Renewing the Dream:
The Mobility Revolution and the Future of Los Angeles

Tue, Jan 23, 2024

Drawing together original research, design studies, and cultural essays, Renewing the Dream offers the first comprehensive look at the changes remaking the mobility landscape of Southern California—and the opportunities to reappropriate vast tracts of the city for new uses. Edited by James Sanders and produced with the global architecture studio Woods Bagot, this book explores the forces propelling this shift as well as its controversial impact on Los Angeles, as a city once famed for its car-oriented, low-rise landscape is transformed into a more diverse, more dense, more complex place.

JAMES SANDERS, FAIA is an architect, author, and filmmaker.  In 2021, with Ric Burns, he published the new, expanded edition of New York: An Illustrated History, which updated the classic 1999 edition of the book that was the companion volume to the acclaimed 17 ½-hour PBS series "New York: A Documentary Film," directed by Ric Burns and co-written by Burns and Sanders.His landmark study of the city and film, Celluloid Skyline: New York and the Movies, won a Theatre Library Association Award and in 2006 became the basis for a large-scale exhibition in Grand Central Terminal. He has developed architecture, exhibition, and media projects for Regional Plan Association, Howard Hughes Corporation, Andre Balazs Properties, and the Museum of the City of New York, has written for the New Yorker, The New York TimesLos Angeles Times, and Vanity Fair, and has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and an Emmy Award. In 2021 he was elevated to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects, the AIA's highest membership honor.


MATT DUCHARME is Woods Bagot’s Regional Design Director for North America. With degrees in structural engineering as well as architecture, he has led award-winning projects in the U.S. and Australia for civic and mixed-use buildings, towers, performing arts facilities, stadiums, and
master plans. Key projects for Woods Bagot include 447 Collins, Australia’s first mixed-use tower. Matt was instrumental in the development of Renewing the Dream and contributed to the early work on Pump to Plug, an analysis for the transition from fossil fueled cars to electric vehicles. He received his Master of Architecture from the University of Michigan and his Bachelor of Science in structural engineering from the University of Wisconsin.

This program was presented simultaneously online and to a small in-gallery audience, for which the room was darkened. The video begins with brief introductions by Museum Director Carol Willis and by Matt Stephenson, a Principal in the firm Woods Bagot and their New York Studio Chair, followed by illustrated talks by James Sanders and Matt Ducharme, Regional Design Director, Principal, Woods Bagot. A dialogue with Sanders and Ducharme and Q&A follows.