urban exhibition at luckman

December 14, 2000





Margie Yu
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Urban Design in Los Angeles
Explored at
at the Luckman Fine Arts Gallery

The Harriet and Charles Luckman Fine Arts Gallery, located on the campus of California State University, Los Angeles, presents Terms of Engagement: Urban Design in Greater Los Angeles at the Millennium, a group exhibition that selectively and provocatively explores the diversity of Urban Design in Los Angeles. Exhibition dates are January 13 - February 24, 2001. Admission is free of charge. The exhibition is curated by Ben Caffey, John Dale, Stephanie Reich, and the Urban Design Committee of the Los Angeles chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

Terms of Engagement: Urban Design in Greater Los Angeles at the Millennium is an exhibition of drawings, models, photographs, slides and videos by architects, landscape architects, urban designers, planners, graphic designers and computer animators. This unprecedented installation depicts projects, both built and unrealized, from pragmatic to theoretical, which explore the design of the city at the interface between public and private experience.

Participants include: Central Office of Architecture, Ehrenkrantz Eckstut + Kuhn Architects, Friends of the L.A. River/Arthur Golding, Mario Gandelsonas, Johnson Fain Partners, Mia Lehrer and Associates, Albert C. Martin and Associates, Melendrez Baballas Associates, Morphosis/AIJK Architecture and City Design, Eric Owen Moss, Moule & Polyzoides Architects and Urbanists, Olmsted Brothers-Bartholomew & Associates, James Rojas, Roger Sherman, Siegal Diamond Architecture, Katherine Spitz and Associates, Studio Works, Suisman Urban Design, Sussman/Prejza & Company, Ted Tokio Tanaka, UCLA Urban Simulation Studio, Wallace Roberts & Todd, Martha Welborne, Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Partnership, and others...

As opposed to a concentric locale, Los Angeles is an environment of edges and episodes that reflect a localized diversity within a superficially homogeneous urban fabric. The particular challenge facing the urban designer in Los Angeles is how to reconcile the attempt to bring order on a comprehensive scale versus celebrating the unique and self-contained. Surveying the changing scale of urban interventions over time, Terms of Engagement: Urban Design in Greater Los Angeles at the Millennium depicts significantly different approaches to interpreting and transforming the city with varying techniques in representing these interventions.

The exhibition begins with a preamble about the changing scale of urban interventions over time. A continuous loop of projected graphics, reproduced from various sources, traces large-scale interventions-both realized and theoretical-which transform the urban public realm. The body of the exhibition focuses on specific urban design projects that represent different scales of intervention, different mapping techniques and different attitudes about the city. Projects include:

* Martha Welborne (with Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Partnership) - study for a comprehensive Express Bus system in Los Angeles (video loop simulating a bus right-of-way ride along Wilshire Blvd.) *

* Melendrez Babalas and Associates, Doug Suisman, Dan Rosenfeld, et al, the 10 minute Diamond Plan (a conceptual study redefining a major portion of the downtown civic center, weaving it into the surrounding core districts and summarized by a 3-d, fold-out graphic) *

* Friends of the L.A. River, Arthur Golding et al., The Los Angeles River (sketch studies from a public design charette exploring the transformation of existing open space along the L.A. River)

* Kate Diamond: Gateway, a project for a pedestrian bridge at the 101 fwy. in central L.A.

* James Rojas: the crossing point between public and private in East Los Angeles

* Morphosis - the winning entry for a pedestrian portal and bridge at the conjunction of the Pueblo and the 101 fwy. in downtown L.A. *

* Studio Works - analytic collages and proposals for the transformation of the boulevard in West Hollywood

Related events:
Opening Reception: Saturday, January 13, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Symposium: Thursday, February 8, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
University-Student Union, Los Angeles-A Room
Featuring Sam Hall Kaplan, Greg Hise, Doug Suisman, and others
Reception immediately following in the Luckman Gallery

This exhibition has been made possible in part through the generous support of the following:
Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Partnership
The American Institute of Architects Martha Welborne
Sheridan Lowrey and Nicholas Lowie


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