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Entries in Urban Planning (54)

Thursday
Jun152017

L.A.’s Next Big Challenge: Creating Inclusive Public Spaces 

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Gensler’s Los Angeles office sits amidst bustling Downtown Los Angeles (DTLA)—a place that has undergone dramatic changes in environmental and demographic character over recent decades. Many native Angelenos will attest: “We never spent time downtown when I was growing up.” Today, cranes dot the downtown landscape in every direction. And while Los Angeles is an icon of diversity, with new development comes a clear sense of stratification.

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Thursday
May252017

Autonomous Vehicles Part II: What Lies Ahead

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In my previous post, Autonomous Vehicles Part I: The Future is Here, I discussed the exciting autonomous technology that already surrounds us. However, there’s still a lot we can expect down the road.

Everyone talks about the hurdles that impede the adoption of driverless cars – regulatory approval, insurance liability, and technology that isn’t quite foolproof (yet). But deployment of personal self-driving vehicles also faces some other “speed bumps”:

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Monday
Mar062017

LA Forward: Embracing the Future of Mobility

Future visions for aligning mobility and development – LA Forward. Image © Gensler

Ask anyone who lives in, or has visited Los Angeles, and they’ll tell you their least favorite part of our city is the traffic. We agree; it’s one of our city’s great challenges. Los Angeles has recovered from the great recession of 2008 and we see tremendous growth physically and economically. The issue is that recent development has tended to spread jobs and housing across the city, away from transit, limiting our ability to efficiently and easily move around Los Angeles.

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Wednesday
Mar012017

LA Forward: Creating Vibrant Neighborhoods

Confidential mixed-use project. Image © Gensler

Los Angeles is city that has as many neighborhoods as it does languages it speaks. The diversity in the makeup of our neighborhoods is one of our city’s greatest assets. From our quiet residential suburbs with agrarian roots to our bustling urban core with soaring high rises, our city is continually changing. We acknowledge that growth and increased density is not just probable, it is inevitable.

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Monday
Feb272017

What Makes My City Livable? Moving LA Forward. 

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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.

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