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June 27: The urban density solution for Los Angeles’ growing population

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This possible plan to add density around the Los Angeles County Museum of Art would keep a lot of space for parks.

The population of Los Angeles is expected to increase by 1.5 million people by 2050, and this has provided a unique challenge for the city as it must find innovative ways to accommodate so many residents. The Hammer Museum at UCLA is bringing the creators of one possible solution to explain their work in a discussion titled “99% Preservation and 1% Densification: A Case for Urban Density along the Wilshire Corridor,” on Wednesday, June 27.

This discussion, which is part of the year-long series “Future L.A.: Engineering a Sustainable Supercity,” is co-presented by the UCLA Sustainable LA Grand Challenge. Future L.A. explores technology, infrastructure and ideas that can transform the region and make Los Angeles the first entirely sustainable “megacity” in the United States.

The creators of the proposal are architects Thom Mayne, UCLA distinguished professor of architecture and Pritzker Architecture Prize-winning architect, and Eui-Sung Yi of Morphosis Architecture. The conversation will be moderated by Mark Gold, UCLA associate vice chancellor for environment and sustainability.

Starting at 7:30 p.m., Mayne and Yi will explain their plan for a high-density, interconnected urban community along L.A.’s iconic Wilshire Corridor that densifies less than one percent of the city’s land. Comparing Wilshire Boulevard to major streets in other global metropolises, including Barcelona’s Avenida Diagonal and New York’s Broadway, they model real-world responses to growth and transformation that offer more sustainable strategies for Los Angeles.

This event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. General admission tickets are available one per person on a first come, first served basis following member ticketing. Early arrival is recommended.

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