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SCI-Arc Alumni, Faculty Help Launch Little Tokyo Design Week in Neighboring District

The highly anticipated four-day architecture and design festival Little Tokyo Design Week (LTDW) launches with a preview night on July 13 at the Japanese American National Museum Plaza (JANM) from 5-7pm, to celebrate the cutting edge design and technology emerging from Japan and its intersection with trends materializing in Los Angeles.

SCI-Arc-related events at LTDW include the Director's Symposium, the Tokyo/LA Houses: Micro-Environments for Mega-Cities exhibition and symposium, and Re-envisioning the Los Angeles Downtown Arts District & Little Tokyo Community—a neighboring design workshop hosted by SCI-Arc in partnership with Metro.

Organized thematically and geographically around four design zones, the event is set to engage local and international designers, artists, architects, filmmakers, corporations, and students from the Southern California region to explore possible scenarios for a "New Urban Lifestyle." It comprises a series of programs to integrate community partners, retailers, and restaurants with Little Tokyo's Big Three cultural institutions: the Japanese American National Museum (JANM), the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center (JACCC), and The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA.

Tokyo/LA Houses: Micro-Environments for Mega-Cities Exhibition
Curated by SCI-Arc alumnus Joe Day (M.Arch '94) of deegan day design

A Director's Symposium will be hosted Thursday, July 14, 5-6pm at the Tateuchi Democracy Forum at JANM moderated by alumnus Hitoshi Abe (M.Arch '89) and featuring SCI-Arc Director of Academic Affairs Hsinming Fung, Dean of USC Architecture Qingyun Ma, and SCI-Arc faculty member and Visual Studies Coordinator Andrew Zago.

Organized by SCI-Arc alumnus and trustee Joe Day (M.Arch '94) of deegan-day design, Tokyo/LA Houses is an exhibition of forty new homes by Japanese and Californian design practices that explore new efficiencies of scale, construction and reduced ecological impact. Housed at the JACCC Plaza, the exhibit will showcase twenty projects from both cities—including architectural drawings, models and images—each a novel proposition for the future of small-scale residential architecture. Models from the show will be auctioned at the end of the four-day event, with proceeds going to Archi+Aid for the Japan disaster relief effort. The exhibition will culminate in a symposium titled Environment in the Future City, speculating on the charged relationship between these cities and their design cultures, and bringing together prominent architects and critics, including Neil Denari, Sou Fujimoto, Akihisa Hirata, Lisa Iwamoto and moderator Christopher Hawthorne of the L.A. Times, on Sunday, July 17, 3-5pm at the East West Players (120 Judge John Aiso Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012).

Moderated by faculty member Peter Zellner, co-coordinator of the SCI-Arc's Future Initiatives program, the Re-envisioning Downtown Los Angeles community design workshop explores a more livable future via walking, biking and mass transit. The event takes place Friday, July 15, 4-6pm at the JACCC. Click HERE for more details or to RSVP.

SCI-Arc alumni participating in Little Tokyo Design Week include Hitoshi Abe (M.Arch '89), Joe Day (M.Arch '94), Andy Ku (M.Arch '98), Yo Oshima (M.Arch '06) and Taiyo Watanabe (B.Arch '06).

The Little Tokyo Design Week takes place July 14-17. For a complete schedule of events, click HERE.