Coming Up: Happy Hour with Gehl Architects, and Beautify Earth Presents: A Pathless Land


This week, join us for drinks, snacks, and conversation about livable urban environments with Gehl Architects. Then, this weekend, party with Beautify Earth, the movement enlivening streets with public art all over Santa Monica, Los Angeles, and the world.

Gehl Architects' proposal for a shared Figueroa Boulevard.
Gehl Architects’ proposal for a shared Figueroa Boulevard from the early planning stages of the My Figueroa project. Image from Los Angeles Streetsblog.


Join Santa Monica Next for an urbanism + placemaking happy hour on Wednesday, March 11, with Gehl Architects from 6 to 8 p.m.

Gehl Architects will be in town for the West Coast Urban District Forum, hosted this year in Downtown Santa Monica. Santa Monica Next’s happy hour will follow a panel, featuring Gehl Architects, titled, “Place and Spaces: How to Properly Activate and Manage Public Spaces.”

After the panel, we’ll get together to continue the conversation at 1640 5th St., Santa Monica, 90401. Join us for drinks and snacks.

Gehl Architects is based in Denmark. Founded by architect Jan Gehl, the firm focuses on creating urban spaces that work for people. Gehl Architects has done work all over the world, including Times Square in New York, Istanbul, São Paulo, and Muscat, Oman.


A Pathless LandBeautify Earth presents “A Pathless Land,” a fine art exhibition by Irish-born artist Eoin Colgan, on Saturday, March 14. Tickets are available here and include an open bar.

“A Pathless Land” starts at 7 p.m. at Cross Campus in Santa Monica (929 Colorado Ave, Santa Monica, Ca 90401). There will be live music, live dance, and poetry performances. The event also includes a chance to vote on Beautify Earth’s next mural.

The event description reads, “Come celebrate our cherished home, the sacred Earth beneath our feet! Come rejoice in universal ratios shared throughout space and time. Let us dive into the wonder of timeless truths – into the mystery of our nature, to a sentiment from which we proceed.”

“Ticket sales go to Beautify Earth to cover the event cost. Art exhibition sales will go to the artist, with a percentage of the proceeds going to support future Beautify Earth local murals,” according to the event description.

Jason Islas
Jason Islas
Jason Islas is the editor of Santa Monica Next and the director of the Vote Local Campaign. Before joining Next in May 2014, Jason had covered land use, transit, politics and breaking news for The Lookout, the city’s oldest news website, since February 2011.


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