Season 5, Episode 14: Designing for LA's Public Spaces

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This is the second part of our coverage from WestWeek 2018. I had the chance to sit down with Bob Hale and Aaron Paley who just finished a panel conversation at the Vondom showroom called, Designing For LA’s Public Spaces. The conversation was moderated by Modern Luxury Interiors Editor-In-Chief, Laura Eckstein-Jones, Bob Hale, Aaron Paley and Jen Stark. Jen is a phenomenal  artist Highly creative with a fearless and strategic approach to use of vibrant color, shape and materials. Bob is a principal with Rios, Clementi Hale Studios, immensely talented and has a diverse background including time as Creative Director and Vice President for Universal Studios and as a Principal with Frank O. Gehry and Associates. Aaron Paley is the President and Co-Founder of Community Arts Resources. The organization strives to activate engaging content in public spaces and Aaron is incredibly well versed on the subject.

I thoroughly enjoyed the following conversations for a number of reasons and not the least of which was the chance to debate LA’s role as both a leader in social commentary, which I don’t think many will argue against but also with LA’s role as an arts and culture leader, about which everyone has an opinion. If you listen to the show with any frequency, you already know where I stand and the following debate will certainly entertain you.

You have heard me say this before, I am a native Angeleno and defend LA vigorously as a culture and arts leader. Many suggest that LA doesn’t offer much in the way of culture or the arts. I not only disagree, but you will hear the argument that Southern California is a trailblazing leader in this area. From LA’s street arts, Palm Springs architecture and social style to San Diego’s civic art collection which dates back to 1909.  The point is, not only is the climate conducive to building out public spaces and public art, but the California mindset, the attitude has always been supportive of free expression and nowhere is that more evident than the use and design of public spaces. That being said, the debate still exists ad so the conversation continues. As it continues here, first with Bob Hale, then with Aaron Paley. Enjoy.

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You have heard me say this before, I am a native Angeleno and defend LA vigorously as a culture and arts leader. Many suggest that LA doesn’t offer much in the way of culture or the arts. I not only disagree, but you will hear the argument that Southern California is a trailblazing leader in this area. From LA’s street arts, Palm Springs architecture and social style to San Diego’s civic art collection which dates back to 1909. The point is, not only is the climate conducive to building out public spaces and public art, but the California mindset, the attitude has always been supportive of free expression and nowhere is that more evident than the use and design of public spaces. That being said, the debate still exists ad so the conversation continues. Aaron Paley is the CEO and Co-Founder of Community Arts Resources. Aaron knows city planning and community based programming for public spaces.

Aaron and I, both Angelenos by birth, talk about the changing nature of LA and what public spaces mean to the people who call LA home. Images taken while exploring La Brea and 1st (and surrounding area).
  
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