Studio News

Spring 2011

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cityLAB Launches Study of Westwood Village

Designers are comfortable working with buildings, and at the other extreme, with cities, but what about the scale of the neighborhood and district? This terrain has been explored by neo-traditionalists, yet their prescriptive, popular solutions are not necessarily universal. Westwood Village, the urban district neighboring UCLA, is at an opportune moment --at the intersection of promise and decline, when new thinking about revitalization strikes a common chord. The timing is ripe, given the arrival of the Metro subway in the coming decade, the formation of a new Business Improvement District, the general awareness of needed action, and the potential support from a new mayor in 2013. While the Village is a model of "smart urbanism," its current state serves as a critique that such planning models are not one-size-fits-all. cityLAB will undertake a three-phase project that begins with research into the current conditions (economic, physical, political, urbanistic) which serves as the basis for a lab-phase in which two scenarios for future development will be sketched. The final phase develops one of those visions into a fuller proposal.

The first public presentation of this project will be on October 10, 2011 at the Hammer Museum's Billy Wilder Theater from 4-6 pm. The results of a design charrette by two teams will be presented, one led by Neil M. Denari Architects and the other by Roger Sherman Architecture and Urban Design.

Westwood Village study area  

View north on Westwood Blvd to UCLA  

 

Westwood Village, 1940s