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We know what you’re thinking–that just looks like a bunch of milk cartons glued together for a second-grade science project. But it’s actually the first phase of a $1.8 billion dollar overhaul of downtown LA’s Grand Avenue, created by architecture’s biggest box office draw.

Craig Webb, Gehry’s partner and co-star, along with Melinda Taylor, famed garden and landscape designer, and LA Phil conductor Alexander Mickelthwate, will be speaking about Disney Hall (also a Gehry-baby, but you knew that) and its role in the Grand Avenue Project, a massive cultural corridor that includes a 16-acre park. The three, who collaborated on Disney Hall three years ago, will describe how its design has ushered in a new era of urban transformation. It’s true! We’ve even heard whispers of a “real” downtown!

A Perfect Arrangement: Walt Disney Concert Hall and the New Plans for Grand Avenue
Tuesday, May 30
6:30 Cocktails and snacks
8:00 Presentation moderated by the lovely Frances Anderton, host of “DnA: Design and Architecture.”
Walt Disney Concert Hall
Downtown “soon to be real” Los Angeles