Enclosed are interviews, notes, responses, and reflections from the first six months of 2020. They are an appendix indicative of the rapidly changing nature of architecture and urban design and are a reminder of what we should sit with, embrace, and acknowledge as the warp speed shift of “now” carries us to another reality. As we read them, these texts are filtered through the simultaneous crises of social and racial injustice, a public health and well-being disaster, and climate chaos. The voices included here ask about the extent to which our efforts as designers are compromised by institutionalized presumption. They posit that times of crises can reveal real opportunities for radical interpretation, adaptation, and transformation, and they remind us about the prospect of a built environment in service to all of humanity.
The Summer 2020 Newsletter includes the following phrases below. They were harvested out of these enclosed texts, and they begin to focus a commentary around the many disparate exigencies facing us so far in 2020. They also begin to describe an expanded toolkit for collaboration, data collection, resistance, commitment, and service in 2020 L.A. and the burgeoning decade beyond.
In our first all-digital Newsletter, a response to these commitments and calls will continue to evolve online over the next eight weeks.
Mitchell De Jarnett, Nina Briggs and Wendy Gilmartin, Editors
This publication is made possible in part by a grant from City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.