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What’s Out There Weekend Los Angeles – October 26-27 – Free Two-Day Celebration of the Los Angeles area’s Distinct and Diverse Landscape Legacy


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Free, Expert-led Tours of more than Three Dozen Sites throughout Los Angeles, Pasadena and Santa Monica – Opening Reception Fri. Oct. 25 at Room & Board in Culver City

Washington, DC (September 19, 2013) – On October 26-27, 2013, in Los Angeles, Pasadena and Santa Monica, The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF) will host What’s Out There Weekend Los Angeles, providing residents and visitors an opportunity to discover and explore more than three dozen free, publicly accessible sites in the LA area. An opening reception will be held on Friday, October 25, 6:00-8:00PM, at Room & Board in the historic Helms Bakery Building at 8707 Washington Blvd, Culver City. The Los Angeles region’s landscape legacy ranges from its Spanish Colonial roots to the present, and includes Asian, Hispanic, and African American heritage. The region is known for its distinct Modernist design legacy, which connects indoors and outdoors in innovative ways, and it also has a unique Postmodernist design history with innovative public spaces that meld architecture, landscape architecture and art into one inseparable unit. Explore LA's design legacy through tours by experts and practitioners including Pamela Burton, Dennis McGlade and Mark Rios that offer entertaining anecdotes and intriguing stories about city shaping, landscape architecture and design history. A companion What’s Out There Weekend Los Angeles Web site features downloadable information about all the locations and a schedule of tours.

What’s Out There Weekends have been held in The Berkshires of Western Massachusetts, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco and twice in Washington, DC, with each event drawing more than 1,000 participants. The weekend is an extension of the What’s Out There database of America’s designed landscapes. The free, online, searchable, Wiki-format, and vetted database hosts illustrated entries of nearly 1,500 parks, gardens and open spaces throughout the US, supported by more than 10,000 images and 700 designer profiles. What’s Out There is now optimized for smartphones and other handheld devices and features What’s Nearby, a GPS-enabled function that locates all sites in the What’s Out There database within a 25-mile radius of any given location. The Weekend will be followed in 2014 by a symposium on Postmodernism in Architecture and Landscape Architecture in Southern California.

What's Out There Weekend Los Angeles sites:

Annenberg Community Beach House
Bank of America Plaza (Security Pacific National Bank Plaza)
Beverly Hills
Beverly Gardens Park
Bunker Hill Steps
City Hall (Los Angeles)
City National Plaza (ARCO Plaza)
Civic Center (Beverly Hills)
Colorado Center
Department of Water and Power
Descanso Gardens
Exposition Park
Fern Dell in Griffith Park
The Getty Center and Sculpture Gardens
The Getty Villa
Grand Hope Park
Grand Park
La Casita del Arroyo
LA County Arboretum and Botanic Garden

Maguire Gardens (LA Central Library)
Music Center (Los Angeles)
Occidental College
Palisades Park
Pasadena Civic Center
Plaza Las Fuentes
Pershing Square
Santa Monica Pier and Carousel Park
Storrier-Stearns Japanese Garden
Stuart Building (Stuart Pharmaceutical)
UCLA Campus
UCLA Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden
UCLA Franklin D. Murphy Sculpture Garden
Union Bank Square
Union Station
University of Southern California
Village Green (Baldwin Hills Village)
Washington Park
Wells Fargo Court

“The region’s unrivaled landscape legacy includes the last chain of parks and plazas designed by Lawrence Halprin, unique in his career for being Postmodernist in style, along with Modernist jewels by Peter Walker and Garrett Eckbo,” said Charles A. Birnbaum, TCLF’s Founder and President. “This Weekend will further elevate awareness of LA’s distinct and innovative design heritage.”

What's Out There Weekend Los Angeles is made possible by Presenting Sponsor Coldspring; and Partners, The Los Angeles Conservancy; Park West Companies; Room & Board; the Santa Monica Conservancy; the Southern California Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects and Monrovia.

What is a cultural landscape?
A cultural landscape is a geographic area that includes cultural and natural resources associated with an historic event, activity, person, or group of people. Cultural landscapes can range from thousands of acres of parkland to small homesteads. There are a broad range of landscape types, including waterfronts, campuses, cemeteries, commemorative landscapes, and scenic highways. They exist in direct relationship to their ecological contexts.  They are works of art, narratives of cultures, and expressions of regional identity.

About The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF) The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF) provides people with the ability to see, understand and value landscape architecture and its practitioners, in the way many people have learned to do with buildings and their designers.  Through its Web site, lectures, outreach and publishing, TCLF broadens the support and understanding for cultural landscapes nationwide to help safeguard our priceless heritage for future generations. TCLF makes a special effort to heighten the awareness of those who impact cultural landscapes, assist groups and organizations working to increase the appreciation and recognition of cultural landscapes, and develop educational tools for young people to better connect them to their cultural landscape environs.