Pong Night at The Standard's new ping pong social club, a fun "spin" on the fast-paced open mic night that we've all come to know and love. Medina has handpicked a variety of presenters from across the design disciplines in honor of the LADF's spirit of creative inclusion.  We didn't think it hurt to add a bit of sport either, so once the design chatter ends, presenters are invited to put down the mic, pick up the paddles, and join the rest of us in an epic battle for ping pong supremacy.  

Originally devised in Tokyo in 2003 by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham of Klein Dytham Architecture, Pecha Kucha is a japanese term that loosely means "chit-chat."  It's a simple presentation format wherein 20 brave presenters from various design disciplines, ranging from architecture, design, fashion, and art are invited to show 20 images, each for 20 seconds.  Pecha Kucha was brought to LA by the LA Forum in 2003 which has produced over 30 successful sessions over the years.

The lineup curated by Santino Medina is...

1. Danielle Rago - Writer/Curator
2. Jeffrey Eyster - Abrahams Eyster Architecture, Inc., Principal
3. Christian Prasch - Community work in Ghana
4. Oliver Hess - Materials & Applications, Director Emeritus
5. Yohannes Baynes - Farmland Media, Creative Director
6. Mariana Zarate – mzb, Fashion Designer
7. Steve Fuchs - Design Professor at Orange Coast College
8. Julia Cerrud/Aaron Gutierrez - Amorphica Design Research Office
9. Alvin Huang - Synthesis Design + Architecture, Principal
10. Steve Purvis – Jones, Partners:Architecture, Associate
11. Josh Moratto - Maximal/Moratto A+D, Principal
12. Charissa Santos - Graphic &; Interior Designer
13. Orhan Ayyuce - Architect
14. Jeremy Levine - Jeremy Levine Design, Principal
15. Neely Shearer - Parade by neely shearer, Designer/Owner
16. Daniel Cardoso - PhD Fellow at MIT School of Architecture and Planning
17. Patrick Shields - Designer
18. Jonathan Louie - Academic Researcher at UCLA AUD
19. Greg Goldin - A+D Museum, Curator
20. Liliana Castro – ARCHeffect, Principal
21. Lucas Walker - South Park Studios, Technical Artist

SPiN at the Standard is a ping pong social club owned by Academy Award-winning actress (and ping pong phenom) Susan Sarandon.  Sleek and sexy by design, SPiN elevates the game of ping pong to a new level of cool.

Pecha Kucha x Ping Pong
Wednesday, June 26th
8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

SPiN at The Standard
550 S. Flower @ 6th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90071
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$10 if purchased online in advance / $15 at the door

Cash bar. Complimentary non-alcoholic beverages by Alova. Ping pong is being offered at the awesome low price of $5 table (it's usually $30). This event is open to ages 21 and over. A portion of the proceeds goes to support future de LaB programs.

We'll take cash only at the door. See you then!

And be sure to check out all the de LaB picks for the Los Angeles Design Festival, June 13-30!

Images from LADF, Brendan Shigeta via Flickr, and Time Out.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

June 2 > Design-n-Dim Sum Bike Tour > Chinatown

It's back! Get ready for our (fifth?) annual Design-n-Dim Sum bike ride with Flying Pigeon on Sunday, June 2nd for another day of studio visits, biking and bao. This year we have a stellar lineup of studio visits, including furniture maker Stefan Bishop, the live-work studio of architect Astrid Diehl and artist Eddy Sykes, and master ceramicist Tracy Wilkinson. We'll be meeting at bike shop Flying Pigeon in Highland Park at 11am and will be on the road by 11:30am for a quick trip up to Glassell Park, then roll over the river to Frogtown before heading south to Chinatown. Total distance for the day will be about 9 miles (you can ride one mile or take the Gold Line from Chinatown if you need to ride back to Flying Pigeon to return your bike or get to your car). 

Our itinerary for the day:

Meet at 11:00am at Flying Pigeon LA 
3404 N. Figueroa St. Los Angeles, CA 90042

3420 Verdugo Road, Los Angeles CA 90065

2841 Marsh Street, Los Angeles CA 90039

3rd Stop: TW Workshop
970 N Broadway Suite 214A Los Angeles, CA  90012

Final Stop: Golden Dragon Restaurant for dim sum
960 N Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90012

RSVP here so we can get a headcount

The logistics:

If you have a bike, please bring it. We have about 15 bikes available for rental from Flying Pigeon, for $15 for the day. Bikes are on a first come, first serve basis via RSVP.You can let us know if you need a bike when you RSVP (it's a little checkbox at the end of the form).

