New Year, 2014

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Danza march for the Ceanothus LA Flower Festival and Parade at the LA Cornfield, Downtown Los Angeles., CA.

As 2014 begins and the lessons that were learned in 2013 in working on the Documentary, there has been diagrammatical shift on the attention of civic and public realm in cities like Los Angeles and the rest of the modern matrix of cities which presents itself towards the future with an emphasis on reimagining and revitalize neighborhoods in cities. The opportunity to present the work-in-progress film to 3 different events in 2013 shows that there is an interest in urban and civic planning and design and a need for civic engagement to improve and move to a direction that can be unprecedented.

Mr. Christopher Hawthorne, the Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic, wrote a column before the end of 2013 about the new identity taking shape by reviewing or reintroducing the LA River as an integral part in the fabric of LA and how a generation of Angelenos are instead using public transportation and bicycles. He states “Los Angeles is no longer in the business of building freeways or stand-alone houses”, meaning that Los Angeles is moving from a auto-centric to a multi-modal culture where residents are choosing different ways of experiencing the city and its neighborhoods, how things are changing where there will be an emphasis in rebuilding better streetscapes safer for pedestrians and bicyclist.

It also reintroduced the concept of Frank Lloyd Wright’s urban model Broad Acre City into Los Angeles consciousness about integrating nature into the built environment. While it may not be totally convincing, the fact is that parts of Los Angeles are trying to bring greenbelt or greenways into former rail line easements, and the mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti, is promoting the “Great Streets Initiative” where the focus is along street corridors in improving the street life by installing streetlights for pedestrians, park benches or trees/landscaping.

But the main concern is whether Los Angeles can move forward with a tight budget, residents/stakeholders are willing to vote & approved city measures that will taxed its citizens in accelerating of building better public transportation or believing to finance in rebuilding the LA River. And what about the roles architects and designers should be doing or acknowledging beside overseeing or projecting their concepts into a civic/public realm? What about architects and designers knowing about urban planning in their own neighborhoods that would bring a policy in making their area more attractive or create an identity that is different from its neighbors? What about public input?

We are now living in the most interesting time of this era where questions and concerns about the future of mankind is in jeopardy or in crisis, where global warming, population growth, and quality of life has been addressed. Sometimes when we think globally, we should act locally. With technology playing an important role on how we are going to live in the near future, with smartphones, automation, robotics, informational technology and surveillance in a globalize economy, it a dawn of a new universe. It is the New Technological Age of the 21st Century.

As a personal note, this endeavor has been taken a toll and has fought the validity in this gesture on architecture, design and cities. The only hope right now is to complete and let it stand for what it is worth. I would like to thank the people involve who help me stir in the right direction or who commented how important and relevant to today’s climate. I promise last year I would do more posting in the Broad Minded City website, which didn’t materialized but it’s a new year and starting fresh. There will be more clips, interview and upcoming events. I’ll promise that!



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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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


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