Forum 6, July 22nd, 2009:  Architecture Versus Urban Design


The Forum at:  Urban Studio

3780 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 1100

Los Angeles, CA 90010


The Social at: Frank n’ Hank’s

518 South Western Ave

(just north of Western and 6th)


An introduction by Martin Leitner on Urban Studio’s work on the Hollywood Boulevard Urban Design Guidelines led the forum into a discussion about architectural and urban design visions for Los Angeles.

Conversation was be focused on questions such as:

Do architects’ and urban designers’ visions for cities differ? Should they? What is the role of individual buildings in the city context? Can urban design allow for individual creativity without losing a vision for the city? Can every building be an icon? What are the responsibilities of the architect and the urban designer when it comes to shaping Los Angeles?