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Rosten Woo presents the workshop ‘What is Affordable Housing?’ for LA Poverty Department’s project The Back 9 on January 7, 2017. (photo by Henriëtte Brouwers, courtesy LA Poverty Department)

The designer, writer, and educator Rosten Woo is organizing a multidisciplinary exhibition with the Los Angeles Poverty Department. Titled The Back 9: Golf and Zoning Policy in Los Angeles, it will examine the policies that have shaped, and continue to shape, the city’s development. The exhibition, opening in May, will be designed as a mini-golf course, highlighting the power dynamics at play in land use approaches, zoning, and urban planning.

May seems far away, but in the meantime Woo is organizing a series of free workshops and talks leading up to the opening of The Back 9. This Saturday, Woo will lead a workshop on zoning that aims to answer the questions, “Who does it serve and why should you care?” It will involve games and activities created by Woo when he was director of the Center for Urban Pedagogy, including building a city of blocks that adheres to height and use regulations, and a role-playing exercise that envisions neighborhood planning through the eyes of various residents.

When: Saturday, March 11, 3–5pm
Where: Skid Row History Museum & Archive (250 South Broadway, Downtown, Los Angeles)

More info here.

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Matt Stromberg

Matt Stromberg is a freelance visual arts writer based in Los Angeles. In addition to Hyperallergic, he is a frequent contributor to Daily Serving, and Glasstire.