The video begins with the conclusion of a presentation on the obstacles to low-density housing in Los Angeles by Angela Brooks-Scarpa. Gary Paige introduces a panel consisting of Jane Blumenfeld, Angela Brooks-Scarpa, Joan Ling, Sally Richman, moderated by Dana Cuff. The panel discusses the issues of sprawl and density as they relate to affordability. They call for a comprehensive analysis of transit, zoning and population in Southern California. They discuss the general plan for Los Angeles that lays out a macro-scale framework. They examine the roles of lenders, investors and architects. Dana Cuff discusses the history of utopian communities, from Ebenezer Howard’s garden cities, Tony Garnier’s Cit? Industrielle, Le Corbusier experiments in urban planning, Archigram’s Plug-in City through the planned Florida communities of Seaside and Harmony, and contemporary utopias by MVRDV, Jean Nouvel, and Rem Koolhaas. Michael Bell reviews the impact of post-war housing policies on urban and suburban development. The video cuts off abruptly before he finishes.
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Paul Goldberger begins by observing that SCI-Arc is the third architecture school in California he’s lectured at in the last few days “and it’s the only time I’ve felt I was in a vaguely interesting space.” He quotes the warning against “trust in critics” from Byron’s “English Bards and Scotch Reviewers,” and warns that his talk will be more about journalism and criticism than architecture. He describes his work situation, which artificially equates him with the dance, drama and film critics, even though “buildings are not entertainment.” He sees his role as articulating the forces behind new and proposed buildings and places. He points out the example of residential developer H. R. Shapiro, who was quoted as saying “Architectural amenities are sheer nonsense” a few months before going bankrupt.