During the Fall of 1994, the Forum sponsored “Civic Innovations” an open design competition which seeks to influence the design of modest elements found on every street throughout Los Angeles. Competition categories include bus shelters, street lighting, public restrooms in public parks, and an information stand for newspapers, community identity signs, bus signage, trash receptacles, telephones, etc. Entries were judged by a jury which included several city representatives, an artist, architects, a graphics designer, etc.

An exhibition of selected design proposals was to be held at the Bridge Gallery in Los Angeles City Hall and then traveled to UCLA Extension’s Design Center in Santa Monica.



1. City lighting pole or system
2. restroom in public park or plaza
3. bus bench / shelter
4. “information stand”


$1000 1st Place
$500 2nd Place


Chris Burden, Artist
Jackie Goldberg, City Councilwoman, 13th District, City of Los Angeles
Craig Hodgetts, Hodgetts + Fung Design Associates
Bill Holland, City Architect, Department of Public Works, City of Los Angeles
Pat Oliver, Chair, Environmental Design, Art Center College of Design
Deborah Sussman, Graphic Designer, Sussman Prejza
Richard Weinstein, School of Arts and Architecture, UCLA
Mark Wingrond, Community Development Director, Culver City
Mehrdad Yazdani, Dworsky Associates


This is an open, single stage, international design competition. All designers, architect, artists, engineers, students, and other interested parties are fully eligible for participation in this competition. Faculty members may sponsor more than one competition entry, but each requires a separate entry form and fee. All design competition processes will be accomplished without regard to race, gender, creed, nationality or sexual orientation.
Members of the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design are ineligible to participate in this competition.

Entry Fees / Registration:

To register, send name, address, phone/fax/email numbers, (copy of valid) student ID, and appropriate registration fee (check or money order) to:

These competition is funded in part by grants from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, Los Angles Music and Performing Arts Commission, and the California Arts Council. The Forum also thanks the General Services Department of the City of Los Angeles, UCLA Extension’s Architecture, Interior and Environmental Design Programs, and the Forum’s members.

We thank the following organizations for their participation:
AIA / L.A. Urban Design Committee, AIA / L.A. Young Architects Forum, American Institute of Graphic Artists / L.A. Chapter, Architects Designers and Planners for Social Responsibility, Association for Women in Architecture, California Council of Architectural Education, Design Professionals Coalition, General Services Department and The Department of Public Works of the City of Los Angeles, L.A. Section of the American Planning Association, L.A. Section of the Southern California Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects, National Organization of Minority Architects / L.A. Chapter, Society of Architectural Historians, Southern California Chapter, Structural Engineers Association of Southern California, Urban Design Advisory Coalition