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What is Zoning? A Workshop by Rosten Woo

  • Skid Row History Museum & Archive 250 South Broadway Los Angeles, CA, 90012 United States (map)

Who does it serve and why should you care?  Zoning law regulates land use across the city, and shapes buildings, blocks, and whole neighborhoods. It can be a tool for preservation or for rapid physical and economic development. But how does it work? And why is it so controversial? 

This hands-on workshop uses games and activities that Rosten Woo developed with The Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP) and Dr. Pop to teach zoning fundamentals and explore the technical and ethical questions behind the laws of the land.

About the Artist

Rosten Woo is a designer, writer, and educator living in Los Angeles. He produces civic-scale artworks and works as a collaborator and consultant to a variety of grassroots and non-profit organizations. His work has been supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, and the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. He is co-founder and former executive director of the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP), a New York Based non-profit organization dedicated to using art and design to foster civic participation, winner of the 2016 National Design Award for institutional achievement. His book, "Street Value," about race and retail urban development, was published by Princeton Architectural Press in 2010.

He teaches art and design at the California Institute of the Arts, Pomona College, and Art Center College of Design and has lectured internationally at such institutions as the Netherlands Architectural Institute, Brown University, the University of Chicago, MIT, Princeton, the Maryland Institute College of Art, the California College of the Arts, and the Chicago Art Institute. He has served on the boards of the Los Angeles Forum, Place in History and Groundswell Community Mural Project.