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10/17/2010

Free this Sun: California Design Biennial

Posted by Carren Jao Pineda |


If you still haven't made your way to the Pasadena Museum of California Art, today is a good day for that. The California Design Biennial is still up this weekend until November 1, but with this pass, you can see it free of charge.


Based on the NYTimes and LATimes coverage, it's well worth seeing. Not only does the biennial steer clear of cliches, it also manages to send a hopeful message amid the current rather depressing economic climate. Their theme of "Action/Reaction" taps California designers from diverse disciplines to response to current economic, political and environmental challenges (rather than sit back and watch the hustle).

Even if you wake up late on Sunday, you can also catch these two great talks by KCRW's Frances Anderton and urban planner James Rojas. Anderton talks to architect Lorcan O'Oherlihy and LA Times Design and Culture Magazine Editor Mayer Rus about the task of realizing great design while still doing good. Rojas then gives ordinary folks like us a chance to re-imagine our city by giving his innovative workshop, which I for LA Downtown news here.

Doesn't seeing great design make for a great Sunday?



California Design Biennial 2010
until Nov 1, 2010

Looking Good While Doing Good with Frances Anderton
Oct 17, 2 pm

Urban Planning Family Workshop by James Rojas
Oct 17, 3 pm

490 East Union Street
Pasadena, CA
Phone: 626-568-3665

Illustration credit: Amy Kate Martin’s poster for Public Option Please

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