Berggruen in California

A World-Class Center for Study

Los Angeles is a place where innovation and diversity are celebrated, and where far-reaching ideas are given a chance to take root. The city is uniquely suited to be the home to the Berggruen Institute’s Scholar’s Campus, where the world’s best minds will study the most pressing social issues of our time.

Honoring the Natural Environment

The Berggruen Institute is planning a new Scholars’ Campus that embraces the project’s location in the Santa Monica Mountains – both removed and totally in the middle of L.A.The plan envisions a contemplative campus rooted in the natural environment designed by a team of architects led by Herzog & de Meuron and L.A’s Gensler. It will house the Institute’s educational programs, fellowships and scholars.

Our plan leads with a strong desire to respect the natural landscape. We intend to protect almost 95 percent of our 447 acres as open space.

Moreover, we are proposing to build new public hiking trails and greatly enhance those trails that already exist on our property to make the mountains more accessible to the public. We are also committed to creating a best-in-class fire safety program that will benefit the entire area and be a model for the region.

The campus presents a unique opportunity to bring a world-class center for study to an incredible cultural corridor anchored by UCLA, the Getty Center, the Skirball Cultural Center, Milken Community Schools, American Jewish University and Leo Baeck Temple.

The Institute is fully committed to continue engaging with the City, neighbors, and the wider Los Angeles community to create a project that is environmentally sound and delivers significant public benefits to the entire city.

Design Rendering of Potential Trail Improvements

Design Rendering

Design Rendering: Trail Improvements

Projects in California

Board of Directors

Board of Directors



Think Long California

Think Long California


LA Committee

LA Committee



LA Committee

Sense LA



Events in California

composed by Arswain
machine learning consultation by Anna Tskhovrebov
commissioned by the Berggruen Institute
premiered at the Bradbury Building
downtown Los Angeles
april 22, 2022

Human perception of what sounds “beautiful” is necessarily biased and exclusive. If we are to truly expand our hearing apparatus, and thus our notion of beauty, we must not only shed preconceived sonic associations but also invite creative participation from beings non-human and non-living. We must also begin to cede creative control away from ourselves and toward such beings by encouraging them to exercise their own standards of beauty and collaborate with each other.

Movement I: Alarm Call
‘Alarm Call’ is a long-form composition and sound collage that juxtaposes, combines, and manipulates alarm calls from various human, non-human, and non-living beings. Evolutionary biologists understand the alarm call to be an altruistic behavior between species, who, by warning others of danger, place themselves by instinct in a broader system of belonging. The piece poses the question: how might we hear better to broaden and enhance our sense of belonging in the universe? Might we behave more altruistically if we better heed the calls of – and call out to – non-human beings?

Using granular synthesis, biofeedback, and algorithmic modulation, I fold the human alarm call – the siren – into non-human alarm calls, generating novel “inter-being” sonic collaborations with increasing sophistication and complexity. 

Movement II: A.I.-Truism
A synthesizer piece co-written with an AI in the style of Vangelis’s Blade Runner score, to pay homage to the space of the Bradbury Building.

Movement III: Alarmism
A machine learning model “learns” A.I.Truism and recreates Alarm Call, generating an original fusion of the two.

Movement IV: A.I. Call
A machine learning model “learns” Alarm Call and recreates A.I.Truism, generating an original fusion of the two.