Extreme Intelligence: The Future of Thinking Environments


UCLA Architecture and Urban Design (A.UD) will carry the narrative of modern architecture in L.A. forward from its influential past to the future with Extreme IDEAS: Architecture at the Intersection, a series of programs that chart a dynamic new future for architecture. The programs will look beyond the field's traditional boundaries and explore topics arising from unexpected quarters in film, automotive, aerospace, and tech industries in order to explore rapidly emerging new technologies, possibilities for interdisciplinary growth, and the role of Los Angeles in the evolution of architecture. Major support for Extreme IDEAS has been provided by the Getty Foundation.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 7:30pm
Extreme Intelligence: The Future of Thinking Environments

Neil Denari, Joseph Kosinski, Greg Lindsay
Location: Creative Artists Agency

UCLA A.UD Professor and Vice Chair, Neil Denari leads a panel on the implications of emerging “intelligent environments” and their corollary in transportation, manufacturing and urbanism. Panelists include Joseph Kosinski, director of Oblivion and Tron: Legacy, and Greg Lindsay, contributing writer to Fast Company and author of Aerotropolis: The Way We’ll Live Next.

Moderator Neil Denari is Professor and Vice Chair at UCLA Architecture and Urban Design and principal of NMDA, Neil M. Denari Architects, Inc. He’s the recipient of the 2011 Los Angeles AIA Gold Medal, and in 2010 was inducted into the Interior Design Hall of Fame. His work has been included in many exhibitions, including the solo shows Fast Forward in 2008 at the Museum of the City of New York, Architects’ Work: HL23 in 2009 at Syracuse University, and The Artless Drawing in 2010 at Ace Gallery Los Angeles, curated by Sylvia Lavin and Hi-C. He lectures worldwide and has been a Visiting Professor at Harvard, Princeton, Columbia, UC Berkeley, among other schools, and was the Director of SCI-Arc from 1997–2002. He is the author of Interrupted Projections (TOTO), Gyroscopic Horizons (Princeton), and Facticity (AADCU) forthcoming in 2013.

Joseph Kosinski is a director whose uncompromising visual style and dynamic approach to the filmmaking craft has quickly made a mark in the cultural zeitgeist. His feature film debut, “TRON: Legacy” for Walt Disney Studios, grossed over $400 million worldwide and was nominated for several awards including an Academy Award and a Grammy. "Oblivion," his much-anticipated second feature starring Tom Cruise and Morgan Freeman, is slated for release in April 2013.

Kosinski's work represents a diverse background in architecture, design, and music. He received his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University before graduating from Columbia University with a Master's degree in Architecture.

Greg Lindsay is a contributing writer for Fast Company and author of the international bestseller Aerotropolis: The Way We’ll Live Next. He is a visiting scholar at New York University’s Rudin Center for Transportation Policy & Management studying mobility and connectivity. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, The Financial Times, McKinsey Quarterly, World Policy Journal, Time, Wired, New York, and Slate. He was previously a contributing writer for Fortune.

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Extreme IDEAS: Architecture at the Intersection is part of Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A. This collaboration, initiated by the Getty, brings together several local arts institutions for a wide-ranging look at the postwar built environment of the city as a whole, from its famous residential architecture to its vast freeway network, revealing the city’s development and ongoing impact in new ways.