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.
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.
The jury for the “New Infrastructure” competition discusses the entries in general, noting some failures and successes. They review the finalists in detail to determine the final awards. The jury included Aspet Davidian, Neil M. Denari, Cecilia V. Estolano, Gail Goldberg, Roland Genik, Thom Mayne, Eric Owen Moss and Geoff Wardle.
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.
SCI Arc’s Future Initiatives program hosts a symposium with Kevin Ratner, David Bergman, Dan Wood, Peter Zellner, and Rene Peralta. The panelists discuss the recession spurred by the financial crisis of 2008. While investigating the architectural implications of the slowed economy, the group discusses in general the role of the architect in urban policy making, the future of the crisis, and the possibility that smaller firms will emerge in a better position than established ones.
Ben van Berkel states his overall agenda as one of “redefining the typology of organization” through diagramming and informational techniques where information density is equivalent to a metropolis. His hope is to create “dissipative structures” which hybridize urban and internal organizational systems that incorporate social, cultural, and political implications. Van Berkel also touches on the emerging negotiation between digital and physical modeling techniques in his office.