Coffee Table in Koreatown [Weekend Watch]

A fun example of guerrilla urbanism from L.A.’s Koeratown.

From the creator’s—Julie Kim—website:

As an experiment, a friend suggested that I place the Hammock Coffee Table on a bustling sidewalk and film the results from a “spycam”. We shot some footage at the intersection of Vermont and 6th Street in Koreatown, LA. Watch the video to see what happens when a coffee table appears mysteriously on a street corner. The video aims to challenge the perception that no one walks or uses public transit in Los Angeles, while also romanticizing a sometimes forgotten corner in the City.

For more info about the making of the video, click here. You can also see the rest of Julie Kim’s portfolio at plicdesign.com.

Jane Jacobs—Neighborhoods in Action

A great video produced by the Active Living Network (a project of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation). The clip explores the role of the built environment in physical activity and public health and features an interview with the urban goddess herself. It’s 9 minutes and 46 seconds VERY well spent.

I love Jane Jacobs’ support for skateboarding as an important of youth physical activity. There are lots of good aphorisms at the end as well.