Downtown L.A.

Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, California and The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California


For the second round of our Public Access 101 series, join the Los Angeles Urban Rangers for hikes through the peaks and valleys of Downtown L.A. while unraveling the ecology of public space in the city’s elusive civic heart. We'll practice a range of wayfinding and habitation techniques to newly explore one of America’s most forgotten downtowns. 

On Thursdays, July 7, August 4 and September 1, 2011 from 7-10pm , we will offer free summer evening programs by way of our temporary post at the local stronghold of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles via Engagement Party. See our News items for details.

On January 29, 2011, we offered a hike in downtown LA for Orange County residents as part of the 2010 California Biennial at Orange County Museum of Art. The 2010 California Biennial was open from October 24, 2010 to March 13, 2011 and featured our portable ranger station.

Currently we are creating an educational video of our work in the field as well as updating our virtual ranger station thanks to the generous support of the Metabolic Studio, a direct charitable activity of the Annenberg Foundation.


Los Angeles Urban Rangers: Therese Kelly, Nicholas Bauch, Sara Daleiden, Ron Milam and Jenny Price.
Hikers begin ascent of the Bonaventure Hotel, using this landmark as an orientation device for a bird’s eye view of the city.
Ranger Jenny Price discusses air rights in Banker Canyon, adjacent to the Los Angeles Central Library.
Hikers trail-blaze a rarely traversed corporate meadow.
Ranger Ron Milam discusses skyscraper corridors with hikers, perched atop a pedestrian bridge.
Ranger Sara Daleiden holds scenic view markers, pointing out a nearby high-speed trail and historic downtown.
Hikers cluster on a pedestrian bridge to discuss the city’s redevelopment plans, which shaped the surrounding habitat.
Hikers explore the historically layered and geometrically dominated open space of Pershing Square.
Rangers Jenny Price and Nicholas Bauch introduce an exercise on observing public-private spatial behavior at Maguire Gardens.
Hikers perform Maguire Gardens Usage Tracking exercise to identify public-private spatial behavior.
Hikers walk the perimeter of Maguire Gardens to explore private-public sidewalks.
Hiker logs the number of security cameras, corporate meadows, public artworks, and more in the Downtown LA. field notebook.
Bird’s-eye view from Bonaventure Hotel elevator, looking down on modernist corporate meadow and the 110 high-speed trail.
Hikers use the Bonaventure Hotel as a compass for viewing Downtown L.A. within its broader urban context.

Downtown OCMA Hike - Jan 29, 2011

The inaugural hike through downtown LA was held for Orange County residents as part of the 2010 California Biennial at Orange County Museum of Art.

MOCA Engagement Party Poster Front
MOCA Engagement Party Poster Back

MOCA Engagement Party Poster

We will offer three public programs as party of our residency at the MOCA Engagement Party from July to September 2011.



Here are a few helpful guides we used on our hikes to guide us through Downtown LA.



We often use trail markers on our hikes to guide us through the urban landscape.


Bunker Hill Expedition MOCA Video

L.A. River Ramble MOCA Video

Critical Campout MOCA Video

Meet the Rangers (2011 )

Bunker Hill Expedition (2011)

Did you know?

Downtown L.A. is a 3,392 acre multiple-use area with a wide variety of opportunities for work, foraging, mating, and recreation.