The panelists debate the problems of public rail, while pushing for community investment and ownership. While exploring the idea of community based planning, they discuss the ways urban problems get recognized by the public. John Kaliski discusses the social ideals of modernism and how those failed policies shape the current thought regarding urban planning. The panelists reject the characterization of their ideas as failed modernist dogmas. The panelists invite comments from the audience. Various sympoisum attendees praise the good organization and emphasis on practical, first-hand experiences that can be translated into their own urban situations. They stress urban planning has to be a “bottom-up,” if the real impact is to be aligned with the intentions.
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This event did not take place at SCI-Arc. An event organizer welcomes the audience to the “Restructuring Urbanisms: the Next L.A.” symposium, outlines the topics and introduces some other participants. Kevin Starr provides the keynote address for the symposium. He talks about the history and myths of Los Angeles, stressing how native American settlements, Spanish planning, American logistics and infrastructural engineering have created a unique urban complex. Starr compares and contrasts Los Angeles with other American and world cities. He characterizes the region as a product of whimsy and fiction, identifying it with Jay Gatsby.
Peter Morrison presents data on Los Angeles’s demographics. Using an array of statistical mapping and data analysis techniques, Morrison clarifies Los Angeles in contrast to compother American cities. Morrison uses the data to project future conditions.
Doug Suisman discusses “leftover space” and the rediscovery of civic life in forms unique to Los Angeles. Madeline Janis-Aparicio discusses her efforts to support the rights of Los Angeles street vendors. Richard Orne describes the Jerde Partnership’s collaboration with MCA on the Universal City Walk development. Margaret Crawford criticizes Universal City Walk as controlled street life. She and the other panelists debate conditions that may or may not contribute to reestablishing Los Angeles’s street life. The panelists debate the pros and cons of simulated versus natural chaos.
Nelson C. Rising describes Catellus Development Corp.’s Playa Vista development, including the initial decisions, planning, budgeting, implementation, and the overall impact. He answers questions about his involvement, and how he negotiated with hostile community groups and politicians. Rising suggests that his project will be able to sustain itself and succeed during the economic downturn.