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LOS ANGELES, MARS - a pre-TEDxLA event for our Martian future

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Cross Campus Downtown LA

800 Wilshire Bvd #200

Los Angeles, CA 90017

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LOS ANGELES, MARS is a pre-TEDxLA creative project that imagines our martian future to design contemporary solutions for Earth. The design mission gathers Framestore, NASA JPL, Virgin Galactic, and Mars City Design.

On December 1st we will launch the program at El Camp and discuss great initiatives that connect Los Angeles to Mars.

Passionate about speculative creation and living in outer space, all the team is engaging in the mission to collect and connect great people's imagination to build a new Los Angeles on Mars.
Because the City of Angels, a pioneer on Mars imagination and exploration, continuously mixes creative and scientific minds for moonshots projects, they believe it has to lead the way to build our second home.

Connecting the amazing Framestore creative studio through their work with The Martian movie, MARS documentary with National Geographic and the Field Trip to Mars experience to Mars City Design, the first think tank that has been gathering architects and scientists to design Mars first cities, we invite Angelenos to imagine their future on the red planet for the first TEDxLA in December 2016.


The Experience Sessions with:
- Mars City Design Workshop
- Framestore VR Workshop
- Jedi Training Workshop

And presentation of the exhibition

Intro "What if LA moved to Mars"
by Alexandre Cadain, Founder XTOPIA, head "LA, Mars" mission

Gravity, The Martian, Mars, the studio behind our space and martian imagination
by James Razzall, Managing Director at Framestore

Dynamic Mars: Getting to Know the Planet Next Door
by Dr. Laura Kerber,
research scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Martian climate and volcanoes specialist
+ Q&A


Los Angeles Jedi training
by Loretta Hidalgo Whitesides, Co-creator of Yuri's Night, The World Space Party and lead Jedi Training at Virgin Galactic
+ Q&A

Mars City Design projects

by Vera Mulyani, by Thomas Sériès

Lava tubes and Water
by Vera Mulyani and JR Skok.

Challenges on Mars found in Los Angeles
Water issue and imagined solution
by Vera Mulyani
+ Q&A

Cocktail & Appetizer


James Razzall is the Managing Director at Framestore Los Angeles. He has been part of the Framestore family for over 14 years. From 2000 to 2004, he held the position of Commercial Producer in London. Over the years, he has played a significant role in the growth of Framestore and was part of the management team that started the New York office in 2004.

In 2013 Razzall moved to Los Angeles to head up the office and expand the company's share of the US integrated advertising market. He brings true Framestore experience to the venture and helps offer the same level of service and creative excellence you would expect from any of our locations.

As Senior Executive Producer he has lead the sales team for the US Integrated Advertising division. Along with the other members of the senior management team he has helped the US side of the Framestore group become a formidable creative force, bringing its Oscar-winning images to any platform, whether it's a television spot, an iPhone app or a VR experience.

Dr. Laura Kerber is a research scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory with interests in alien deserts, ancient volcanoes, Martian climate, and extraterrestrial caves. Laura holds a PhD and two Masters degrees from Brown University in Geology and Engineering, where her studies focused on explosive volcanism on Mars and Mercury. In search of Martian landscapes, she has traveled around the Earth to places like Iceland, Argentina, Iran, and Antarctica. At the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Laura balances fundamental scientific research and planning for future missions. Her research focuses on the evolution of deserts on the Earth and Mars, while her mission planning focuses on future exploration of Mars and the Moon. She also participates in planning for future human missions to Mars, including providing data about Mars for the purpose of in-situ resource utilization, space architecture, and mining.

Loretta Hidalgo Whitesides is one of the first 100 people to buy a ticket for a sub-orbital spaceflight on Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo and will likely fly in 2018. Trained as an astrobiologist at Stanford and Caltech, Loretta has been to the Canadian Arctic to study plant life in extreme environments and to the hydrothermal vents at the bottom of the ocean with “Titanic” director James Cameron to film a 3D IMAX documentary, “Aliens of the Deep.” She is the Co-creator of Yuri's Night, The World Space Party, celebrated annually all around the planet on or around April 12 (and under the Space Shuttle Endeavour here in L.A.). Loretta has over five hours of time spent floating weightless (in 30 second chunks) in a 727 aircraft as a Flight Director for Zero-G Corporation. She has given numerous talks about her life, including TEDxNASA and TEDxPasadenaWomen that you can catch online. She currently teaches Jedi Training at Virgin Galactic and is working on her book about using the power of space to bring out the best in humanity (and you).


Vera Mulyani is a Founder, CEO and Lead Architect of Mars City Design, President and Founder of Mars City Foundation, Founder and Executive Director of Spaceport LA.

Mulyani's unique multidisciplinary background in master planning in various fields of art; architecture, urban design, filmmaking and storytelling, has made her specialized in conceptual strategy in technology, innovation and business development. Ms. Mulyani contributes her expertise in applying combining these fields, creating a collaborative competition platform for designing cities for Mars, our next step to settle the Red Planet. Ms. Mulyani is the Master Architect and planner of Mars City Design.

Mulyani is a co-founder and co-organizer for SPACEPORT LA, the biggest space community, the home base for space enthusiasts, learners and professionals living in Los Angeles, California.

Thomas Séries, Visual Artist, Architect, Visionary.

Thomas Sériès is an architect and founder of the architectural visualization firm, Labtop. He has dedicated himself to the specific issue of visual translation of architecture and urban development through 2D imagery and video. Labtop boasts a diverse global clientele; ranging from local startups to established and international offices; SOM, Renzo Piano, BIG, OMA are all repeat customers.

Thomas’s practice, along with his former teaching at Ecole Speciale d’’Architecture in Paris, has positioned him as an active participant in the creative process for hundreds of designs. Thomas has gained insight into a variety of approaches to design by working with design teams across the globe. Learning from these collaborations, he was driven to examine new fields and has formed Sériès et Sériès to further explore and realize his own vision of architecture. Sériès et Sériès has been selected as finalists in a number of competitions including the Keelung Harbor Service Building, Design Boom’s Design for Death and Los Angeles Cleantech Corridor.

J.R. Skok Geologist, Scientist, Mars Expert.

J.R. Skok, PhD is a research scientist with the SETI Institute. He has been actively involved with the exploration of Mars since 2000 and has participated on multiple NASA mission teams including the two Mars Exploration Rovers (MER), Spirit and Opportunity and the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), as well as contributed to the landing site selection for the Curiosity rover and the upcoming Mars2020 rover. His graduate work at Brown University focused on using remote spectroscopy to determine the volcanic composition of the Martian surface and map the compositional evolution of the planet. This work resulted in the first compositionally confirmed remote identification of a relict hot spring deposit on Mars. He is currently leading multiple NASA funded projects to better understand the earliest history of Mars and to use Icelandic analogs to develop a mission to search for life in the hot spring deposits of Mars. His research has involved a broad experience with Mars analog locations on Earth, including research in Iceland, Hawaii, Antarctica, Spain and the Mojave. Beyond his Mars research, he is an active cave explorer with a focus in western China. In this talk J.R. will accompany Mars City Design vision about Martian existing geology that will guide us to understand the condition of water and lavatube on Mars.


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