Friday, February 15, 2013

Ad-Hoc Working Group :: Citywide Design Guidelines for Los Angeles - February 20 (8:00 - 9:30am)

Are you available to join us in a discussion on February 20 (8am) to review and provide critical analysis of the proposed citywide design guidelines for the City of Los Angeles?

Ad-Hoc Working Group ::
Citywide Design Guidelines for Los Angeles
Wednesday, February 20 (8am - 9:30am)
*John Kaliski Architects*
3780 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 300
Los Angeles, California 90010

The guidelines are being voted on by City Council's Planning and Land use Committee on Tuesday, February 26 (2pm) at City Hall.  AIA|LA has been asked to provide feedback and comments.

We will be convening this ad-hoc working group to formulate the response for the official AIA|LA position letter, which will then be advanced to the AIA|LA Board for further review and endorsement.

The proposed citywide design guidelines will require all multi-family residential, mixed-use, commercial, and industrial projects in LA to be subject to these guidelines as binding regulations.

Click on the following links to access the PDF's:


Back in 2010, The Department of City Planning's Urban Design Studio invited architects from AIA|LA to provide early input in the formation of the citywide design guidelines.  At the time they were created, there was concern that they didn't have any teeth.  Now that we're learning that they intend to apply these guidelines to all discretionary projects, the AIA|LA is forming an ad-hoc working group to provide additional critical input to make certain that the guidelines will not hinder innovation and design diversity.

In general, if we adopt citywide design guidelines we should ensure that:

1. Innovation is rewarded.
2. Mundane drivel is discouraged.
3. Building stock is built to last.
4. Humans feel welcome there.
5. It looks good, inspires society and motivates the mind.
6. Nourishes an ecosystem diverse and resplendent
7. Reminds you you're in Los Angeles: the best city on earth.

We will need to deliver the official AIA|LA response on Tuesday, February 26 (2pm) at City Hall during the Council's Planning and Land use Committee meeting.

very truly yours,

Will Wright, Hon. AIA|LA
Director, Government and Public Affairs
AIA Los Angeles
3780 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 800
Los Angeles, CA 90010
213.639.0764  office
310.309.9580  mobile
213.639.0767  fax

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