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Never Built: Los Angeles
SAH/SCC Exhibition Tour, Talk & Book Signing
Saturday, August 10, 2013

Enjoy a behind-the-scenes, SAH/SCC members-only look at the much anticipated exhibition "Never Built: Los Angeles," at the A+D Museum (Gensler, Richard Meier & Partners, Kanner Architects, 2010). Curated by architecture writers Sam Lubell and Greg Goldin, and designed by Clive Wilkinson Architects, “Never Built: Los Angeles” explores the "what if" Los Angeles. Through a compendium of urban projects that never made it past the drawing board, the exhibition shows what the city's built environment might have been.

The curators will give us a tour and then participate in a moderated Q&A session. We'll have the museum to ourselves, as we gather prior to public opening hours. Never Built: Los Angeles (Metropolis Books, 2013), which includes a foreword by Thom Mayne, will be available for purchase and signing. Space is limited, so sign up today.

"Never Built: Los Angeles" is organized in segments that explore unbuilt buildings, master plans, parks, follies, and transportation schemes, all of which could have transformed both the physical reality and the collective perception of the metropolis. The stories surrounding these projects shed light on a reluctant city whose institutions and infrastructure have often undermined inventive, challenging public schemes.

By allowing viewers to see the city in a new light, "Never Built: Los Angeles" examines what it is about LA that attracts some of the world’s most creative architects, yet often causes grand architectural schemes to flounder. The exhibition-in words, drawings, models, videos, and other media-sets the stage for a renewed interest in visionary projects for the future of Los Angeles, challenging the city to think big again.

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