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AIA|LA Mayoral Candidate Forums: What will you ask prospective mayoral candidates?

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As a city, how shall we select our next Mayor? What criteria will we use to analyze their leadership capacity?

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AIA|LA Vice President, Scott Johnson, FAIA, discusses why architects should attend the AIA|LA Mayoral Forums, presented by MATT Construction.

We are continuing our Friday night interviews with the mayoral candidates tomorrow night with Kevin James, asking him questions about his strategies to lead our city into a future that might quite possibly be vastly different than how it is today. What are his aesthetic values? How will he reinforce the value of architecture in today’s civic discourse?

Join us tomorrow to get these questions answered!

To register for the forum, please click on the following:

Friday, March 2 (7pm – 9pm) – Mayoral Candidate Kevin James

Submit questions in advance via our twitter feed, @AIALosAngeles, we will relay them to our moderators, Bill Roschen, FAIA and Christopher Hawthorne!

For more information, please visit AIA|LA’s dedicated webpage

We’d like to discuss:

  • Each mayoral candidate’s specific vision for the future of Los Angeles
  • Mayoral leadership to exert influence on the way other public agencies impact the built environment (LAUSD, METRO, LA County, etc)
  • Mayoral leadership to exert influence on key private sector projects that greatly impact the City of LA
  • The mportance of architecture and design, as it relates to the economic performance of the city
  • The connection between architecture and urbanism (the space in between buildings and how buildings relate to each other)

While Environmental and economic sustainability, resource conversation, enhanced mobility and access, community health, social justice and planning for complete communities are all integral tenets of architecture, the Mayoral Candidate forum is a chance to dig deeper into the philosophy of the candidates. The forum is meant as an opportunity for each candidate to declare their vision for the future of Los Angeles and describe a path for how we get there.

We’d like to ask each mayoral candidate:

  1. Outside of Los Angeles, what is your favorite city and why? What can we learn from that city?
  2. What specific Los Angeles projects or urban environments, built in the last ten years or so, do you especially admire and why?
  3. Who is the steward of the LA built environment?
  4. How would you encourage better design and a broader application of good design in the city?
  5. What responsibility does the private developer have to the public realm of our city?
  6. Should the City of LA have any say about the design of major private developments within its borders? If so, how?
  7. How can the Mayor’s office effectively communicate that design excellence is a requirement for all City of LA projects?
  8. In your opinion, how important is design excellence in making a city such as Los Angeles an attractive destination for visitors?
  9. The closure of the Community Redevelopment Agency leaves a big hole. How will you fill it?
  10. Regarding the built environment, where did the previous mayor fail and how will you succeed?
  11. As Mayor, what will your position be on the following:
    a. The Los Angeles River Revitalization Master Plan
    b. The development of neighborhood parks throughout the city
    c. Comprehensive revision to the Zoning Code
    d. Development Reform
    e. Citywide Urban Design Guidelines
    f. Active Design Guidelines
  12. How can we provide a citywide vision of development, growth, architecture, and urban design within a weak mayoral / strong council system?
  13. How we ensure a high level of design around significant projects, for example Farmers Field and the Convention Center?
  14. With the abrupt sunseting of the CRA, where is the silver lining and how does the City of LA move forward with leadership around planning, land use policy, and design tools that had been part of the make-up of the CRA?
  15. How best to engage communities in the sometimes difficult conversations around density, traffic, and parking?
  16. Would you reflect on the recent successes in NYC around walkability, complete streets, and design excellence under recent mayoral leadership. Is there value for LA in this model?

To register for each forum, please click on the following:

Friday, March 2 (7pm – 9pm) – Mayoral Candidate Kevin James
Friday, March 9 (7pm – 9pm) – Mayoral Candidate Wendy Greuel
Friday, March 16 (7pm – 9pm) – Mayoral Candidate Eric Garcetti

For more information, please visit AIA|LA’s dedicated webpage

Free and open to the public. LIMITED CAPACITY.

Ronald F. Deaton Civic Auditorium
LAPD Police Administration Building
100 West First Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

For more information, please contact:
Will Wright, Hon. AIA|LA
Director, Government & Public Affairs
AIA Los Angeles
3780 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 800
Los Angeles, CA 90010
tel: (213) 639-0764
email: will [@] aialosangeles.org

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