What politics are attached to space in Los Angeles? That is what architect and writer Victor Jones is asking with his new book (IN)Formal L.A., a collection of writings attempting to dissect and discover what certain traits of the city mean to the city. Can a building or infrastructural feature of Los Angeles be seen as a construction reflective of specific ideologies? Yes—and there is a lot of this in Los Angeles.
Petra Nemcova is coming to Century City and Costa Mesa’s Bloomingdale’s to celebrate Be The Light, her new candle brand. She’s hitting Century City on March 13 and South Coast Plaza at March 15.
To celebrate their twentieth year, Giant Robot is having a big show at GR2. It’s a retrospective of sorts called 20 Years Art x Mags and will feature a lot of famous and successful artists. Congrats, GR! Check it out March 15 through April 2.
Victor Jones thinks about Los Angeles in a way few people do: he thinks about it in the future tense, as a place of myriad possibilities. “Los Angeles, unlike most well known cities, is a twenty-first century paradigm in terms of its ability to inform how people live and what people do and how they experiences civic and public space. It is a new physical model of urbanity: I think Los Angeles is a fantastic case study.”
“Thats the draw here,” he says. “While perfect weather, a great economy, and geography have made life easy to take for granted my work in academia and design pushes back on the city, forcing people to reconsider the evidence of things not seen. This push back is to say—Hey.—let’s stop and revisit this, acknowledging that we are a part of a discussion, that we are not completely inside ourselves and that we are becoming a greater reference globally. When we look at urban development in Beijing, Dubai, Mexico City for example, Los Angeles has become a reference versus traditional nineteenth century cities. Let’s try to understand the physical implication of these things.”
Curious about Motion Design? AIGA LA has a Pacific Design Center event with Chris Do, Blind Inc., and Hecho En Los Angeles about it. It’s called The Business Of Motion Design. Shall be informative!