Architect Michael Rotondi Interview clip – Broad Minded City

L.A Architect Michael Rotondi, a founding student and current Distinguished Faculty Member of SCI-Arc and principal at RoTo Architecture, speaks about his experiences and growth in Los Angeles.

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Ken Bernstein Interview Clip

Los Angeles Principal City Planner and Director for the Office of Historic Resources for Los Angeles City Planning Department, Ken Bernstein talks about the significance of Frank Lloyd Wright’s influence in Los Angeles and how it influenced other architects to be innovative and creative during a time that Los Angeles was relatively young.

“The architect should strive continually to simplify; the ensemble of the rooms should then be carefully considered that comfort and utility may go hand in hand with beauty.”

Frank Lloyd Wright, 1908

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Miriam Fogler talking about city government issues on Planning and Land-Use

The civic-minded community activist, Miriam Fogler, sits down at the Van Nuys Civic Center in Van Nuys, California to talk about hers concerns on city government decisions, especially when they vote on issues pertaining to a specific area or neighborhood in which they have no insight or personal investment, This occurs often in areas that have less representatives, like the San Fernando Valley and South Los Angeles.

What Miriam wants is to have a video conference or Skype technology in the Van Nuys Government Center in order to communicate with Los Angeles City Council downtown. This would serve to better represent the stakeholders who work, live and own in the San Fernando Valley, when they can’t travel to City Hall in downtown Los Angeles.

“Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.”

- Jane Jacobs, The Death and Life of Great American Cities

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Screening event at Wright Organic Resource Center for Broad Minded City

If anyone in the Los Angeles area or in Southern California, a short film of Broad Minded City will be screening today (June 8th) at the Wright Organic Resource Center  in Malibu to celebrate the birthday of Architect Frank Lloyd Wright who will be 146 years old. If anyone is interested in attending the event, it will start from 1:00 pm till 5:00 pm. The actual screening will take place at 3:30 pm.

Here is the link to the event here

This is the first screening in Los Angeles and excited that Eric Lloyd Wright & associates is able to invite me to screen it. Hope some of you will be able to make it for the event.

Quirino de la Cuesta

 

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Short Film coming up in the future

I’m truly sorry for the inconsistency of posting the Broad Minded City’s website. I have been working hard in getting a venue, putting together a short film and making short clips. I will make a habit to post frequently and update the latest on Broad Minded City.

Right now, talks are in the process of screening at different cities, but not Los Angeles. I would like to thank Archinect in posting the ad on the internet. It brought attention and some response, one of them is from Rotterdam. I’m looking forward in the coming months because there will be more media and important updates relating to Broad Minded City.

P1000366 broadacreTwo images showing two different cities, Broadacre City (bottom) and today’s urban sprawl (top). Are they similar or unrelated?

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