Urban Futures Lab

On Tuesday, April 4, 2017, the Fellows hosted their seventh Urban Futures Lab Supper Club with special guests DMA, President of Planet DMA, and McCrae A. Parker, Technology and Social Equity Strategist at McP & Associates Consulting. This dinner was a culmination of Module 4,...

On Tuesday, January 31, 2017, the Fellows hosted their sixth Urban Futures Lab Supper Club with special guests Jon Christensen, Professor at the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, and David Sloane, Professor at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy. This dinner was a...

By: Christopher Barahona --- NVTIVE/ NON NVTIVE is a photo essay telling the narrative of water and its relationship to Los Angeles, understanding that water is central to the establishment of LA as a city. The essay also has undertones of personal reflection on what it means...

By: Shirley Ramirez --- With each module, Fellows dig into readings, exercises, site visits, and conversations around a theme. Module 3's theme = Los Angeles: The City in Context + History. For Module 3, each Fellow was asked to use photography to create a visual essay about...

During January, Urban Futures Lab Fellows left the friendly confines of the office and project sites to tour three different neighborhoods in Los Angeles, learning about each's hidden history from local experts. Fellows headed to Chinatown, Downtown, and Union Station with Taylor Fitz-Gibbon of UCLA REMAP on a tour called "Planned Forgetting."...

FELLOWS EXPLORE AND CRITICALLY ANALYZE LA’S SOCIOPOLITICAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL HISTORY Investigating LA’s Sociopolitical History Module 3 of the Urban Futures Lab challenged Fellows to dig beneath the surface of everyday life in Los Angeles. To do neighborhood-based work, it is essential that Fellows have a deeper...

On December 13, 2016, the Urban Future Lab Fellows hosted their fifth Supper Club with guests Grace Cruz and Roland Navarro to cap the module on Educational, Life and Career Pathways. Over bowls of steaming sweet potato chili, Grace and Roland shared their perspectives on building...

By: Andy Alvarez --- With each module, Fellows dig into readings, exercises, conversations, and reflections around a theme. November/December's theme = Educational, Life and Career Pathways.   When I was in Kindergarten, my teacher asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up and I said a...