Connecting communities through cultural programming,
urban interventions and active engagement.
Client: California Community Foundation
Project Time Frame: May – August 2011
Event Dates: July 14 – 17, 2011
Little Tokyo Design Week: Future City celebrated the power and energy of cutting edge design and technology emerging from Japan, and its intersection with current trends materializing in Los Angeles. Design’s ability to move us towards a more sustainable and creative urban lifestyle was at the heart of this four-day festival. Spanning the geographic breadth of the neighborhood, Future City presented a series of programs that integrated Little Tokyo’s Big Three cultural institutions (JANM, JACCC, and the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA), community partners, retailers, and restaurants. Temporary steel shipping containers sited throughout Little Tokyo’s plaza spaces were transformed into small galleries by teams of designers, educators, architects and artists based in Tokyo and Los Angeles. Symposia, featuring progressive talent in the fields of design, technology, and the environment, a Pecha Kucha night, an outdoor film screening, a fashion-inspired outdoor dance party, product demonstrations, student exhibitions, music and an awards ceremony rounded out Future City’s exciting schedule. Community Arts Resources was pleased to produce the festival in collaboration with Hitoshi Abe, Chair, UCLA Department of Architecture and Urban Design & Principal, Atelier Hitoshi Abe; Jon Kaji, President, Kaji & Associates / Nikkei Center; and the Little Tokyo Design Week Steering Committee.