Urban Stage Events

CYCLE 4 – LONGTABLE URBAN STAGE // TO PLAY, TO ENACT
March 10, 2015

Events: Friday, April 17  + Saturday, April 18

Construction Performance: Sunday, April 12

 

Territorial Repercussions

Friday, April 17 at 7PM

Territorial Repercussions is a presentation / workshop about the City as it responds to demands for food, movements

of food, and how food changes the way the city operates.

Michael Pinto and Ilaria Mazzoleni


Interim Opera: Inglewood

Saturday, April 18 at 12PM

Interim Opera workshops an upcoming architectural opera through readings, discussion, and performance.

Mimi Zeiger, Steven Chodoriwsky, Andrea Hunter Dietz, Jia Gu, Bryony Roberts

‘Territorial Repercussions’ Bios:

+ Michael Pinto is an architect, educator, and community activist. In practice Michael is Design Principal at Osborn

where he has developed a practice that is at once conditionally driven and socially charged. Michael is the founder

of Project Food LA, a creative practice centered on the social and political implications of food production. He is

currently on the editorial board of the Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development and a

former president of the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design. For 10 years, Michael was the

Director of SCI-Arc’s acclaimed Community Design Program, which engages students in research and construction

of socially-driven projects for nonprofit and civic agencies and he is currently Adjunct Professor at Woodbury

University engaging students in projects about urban sustainability

 

+ Ilaria Mazzoleni holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the Polytechnic University of Milan, Italy, and a Master of

Building Science from the University of Southern California’s School of Architecture in Los Angeles. Since 2004,

Mazzoleni has been a full-time faculty member in Design and Applied Studies at the Southern California Institute of

Architecture (SCI-Arc) in Los Angeles. Her research studio, IM STUDIO MI/LA, investigates issues related to

sustainability at all design scales.

‘Interim Opera: Inglewood’ Bios:

+ Mimi Zeiger is a Los Angeles-based journalist and critic covering art, architecture, urbanism and design. She is

founding editor and publisher of loud paper, a zine and blog dedicated to increasing the volume of architectural

discourse. She is a founding member of #lgnlgn, a think tank on architecture and publishing. The group’s work has

been shown at Urban Design Week, the New Museum, Storefront for Art and Architecture, pinkcomma gallery, and

the AA School. She is currently adjunct faculty in the Media Design Practices MFA program at Art Center and co-

president of the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design.

+ Steven Chodoriwsky is an artist, writer, and design researcher. He lives and works in Los Angeles.

+ Andrea Hunter Dietz is a Los Angeles based architect, designer, and educator. She is interested in alternative and

responsive platforms for both learning about and practicing architecture. She has a background in participatory

and public interest design (with Design Corps) and in exhibition and event production (with estudio teddy cruz).

She is a longtime associate of Woodbury School of Architecture where she has coordinated a multi-million dollar

federal grant, led graduate program curriculum development, overseen digital fabrication facility improvements and

operations, and taught coursework in research methodologies and theory.

 

+ Jia Gu is an artist/architect and researcher with special interest in labor, performance and modes of production

within architecture. She holds a B.A in Visual Arts from UCSD and a M.Arch from UCLA, where she was awarded

the Alpha Rho Chi Medal. She collaborates with Jonathan Crisman on LA-BOR, an interdisciplinary studio, is a

founding member of The Institute Of, and is the organizer of Supper Studio, a loose dinner-discussion series. In the

past, she has worked with raumlaborberlin and Kyong Park on projects in Germany, Italy, South Korea, Czech

Republic and Spain. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Architecture and was recently appointed Executive Director

of Materials & Applications, a space dedicated to underused ideas in art, architecture and landscape.

