99% Preservation and 1% Densification: A Case for Urban Density along the Wilshire Corridor

Wednesday, June 27 at 7:30 PM at the Hammer Museum 

Architects and professors Thom Mayne and Eui-Sung Yi from The NOW Institute, a UCLA Architecture and Urban Design research center, and Morphosis Architects will be presenting their proposal for a high-density, interconnected urban community along LA’s iconic Wilshire Corridor at the Hammer Museum on Wednesday, June 27 at 7:30 PM. The plan accommodates the city’s anticipated population increase—1.5 million people by 2050—by densifying less than one percent of its land. Comparing Wilshire Boulevard to major streets in other global metropolises, including Barcelona’s Avenida Diagonal and New York’s Broadway and Hong Kong’s Island Line, they model real-world responses to growth and transformation that offer more sustainable strategies for Los Angeles. The discussion will be moderated by Mark Gold, UCLA associate vice chancellor of environment and sustainability.

The NOW Institute is an urban research center led by distinguished professor Thom Mayne and directed by Assistant Adjunct Professor Eui-Sung Yi that applies strategic urban thinking to real world issues. The NOW Institute SUPRASTUDIO at UCLA Architecture and Urban Design’s IDEAS campus is a one-year studio that provides opportunities for thinkers trained as architects to participate in city-scale research and urban implementation. Over the past 15 years, the Institute has partnered with private organizations, policy-makers and NGOs in Los Angeles, New Orleans, Madrid, Beijing and Port-au-Prince.

Alongside the UCLA Grand Challenge team, The NOW Institute is developing pathways to a sustainable LA by 2050. The presentation, part of the Hammer Museum’s series Future L.A.: Engineering a Sustainable Supercity, will preview their upcoming report that proposes a distribution of LA’s projected 1.5 million increase along Wilshire Boulevard.

The Hammer Museum is part of the UCLA School of Arts and Architecture and is located at 10899 Wilshire Blvd. in Westwood. The event is free to the public, for more information visit: hammer.ucla.edu.