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Thursday and Friday, May 30–31, 2013
10:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Museum Lecture Hall, The Getty Center

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Building / Shulman
During the 20th century, Los Angeles rapidly evolved into a vibrant urban laboratory for architectural innovation. With the support of enlightened patrons, visionary planners and architects were able to realize bold concepts. In doing so, they transformed the region in complex ways and, at times, introduced controversial new dimensions.

This two-day symposium will analyze and debate diverse issues related to L.A.'s layered architectural history, its ongoing evolution, and its future possibilities. An engaging blend of lectures, conversations, short films, and performances will explore four themes: Architectural Discourse, Professional Practice, L.A.'s Layered Built Environment, and Artistic Interpretations of L.A.

Participants include architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne (Los Angeles Times); journalist Kevin Roderick (LA Observed); architects Eric Owen Moss and David C. Martin; developers Frederick and Laurie Samitaur Smith; landscape architect Mia Lehrer; former vice president of public relations for Welton Becket & Associates, Martin Brower; artists Peter Alexander, Judy Fiskin, John Humble, Michael Light, Don Normark, and Tim Street-Porter; filmmakers Allison Anders and Thom Andersen; scholars Anthony Vidler (Cooper Union), Eric Avila (UCLA) and Cathy Gudis (UC Riverside); institutional historians Mark Langill (Los Angeles Dodgers) and Matthew W. Roth (Automobile Club of Southern California); business owner Hugh Milstein (DigitalFusion); and film historian and archivist Marc Wanamaker.

This symposium is part of the programming for Overdrive: L.A. Constructs the Future 1940–1990, on view at the J. Paul Getty Museum from April 9 to July 20, 2013.