For a city that based its very premise on the automobile, highways, and the single-family home, worldwide trends such as rapid urbanization and self-driving cars puts Los Angeles in a position to question its future. And as the Southern Californian metropolis braces itself for its third wave of urban transformation, several experts involved in transportation, infrastructure, development, and architecture are exploring progressive methods to adapt adequately.
To consider the changing makeup of one of the world's most populated and fastest growing cities, Woods Bagot, Metropolis Magazine, and the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) hosted "LA 3.0: Development and Design for the New Los Angeles." The day-long conference, comprised of two panel talks, "The Girders: Transportation, Infrastructure, & Citywide Initiatives” and "The Fabric: Districts and Developments," and a computational design analysis “Mapping Conflicting Densities," which presented developmental trends in the city. The even took place at SCI-Arc's downtown campus and touched on advancing issues such as gentrification, creating mixed-use developments, public transportation, and self-driving cars. Attended by over 250 local architects, developers, engineers, transportation officials, and cultural figures, the panelists explored how the city should respond accordingly.