An unconventional conversation on the Olmsted Brothers, preeminent landscape designers of the early 20th-century, will explore the firm’s visionary plan of its time to protect the natural and cultural assets of Los Angeles County, the power-politics that ensued — and how today’s planners, designers and politicians can learn from the past to create vibrant and sustainable places.
The panel of participating historians, design and environmental experts include: Frances Anderton, Radio Host of DnA: Design and Architecture on KCRW; USC History Chair William Deverell; Director, UCLA Urban Center for People & the Environment, StephaniePincetl; Environmental Journalist Jon Christensen; Architect Alan Pullman and Adaptive Reuse Developer Tom Gilmore, with author D.J. Waldie and RLA Director of Special Projects Claudia Jurmain moderating.
Tickets cost $15 and are available at www.rancholosalamitos.org or by calling 562.431.3541. Parking is free.
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Rancho Los Alamitos Historic Ranch and Gardens
Rancho Los Alamitos is a place for all time listed on the National Register of Historic Places twice—for its significance as the Tongva village of Povuu’ngna, its adobe core ranch house ca. 1800, and four acres of lush historic garden and barnyard dating from the early-mid 20th century.
A brand-new Rancho Center with a permanent exhibition, related program facilities, and the restored historic barns area connect 21st Century audiences with the incomparable Southern California landscape, people, and story. The exceptional site echoes the regional culture and environment over time, including the Native American, Spanish, and Mexican periods, the ranching and farming era, and the imprint of the 20th Century. Today the Rancho speaks to recurring issues in our time through its Conversations In Place series.