A+D Museum Invites You To Rethink L.A.

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Los Angeles feels like a city in perpetual transition. Novelist Alison Lurie once said  “As one went to Europe to see the living past, so one must visit Southern California to observe the future.” But is our future a horizontal one? Is it a car-ruled suburban typology? Or is L.A. undergoing a more profound change?

The Architecture + Design Museum and the collaborative team of creatives behind the organization Rethink LA,  is asking us to consider how the massive change “in demographics, cultural allegiances, and lifestyles are beginning to shift our collective decisions in terms of the way we will live, work, play and travel.” Its new exhibit, Rethink LA, (opening tomorrow) presents new architectural visions for L.A.’s present and future realities. The show asks architects to answer some fundamental questions about the city’s future, such as:  What does our future look like? Where are we going and how will we get there?  Will we choose the status quo or seek a better more sustainable Los Angeles?

The questions prompted the musuem exhibition, which will feature photography, interactive installations, and personal narratives. In addition to the opening party tomorrow night, Rethink LA is teaming up with GOOD, the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, Dublab, Green Aid, and de LaB (full disclosure: I’m one of the organizers at de LaB) for a “Moving Beyond Cars” party. The goal of the party is to make it completely car-free, asking attendees to use alternative transportation to get there. The party is next Thursday, Aug 11 from 7-10pm at the A+D Museum at 6032 Wilshire Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90036.

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