 

+ Bryony Roberts is an architectural designer and principal of the research and design practice Bryony Roberts

Studio. Roberts earned her B.A. from Yale University and her M.Arch from Princeton University, where she was

awarded the Suzanne Underwood Thesis Prize. After working in the offices of WORKac in New York and Mansilla +

Tunon in Madrid, she started her own practice in 2011. In addition to design projects, Roberts is committed to

research and publication; she recently guest-edited the architectural journal Log on the topic “New Ancients”, and

has published her writing in Log, Pidgin, and Architectural Record. She taught as a Wortham Teaching Fellow at the

Rice School of Architecture from 2011-2013, and at SCI-Arc in Los Angeles from 2013-2014. She is now an

Assistant Professor at the Oslo School of Architecture in Norway.

 

 

 

 

CYCLE 3 – LABYRINTHIAN URBANSTAGE // TO CHART, TO EXPLORE
March 10, 2015


Events: Friday, April 10 + Saturday, April 11

Construction Performance: Sunday, April 5

 

Shared Futures
Friday, April 10 at 8PM
Shared Futures is a workshop/exercise in collaborative play with the goal of constructing a digital spatial mapping
of significant cultural events and places in Inglewood. This mapping will be superimposed on the Urbanstage using
video projection while participants actively contribute to and shape its content.
Devan Harlan Simunovich & Mary Franck

 

Art Cities
Saturday, April 11 at 12PM
Los Angeles has undergone a renaissance both as an urban center and a center for artistic production and consumption.
While the city continues to grow both in terms of its scale and diversity of communities, LA has also become a de facto
art capital by attracting artists, collectors and galleries from around the globe. Moderated by Peter Zellner, Principal and
Design Lead at AECOM, this panel discussion will examine the role art and art communities play in the life and
development of cities.
Peter Zellner, Dana Cuff, Roger Sherman, Edgar Arcenaux, Mieke Marple, Davida Nemeroff

 

‘Shared Futures’ Bios

+ Dev Harlan is a self-taught artist and designer working with video, light and sculpture. As a lifelong autodidact, his work
is rooted in personal exploration and self-initiated practices. Devan has exhibited, screened and lectured internationally.
Straddling both art and design disciplines the work has found its home in private commissions as well as events like Y-3’s NY
Spring 2013 runway show. Recent articles have appeared in Holo, Details, Comm Arts and Blackbook magazine as well as numerous
online publications like Architect’s News, Creator’s Project and Juxtapoz. Harlan is a native Californian who currently lives and
works in New York.
+Mary Franck holds a B.A. in Conceptual and Information Art from SFSU. Her art has been presented at the Gray Area Foundation

for the Arts, CounterPULSE, Z-Space, Joyce SoHo, YBCA, Soundwave Biennale, Mutek Festival, and the Société des Arts

Technologiques. She has lectured and lead workshops at Carnegie Mellon University, Arizona State University, FITC, INST-INT

and the Da Vinci Creative festival in Seoul. Since 2010 she has worked as a media developer creating urban-scale projection

-mapping and immersive media systems and content.

 

‘Art Cities’ Bios

+ Peter Zellner is the Principal and Design Lead for AECOM’s Los Angeles design studio. He holds a Master in Architecture from

Harvard University Graduate School of Design and Bachelor of Architecture with First Class Honors from the Royal Melbourne Institute
of Technology in Australia. Peter is a faculty member at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) and coordinates
the school’s Future Initiatives Urban Design program. He has held visiting professorships at UC Berkeley, the University of Southern
California, Florida International University, the Ecole Spéciale d’Architecture in Paris, the Institute for Urban Design and Urban
Planning at the Universität Innsbruck, Austria and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia. He was the 2013 Ivan Smith
Eminent Chair at the University of Florida, School of Architecture. The Los Angeles Times and The New York Times have recognized Peter
as an emerging voice. Harper’s Bazaar included Peter in its ‘Best of What’s New — Designers to Watch’ and Art Auction magazine included
him in its annual ‘Power 100’ selection of influential people in the art world. Peter is the author of numerous essays and books including

