What happens when the History channel is on the hunt for new contents concerning the future of architecture and urbanism? Well, they join the general architecture approach: They stage a competition, entitled The City of the Future, to find a project to be presented within the Engineering an Empire TV series.
Today afternoon a special gathering took place within the plaza of the LACMA, where architects and architecture aficionados listened to the presentations of eight renowned architecture practices, which were battling for the honorable jury’s attention. The jury consisted of Gail Goldberg, Planning Director of the City of Los Angeles, Ming Fung of Hodgetts and Fung architecture office, Allison Arieff, Designer in Residence IDEO and Pritzker price laureate Thom Mayne, Principal of Morphosis. Everyone of the eight groups had its quarter hour of time to lay out their argument and express a convincing speech about the individual project, with the help of models, drawings and animations, followed by a questions and answers round with the jury. The eight companies involved in this process were EDAW / DMJM Design / DMJM H&N | AECOM, Eric Owen Moss, George Yu, Griffin Enright Architects, the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Office of Mobile Design, Roger Sherman + City Lab and Hernan Diaz Alonso’s practice Xefirotarch together with Imaginary forces. Unfortunatly were late and missed the first round of presentations, but saw the second including Office of Mobile Design, Roger Sherman and Hernan Diaz Alonso, who presented a DVD from 2106 entitled Chlorophilia, a distillate of ideas on future developments in the LA area including a story line about a humongous earthquake in 2032, that divides the area in three independent islands, ideas on biological approaches in architecture design as well as using this phenomena to illustrate possible solutions for issues such as transportation, communication and living in general. The impressive visual, as well as imaginative, aspect of this contribution made an impact within the jury and got Hernan Diaz Alonso and Peter Frankfurt (Imaginary Forces) the second price of this competition, leaving Eric Owen Moss as the winner who finally will produce the documentary for History Channel. The prices were presented by the Mayor of Los Angeles, Antonio R. Villaraigosa, who gave an inspiring speech about Los Angeles, the future of the city and his will to contribute to it.