Inside SCI-Arc


03.21.09 | W.M. Keck Lecture Hall l 2pm
A NEW INFRASTRUCTURE: Innovative Transit Solutions for Los Angeles: Jury Discussion

An Open Ideas Competition

Sponsored by SCIFI at SCI-Arc and The Architect’s Newspaper

Awards, Jury Discussion and Exhibition Schedule
Saturday, March 21, 2009, 2–6pm
Public announcement of winners and jury discussion, 2 pm
Exhibition opening reception, 4 pm

Exhibition of selected entries will remain on view at SCI-Arc from March 21 to March 28, 2009. SCI-Arc is open daily, 10am-6pm.

Image: Benny Chan/ Fotoworks 2009

Corporate Sponsors:

Sussman/Prejza and Company

Media Partner: Archinect

Institutional Sponsors:

American Institute of Architects - Los Angeles Chapter
The American Planning Association - Los Angeles Section
Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design

This project is funded in part by a grant from the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs


Professional Category:
1st Place $3000.00
2nd Place $1500.00
Other prizes to be announced

Student Category
1st Place $1500.00
2nd Place $1000.00
Other prizes to be announced

Los Angeles, CA (January 15, 2009) – The passage in November 2008 of Measure R, a half cent sales tax in Los Angeles County, will provide as much as $40 billion for transit-related projects across the City of Los Angeles over the next 30 years. Meanwhile, U.S. President Barack Obama has pledged to make the largest investment since the 1950s to rebuild our nation’s crumbling infrastructure.

In response to this historic opportunity, the SCIFI (Southern California Institute for Future Initiatives) program at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) and The Architect’s Newspaper are sponsoring an open ideas competition for architects, engineers, urban planners and students to propose new ideas for LA County’s transit infrastructure.

The competition will encourage entrants to develop solutions that dramatically rethink the relationship between transit systems, public space and urban redevelopment. Competitors will be encouraged to work within the parameters of LA County Ballot Measure R. Their entries will focus on specific rail extension projects and also take a look at larger-scale, inter-related transit planning challenges.

The competition jury will include Thom Mayne, Principal and Founder of Morphosis Architects;Professor, UCLA, Aspet Davidian, Director, Project Engineering Facilities, Metro, Neil Denari, Professor, UCLA; Principal, Neil M. Denari Architects, Gail Goldberg, Director of Planning, City of Los Angeles, Roland Genick, Urban Designer, Exposition Line, Cecilia V. Estolano, CEO CRA/LA- Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles, Eric Owen Moss, Director, SCI-Arc; Principal and Founder of Eric Owen Moss Architects and Geoff Wardle, Director, Advanced Mobility Research, Art Center College of Design.

Schedule of Related Discussions

Friday, March 27, 2–4pm
A New Infrastructure Discussion: Competition Winners and METRO Transit Officials
Panel Discussion
Metro Headquarters, Windsor Room, 15th Floor, One Gateway Plaza, Los Angeles

Thursday April 2, 2009, 7–9pm
A New Infrastructure Discussion: Transit And The City
Panel Discussion
MAK Center at the Schindler House, 835 North Kings Road, West Hollywood

Tuesday, April 14, 7–9pm
A New Infrastructure Discussion: Transit and The Community
Panel Discussion
GOOD Space, 6824 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles

Friday June 26, 2009, 1:45–3:15pm
A New Infrastructure Discussion: Architects And Transit
Panel Discussions
AIA Mobius/ Dwell Conference
Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles

Friday June 26, 2009, 1:45–3:15pm
A New Infrastructure Discussion: Architects And Transit Panel Discussion AIA Mobius/ Dwell Conference Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles

About SCIFI (Southern California Institute for Future Iniatives) at SCI-Arc Led by Peter Zellner and David Bergman, SCIFI is a post-graduate program under the direction of Hsin Ming Fung and focused on promoting innovation within design, policy, and planning responses to the economic, social and environmental futures of global cities and regions. SCIFI is dedicated to supporting investigations into the impacts of urban and planning policy, transnational financial markets, real estate speculation, and socio-economic globalization on the evolution of local urban fabrics.

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