SCI-Arc Future Initiatives, Postgraduate Program

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The Future Initiatives program promotes and extends its academic mission nationally and internationally via its publications, public forums, exhibitions and competitions. It regularly stages public design competitions such as the Cleantech Corridor Competition that was recently awarded an American Planning Association prize for a focused planning initiative. Additionally, it draws on the expertise of an extensive network of peers established to support its mission.

Los Angeles Cleantech Corridor & Green District Competition/2010

Imagining an innovative urban vision for the recently designated Los Angeles Cleantech district in downtown Los Angeles was the focus of SCI-Arc’s Future Initiatives program. Under the direction of faculty member Peter Zellner and David Bergman, the post-professional degree program has once again partnered with The Architect’s Newspaper to sponsor its latest open ideas competition, Los Angeles Cleantech Corridor & Green District Competition.

Professional Category 3rd Place
Ralph Bertram
Constantin Boincean
Aleksandra Danielak

The competition asked architects, landscape architects, designers, engineers, urban planners, students and environmental professionals to create an innovative urban vision for Los Angeles’ Cleantech Corridor, a several-mile-long development zone on the eastern edge of downtown LA. It asked entrants to move beyond industrial uses—creating an integrated economic, residential, clean energy, and cultural engine for the city through architectural and urban strategies.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, civic, business, and architecture and design thought-leaders gathered at SCI-Arc to review and celebrate the Cleantech 2010 winning projects. An exhibition of the projects was on view in the SCI‐Arc Library.

Competition jurors included Stan Allen, Dean of the School of Architecture at Princeton University and Principal of Stan Allen Architect; Hsinming Fung, Director of Academic Affairs at SCI-Arc and Principal of Hodgetts+Fung Design and Architecture; Cris B. Liban, D.Env., P.E., Environmental Compliance and Services Department Manager at the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority; Michael Maltzan, Principal of Michael Maltzan Architecture; Dennis McGlade, President and Partner of OLIN; Romel Pascual City of Los Angeles Deputy Mayor, Energy and Environment; Nikolas Patsaouras former president of the Board of the Water and Power Commissioners and former board member of the MTA; and Donald Spivack, Deputy Chief of Operations and Policy of the Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles.

Student Category 3rd Place
Ryan Lovett and Jesse Keenan
Columbia University, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation



Professional Category Winner
Ralph Bertram, Constantin Boincean, Aleksandra Danielak



Student Category 1st Place
Randall Winston, Jennifer Jones, Renee Pean
University of Virginia

More about Cleantech 2010 >>


A New Infrastructure: Innovative Transit Solutions for LA/2009
An open ideas competition invited architects, engineers, urban planners and students to propose new ideas for LA County’s transit infrastructure. The Future Initiatives competition, developed in partnership with The Architect’s Newspaper, encouraged entrants to develop solutions that dramatically reconfigured the relationship between transit systems, public space and urban redevelopment. Competitors were encouraged to work within the parameters of LA County’s Measure R, which provided major new funding for infrastructure. More than 70 entries from five countries were received.

The competition jury included Thom Mayne, principal and founder of Morphosis Architects and professor at UCLA; Aspet Davidian, director of Project Engineering Facilities at LA Metro; Neil Denari, professor at UCLA and principal at Neil M. Denari Architects; Gail Goldberg, director of planning for the City of Los Angeles; Roland Genick, urban designer for the Exposition Line; Cecilia V. Estolano, CEO CRA/LA-Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles; Eric Owen Moss, director of SCI-Arc and founder of Eric Owen Moss Architects, and Geoff Wardle, director of advanced mobility research at the Art Center College of Design.

Following an exhibit of the winning entries in the student and professional categories, public forums were held at Metro Headquarters, the MAK Center at the Schindler House, GOOD Space, and as part of the AIA Mobius/ Dwell Conference at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The competition launched numerous other conversations about the future of transit infrastructure in Los Angeles. The entries and surrounding commentary are the subject of a book published by the SCI-Arc Press.

SCI-Arc's SCIFI is an intensive research-based, post-professional degree program and think tank dedicated to generating pertinent examinations of contemporary civic design, city formulation, and urban regulation.



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