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The Winter Office | The Social Territories of a Warming World | Episode #6

September 11, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm


The Social Territories of a Warming World –  Episode #6
SYNCHRONICITY – Designing warming world information
Wednesday September 11, 2019 | 3-5 PM
18th Street Arts Center (Airport Campus) | 3026 Airport Ave, Santa Monica

For this sixth episode of the conversation program The Social Territories of a Warming World by The Winter Office, urban planner and artist James Rojas will discuss with us public projects, policies and plans that can make inclusive, welfare landscapes for people to be and find themselves within, in this time of environmental and cultural crisis. In our conversation we will address the spaces between buildings and structures themselves that can create conditions for flourishing and enduring communities; especially in order to help establish new remedial measures for cities in our warming world.

James Rojas is an urban planner, community activist, educator, and artist. He developed an interdisciplinary, community healing and visioning outreach process that uses storytelling, objects, art-production and play to help empower visual and spatial thinkers, youth, women, non-native English speakers, and users of the right side of brain in the urban planning process. This allows participants to examine landscape through a different sensory lens and teach people how to articulate their needs, ask better questions on the proposals, and projects, and ultimately find common ground through memory, experiences, and aspirations. He is an international expert in public engagement and has traveled around the US, Mexico, Canada, Europe, and South America, collaborating with municipalities, non-profits, community groups, educational institutions, and museums on transportation, housing, open space and health issues. His award-winning method has been implemented by others across the globe.

This conversation is the sixth in their series and is part of THE WINTER OFFICE’s new exhibition #SYNCHRONICITY, now open until September 14, 2019.


THE WINTER OFFICE (TWO) is an experimental artistic and professional work group generating advanced design solutions for this century’s challenges of a sustainable urban infrastructure. The group consists of artists, curators, architects, designers, and social scientists, who are either based in or connected to Copenhagen. The Winter Office upholds a creative strategy concerned with blending and defining collaborations between art, architecture, social science and design. As a network and work group it also seeks design challenges in cultural, developmental, educational, and disaster-recovery infrastructure that is needed in urban, suburban, and exurban environments. Drawing on architecture, planning, and social science research, The Winter Office hopes to respond with initiatives that can express themselves both in art and architecture in favor of new uses for social/urban planning and design. To this end, the group seeks to enable the production of final objects, constructions, research and exhibitions to raise the quality of the built environment.  The group was founded in 2010 by the American artist Hugo Hopping and the Danish architect/urban planner Johanna Ferrer Guldager. 


The Winter Office’s visiting artist residency and exhibition is made possible by the Danish Arts Foundation and the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Visual Arts. Additional support for 18th Street Arts Center’s Commons Lab: Place and Public Life is provided by the California Arts Council, NEA Our Town, and the Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Department.


Our gallery and event spaces are fully accessible, with ground level entrances with no steps. Upon requests for assistance, we will make programmatic aspects of our projects available in accessible alternative formats. You can email requests or questions at communications@18thstreet.org.

[image: The Winter Office, Table Second Version, 2019. Installation at 18th Street Arts Center’s Airport Gallery. Courtesy of the artists.

Raul Baltazar, #SYNCRHONICITY, 2019. Commissioned by THE WINTER OFFICE. Installation at 18th Street Arts Center’s Airport Gallery. Courtesy of the artists.]


September 11, 2019
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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18th Street Arts Center (Airport Campus)
3026 Airport Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90405 United States
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