Architecture Grad Student’s ‘Sun-Bedazzler’ Pops Up for Park(ing) Day

On Friday, September 21, celebrate Park(ing) Day with Woodbury School of Architecture, l.a. Eyeworks, and the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design at the Sun-Bedazzler designed by MSArch student Duc Le. 

Park(ing) Day, Los Angeles: the Sun-Bedazzler
Opening: Friday, September 21, 2012


5 a.m.             Installation Begins
9 a.m.             Cognoscenti Coffee Pop Up
9:30 a.m.        Open to the public
2 p.m.             Formal Presentation by Duc Le
6 p.m.             Reception

l.a. Eyeworks
7386 Beverly Boulevard, West Hollywood, Los Angeles
Corner of Beverly Boulevard and Martel Avenue (MAP)

The Sun-Bedazzler, Duc Le's Park(ing) Day installation, re-imagines the parking spot as a sun-drenched oasis. By swapping out asphalt for decking and canopies, the Woodbury School of Architecture graduate student introduces sunbathing, commerce, and miniature golf into West Hollywood. In the newfound tradition of parklets-the micro parks that incrementally take back the street for leisure-the temporary Sun-Bedazzler reprograms surface parking through the introduction of architecture as an extension of surface. The bold design makes the case for a small, incremental approach that has big, long-lasting impact on the built environment. Come bask in the Sun-Bedazzler, just make sure to wear your shades. 

The Sun-Bedazzler pops up in a metered parking space next to l.a. Eyeworks at 7386 Beverly Boulevard, the iconic store designed by architect Neil Denari. The legendary eyeware retailer has a long history of supporting cutting-edge art and architecture and they have generously offered a spot on Martel Avenue for Le's installation.

Park(ing) Day is an annual, global event in which citizens, artists, and activists collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into Park(ing) spaces or temporary public places. The all-day Sun-Bedazzler event is packed with activities, including a pop-up coffee stand by Cognoscenti Coffee, a photo shoot, and a formal presentation by Le on his thesis research and design.

Le received his Bachelor of Architecture degree in 2004 from Oklahoma State University School of Architecture program (BArch) and has worked at several, award-winning design firms in Washington DC, Kansas City, and New York.  The Sun-Bedazzler was designed and built as part of his thesis in the Master of Science in Architecture program at Woodbury School of Architecture. During the 3-semester program he worked with under the guidance of Woodbury University faculty: Anthony Fontenot, Ingalill Wahlroos-Ritter, Jennifer Bonner, Molly Hunker, Ken Ehrlich, and Andrea Dietz.