This year at Dwell on Design, we'll offer attendees a preview of the much-anticipated exhibition "Never Built: Los Angeles," on view at the A+D Architecture and Design Museum Los Angeles from July 28 through September 29. Through engaging photos, drawings, and other collected ephemera, co-curator Sam Lubell, museum director Tibbie Dunbar, and designer Jenny Myers will explore what Los Angeles might have been, if only some of these pie in the sky ideas had made it past the drawing board. They'll share some of their favorite obscure discoveries, including Olmsted and Bartholomew’s groundbreaking 1930 “Plan for the Los Angeles Region,” which would have increased the amount of green space in the notoriously park-poor city several times over; the Maguire Group’s exciting 1980 plan for Grand Avenue downtown; and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Doheny Ranch, which would have replaced the monotonous suburban housing model with a collection of unique buildings clustered in a landscape of dramatic terraces and ravines. As the trio will illuminate, many of these schemes—each promoting a denser, more connected, more vibrant city—are still relevant today.
If you like what you see and hear at their Dwell on Design panel, you can see much, much more when the exhibition opens later this summer. As the museum's website puts it: "By allowing viewers to see Los Angeles in a new light, "Never Built: Los Angeles" examines what it is about Los Angeles that attracts some of the world’s most creative architects, yet often causes grand architectural schemes to flounder. The exhibition sets the stage for a renewed interest in visionary projects for the future of Los Angeles, challenging the city to think big again."