For almost seven years (!) I’ve been taking fellow design lovers along on walking tours, bike rides, and light-rail field trips to visit historical landmarks, unfinished buildings, new restaurants and bars, freshly planted parks, abandoned subway stations and many, many more places all throughout Los Angeles (but mostly on the east side of town). It’s all been part of the nonprofit I founded called design east of La Brea, or de LaB, where we highlight the work of designers living and working east of La Brea.
After hosting more than 100 events, we’ve got something really exciting coming up this fall. Last year we were awarded a $20,000 NEA grant for a new programming track called Making LA, where we toured 10 projects by architects, artists, and designers that are improving communities throughout the east side of Los Angeles. After hosting 10 incredible programs, the series will culminate in the Making LA conference, a one-day event on Friday, November 7 where we’re bringing together designers and city leaders to talk about the future of the city in four critical areas: Density, Transportation, Community, and Water.
I’m pulling together the Transportation track (as you might expect) and we have some pretty amazing speakers, including a keynote from new LADOT head Seleta Reynolds, car-free comedian Kristina Wong, South LA transportation advocate Tafarai Bayne, an incredible story about how hard it really is to improve bus shelters in LA, and my dream panel on the future of LA streets including representatives from the Mayor’s Great Streets Initiative, Los Angeles Walks, People St, and streetscape projects on Broadway and Figueroa.
To sweeten the deal, I have a super secret discount code just for my friends which includes free admission to the VIP party on the evening before the conference. If you’d like to take advantage of it, drop me a line. And if you’d like to spread the word, here’s a handy graphic for you to post or share with friends. I hope to see you at Making LA!