Soja discusses the centrality of urbanism and its relevance in other disciplines, pointing out that we should all be urbanists now. Soja claims he wants to publish ten books before he dies, and explains in detail the contents of each one of the books.
Video Archive | Ed Soja (3)
Ed Soja attempts to make sense of contemporary Los Angeles and to document the emergence of spatial thinking and geographical imagination. He analyzes the term “restructuring,” identifying it as a concrete process. Soja frames Los Angeles as an image of American cities as a whole. Soja proposes “Third Space,” an alternative critical spatial awareness in which everything social, historical, imagined, experienced, and spatial comes together. He discusses the precedence of the spatial imagination over the historical imagination in contemporary architectural education. Soja critiques thinking about space as material form, stressing the importance of imagined space.
A panel consisting of Ed Soja and Jackie Dupont-Walker discuss attempts to rebuild communities in Los Angeles. Soja describes some of the unintended consequences of redevelopment policies, while Jackie Dupont-Walker describes how her nonprofit group, Ward Economic Development Corp., works to successfully implement plans worked on by the community where they will be applied. They end with a question and answer session that pit the two against each other.