Explore Downtown LA’s Historic Core on Foot

The Historic Downtown Los Angeles Business Improvement District (BID) has released a mini-pamphlet titled “Walk the Historic Core,” which introduces pedestrians to many of the area’s highlights. Developed by local artists Ari Simon and Phoebe Unterman, the booklet is intended to help downtown residents and visitors alike discover the neighborhood’s restaurants, retail establishments, and galleries, […]

Hyperion Avenue Open Studio Tour and Making LA Fundraiser

This weekend some of LA’s foremost architectural talent working east of La Brea will welcome the public into their studios as part of the Hyperion Avenue Open Studio Tour. Organized by de LaB, one of my favorite local non-profits that brings Angelenos together who are passionate about and engaged with the city’s vibrant creative community, […]

The Los Angeles Conservancy launches a new website and historic preservation in LA takes a big step forward

One of my favorite local organizations, The Los Angeles Conservancy, recently launched a long overdue redesign of its website. Normally I wouldn’t cover such an event, but in this case I want to let the Curating Los Angeles community know how much more preservation related information is now available online.

Building Monuments out of Fantasy – A History of Themed Environments in Los Angeles

Photo Friends of the Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL) consistently presents engaging programs that highlight photographs from its extensive collection. The latest installment of LAPL’s LA in Focus series is no exception.

Get involved in the Union Station Master Plan


In 2011 Metro purchased the iconic Union Station in downtown Los Angeles, a beautiful structure that combines Spanish Colonial, Mission Revival and Art Deco styles. Partially designed by John Parkinson and Donald Parkinson, the station was built by the Union Pacific, Southern Pacific, and Santa Fe railroads in the late 1930s at a cost of $11 million and became known as the last of the great stations in America.

SPUR Looks South to Learn From Los Angeles


It’s not often that one hears Bay Area residents expressing admiration for Los Angeles, let alone acknowledging that they can learn something from the nation’s second largest city. So it was a pleasant surprise to see that the theme of the August / September 2012 issue of The Urbanist was “Learning from Los Angeles.”

Visit A-Z West in California’s High Desert


Artists and musicians have long been drawn to southern California’s desert communities. One arts organization doing particularly interesting work today in the Joshua Tree area is High Desert Test Sites, which explores “…the intersections between contemporary art and life at large” within physical and conceptual spaces.