Insightful designers continue to seek a better future for Los Angeles architecture by way of L.A. urbanism.

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July 20, 2015, 9:00 AM PDT

By Places Journal

In Los Angeles, in the last decade of the old millennium, these were polarizing debates, especially for the swell of Baby Boomers trying to establish careers in practice and academia. Yet since then the vitriol has eased. Starting in the mid-'90s, as the public Internet began to organize the world, the focus on local "place" has been eclipsed by a fascination with global "space"; and leftish designers in Los Angeles—Boomers no less than Gen-Xer’s and Millennials—who've wanted to erect actual buildings have devised various ways to get past the impasse of the Double No. Today we can categorize these local workarounds under the useful rubrics of Everyday, Interdictory, Infrastructural, Interventionist, and now Informal Urbanism. (While beyond Los Angeles, a welter of more insurrectionist urbanism-without-urbanists has arisen: Burning ManOccupy, and the Tea Party, to name a few; and taken to a city-altering extreme, one might even include the horrifically anti-cosmopolitan war crimes of ISIS.)

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