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CurbedWire: Downtown Green Bridge Workshop, Top Design at 2121 Lofts

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DOWNTOWN: A design workshop is being held next month at the College of Architecture and Urban Studies at Virginia Polytechnic Institute that'll ask for green designs for a certain downtown Los Angeles bridge. Via the press release: "The existing bridge is passed every day by thousands of commuters within the greater Los Angeles area, and therefore can become an effective 'billboard' to promote greater awareness for a necessary lifestyle change in Southern California." Yes, more green, please.

DOWNTOWN: Fishbowl LA has more on Top Design's second season. India Hicks is the first guest judge, and Jonathan Adler, Margaret Russell and Kelly Wearstler are back. And the show is being filmed at 2121 Lofts, not Sante Fe Lofts, as some blogs had noted. [Fishbowl LA]
CROSSING INTO A GREEN FUTURE
International Architectural & Urban Design Workshop:
An Information and Exhibition Center for a Sustainable and Environmentally Conscious Future of Los Angeles


- PRESS RELEASE -


The international architectural & urban design workshop “CROSSING INTO A GREEN FUTURE” at the College of Architecture and Urban Studies at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) will be held from April 1st until April 4th, 2008. The workshop will conclude with a public exhibition of the design projects in Blacksburg, VA at 6:00pm on April 4th, and at a later time to be determined in Los Angeles, CA.

The workshop will focus on the transformation of an existing freeway crossing bridge in downtown Los Angeles into an Information and Exhibition Center promoting sustainable ideas and concepts, while providing assistance for Los Angelinos to improve their quality of life in the future. The existing bridge is passed every day by thousands of commuters within the greater Los Angeles area, and therefore can become an effective “billboard” to promote greater awareness for a necessary lifestyle change in Southern California.

The intention of the workshop is to start an urgently needed global discussion through all levels of society. Therefore, the design proposals from a new generation of East Coast future architects and designers working on a project located in a West Coast city will reinforce the overall importance of new strategies for living and working.

Contact:

Assistant Professor Marcus Brown, Architect AIA (USA, Virginia) –
marcusbrownarchitect@gmail.com

Dipl.-Ing. Halil R. Dolan, Member of the German Architect Association, AKBW Stuttgart (Turkey, Germany, Los Angeles USA)
hdolan@paravant.org

Dipl.-Ing. Christian Kienapfel, Member of the German Architect Association, BDA Berlin (Germany, Los Angeles USA)
ckienapfel@paravant.org