The Berlin-LA Temporary Lab: Downtown Art Walk

The Berlin-LA Temporary Lab: Downtown Art Walk
Thursday, May 13, 2010
6:00pm – 9:00pm
Gallery 727
727 South Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA

What inspiration does Berlin hold for sustainable urban design & planning in its Sister City LA?

Berlin is a compact, walkable European city with a dense rail network and high bike use. Divided by a concrete wall until 1989, Berlin is also a city where vast stretches of inner-city land are still awaiting redevelopment. One prominent example is Berlin’s grand new Central Station, which currently sits like a glass palace amidst vast greyfields.

In March 2010, graduate students from USC’s School of Policy, Planning & Development joined forces with Urban Design students from the TU Berlin to develop ideas for the future development of these sites. The Berlin-LA Temporary Lab at g727 exhibits results from the students lab work, presented in the form of posters, pictures and videos.

In addition, an interactive model of Berlin created by James Rojas will be on display. THIS IS GREAT EDUCATIONAL FUN FOR KIDS OF ALL AGES.

Results from a public performance by Berlin-based artists Folke Köbberling and Martin Kaltwasser will be on display at g727. They converted an old car into two fully operational bicycles. For more info about that project, go to

Goodbye to USC environmental pioneer, John Peters

From the website:

John M. Peters, the Hastings Professor of Preventive Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC and a renowned authority on the effects of air pollution on health, died May 6 at his home in San Marino, Calif., following a prolonged fight with pancreatic cancer. He was 75.

Read the entire description of Dr. Peters’ contributions:

In Memoriam: John M. Peters, 75 – USC News

His work has been enormously influential and important to communities throughout Los Angeles. A bad loss, indeed.