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Never Built: Los Angeles’s Never Realized Architecture

Thursday 01.17.2013 , Posted by
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Los Angeles is perhaps most famous for two things: its prolific creation of movies, and its massive urban sprawl. The city is unique for having almost no geographic center, instead being spread between districts like Hollywood and the San Fernando Valley (which are city sized in their own right). Now Los Angeles’s A+D Architecture and Design Museum is asking the question “What if?” What if the area’s many proposed architectural projects from the past had been realized? Never Built explores ideas that were never to be, looking at futuristic projects ranging from ideas for massive public institutions, to cantilevered outdoor recreation spaces and extensive rail-based public transportation. It’s an exciting look at the future that could have been… one that is daring the City of Angels to dream big again.

The research and design for the exhibition is complete and scheduled to open this spring at the museum, but they need your help to make it happen. So far they have the full design and research done (including work from Frank Lloyd Wright, John Lautner, Rudolph Schindler, Frank Gehry and Thom Mayne), but they need help to fund a floor mural, building museum-quality models, a 11-foot tall tower made of 67,000 Legos, and the rights to borrow and mount the materials for the museum space.

The project is well on its way to raising the $40,000 goal set through Kickstarter. As with all Kickstarter projects, they are offering “thank you” gifts to backers, ranging from tickets to the exhibitions opening, to a copy of an upcoming book, Never Built. Learn more about the project and show your support at kickstarter.com.

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Benjamin Starr

Written by Benjamin Starr



Known in some circles as the most amazing man in the universe, he once saved an entire family of muskrats from a sinking, fire engulfed steamboat while recovering from two broken arms relating to a botched no-chute wingsuit landing in North Korea. When not impressing people with his humbling humility, he can be found freelance writing, finding shiny objects on the internet, enjoying the company of much-appreciated friends and living out his nomadic nature. He is Managing Editor of Visual News. Follow his movements on Twitter:

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