Hybrid Space (Thames & Hudson, 2000) and Pacific Edge (Thames & Hudson, 1998). He has curated exhibitions such as Sign as Surface

(Artists Space, 2003) and Whatever Happened to LA? (SCI-Arc, 2005).
+ Dana Cuff
Dana Cuff is a professor, author, and scholar in architecture at the University of California, Los Angeles where she is also the founding

director of cityLAB, a think tank that explores design innovations in the emerging metropolis. For the past two years, Cuff has held a

distinguished professorship in Sweden. Since receiving her Ph.D. in Architecture from UC Berkeley, Cuff has published and lectured

widely about modern American urbanism, the architectural profession, affordable housing, and spatially embedded computing. Two books

have been particularly important: Architecture: the Story of Practice which remains an influential text about the culture of the design

profession, and The Provisional City, a study of residential architecture’s role in transforming postwar Los Angeles. In 2013, Cuff received

a major, multi-year award from the Mellon Foundation for the Urban Humanities Initiative, bringing design and the humanities together at UCLA.
+ Roger Sherman
Roger Sherman is founder of Roger Sherman Architecture and Urban Design in Culver City. His firm’s innovative work has been featured

in Newsweek, CNN, Fast Company and The History Channel. Roger has received awards for projects such as Playa Rosa, a public/private

community-based development in South LA, featured at the 2010 Venice (IT) Biennale; Thinking Outside the Big Box, an urban infill cum

community investment strategy for Target. Roger is also Co-Director (with Dana Cuff) of cityLAB, an urban design thinktank at UCLA,

where he is an Adjunct Professor. He is author of several books, including “LA Under the Influence: the Hidden Logic of Urban Property”,

“RE American Dream” and “Fast Forward Urbanism”, with Dr. Cuff. He serves on the Board of Zocalo Public Square. A graduate of the

Harvard Design School, he has taught and lectured widely.
+ Edgar Arcenaux
Born in 1972, Los Angeles-based artist, filmmaker and founder of the Watts House Project, Edgar Arceneaux received a BFA from the Art

Center College of Design and an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts. Arceneaux makes films, drawings, and installations as
complex arrangements that examine relationships between disparate histories. Solo exhibitions of his work have been presented at the Hammer

Museum, Los Angeles; the Kitchen, New York; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; The Studio Museum in Harlem, and the Museum für

Gegenwartskunst in Basel, Switzerland. His work was recently included in Marking Time at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, Australia;

Mutatis, Mutandis, at the Vienna Secession, Vienna, Austria; the 2008 Whitney Biennial, New York; La Biennale de Montreal 2014; and the 2015

Shanghai Biennale. He is represented by Susanne Vielmetter in Los Angeles.
+ Mieke Marple
+ Davida Nemeroff
Mieke Marple and Davida Nemeroff are the owners of Night Gallery, an artist-run commercial gallery in Los Angeles. Night Gallery opened her

doors in 2010 in a strip mall near Chinatown. The original gallery hours were 10pm-2am, Tuesday through Thursday. In 2013, the gallery moved

to its current location, a 6,000 square foot warehouse in downtown LA. Night Gallery was selected as one of the world’s ruling art tribes

in W Magazine’s “Who’s who” article. Night Gallery has been written about in several publications including Flash Art, Interview Magazine,

LA Weekly, Twin Magazine, The Art Magazine, Art in America, and Mousse Magazine, among others. Marple and Nemeroff are also co-chairs of

Sexy Beast, a bi-annual benefit for Planned Parenthood Los Angeles.

