Los Angeles is a place that is ALL about innovation. From its historical and cultural beginnings, LA is a city that has engendered a set of practices like an environmental petri dish for people to develop their ideas, attempt their dreams and define/redefine themselves through their creations. There is nothing that visually captures these grand experiments more effectively than in LA’s past and present architecture. The web series titled "Brave New World: Architectural Icons of LA" consists of six individual eight to ten-minute episodes, capturing the history and culture of innovation in LA that culminates in some of the most iconic architecture in America.
University of Southern California (USC) Lecturer, licensed architect, and television host Mina Chow interviews the general public, and films various architectural sites throughout LA to show the audience the relationship of broader historical and cultural ideas as they relate to the design of the spaces. These short, but engaging episodes act as travelogue/dialogue into the past and present as we compare precedents of the most pioneering places and reveal the stories behind their innovations.
Episode 0: Bradbury to CALTrans (completed 11-2011)
Episode 1: "The Divine vs. the Deviant"
Catholic Missions to Our Lady of the Angels
Transformations of the Past
Episode 2: "Duck or Decorated Shed?"
Fine Arts Building to MODAA mixed-use
Romanesque Decoration to Modern Abstraction
Episode 3: "Eames to Ecoville"
Industrial Kit of Parts & OMD/Jennifer Siegal
Episode 4: "Masterminds and their Master plans"
Getty Center and LACMA
Episode 5: "The Greening of America"
Schindler House to Solar Umbrella House
Topics: Indoor/Outdoor living, passive solar sustainability
Episode 6: "Visions of Excess"
Watts Tower to The Great Wall of Los Angeles Interpretive Green Bridge
Topics: LA river, wHY Architecture, Salvage art