Edmund Ming Yip Kwong
Project S'More:
Small is More, 2013
© Edmund Ming Yip Kwong


Materials & Applications: Building Something (Beyond) Beautiful Projects, 2002-2013

Special closing events Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Materials & Applications Gallery Talk: 6pm
Join the UAM and M&A Founder, Jenna Didier for a walk-through of the exhibition.

Tactical Urban Interventions Panel Discussion: 7pm
Urban Operations' John Southern moderates a discussion about engaging communities in the development of public places. Learn about urban farming as curriculum and food source, road diets, and the Great Wall of Mulch! Panelists include:

Tiffany Chen, Long Beach Office of Sustainability and GreenLB
Jenna Didier, Materials & Applications and Urban Applications
Eric Leocadio, GoCatalyst
Jimmy Ng, The Growing Experience
Brian Ulaszewski, City Fabrick

Part of the M&A exhibition at the UAM is dedicated to the work of Urban Applications(UA), a project of Materials & Applications. UA has begun to partner with other groups in Los Angeles county who are responding to multiple civic needs by developing community-engaged projects that interpret local environmental infrastructure improvements and include area residents in hands-on experiences that promote deeper understanding in and ownership of their immediate environment. Urban Applications’s activities are not unique, there is an upswell of groups responding to the needs in our communities for greater environmental health, loosely structured social spaces, and more economic opportunities via various public engagement strategies.

What are some of the best strategies to engage communities in the development of new public places?
What are some of the problems with opening the design process to non-designers?
What are the opportunities?

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