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99% Preservation and 1% Densification:  A Case for Urban Density A Long the Wilshire Corridor
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100% Sustainable: Strategies for 2050 Renewable Energy, Local Water, and Ecosystem Health in Los Angeles were developed by Pritzker Architecture Prize-winning architect and UCLA Distinguished Professor, Thom Mayne, and The Now Institute SUPRASTUDIO to address and conceptualize the energy, water, and ecosystem goals laid out by the UCLA Sustainable LA Grand Challenge in light of a growing population.

The greater Los Angeles region holds nearly half of the state’s population and makes up the third largest metropolitan economy in the world. The effort put forward in these publications is twofold: The first publication evaluates the Sustainable LA Grand Challenge goals to achieve 100% renewable energy, 100% locally sourced water and enhanced ecosystem and human health for Los Angeles County by 2050. The second analyzes the viability of three distinct urban growth scenarios, with a full demonstration study of a scenario which preserves 99% of LA County by densifying 1% of land and measures the impact of densification on future sustainability.

Download The Now Institute/SUPRASTUDIO Wilshire publicaiton here 
Download The Now Institute/SUPRASTUDIO Sustainable LA publication here

Thom Mayne's Op-Ed for the L.A. Times (November 15, 2016)
What will Los Angeles look like in 2050? Thom Mayne talks density and sustainability with the Los Angeles Times.  Read the L.A. Times Op-ed article
here

Here are a few sample pages from 99% Preservation and 1% Densification:  A Case for Urban Density A Long the Wilshire Corridor:


Century City


Korea Town


Santa Monica


Downtown Los Angeles

Here are a few sample pages from 100% Sustainable: Strategies for 2050 Renewable Energy, Local Water, and Ecosystem Health in Los Angeles:



By 2050, the County of Los Angeles is projected to increase in population by 1.5 million people. Historically, conventional approaches to accommodating growth in LA County have included developing suburban communities at further distances from the urban core. Although The Now Institute has analyzed potential growth scenarios that include greater urbanization in the less developed northern LA County, they opted to focus on a scenario that accommodated projected growth while maintaining the County’s neighborhood integrity over the largest area feasible. “By densifying just 1% of the County along the Wilshire Corridor at a density lower than Manhattan’s, we can preserve 99% of LA’s classic urban texture and natural landscape,” noted Mayne.

SUPRASTUDIO students 2014-15: Xuequi Bai, Samuel Bent, Omar Haque, Shobitha Jacob, Chenguang Li, Andrew Liang, Xi Liao, Marieh Mehrannezhad, Apurva Purandare, Andre Simapranata, Jiani Song, Tuo Sun, Wei-Chieh Tsai, Duo Wang, Jue Wang, Runzhi Wang, Shuoyang Wang, Kun Yang, Hun Tao Yu.

SUPRASTUDIO students 2015-16: Shareefa Abdulsalam, Yitao Chen, Çağdaş Delen, Ryan A. Doyle, Elisabet Ollé, Beyza Paksoy, Rupal Rathi, Niketa Sondhi, Devika Tandon, Wei Tang, Rizzie Walker, Halina Zárate.

UCLA Grand Challenges Sustainable LA Grand Challenge
UCLA Grand Challenges connects faculty, students and partners from all disciplines to work together, adopting a comprehensive approach to solve critical societal problems.  The Sustainable LA Grand Challenge is transforming Los Angeles through partnerships with government, business, academic institutions and community leaders, and cutting edge research to develop the technologies, policies and strategies to reach its goals of 100% renewable energy, 100% locally sourced water, and enhanced ecosystem and human health by 2050.

The Now Institute is an urban planning and research center hosted at UCLA’s Architecture and Urban Design (A.UD) Department, with a focus on the investigation and application of urban strategies to complex problems in modern advanced metropolises and informal settlements.  Led by Pritzker Architecture Prize-winning architect and UCLA Distinguished Professor Thom Mayne and Director Eui-Sung Yi, The Now Institute is a product of over 10 years of research initiatives in collaboration with A.UD’s SUPRASTUDIO and establishes a new territory that integrates academic and professional pursuits that span cities across the United States and the world, including Los Angeles, New Orleans, Madrid, Beijing, Port-au Prince, and Cap-Haïtien. The Now Institute focuses on the investigation and application of urban strategies to complex problems in modern advanced metropolises and informal settlements, working with cities affected by challenges of resilience, sustainability and mobility.


 

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