Convention Wars: Attack of the Clones

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009
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Thanks to some strategic re-scheduling, it appears that this weekend has become LA Design Conference-Palooza. It all started when AIA Los Angeles decided months ago to merge its Mobius conference with the popular Dwell On Design. Both shows will be held at the La Convention Center this weekend (June 25-28). All was well with the world.. But then came more recent news that design entrepeneur Charles Trotter had rescheduled his March design show, CA Boom, for the same weekend, at the former Robinsons Department Store in Beverly Hills! Well then all hell broke loose…

The good spin: we have a new design weekend LA. The bad spin: attendees and vendors have been forced to choose sides, and both shows will suffer on account of the move (and Dwell employees are particularly peeved that CA Boom has roped in the Coolhaus ice cream truck, which was also set for the Dwell show). Regardless of what side of the debate you sit on, it certainly will be an entertaining weekend in LA.

Some highlights: A screening of the new film Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman, as well as conversations with Williams Krisel, Yves Behar, and Peter Walker at Dwell on Design. An AN/SCI-Arc panel about architects getting involved with transportation design, featuring architect Eric Owen Moss, LA Planner Simon Pastucha, METRO art and design director Jorge Pardo, and Art Center College Mobility Director Geoff Wardle at Mobius.  And tours of Pierre Koenig’s Case Study House #22 (the Stahl House) at CA Boom. Hold on to your seats, folks..

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