5 design things to do this week

This week: tour a modern, energy efficient homeless housing project; hear how one curator turned an art publishing house’s body of work into a visual exhibition; experience the culture of the Philippines Island of Mindanao; view fashion as art through the non-demographic brand '69'; and immerse yourself in the robots of our imagination - while they still let you.

The SIX, located in MacArthur Park, is a 52-unit affordable housing project that provides a home, support services and rehabilitation for previously homeless and/or disabled veterans.

1) The SIX Veterans Housing Tour

Housing Available: Modern, energy efficient apartment building with large community spaces, rooftop patio, edible gardens and panoramic views in the heart of MacArthur Park.

This may sound like the latest in high priced multi-family housing developments, but The SIX, designed by Brooks + Scarpa and completed in 2016 is a 52-unit affordable housing project for previously homeless and/or disabled veterans. The ground level contains offices, support services, bike storage and parking, while the second level has a large public courtyard surrounded by four levels of housing units. The uppermost level has a green roof with edible garden, a large public patio and panoramic views.

Organized by AIA Los Angeles’ Committee On The Environment (COTE), Brooks + Scarpa in conjunction with the Skid Row Housing Trust will lead a tour of the building highlighting the emphasis on public space and energy efficient passive design strategies which make it 50% more efficient than a conventionally designed structure.

When: Friday, August 3, 3 – 5 pm

Where: The SIX, 811 S. Carondelet Street, Los Angeles, CA 90057

Tickets: $35 / $25 for AIA members. More information and registration here.

Sebastian Clough turned print material on its head – literally – to create a visual exhibit from publishing house Gato Negro Ediciones

2) Culture Fix: Sebastian Clough on Gato Negro Ediciones

Building on the legacy of radical independent publishing in Mexico, Gato Negro Ediciones, led by activist designer León Muñoz Santini, creates and produces uniquely identifiable books across genres including art, photography, poetry, political discourse, and new editions of classic texts of resistance.

Fowler Director of Exhibitions and exhibition curator Sebastian Clough discusses the design process involved in transforming an art publishing house’s body of work into a visual exhibition.

When: Friday, August 3, 12 – 1 pm

Where: Fowler Museum (UCLA), 308 Charles E Young Dr N, Los Angeles, CA 90024. Parking available in UCLA Lot 4, 398 Westwood Plaza, directly off Sunset Blvd, $12. Rideshare drop-off 305 Royce Drive.

Tickets: Free, no reservations required. More information here.