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

Information on the upcoming screening of Broad Minded City

This Thursday (August 1st) Gensler is hosting a screening of Broad Minded City. It will have a Q&A session after the screening which the participants (interviewees & filmmaker) will engage in the conversation of the film. Here is a list of the participants who will be part of the Q&A.

– Eric Lloyd Wright, architect, grandson of Frank Lloyd Wright & father of Lloyd Wright.

– Daniel Skolnick, LA City Planner, former Deputy Planner for former LA Councilmen Tony Cardenas & Dennis Zine.

– Quirino de la Cuesta, Film director.

– Debbie Gloria, architect & LEED AP.

– Louis Wiehle, architect, former apprentice of Frank Lloyd Wright

-Juan Carlos Munoz Hernandez, graffiti artist

-Ken Bernstein, Manager of the Office of Historic Resources and Principal City Planner at the Los Angeles Department of City Planning

– Refugio Ceballos “Cuco”- South Central Farmers Activist

– Kevin Parkhurst & Hannah Wear, husband and wife, associates of Eric Loyd Wright owners of Solar-installation company- Malibu Solar

– Benjamin Ball, co-principal of Ball-Nogues Studio

It will be exciting event and the conversation bring a good dialogue. For your information, it is a work in progress and there will be many hurdles to make this film a full-featured film. Anyone who would like to be part of the audience, many will be Gensler’s employees, will have to notify thru this website by contacting in order for me to let Gensler how many people in my part who will attend.

Quirino de la Cuesta.

Diagram and model of Broadacre City. Courtesy of Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation

Diagram and model of Broadacre City. Courtesy of Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation

Broad Minded City screening event at Gensler’s Los Angeles Downtown office on August 1st, 2013

The short film of Broad Minded City will be screening at the Downtown Los Angeles office of Gensler, a multidisciplinary firm focusing Design, Architecture, Urban Planning / Design and Interior Design. The screening is part of an event created by Gensler as a film series showcasing films related to cities, design, planning and architecture. It is mostly for the people in the firm but it is also open to patrons who are interested in film and design. It will be screening between 5:30- 7:30 pm. It is an honor to be able to present it at the Gensler office which there will be a Q&A sessions towards Broad Minded City.

The screening will take place at 500 South Figueroa Street and parking is available. For more information please contact my email at Please inform how many will be attending the event because there is a limited amount of seating and we don’t any overcrowding in the Gensler’s office space. You could also take the Metro line to Gensler as a alternative way to their office.

For the Q&A session after the screening, I invited some of the interviewees of Broad Minded City to engage in the conversation on the film, Los Angeles, Broadacre City and the current situation for cities besides Los Angeles. There will be more notices in the coming days to inform who will attend the screening event and information.

Stay Tune!

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The Hub Event in Rotterdam

In March 21, 2013, Broad Minded City had the opportunity to screen the short film of Broad Minded City to a group of Dutch architects, urban designers, planners and urban farmers for a dinner event. It was an unusual event where I didn’t have to go to Rotterdam, The Netherlands and presented myself in front of the group. It was done in a Skype chat, where I introduced myself prior to screening it by uploading the short film to Vimeo. After I introduced myself, they viewed the short film for about an hour and a half.

Once they were done, they came to a dinner table where the chef of the event prepared a good looking setup of dishes and flowers, created by Maidie van den Bos who is also an architect. During the dinner sessions where everyone was eating except for me asked questions about the film. They asked questions which were interesting in itself and was able to answer. I mentioned to them they were the first group of people for an event to see it fir the very first time.

While the short film was already presented, by far in no means that it is done. All along this documentary will be a full-feature documentary, which will hopefully be screening in film festivals, get distribution and theatrical release.

Right now, here are some photos of the HUB dinner session event. I would like to thank Gilbert de Nijs for organizing the event and allowing me to screen it for the first time.


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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?


Broad Minded City Trailer notes

This is the trailer for the documentary “Broad Minded City”. It has taken awhile but it is worth the wait and it has officially gone public (viral). The hope is to gain attention that will foster support and backing. It a project that was labor intensive and a journey that will bring a different approach towards Urban Planning, Design and Architecture in film and ideas to the future.

I would like to thank everyone who has been involved since the beginning and will continue in every faceted part of the process in turning this a full-length feature film. Below is the list of people who has been an integral part of this project:

Also, I would like to thanks the band Swim Party for allow us to use their music, Sun and Sprawl, in the trailer. They are from San Diego and found this song to be appropriate to the trailer.

There will be up coming video clips in the near future and will update any events that will concur to the documentary. Please stay tune!

Quirino de la Cuesta