This video documents the National AIA Regional Urban Design Conference “Restructuring Urbanisms: the Next L.A.,” held February 10-13, 1994, at Shutters Hotel, Santa Monica.
Doug Suisman discusses “leftover space” and the rediscovery of civic life in forms unique to Los Angeles. Madeline Janis-Aparicio discusses her efforts to support the rights of Los Angeles street vendors. Richard Orne describes the Jerde Partnership’s collaboration with MCA on the Universal City Walk development. Margaret Crawford criticizes Universal City Walk as controlled street life. She and the other panelists debate conditions that may or may not contribute to reestablishing Los Angeles’s street life. The panelists debate the pros and cons of simulated versus natural chaos.