Please bring water and sunscreen. It can get hot out there!

Please bring CASH only for the dim sum. We estimate the cost will be about $20 per person.

RSVP hereWe need a headcount to reserve the restaurant so if you need to cancel your reservation, please let us know as soon as possible.

And finally, if you want to join us for part of the day, follow us on Twitter. We'll be updating our location throughout the day.

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Friday, May 3, 2013

May 20 > A New Blue: Behind the Scenes at Dodger Stadium > Elysian Park

Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Daniels and Curbed LA
SOLD OUT: We're very sorry but space is extremely limited for this tour and the event sold out in about 20 minutes. We do have a short waitlist that we will use if people cancel their orders. We'll try our best to plan another tour, but the AIA is hosting a breakfast and tour at Dodger Stadium on May 16 that you might be interested in attending.

You may have read about it. You may have seen it on TV. You may even have gone to a game at the newly renovated Dodger Stadium. But how much do you know about the $100 million off-season renovation that was just completed? With widened concourses, expanded restrooms, new kids' play areas and modernized clubhouses, it's a whole new game. According to Curbed LA:
All told, the team spent $100 million constructing seven new buildings and three entrance plazas around the stadium, reconfiguring the loge and bleacher areas, pulling out rows of seats to widen the walkway in front of concessionaires, and building an entirely new clubhouse for the players. Throughout the winter, crews totaling 700 workers were working 24 hours a day to complete the construction. The team exceeded the industry standard of $1 million a day on construction on more than one occasion.

Join us for a very special behind-the-scenes tour of the stadium with Dodgers SVP of Planning and Development Janet-Marie Smith, who brought her expertise working with the Atlanta Braves, Boston Red Sox, and Baltimore Orioles to LA. Also joining us is architect Brenda Levin, who led the integration of the new construction with historic elements of the ballpark.

Space is EXTREMELY limited for this tour and will book quickly.

Dodger Stadium Insider's Tour
Monday, May 20
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Reserve your space here

Parking and meeting information will be emailed to attendees.

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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

May 18 > Raise the Roof Party at the Neutra VDL Residence > Silver Lake

The view of the Meadow and Reservoir from the Neutra VDL roof
Join de LaB on May 18th for a special "Raise the Roof" party on (yes, on) the newly finished roof of the Neutra VDL Residence, which is owned and managed by Cal Poly Pomona. The much-anticipated restoration work, guided by local firm Marmol Radziner and Neutra VDL Residence Director and Cal Poly Pomona Architecture Chair Sarah Lorenzen, is finally complete and we think it deserves a proper toast!

As some of you may remember, we hosted a fundraiser at the historic home back in September 2011, where we helped raised more than $800 to aid the roof restoration work. Other contributors to this effort were Friends of Heritage PreservationMarmol Radziner, and Friends of VDL. 

In the spirit of the home's ongoing restoration, this event will also support the next phase of restoration work. To date, restoration of VDL, which began in 2008, includes restoration of the interior of the Garden House, full electrical rewiring, restoration of the roofs, new paint, new fences and site walls, and garden replanting. The next phase for Cal Poly Pomona will include restoration of the interior finishes. 

Though the VDL Studio and Residence is open to the public every Saturday from 11am to 3pm, our "Raise the Roof" party will offer a rare glimpse of the house at dusk with all of the reflecting pools filled. We'll also receive an overview on the history of the house, details on the roof restoration project, and the artist-in-residence program from Neutra VDL Residence Director Sarah Lorenzen. 

We look forward to seeing you on the roof with a glass of (white) wine in hand!

Neutra surveying Silver Lake, photo by Julius Shulman

Neutra VDL Residence "Raise the Roof" Party
Saturday, May 18
4:00 to 7:00 pm
Wine and snacks will be served

$20 per person
All proceeds benefit the ongoing restoration work at the Neutra VDL Residence.

Neutra VDL Residence
2300 Silverlake Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90039