What Would LA Look Like If The Best Design Proposals Were Accepted? [Pics]

What Would LA Look Like If The Best Design Proposals Were Accepted? [Pics]

The exhibition ‘Never Built: Los Angeles’ features a collection of designs, plans, and proposals that were never created.

Emma Hutchings
  • 28 january 2013

What would L.A. look like if some of the design proposals submitted over the last 100 years had been accepted? The exhibition ‘Never Built: Los Angeles‘ looks at these proposals and shows how design could have worked to solve transportation and housing issues that currently plague the city, as well as providing more green space.

The exhibition opens this spring at Los Angeles’s A+D Architecture and Design Museum, featuring a collection of projects with descriptions, drawings, models, and videos showing their potential. It includes buildings from Frank Lloyd Wright, John Lautner, Frank Gehry, and Thom Mayne.

LA Imagines What The City Would Look Like Had The Best Design Proposals Been Accepted [Pics]

The exhibiton is curated by Sam Lubell and Greg Goldin, who unearthed the untold stories and buried images during two years of research. They have worked with Clive Wilkinson Architects to conceive the exhibition, transforming the entire museum space into an alternative version of Los Angeles. Lubell and Goldin write in the L.A. Times:

It all leads one to ponder the what-if Los Angeles, to imagine the city that would exist today if the best proposals for remedying its ailments had been realized. Los Angeles would now include a ring of thousands of acres of urban and regional parks, a bold, space-age airport, a winged nature center for Griffith Park and hillside housing developments sculpted to the contours of the landscape rather than sitting on graded and terraced scars. We would be living in a very different city.

They are currently raising funds on Kickstarter to pay for a floor map of the alternative city, museum-quality models, the expense of rights to borrow and mount original drawings, and the price of installing everything in the museum. For a pledge of $100, you can get two tickets to the exhibition opening. Click through to see a selection of images of design proposals and check out the campaign video below:

Never Built: Los Angeles


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