CYCLE 2 – TRANSVERSE URBANSTAGE // TO DIALOGUE
March 10, 2015

Events: Friday, April 3  + Saturday, April 4

Construction Performance: Sunday, March 29

 

WATER IN LA: Surfurbia and The LA River

Friday, April 3 at 7PM

The county of Los Angeles is home to 70 miles of coastline and 51 miles of river pathway. Los Angeles has had, and still has, a complex

relationship with its waters: From the beaches— or Surfurbia, one of Reyner’s Banham’s Four Ecologies of Los Angeles— to the

concrete channels of the LA River, to the recurring challenge of drought in California. How do we negotiate today the channelization

of the LA River that changed the urban landscape decades ago? What revitalization efforts will change the future landscape? How do we

confront the privatization vs public access of beachfront territory? As LA is surrounded by water, how do we grapple with an ongoing

lack of potable, usable water?

Panelists: Benjamin Ball, Daveed Kapoor, Elizabeth Timme
Moderated by Madelyn Glickfeld

 

AUTOPIA

Saturday, April 4 at 12PM

Los Angeles has long been a city vehemently loved and hated for its automobile-centric culture. The urban planning of the city in the

twentieth century saw little priority given to a larger network of accessible highways as well as viable public transportation infrastructure.

While even Frank Lloyd Wright considered the vehicle a means of freedom and even a new concept of space, others would argue that the

ramifications extend past bad traffic: isolationism, a lack of city center. This discussion will look into different cultural and political

views of The Automobile in Los Angeles, recent transformations and goals of public transportation developments, and both the history and

future possibilities of urban planning and policy regarding transportation.

Panelists: Marco Anderson, Matt Benjamin, Deborah Murphy, Kati Rubinyi

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‘Water in LA’ Bios:

+ Benjamin Ball is one half of Ball-Nogues Studio (established 2004), an integrated design and fabrication practice operating in a territory

between architecture, art, and industrial design. Together with Gaston Nogues, the studio’s work is informed by the exploration of craft and

essential to each project is the “design” of the production process itself. The Studio has exhibited at major institutions, including MOCA Los Angeles;

the Museum of Modern Art, NY; the Guggenheim Museum; PS1; the LACMA; the Venice Biennale; the Hong Kong | Shenzhen Biennale; and the

Beijing Biennale. In 2007, the Studio was the winner of the Museum of Modern Art PS1 Young Architects Program Competition and their work is part

of the permanent collections of both MoMA and LACMA.  Benjamin and Gaston have taught in the graduate architecture programs at SCI-Arc, UCLA,

and USC. Their work has appeared in a variety of publications including The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, Architectural Record,

Artforum, Icon, Log, Architectural Digest, Mark and Sculpture.

 

+ Daveed Kapoor has practiced architecture, development and construction in Los Angeles since 2000, and has completed over 70 commissions in

California. In 2005, he founded utopiad.org, a land development, placemaking and architecture collective focused on creating space that improves the

quality of people’s lives. Utopiad has designed, permitted and constructed multiple housing, hospitality, live/work, and manufacturing places in Los Angeles,

Santa Monica and San Francisco. He commutes by foot or bicycle and is a transit advocate that has implemented bus stops, bike lanes, bus only lanes,

parklets and pedestrian upgrades. Daveed serves on the Los Angeles Walks steering committee.

 

+ Elizabeth Timme is the director and co-founder of LA Màs, working on projects that look critically at systemic problems and provide solutions based

on research and community engagement. Primarily using alternative models of social inclusion and collaboration to shape the future of equitable city growth.

Elizabeth is an Adjunct Professor at Woodbury University’s ACE Center, in addition to serving on the re-code LA team, a comprehensive revision of the

zoning code for the City of Los Angeles.

 

+ Madelyn Glickfeld is the Assistant Director for Outreach and Strategic Initiatives for the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability (IoES)

and was named the Director of the UCLA Water Resources Group at the IoES in 2012. Madelyn connects diverse faculty expert in water across the campus

for interdiciplinary research, as well as connecting UCLA with other experts across Southern Califonia. She is currently following and reporting on the

California drought and its consequences, working on issues of drinking water for disadvantaged communities and other research projects to understand the

governance of imported and local water sources in the Urban Los Angeles Region. She has been a member of the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control

Board since 2008.

