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Westside transit forum scheduled at MAK Center

March 31, 2009 |  6:14 pm

SCI-Arc and the Architect's Newspaper recently sponsored a competition to create innovative transit solutions for traffic-choked Los Angeles.

Professionals and students vied for a bit of money and a lot of exposure for their ideas, many of which featured some pretty wild-eyed but intriguing visions for what could be. The competition, which drew 75 proposals from around the world, was inspired by Measure R, the half-cent sales tax increase that promises to raise as much as $40 billion in transit funding for Los Angeles County.

At a free forum at 7 p.m. Thursday, the MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House will present the winning ideas, then hold a panel discussion about the future of L.A.'s transit system and the role that transit will play in the area's continuing development. The co-sponsor is the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design.

The panelists will include architect Eric Owen Moss; Diego Cardoso, a Los Angeles planning commissioner and Metro planner who has directed the planning and design of the Eastside light-rail project; Stewart Reed, a former Toyota designer who is chairman of the Art Center College of Design's transportation design program; Francie Stefan, a Santa Monica city planner; and Roland Genick, a transportation planner and designer.

MAK Center is at 835 N. Kings Road, West Hollywood. For a list of winners, see the Architect's Newspaper website.

--Martha Groves


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