Moss describes SCI-Arc’s role in promoting innovation and resisting codification of forms, techniques, styles, and methods. Moss stresses that SCI-Arc’s strength is its ability to pull from different practices as a means to inspire. He describes the importance of architecture engaging urban environments. He characterizes Los Angeles’s “lack of vision” as its secret for success, arguing that this creates the opportunity to reinvent the city’s image. Moss responds to questions, discussing the role of the architect in big infrastructural projects, negotiating public interest, and civic desires. He describes how SCI-Arc promotes such investigations.
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Peter Zellner describes the 2010 Cleantech Corridor competition’s objectives, intentions, and ambitions. Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa outlines his administration’s sustainable policy initiatives, and encourages continued input, especially from students, to refine them. A brief award ceremony acknowledges the Cleantech Corridor competition’s student and professional winners. The professional entrants describe their entries. The jury discusses Los Angeles’s infrastructure, the shifting political atmosphere and how public support is integral for creating postive change.
SCIFI coordinator Peter Zellner hosts a symposium which discusses the Los Angeles Cleantech Corridor Competition. Along with the organization of the competition and its award ceremony, the group talks about the entries and the feasibility feats of the projects. They also describe the current Los Angeles condition in regards to policy making, green space, and automobile fetishism.
Eric Avila reviews the development of downtown Los Angeles. He documents the reallocations of resource and capital in the early twentieth century, and the effects of these changes on the city. Avila explains the social and economic implications of the building of Los Angeles’ first City Hall. He discusses the effects of the Great Depression and the Second World War on the growth of the city, noting accelerated suburban decentralization. Avila discusses the spatial context of film noir and its relationship to Los Angeles. Next, Avila reviews the construction of Dodger Stadium and it’s destruction of the surrounding urban context of Chavez Ravine. Avila critiques Mike Davis and Reyner Banham, especially their predictions of how Los Angeles will develop in the future. Avila expresses regret for the erasure of Los Angeles’ noir past, citing the recent re-development of downtown.
Russell Thomsen and Eric Kahn of Idea Office discuss their background. They describe their first office, Central Office of Architecture, with Ron Golan as co-principal, as both an introspective conversation and an exploration of the late-millennial L.A. landscape. They see their new office, Idea Office, as a shift from the hermitic and reflective to the engaged and projective. Thomsen and Kahn discuss their Spring 2005 Stentorian installation in the SCI-Arc Gallery, citing a range of influences from tensegrity, flamenco, and the Stravsinky/Nijinski ballet Rite of Spring.
The video ends abruptly during images of the Stentorian installation.
In part two of this Future Initiatives symposium Orhan Ayy?ce and Sylvia Lavin lead a discussion about the aims and intentions of the individual presentations. They explore why architecture continues to pursue urban scaled projects, and the role of architecture schools in exploring new ways of urban involvement.
SCI-Arc’s Future Initiatives program hosts a symposium on the possibilities and pitfalls of innovative and contemporary approaches to city making. David Bergman and Peter Zellner moderate; David Fletcher, Mia Lehrer, and Andrew Zago present their work; Orhan Ayy?ce and Sylvia Lavin respond. The panelists discuss their recent L.A. River competition entries which map local conditions to generate design elements, trying to predict the future.
Anthony Vidler moderates a panel discussion with architects Hitoshi Abe, Peter Cook, Eric Own Moss, Thom Mayne, Peter Noever, and Wolf Prix. The panelist participated in a competition for a new campus for the Vienna University of Economics and Business. Vidler talks with the panelists about architectural dreams, language and perception, and the influence of location. Drawing a connection between Los Angeles and Vienna, Thom Mayne states that ideas and dialogue can make places, “placeless.”
Peter Zellner and David Bergman, the coordinators of SCI-Arc’s Future Initiatives program outline the New Infrastructure competition which explored how new infrastructural systems can spur innovative forms of urban planning. They review the competition rules, the awards, and answer a few questions.