Architecture's Metropolitan Desire
Dana Cuff
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Dana Cuff

Architecture's Metropolitan Desire

 Public Lecture
16  January 2014, Thursday


This public lecture is the ninth lecture in the Fall Public lecture series 2013-2014 "Staging the Message. The Architecture of Communication", and will be addressed by researcher and educator professor Dana Cuff from Los Angeles, USA.

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Dana Cuff

Professor Dana Cuff holds her primary appointment in the Department of Architecture and a joint appointment in Urban Planning. She is the founding director of cityLAB, a research center at UCLA that explores the challenges facing the 21st century metropolis through design and research. Cuff's work focuses on urban design, affordable housing, modernism, urban sensing technologies, and the politics of place.  She has published widely on these topics, including the books  Fast Forward Urbanism (edited with Roger Sherman, Princeton Architectural 2011) and  The Provisional City (MIT 2000), a project supported by both the Getty and the National Endowment for the Arts. Through cityLAB, Dana Cuff has expanded her studies of infrastructure,  postsuburban Los Angeles, and new formulations of green design, most recently through funded research about the urban design implications of proposed high speed rail. She organized the design ideas competition called WPA 2.0: Working Public Architecture which attracted 400 submissions from students and design professionals around the world in 2009. Dana Cuff teaches various courses related to the profession of architecture as well as special seminars on cultural issues, architectural theory, and urbanism.

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2013 HSR Development: Planning for High Speed Rail in Southern California Communities (Loukaitou-Sideris, Cuff, and Higgins; cityLAB-UCLA & Lewis Center Publication)

2013 The Future of Office Work: How We Got Here (cityLAB-UCLA & Gensler Publication)

2012 Planning for Complementarity: An Examination of the Role and Opportunities of First-Tier and Second-Tier Cities along the High-Speed Rail Network in California (Minteta Transportation Institute)

2011 Fast Forward Urbanism: Rethinking Architecture's Engagement with the City (Princeton Architectural Press)

2010 L.A. Under the Influence: The Hidden Logic of Urban Property

2010 WPA 2.0 (cityLAB-UCLA Publication)

2010 Backyard Homes (cityLAB-UCLA Publication)

2006 Prop X (cityLAB-UCLA Publication)

2006 O-Z.LA (Somol, Sherman, and Cuff; cityLAB-UCLA Publication)

2002 The Provisional City (Cuff; MIT Press)

1991 Architecture: the Story of Practice (Cuff; MIT Press)


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Westwood , Village Vision

Westwood Village was once the central hub of the Westwood Community. Opened in 1929, it was developed by the Janss Investment Company as a vibrant shopping district with planned mix of retail use, distinct architectural character, and a strong identity. The model of Westwood village is considered to be one of "smart" urbanism, however, over the years the Village has experienced continual decline with rising vacancy rates and a loss of identity.

With the imminent arrival of the subway, the new mayor of Los Angeles in 2013, and current economic slow-down, this is an important time to examine the historical accounts of the village and determine current solutions for the revitalization of this area. Westwood Village vision is a cityLAB research initiative that investigates the highly complex urban and political forces contributing to the current state of Westwood Village culminating with specific recommendations to revitalize Westwood Village as an attractive, economically vibrant, and sustainable area.

This study takes place during an important time for three key reasons: first, the arrival of the subway with the decade; second, a new mayor for Los Angeles takes office in early 2013; and third, the opportunity to plan thoughtfully given the economic slow down, particularly in the real estate market. this yearlong project will be concluded in time for Westwood to benefit from these long-term changes, leveraging them in ways that will enhance Westwood Village's revitalization.

cityLAB is investigating these forces, their interaction, and their varying degrees of influence in order to make specific recommendations about ways to revitalize Westwood village so that it becomes more attractive, economically vibrant, and sustainable. The recommendations will involve a multifaceted analysis that is urban, economic, environmental, historical, design-oriented, and policy-oriented.

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