Los An­ge­les si met­te in di­scus­sio­ne

En­vi­sio­ning the Fu­tu­re of Los An­ge­les

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L’au­men­to del­la po­po­la­zio­ne e la cri­si am­bien­ta­le ri­chie­do­no un cam­bio di pas­so The po­pu­la­tion explosion and the en­vi­ron­men­tal cri­sis de­mand a chan­ge of di­rec­tion

Per qua­si un se­co­lo – dal­la En­nis Hou­se di Frank Lloyd Wright al­la Geh­ry Re­si­den­ce di Frank O. Geh­ry – Los An­ge­les è sta­ta il la­bo­ra­to­rio dell’ar­chi­tet­tu­ra abi­ta­ti­va a bas­sa den­si­tà. Ora pe­rò l’au­men­to del­la po­po­la­zio­ne e la cri­si am­bien­ta­le ri­chie­do­no un cam­bio di pas­so che por­te­rà pro­ba­bil­men­te a una ver­ti­ca­liz­za­zio­ne del­la cit­tà. Sul te­ma A+D Ar­chi­tec­tu­re and De­si­gn Mu­seum ha in­vi­ta­to a ri­flet­te­re sei stu­di. Tra i pro­get­ti in mo­stra (fno al 6 no­vem­bre) c’è il Cloud Cor­ri­dor di MAD, pen­sa­to per il Mu­seum Row, il quar­tie­re cul­tu­ra­le di LA: no­ve grat­ta­cie­li ri­ve­sti­ti di ve­ge­ta­zio­ne e in­ter­con­nes­si crea­no una nuo­va co­mu­ni­tà re­si­den­zia­le scul­to­rea, ispi­ra­ta al­la na­tu­ra. Per ora que­sta è so­lo un’idea, co­me le al­tre in mo­stra. Po­co lon­ta­no è in­ve­ce de­sti­na­to a di­ven­ta­re pre­sto real­tà il nuo­vo pro­get­to di Geh­ry per il fa­mo­so Sun­set Bou­le­vard di Hol­ly­wood. Due tor­ri re­si­den­zia­li di 11 e 15 pia­ni emer­go­no da un com­ples­so ar­ti­co­la­to di edi­f­ci più bas­si con ne­go­zi e lo­ca­li. Vo­lu­mi ir­re­go­la­ri e tra­slu­ci­di di ve­tro bian­co a “ef­fet­to me­du­sa”. (Sa.B) For almost a century – from Frank Lloyd Wright’s En­nis Hou­se to Frank O. Geh­ry’s Geh­ry Re­si­den­ce – Los An­ge­les has been a te­sting ground for low-den­si­ty re­si­den­tial ar­chi­tec­tu­re. Now, thou­gh, the po­pu­la­tion explosion and the en­vi­ron­men­tal cri­sis de­mand a chan­ge of di­rec­tion, and this will pro­ba­bly lead to grea­ter ver­ti­ca­li­sa­tion in the ci­ty. A+D Ar­chi­tec­tu­re and De­si­gn Mu­seum ha­ve in­vi­ted six prac­ti­ces to of­fer their re­flec­tions on the su­b­ject. The pro­jec­ts on di­splay (un­til 6 No­vem­ber) in­clu­de MAD’s Cloud Cor­ri­dor, designed for Mu­seum Row, L.A.’s cul­tu­ral di­strict: ni­ne sky­scra­pers con­nec­ted by cor­ri­dors and gar­dens in the sky crea­te a new, sculp­tu­re-li­ke re­si­den­tial com­mu­ni­ty, in­spi­red by na­tu­re. It is no mo­re than an idea at the mo­ment, as are the other pro­jec­ts on di­splay. Mea­n­whi­le, a few blocks away, Geh­ry’s pro­ject for Hol­ly­wood’s le­gen­da­ry Sun­set Bou­le­vard will be ta­king sha­pe soon. Two re­si­den­tial to­wer blocks of 11 and 15 sto­reys emer­ge from an ela­bo­ra­te com­plex of lo­wer buil­dings wi­th shops and lo­ca­les. Ir­re­gu­lar, trans­lu­cent buil­dings in “jel­ly­fi­sh-ef­fect” whi­te glass

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