Paciic Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A. coupled with CicLAvia is a winning proposition for calling attention to the region’s built environment and its moderist legacy. CicLAvia will open Wilshire Boulevard from downtown to Fairfax and allow Angelenos to experience a car-free, linear park for strolling, biking, and playing. CicLAvia provides participants the rare opportunity to slow down and observe the buildings of this characteristically Los Angeles thoroughfare.
As part of the day’s unique programming, Community Arts Resources (the producers of CicLAvia) has selected award winning journalist, architecture and culture critic Edward Lifson to produce a free, downloadable podcast that highlights stories that shaped the iconic modern buildings and styles of Wilshire Boulevard. The podcast will be available for download in advance of CicLAvia and will be broken into segments that stretch from downtown Los Angeles t Wilshire at Fairfax Boulevard.
Additionally, participants will receive a printed architectural guide with information on the modernist landmarks. The new route will also feature an interactive art workshop for adults and children to introduce them to modern architecture.
CicLAvia is recognized as one of the city’s most innovated initiatives – a large-scale, public celebration that has come to symbolize Los Angeles’ civic, cultural, and environmental resurgence. CicLAvia will be produced three times in 2013, unveiling two new routes in the upcoming year. The April 21st CicLavia will go from downtown Los Angeles to Venice Beach; the June 23rd CicLAvia will go from downtown Los Angeles to Fairfax along Wilshire Boulevard; and the October 6th CicLAvia will reprise the traditional downtown route.
CicLAvia challenges the stereotype of Los Angeles as a car-addicted, smog-choked megalopolis, and gives people a chance to enjoy the benefits of the city’s improved walkability, bikeability, public transit, and vibrant street life.
CicLAvia is free of charge and open to all. No reservations are required. For more information, or to download maps, please visit www.ciclavia.org. To keep up with the latest CicLAvia news, become a fan on Facebook or follow us on Twitter or sign up to receive our email newsletters.
CicLAvia is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting public health, active green transportation, public space, economic development, and community building through car-free public events. With the full support of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Metro, the Los Angeles City Council, Police Department, Fire Department, Department of Transportation, the Department of Public Works, the Department of Water and Power, the Department of Parks and Recreation, and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, CicLAvia is an innovative model for creating new public space and enriching civic life.
CicLAvia is Los Angeles’ adaptation of ciclovía, a phenomenon that began more than 35 years ago in Bogota, Colombia, where every Sunday 80 miles of streets become closed to car traffic with the goals of reducing pollution and encouraging a healthy lifestyle.
About Community Arts Resources (CARS)
Community Arts Resources develops new models for the design and activation of public space. The firm’s impressive repertoire of work has garnered CARS a significant reputation in the fields of cultural planning, event production, community outreach and marketing.
Community Arts Resources has produced CicLAvia since it’s inception in 2010. It has quickly become Los Angeles’ most popular public event, consistently attracting more than 100,000 participants. “People love CicLAvia because it is incredibly fun, and there is a sense of camaraderie and community that is rare for a city as large and diverse as ours,” says Aaron Paley, President of Community Arts Resources and CicLAvia’s co-founder and Executive Director. For more information, please visit www.carsla.net.
About Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A. CicLAvia:
Modern Architecture on Wilshire Boulevard is part of Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A. This collaboration, initiated by the Getty, brings together several local cultural institutions for a wide-ranging look at the postwar built environment of the city as a whole, from its famous residential architecture to its vast freeway network, revealing the city’s development and ongoing impact in new ways.