Curated by Frances Anderton and Mallery Roberts Morgan, and presented in partnership with Architectural Digest, LALA Magazine and the West Hollywood Design District, this symposium explores the theme:

Retail is being automated; political leadership is chaotic; and the Los Angeles skyline is transforming before our eyes. Every which way, we are in a state of massive change. Today’s thought leaders discuss the challenges — and the opportunities.

You won’t want to miss this day of inspiring and thought-provoking talks.


Friday, October 20

10:30-11:30 AM
Shaky Ground: The Shifting Cityscape of Los Angeles

There is a struggle for the soul of LA over growth. Does it threaten the architectural creativity that has made LA famous? DIEM opens with a conversation between Frances Anderton and Michael Maltzan, architect of many pivotal LA projects including the Sixth Street Viaduct Replacement Project and One Santa Fe, and editor of No More Play: Conversations on Urban Speculation in Los Angeles and Beyond.

Moderated by: Frances Anderton, KCRW
Featuring: Michael Maltzan, Michael Maltzan Architecture

11:45 AM-12:45 PM
The Great Retail Revolution
Despite ongoing retail shake-ups, and the meltdown of malls and main street shops nationwide, inventive shopping destinations are cropping up in Socal. Hear more from their creators.

Moderated by: Mallery Roberts Morgan, AD France and LALA Magazine
Featuring: Rose Apodaca, A+R; David Fishbein and Joseph Miller, Runyon Group; and Anna Brockway, Chairish and DECASO

12:45-1:45 PM
Lunch hosted by TRUE Refrigeration

1:45-2:45 PM
The Green Rush: Is High Design Taking The Edge Off Marijuana?

sponsored by:

Design is entering the picture as Cannabusiness seeks to shed its hippy image. Do we want to get our hit in shops that resemble coffee bars or eyeglass stores? Who’s driving the new look and feel of marijuana marketing?

Moderated by: Mayer Rus, Architectural Digest
Featuring: Alex Halperin, Weedweek and L.A. Weekly; and Megan Stone, The High Road Design Studio

3:00-4:00 PM
Hot Wheels: The Transportation Revolution

From the streets to the skies, mobility is being reimagined. But how much are smart ideas improving mobility in LA right now? We’ll talk about the transit revolution taking place in the city that the car built, the great disruptors behind it, and how city-makers turn the imaginary into reality.

Moderated by: Frances Anderton, KCRW
Featuring: Ashley Z. Hand, LA CoMotion; Francie Stefan, City of Santa Monica; and Daniel Sturges, College for Creative Studies (Detroit Michigan)

4:15-5:00 PM
Riding the Wave – Tools For Managing Disruption

When disruption is the new normal how do you stay ahead of the game – or at the least stay in it? A conversation about managing massive change.

Moderated by: Mallery Roberts Morgan, AD France and LALA Magazine
Featuring: Suze Yalof Schwartz, Unplug Meditation

5:00-6:00 PM
DIEM Champagne Reception

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Frances Anderton is Host of DnA: Design and Architecture, a weekly radio show broadcast on KCRW NPR station in Los Angeles. For many years she produced KCRW’s acclaimed current affairs shows, To The Point, and Which Way, LA?, hosted by Warren Olney. She has previously served as correspondent for the New York Times and Dwell magazine. In addition, Anderton has curated design conferences and exhibitions, and she speaks widely about design-related issues.

Mallery Roberts Morgan is a writer and designer. She is the Los Angeles correspondent to AD France, contributing editor to LALA Magazine, and has been a regular contributor to an array of international publications including Architectural Digest, The New York Times, Paris Vogue, amongst many others. As a designer Mallery has created residential and commercial interiors in London, Paris, Mexico and Los Angeles.