Sunday, July 24, 2016

Irvine residents Alan Hess and Sharon Toji joined me Monday at 9am to discuss Irvine 50!

Today's show will feature Irvine 50!

If you missed today's show featuring
Alan Hess and Sharon Toji,
listen to our conversation here!


Architect, historian, and Irvine resident Alan Hess is author of nineteen books on Modern architecture and urbanism in the mid-twentieth century; his subjects include John Lautner, Oscar Niemeyer, Frank Lloyd Wright, the Ranch House, Googie architecture, Las Vegas, and Palm Springs. He is the architecture critic of the San Jose Mercury News, a contributor to The Architects Newspaper, grant recipient from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, and a National Arts Journalism Program Fellow. He’s received several awards, including the Honor Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Docomomo/US's Award of Excellence, and the President’s Award from the Los Angeles Conservancy for three decades of work in preserving Modern architecture. He is currently writing a history of Modern Architecture in California.

Alan will be discussing the tremendous significance of Irvine as a master planned community, and University Park as its first village.

Alan will be giving walking tours of University Park Friday July 29, 3 pm; Saturday July 30, 4 pm; and Sunday July 31, 3 pm. They will start at the University Park Recreation Center, 1 Beech Tree Lane, Irvine. Please sign up for a particular time by emailing to

Sharon Sircello Toji joins the show Monday at 9am pst to talk about  her role in heading up the 50th Anniversary Celebration of Irvine!

A graduate of Reed College, Sharon Sircello Toji has been a tireless advocate, educator, and community organizer for disabled adults and youths in NYC, Portland, Oregon, and Irvine since 1957. Beginning 1991 the focus of her work has been as an advocate and businesswoman addressing the disabled access issue including but not limited to ADA.

She was one of the original settlers when Irvine's first village -- University Park -- was established in 1966 and has been deeply engaged in various community activities in Irvine for the last 50 years."

Here's what you need to know about the Irvine homecoming!

When: Friday-Sunday, welcome exhibits and panel
Friday, 7-9 p.m.

Where: University Community Park, multipurpose room,
1 Beech Tree Ln., Irvine


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