The Future of Public Space — Los Angeles @ A+D Architecture and Design Museum>Los Angeles, Los Angeles [12 July]

The Future of Public Space — Los Angeles

18:00 - 20:00

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A+D Architecture and Design Museum>Los Angeles
900 E 4th St, Los Angeles, California 90013
Our traveling panel series is West Coast bound! Following on the success of our events in New York, Washington, D.C., and Chicago, we're hosting a conversation on The Future of Public Space in Los Angeles on July 12th.

This discussion series celebrates the release of The Future of Public Space—the latest volume of SOM Thinkers—and is co-hosted with the urban affairs magazine and nonprofit organization Next City.

Join us at the A+D Museum in L.A. with Chris Torres, Rudy Espinoza, Saul Gonzalez, and Elizabeth Timme.
The event is free and open to the public. Learn about our participants below.


Chris Torres is a landscape urbanist and co-founder of Superjacent. He brings a strong research background to projects ranging from urban and ecological systems to site specific interventions. His experience utilizing emerging technologies in landscape architecture, urbanism, and public art creates engaging and memorable contemporary environments. Prior to Superjacent, Chris was an Associate at Rios Clementi Hale Studios, where he held key roles in many large-scale projects. He was a consultant for Walt Disney Imagineering, SOM, and the public art program at LA METRO. He was a visiting researcher of urban design at QUT in Australia, graduate instructor of Landscape Architecture, Architecture, Planning, and Geography at UC Berkeley, and creative director of the GROUND UP Journal. He is actively involved in research through Proyecto MegaAgua, which identifies water assets and develops innovative technologies to allow for increased potable water availability in the global market.


Rudy Espinoza is the Executive Director of Leadership for Urban Renewal Network (LURN), a community development organization designing innovations to responsibly revitalize low-income, urban areas. Rudy specializes in designing economic development initiatives in low-income communities, researching the informal economy, building private/nonprofit partnerships, and training the working poor to participate in the socio-economic revitalization of their neighborhoods. Rudy has worked at Emerging Markets Inc. and the AARP Foundation where he designed and managed place-based initiatives with financial institutions, foundations, and regional nonprofits. Most recently he worked at a CDFI in South L.A. providing micro-loans and business assistance to street vendors. He serves on Board of Transportation Commissioners for the City of Los Angeles as well as the Commission on Revenue Generation, the Advisory Boards of the LA Development Fund, Investing in Place and the LA Food Policy Council, and the Board of Directors for Esperanza Community Housing Corporation. Rudy holds degrees in Business Administration and Urban Planning.

Saul Gonzalez is a producer and reporter with KCRW and the host and co-producer of “There Goes the Neighborhood," an eight-part series exploring gentrification and housing in Los Angeles. Saul also reports for NPR, Public Radio International's «The World,» and «The California Report.» Before coming to public radio, Saul was the Los Angeles producer for «The NewsHour» on PBS and a reporter for KCET-TV, as well as a correspondent for public television's magazine show «Religion & Ethics Newsweekly.» He has won several Emmys, Golden Mics, and other honors for his coverage of local, national, and international issues. He won the L.A. Press Club's Radio Journalist of the Year Award two years in a row.

Elizabeth Timme is a third-generation architect and co-founder of LA-Más. Seeing a need for a design approach to be integrated early on in public projects and civic planning, she believes designers can help create a unified vision, identify creative alternatives, and work in partnership with communities. Elizabeth provides leadership at LA-Más by ensuring all projects are thoughtfully designed and critically engage systemic problems. Elizabeth has extensive experience in architecture and construction administration having worked at MASS Design Group, Ball-Nogues Studio, and Zimmer Gunsul Frasca. Elizabeth has taught design-build studios at Woodbury University’s Agency for Civic Engagement (ACE) Center and serves on the Zoning Advisory Committee of Re: Code LA, a city-led effort to transform the city’s outdated zoning code. She holds a master’s degree in architecture from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design and a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Southern California.

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