 

‘AUTOPIA’ Bios:
+ Marco Anderson is a senior regional planner with the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG). He currently works in the

Sustainability Department integrating land use and transportation policy. Marco is the project manager for the SCAG Electric Vehicle Program,

the SoCal Clean Cities Coalition Coordinator, and the lead on the Sustainability Planning Grant Program.  For the previous five years he was a

grant manager for over twenty five SCAG-funded local land use studies, and lead the Toolbox Tuesdays program of training sessions for planners

from the SCAG region.

 

+ Matt Benjamin has approached transportation planning from a variety of perspectives, both as a user and through his work in the public, non-profit

and private sectors.  He lived in LA without owning a car for nearly a decade, using his feet, bicycle, bus, rail and car share. Serving as the first

Planning and Policy Director of the LA County Bicycle Coalition, Matt played a key role in growing  the region’s most visible active transportation

advocacy organization. Since 2007, Matt has worked full-time in the private sector, where he led some of the region’s most complex and controversial

active transportation planning projects including the City of Los Angeles Bicycle Plan.  Matt has also worked as a consultant in New Orleans where he

injected analysis of transportation affordability into the study of the post-Katrina housing market. Matt currently leads the active transportation

planning practice for Fehr & Peers in Southern California.

 

+ Deborah Murphy serves as an Urban Design/Planning and Grant Preparation consultant to Metro; the cities of Los Angeles, West Hollywood,

Santa Monica and Long Beach; and non-profits including Hollywood Property Owners Alliance, Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust, Los Angeles River

Revitalization Corporation, the Eco-Rapid Transit Authority, the Playhouse District Association, East Los Angeles Community Corporation, Little Tokyo

Service Center, the Warner Center Association and the Trust for Public Land.  Deborah has facilitated the successful award of over $85 million in grant

funds for new parks/open space and pedestrian/bicycle/transit improvements. In her efforts to make Los Angeles more walkable, she founded a pedestrian

advocacy organization, Los Angeles Walks, is the Chair of the City of Los Angeles Pedestrian Advisory Committee, a member of the Green LA Coalition

Living Streets Initiative, a board member of the Streetsblog Los Angeles and has conducted Walkabouts in Hollywood, Glassell Park/Cypress Park and

Downtown Pasadena. She also teaches part time at Cal Poly Pomona.

 

+ Kati Rubinyi is a consultant in sustainable mobility planning and project development.  Kati is a research and development innovator who brings a

design approach to planning and project integration. Before starting her firm Civic Projects, she had a proven track record in creative urban planning for

municipal clients. Kati initiated, managed and realized the publication of the book “The Car in 2035: Mobility Planning for the Near Future”. A former

architect with 20 years of professional experience in design and the built environment, Kati worked on multiple project phases for firms on the east coast.

Her educational background includes a graduate degree in fine art and an undergraduate degree in philosophy.

 

CYCLE 1 – AMPHITHEATRE URBANSTAGE // TO REFLECT
March 10, 2015

 

Events: Friday, March 27 + Saturday, March 28
Construction Performance: Sunday, March 22

 

SHIFTS: Inglewood in Transformation

Friday, March 27 at 7PM
SHIFTS will examine the changes— social, cultural, architectural and urban –that Inglewood has undergone in the recent decade,
and postulate on future transitions. The panel will discuss Inglewood’s past, the new Cultural Arts Master Plan Art & Education goals,
arts district building developments, urban planning and zoning.

Introduction by Sabrina Barnes, City of Inglewood’s Director of Parks & Recreation
Panelists: Mia Lehrer, Helen Lessick, Christopher Mercier, Monalisa Whitaker

 

Inglewood Salo(o)n
Saturday, March 28 at 12PM
Intended as a whimsical and provocative catalyst of discussion on the neighborhood, the project invites citizens and practitioners to create
imaginary communities based around well-known landmarks of Inglewood. The objective is for players to gain and share knowledge about the
city of Inglewood and to propose architectural, urban and social improvements for the area. The game aims to provoke a lively discussion
on the current status and future development of the city, with both players and dealers learning from this interaction. The tangible outcome
of the game is a three-dimensional map of the city transformed and enriched by the players through the course of the event.

