From November 15 to 17, Woods Bagot participated as a leading partner in LA CoMotion—a global conference in Los Angeles' Arts District that brings together the foremost experts on new mobility.
Woods Bagot hosted the largest pavilion at the event and presented SUPERSPACE's findings on how surface parking affects the city's urban layout. The study, "MORE LA: Transforming Parking to Places in Southern California," was paired with an interactive exhibit for visitors to manipulate their desired density in select neighborhoods within the city – focused on three factors: greenspace, housing, and parking.
Above: an animation of SUPERSPACE's MORE LA tool, which allows users to play with different aspects of Los Angeles typologies.
During the afternoon of Thursday, November 15, CEO Nik Karalis, Design Council Chair James Sanders, SUPERSPACE Director Christian Derix, and Associate Principal Lucille Ynosencio led an invitation-only workshop at the adjacent Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) which focused on the redesign and densification of three unique Los Angeles typologies—Inglewood, Downtown Los Angeles, and East Los Angeles. Invited guests included 40 leading professionals in transportation, ridesharing, government, higher education and urban planning.
Their presentation was followed by a panel discussion moderated by urbanist, journalist, and New Cities director Greg Lindsay who spoke with Director of LAplus Mark Vallianatos, Director of UCLA's Institute of Transportation Juan Matute, and Founder and Principal of Suisman Urban Design Doug Suisman. The discussion revealed how LA came to have so much parking, what type of measures have been implemented to lessen its negative effects, and what we can learn from MORE LA. In the dialogue, Suisman referred to SUPERSPACE's study as a "utopian version of the city."
At the conclusion of the panel discussion, James Sanders led a facilitated workshop in which six distinct tables were set up for attendees to discuss specific subjects such as: courtyard models in Inglewood, boulevard models in East Los Angeles, mixed-use complexes downtown, zoning and parking regulations, mobility and real estate opportunities and challenges. At the conclusion, each table presented its findings.