(Left to right) Josh Nelson, Gus Wendel M.U.R.P. ’17, Yessenia Juarez ’15 and Kenny Wong in front of a rendering of a new Westwood. (Nelson, Juarez and Wong are student research associates; Wendel is cityLAB’s assistant director.)

“We bring the force of the university to bear on the city.” A.UD Professor and cityLAB Director Dana Cuff with her students partner with faculty A.UD lecturer Kevin Daly and A.UD Professor Neil Denari among others across UCLA and in the community to create proposals that address real issues in contemporary cities.

In the digital era, the role of physical spaces is changing dramatically. UCLA’s cityLAB is working ahead of the curve with campus partners to engineer those changes and create unprecedented cities of tomorrow.

“When you’re experimenting around urban problems, you need expertise form all walks. You get to a more creative solution, by far.”

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A.UD Professor Dana Cuff — cityLAB’s founder — in front of a reimagined Broxton Avenue in Westwood Village. Photos by Matt Harbicht.