Claret Cup – Donatella Cusmà and Bojána Bányász


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‘SHIFTS Inglewood in Transformation’ Bios:
+  Mia Lehrer, FASLA is the founder of LA-based landscape architecture and urban design firm, Mia Lehrer + Associates (ML+A),

known for the design and implementation of ambitious public and private-sector projects including complex mixed-use development projects,
urban revitalization initiatives, and neighborhood and regional parks. A native of El Salvador, Ms. Lehrer earned her Master of Landscape

Architecture degree from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. She has applied landscape and urban design innovation and
technical expertise on complex Design/Build infrastructure projects, and continues to play a significant leadership role in project stakeholder

outreach and consensus building.

 

+  Helen Lessick is the public art consultant for the City of Inglewood. Since 2012 she has worked to develop and implement public art
programming for the City under the leadership of the Inglewood Arts Commission within the Parks, Recreation and Library Services Department.

Originally from Philadelphia, Helen has worked on public art initiatives in Los Angeles, New York, Seattle, Portland and Houston. In addition
to arts administration Helen is a practicing artist, published writer and curator. Honored with solo museum and gallery exhibitions and public
art commissions, Helen’s work is in the collections of MOMA, the Getty Research Institute and the Sackner Archive for Conceptual and Concrete

Poetry. She earned her BA in Art from Reed College and her MFA from U.C. Irvine.

 

+  Christopher L. Mercier, AIA, founded form, environment, research (fer) studio L.L.P. in early 2002. He has worked as a Senior Associate/
Project Architect for Gehry Partners, LLP (Frank O. Gehry & Associates)and for Daniel Libeskind. Mercier has worked on many of the industry’s

most respected international projects, including the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in Spain, the Condé Nast Cafeteria in New York, artist Richard

Serra’s pedestrian bridge in London, and the Bio-Diversity Museum in Panama, among other architectural icons. Mercier earned his B.Sc. in

architecture at Lawrence University and holds a Masters in Architecture degree from Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc).

 

+  MonaLisa Whitaker is a visual artist working in photography and mixed media. She has a BA in Art History from California State University,
Dominguez Hills, an AA in Studio Art from El Camino and an Occupational Certificate in Photography from Santa Monica College. In addition
to her creative life, she is the Executive Director of Inglewood Cultural Arts, a multidisciplinary arts nonprofit.

 


‘Inglewood Salo(o)n’ Bios:

+ Claret-Cup is a collaborative formed by Bojána Bányász and Donatella Cusmá, practicing architects who contribute to the man-made environment

as much by drawing and building as by teaching, cooking or curating. Their paths crossed in Los Angeles, a city that they both fell in love with at

different times for different reasons. Their collaboration in Claret-Cup is strongly defined by this connection to the city. Expanding the bounds of a

conventional architectural practice, they seek zones of experimentation where design forms a connective tissue between people, whether in the form

or buildings, food or nimble objects.

Bojána Bányász is a licensed architect and adjunct faculty at Woodbury School of Architecture. She holds a M.Arch degree from SCI-Arc. While an

Associate at Escher GuneWardena Architecture, she managed the restoration of the Eames House (Case Study House #8) in collaboration with the

Getty Conservation Institute.
Donatella Cusmá is an architect in Los Angeles. She graduated from Universitá Mediterranea di Reggio Calabria, holds a MArch and a post-grad diploma

in Architecture in Developing Countries from Polytechnic of Turin. She teaches at Woodbury school of Architecture in Los Angeles and collaborates with

the Rome Center for Architecture and Culture. She is an AIA international associate and a member of the Italian Board of Architects.