Colloquium VII: Planning Los Angeles: Myths, Realties, and Lessons

Presented by the Los Angeles Region Planning History Group in cooperation with the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West

Huntington Library and Garden, Friends’ Hall
Saturday, April 28, 2012

Coffee and Pastries at 9:30 am
Colloquium and Lunch from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Much of the world thinks that Los Angeles just happened by chance—the inexplicable yet inevitable outcome of booming population growth and real estate investment unconstrained by coordinated intentions or public policy. Planners know better, and this event is all about refuting the persistent stereotype of an unplanned Los Angeles. Experts in the field will present on more than a century of plans, planners and planning, including the city’s first comprehensive plan; a state-of-the-art urban design for the last undeveloped area on the Westside; and innovative policies encouraging the amazing resurgence of a supposedly non-existent Downtown. Anyone interested in how our metropolis has been shaped and reshaped by purposeful planning should attend—and be prepared to discuss and debate possible lessons for the next generation of planners.

This event draws its speakers and issues from the new book Planning Los Angeles, a diverse collection of more than two dozen essays examining many aspects of LA’s urbanism and urbanization. (Published by the American Planning Association’s Planners’ Press, copies of the book will be available for purchase.) Author/presenters will include:

  • David Sloane, Professor, USC Price School of Public Policy
  • Vinit Mukhija, Associate Professor, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs
  • Vinayak Bharne, Director of Design, Moule & Polyzoides Architects & Urbanists
  • Ken Bernstein, Manager, Office of Historic Resources, LA Department of City Planning
  • Todd Gish, Urban Designer and Historian

Cost for the event is $40

($20 for students with a valid student ID)

Price includes coffee and pastries, box lunch, parking, and a day pass to the Huntington Library and Gardens

Seating is limited. Please RSVP to: Alice Lepis, LARPHG Secretary (preferred) or at 818.769.4179

Deadline for registration and payment is Tuesday, April 24.

Payment may be made in one of two ways (to complete RSVP):

Register with a credit card Using PayPal

  • Registration: $40 Buy Now
  • Student Registration (with Student ID): $20 Buy Now

Via US mail: print out and fill in Colloquium 7 Registration Form (PDF, 242 KB), include a check payable to Los Angeles Region Planning History Group, and send to:

Los Angeles Region Planning History Group
c/o Alice Lapis, Secretary
11227 Acama Street
North Hollywood, CA 91602

Please include a xerox of your current student ID if registering as a student.

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