• The view from inside one of the temporary container exhibits at Noguchi Plaza. (Taiyo Watanabe, 2011)
  • The Ultra Expo Exhibit at the Japanese American National Museum. (Taiyo Watanabe, 2011)
  • Pocky sticks featuring the Little Tokyo Design Week: Future City logo.
  • A celebratory sake cheers at the opening ceremony for Little Tokyo Design Week. (Taiyo Watanabe, 2011)
  • Event goers muse through temporary container galleries and watch a film screening at Noguchi Plaza. (Taiyo Watanabe, 2011)
  • The view from the DJ's booth at the KCRW dance party at Noguchi Plaza. (Taiyo Watanabe, 2011)
  • A crowd watches a Pecha Kucha presentation in Noguchi Plaza. (Taiyo Watanabe, 2011)

Little Tokyo Design Week: Future City


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.

Little Tokyo Design Week
Little Tokyo Design Week: Future City
244 S. San Pedro Street
Los Angeles,CA 90012