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TALK: Democracy and Design Forum in L.A., May 28

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How can a city be both democratic and beautiful? Is an inclusive planning process inherently at odds with excellent urban design and architecture? Or is it possible for public process to support great architecture and great urbanism? Most importantly, how is this tension playing out in Los Angeles and San Francisco, two of the great West Coast cities?

The Westside Urban Forum <;, the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association <;, and the American Institute of Architects <; in welcoming Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic Christopher Hawthorne, San Francisco Chronicle Architecture and Urban Design Columnist John King, and moderator David Abel, publisher of The Planning Report for a frank and fascinating exploration of this topic.

Wine and cheese will be served.
Business attire.

This event is the second installment of the SF-LA “Open Dialogue” series, bringing together leaders from both cities to learn from one another’s experience and raise the level of discourse on key issues affecting California’s urban future. It has been made possible through the generous support of the David Bohnett Foundation, Wilson Meany Sullivan, HOK and Allen Matkins.

Location & Time
A+D Museum
5900 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Wednesday, May 28, 2008
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Registration & Pricing
WUF, SPUR, AIA, A+D Members: $20
Non-members: $30
Students: $10

Online Registration at:

For more information:
Contact: Christyne Buteyn
Phone: 310-322-1520


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