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LOS ANGELES: We always thought whoever ruled the docks ruled the city. No so. "WPA 2.0 is a competition organized by cityLAB, a UCLA Architecture and Urban Design think tank, open to designers with innovative ideas about infrastructure's potential to enrich architecture and revitalize the city." More after the jump. Looks like there's award money and a trip to DC involved. More via the web site. [Curbed InBox]

VENICE: Ed Begley alert: Next Tuesday night, the actor will be at a presentation hosted by the Mar Vista Community Council Green Committee and the Venice Neighborhood Council Environmental Committee that'll talk about wise water use. Ed probably recycles his own sweat. Go find out more via their web site; the talk is at 11430 Woodbine Street and starts at 6 pm. [Curbed InBox]

COMPETITION from the Official Site:

Jury: Stan Allen,Cecil Balmond, Elizabeth Diller, Walter Hood, Thom Mayne, Marilyn Jordan Taylor

WPA 2.0: an open design competition for working public architecture organized and sponsored by cityLAB

cityLAB, an urban think tank at UCLA’s Department of Architecture and Urban Design, announces a call for entries to “WPA 2.0: Working Public Architecture.” WPA 2.0 is an open competition that seeks innovative, implementable proposals to place infrastructure at the heart of rebuilding our cities during this next era of metropolitan recovery. WPA 2.0 recalls the Depression-era Works Projects Administration (1935-43), which built public buildings, parks, bridges, and roads across the nation as an investment in the future—one that has, in turn, become a lasting legacy. We encourage projects that explore the value of infrastructure not only as an engineering endeavor, but as a robust design opportunity to strengthen communities and revitalize cities. Unlike the previous era, the next generation of such projects will require surgical integration into the existing urban fabric, and will work by intentionally linking systems of points, lines and landscapes; hybridizing economies with ecologies; and overlapping architecture with planning. This notion of infrastructural systems is intentionally broad, including but not limited to parks, schools, open space, vehicle storage, sewers, roads, transportation, storm water, waste, food systems, recreation, local economies, 'green' infrastructure, fire prevention, markets, landfills, energy-generating facilities, cemeteries, and smart utilities.