Does LA need a downtown? From the Annenberg website:
In an age of digitally networked cities, regions, nations and international hubs, is there still value -- economic, social, political, cultural -- in central downtown districts? CalArts President Steven D. Lavine invites three of L.A.'s most influential urban thinkers to ponder this question in the first of a series of roundtable discussions on the evolving shape of urbanism in the City of Angels. The distinguished panelists are Manuel Castells, the Wallis Annenberg Chair in Communication Technology and Society and author of Society, The Information Age: Economy and Culture; Edward Soja, Distinguished Professor of Urban Planning at the UCLA School of Public Affairs and author of Thirdspace: Journeys to Los Angeles and Other Real-and-Imagined Places; and Cecilia Estolano, CEO of the Community Redevelopment Authority of the City of Los Angeles. Free admission with USC ID. Presented by CalArts and ALOUD at Central Library as part of Talking City: L.A. Today and Tomorrow.
Info on the talk here.
and, Luxe more your style?
at the Hammer....
Conscientious Consumption: Sustainability and the Future of Luxury
Los Angeles has always been the fashion world’s barometer of lifestyle shifts. Sally Singer, the fashion news and features director of Vogue, asks four leading Los Angeles designers about their strategies, aesthetics, and philosophies in response to extraordinary environmental and economic changes. What is the modern relationship between the ethical and the luxurious (for designer and consumer)? Singer will be joined by renowned jewelry designer Tom Binns; the "Godfather of Denim" and Goldsign designer, Adriano Goldschmied; Dosa founder and designer, Christina Kim; and Laura and Kate Mulleavy, the design duo behind Rodarte. The discussion will be followed by a Q & A session.
more info here