2x8 exchange exhibition

may 8th - june 7th

Helms Design Center

Culver City, CA

small talks:LA, the DCo collaborative, won a competition through the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Los Angeles to design & build the annual AIA 2x8 Student Exhibition.

 

The exhibition, titled 2X8 Exchange, is a forward-thinking take on the traditional gallery setting. It is an equitable space that relies on participatory engagement to celebrate the diversity of pedagogy present in California. Spatial Exchange is a winding art gallery around clustered nodes of engagement. The gallery is flexible and will function at once as an art walk, but also as a space for group discussions. One night it may host a VR watch party, while the next night it may accommodate lectures or events.

 

small talks:LA prioritizes programming and narrative building in efforts to maximize social interaction. We believe that while exhibitions are temporary, relationships you build and knowledge you learn lasts far beyond the life of an event. When we think about the next life of the installation, we are not only thinking about the re-use of materials but we are also concerned with how the content lives beyond the show. Through the participatory engagement of all visitors, dialogue and knowledge will be documented and passed on to future iterations of 2x8.

 

2×8 Student Competition, Exhibition and Scholarship program showcases exemplary student work from architecture & design institutions throughout California. Celebrating the state’s unequaled diversity in pedagogical directions, each of the participating academic programs select two student projects that epitomize their core vision. Participating students have the opportunity to potentially receive scholarships to further their education as tomorrow’s architects.

upcoming events

 

REIMAGINE. REUSE. RECLAIM. - Part 3

PART 3: INNOVATION CHALLENGE - REIMAGINE, REUSE, RECLAIM:

 

A workshop focusing on the upcycling & repurposing of building materials

The fourth installment of the small talks series is hosted in conjunction with the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Los Angeles’ 2x8 Exhibition & Student Design Competition at Helms Design Center in Culver City. Join small talks:LA for a design charrette workshop focused on repurposing the recyclable building materials used in the exhibition.

This participatory design workshop will be tailored to students, professionals, activists and community members that have interest in using their hands and words to make an impact. The workshop will touch on the creative re-use of materials and the shared community values that shape the design process. At small talks:LA, we believe everyone is a designer and everyone deserves a seat at the table. Join us and share your voice!

The event will begin with a workshop with three rotating stations led by experts focused on creative reuse, fabrication, and community organizing. Participants will work in small groups to create built objects and innovative ideas that they can bring back to their communities.

Location: Helms Design Center Studio B

8745 Washington Blvd.

Culver City, CA 90232

Time: THURSDAY, May 30th, 6pm-8pm

Past events

 

REIMAGINE. REUSE. RECLAIM. - Part 2

PART 2: INNOVATION CHALLENGE - REIMAGINE. REUSE. RECLAIM.

Friday May 24th - Helms Bakery Design Center - Culver City, CA

 

A workshop focusing on the upcycling & repurposing of building materials

The fourth installment of the small talks series is hosted in conjunction with the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Los Angeles’ 2x8 Exhibition & Student Design Competition at Helms Design Center in Culver City. Join small talks:LA for a design charrette workshop focused on repurposing the recyclable building materials used in the exhibition.

This participatory design workshop will be tailored to students, professionals, activists and community members that have interest in using their hands and words to make an impact. The workshop will touch on the creative re-use of materials and the shared community values that shape the design process. At small talks:LA, we believe everyone is a designer and everyone deserves a seat at the table. Join us and share your voice!

The event will begin with a workshop with three rotating stations led by experts focused on creative reuse, fabrication, and community organizing. Participants will work in small groups to create built objects and innovative ideas that they can bring back to their communities.

REIMAGINE. REUSE. RECLAIM. - Part 1

PART 1: INNOVATION CHALLENGE - REIMAGINE. REUSE. RECLAIM.

Saturday May 4th - Los Angeles State Historic Park - Chinatown, Los Angeles CA

“If a community articulated what it stood for, what it believed in, what is aspired to be – as a city, as a neighborhood – would it have a better chance of creating and sustaining a more healthy, vibrant place with positive, economic, health, civic, cultural, and environmental conditions?” – The Just City Lab @ Harvard Graduate School of Design

At small talks:LA, we believe in the idea of empowering community members so that everyone knows they have a voice. So that everyone knows they are a designer. So that everyone knows their background/all their experiences that have led to this point matters – and has a place at the table. The third installment of the small talks series centers around the idea of communities as urban designers of their own neighborhoods.

This workshop challenged participants to study a selection of shared community values and their meaning through the lens of various public spaces in Los Angeles. All these spaces, while public, evoke a diverse range of moods/tones as they relate to the culture of Los Angeles. The workshop investigated what it means to work together as a new community and arrive at some shared values. The result was a visual map explaining our shared community interests in efforts to guide how we create a space for us – by us.

Development. Displacement. Community.

Development. Displacement. Community: A workshop highlighting Inglewood and other evolving communities in LA

Saturday July 7th - (fer) studio - Inglewood, CA

 

Hosted in collaboration with the Free School of Architecture, the 2nd installment of the small talks series centered around the recent development in Inglewood as a result of the new stadium planned for the region and the controversial course of gentrification that is challenging Los Angeles County at large. Through a workshop-based format, the goal of this pop-up was to educate ourselves on the effect that new development has on communities. Various locally-based organizers were be present to shed light on their knowledge & experiences. Participants engaged with other like-minded Angeleno’s and shared their perspective on the current evolution of our city.

 

"disrupt the proceedings"

Streetscape. Diversity. Impact: A Designing in Color Discussion about Cultural Asylums in Los Angeles

Saturday July 7th - (fer) studio - Inglewood, CA

“…Los Angeles, as cities go, is an especially tough nut to crack.” – Christopher Hawthorne, LA Times

Hosted by Designing in Color, the kickoff to small talks:LA focused on the cultural, economical, and environmental diversity of Los Angeles, unpacking the asylums that discourage interaction amongst our communities. Through various forms of engaging media, the goal of this forum/mixer was to rally up and stir conversation that could generate change. small talk:LA gathered a diverse group of architects, artists, engineers, and urban planners in an evening of conversation about the city. They proceeded to think, pair, share, and organize to make better spaces for all people.

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