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.
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Eric Owen Moss and Thom Mayne talk about the entries to A New Infrastructure, noting various innovations and shortcomings. The discussion widens to include Los Angeles zoning, policy making, and economics.
Peter Zellner and David Bergman outline the specifics of the SCI-FI’s competition. They answer questions about the realities and guidelines of the contest.
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.
Introduction by Chris Genik and Yoshio Ikezaki, who acts as Nakagawa’s translator. Genik begins by discussing the evolutionary quality of design, as well as the necessity for a relationship to the rest of the world. Ikezaki discusses Nakagawa’s academic and professional background. Nakagawa was trained in product design and is currently a professor at Kanazawa College of Art in Japan. Ikezaki explained Nakagawa’s journey that brought him to the United States and Los Angeles, and the significance of his work.
This event did not take place at SCI-Arc, but at the Redcat Theater at Disney Hall. Eric Owen Moss talks about redevelopment plans for Downtown Los Angeles, specifically Grand Street and SCI-Arc. Throughout, Moss defends Los Angeles’s uniqueness by comparing it to older world cities and pointing out how cities develop and function in respect to each other. During the lecture, Moss also defines SCI-Arc’s principles, belief systems, and ongoing influence in redefining its neighborhood and Downtown Los Angeles.
Eric Moss, introduced by Tom Gilmore, describes the redevelopment of Downtown Los Angeles as a bizarre, generative nexus of design. Los Angeles develops and grows in ways that are not described in the lexicon of historic cities of the Old World. He discusses the historical stereotypes of Los Angeles and how those ideals need to be tossed away to deal with the realities of a contemporary city. Moss talks about how certain development patterns are spurred by politics, infrastructure, and natural elements that can only be taken advantage of after they are understood.
Eric Moss describes Los Angeles as a laboratory of architectural influence, citing several projects by Los Angeles based architects that have been completed around the world. Moss also touches upon the political structures of Greater Los Angeles and the cohesive qualities that the infrastructure generates throughout the city. Moss goes on to briefly show projects that add variety to Los Angeles’s architectural language and describes how, in Los Angeles, density can serve as a landmark.