Eric Owen Moss introduces panelists Tom Gilmore, Con Howe, Jonathan Kelves, Jan Perry, and Dan Rosenfeld as people who will shape the future of Los Angeles. The group begins talking about the idea of memory and the effect the 9/11 Terrorist Attacks will have on the future direction of architecture, and what might happen at the Lower Manhattan site. The panelists discuss Los Angeles and the culture that defines the city. Moss describes SCI-Arc’s decision to move downtown, as an opportunity to get more deeply involved in the community. The panelists contrast “revitalization” as it is understood by architects and as it is understood by communities. The group talks about the availability of open, “fill-in” space in downtown Los Angeles, and the importance of a reliable public transit system. e panelists debate Los Angeles’s lack of center. They speculate about the effect of well established mass transportation and the boundaries of downtown Los Angeles. They conclude with a discussion of the experimental work of SCI-Arc students, stressing the importance in continuing a passionate pursuit of the art.
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Con Howe discusses the image of Los Angeles, contrasting Los Angeles policy issues with New York City’s policy issues. Emily Gamoff describes the original rail line that served the region. She also explains how zoning is making it harder and harder to establish logical, serviceable transit corridors for the public. She discusses new zoning options and how they will impact the Metro Rail proposal for Los Angeles.
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.