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
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
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.
+ 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.