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What Makes My City Livable? Moving LA Forward. 

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This post is part of a series, “What Makes My City Livable?” on how cities make the experience of living more enjoyable.

As designers and urbanists, we take an optimistic view of the future of cities. Living and working in the City of Los Angeles, we believe in the transformative power of moving forward. We envision Los Angeles as a city comprised of thriving cultures, expansive innovation, vibrant communities and social cohesiveness. Los Angeles can be a model of collaborative evolution, forward-thinking development and a bastion of exploration.

We acknowledge that cities are complex, ever-changing entities, entangled by questions of appropriate density, modes of mobility, long-term resiliency, robust infrastructure, human dignity and cultural expression. We understand the questions are complicated, but they are not unsolvable. The tasks at hand are monumental, but we embrace the challenge. In the city of the future, where are people going to live? Where will they work and play? How are they going to get around? How will we innovate and explore? How do we proactively face the challenges of a globalizing world?

In collaboration with thinkers and makers from our communities, local and global, we will ask questions, explore possibilities and craft visions that celebrate the future city. Los Angeles is our case study and platform for investigation, instigation and ideation of some of our cities' greatest challenges. We will design and build Los Angeles with intelligence, empathy and optimism.

We will move LA Forward.

Stay tuned for the next post in this series on embracing the future of mobility to move LA Forward.

For more information, please email forward@gensler.com.

Brian Glodney is enchanted by all things urban, and his passion rests in creating healthy, sustainable, and vibrant places and cities. Brian's work has allowed him to study, experience, and work within the thriving metropolis, the downtrodden exurbs, and everything in between. As a Recognized Practitioner of Urban Design, it is his enthusiasm for urban design that permeates his work at every scale, from creating healthy community visions, to urban infill projects, to sports-anchored mixed-use. You can contact Brian at brian_glodney@gensler.com.
Claudia Carol is the planning and urban design practice area leader of Gensler’s southwest region, with over 25 years of architectural and planning experience ranging from schools and universities to healthcare campuses to mixed-use developments and hospitality projects. Her delight in the urban environment encompasses both the built and experiential aspects of our cities. Contact Claudia at claudia_carol@gensler.com.
Jordan Kessler is an urban designer, passionate about examining and imagining the synergies that emerge at the intersection of density and public space. Jordan brings a design sensitivity that fuses his interests in ecology, cultural futures, emerging technologies and infrastructures into a comprehensive approach to planning and urban design. With project experience that ranges from the local to the regional in scale, Jordan promotes design strategies that seek to minimize the impact of development on the land while maximizing its value for client, stakeholders and the public realm. Contact him at Jordan_Kessler@gensler.com.
Dylan Jones is an internationally licensed architect with nearly 20 years of experience in planning and design for both private and public sector clients. As a leader of Gensler’s Urban Design & Planning group, he works at the intersection of private development and public infrastructure, believing mobility is a core building block of the 21st-century, sustainable city. Dylan is currently leading strategic planning and design efforts with LA Metro directly, and with private developers on Metro Joint Development projects. Contact him at Dylan_Jones@gensler.com.