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3rd Mountain by Xinran Ge, Yuki Zhao, and Chinmayi Suri
Student Work M.S. AUD

Fire LA-ND

IDEAS Urban Strategy Studio
2021

Cities evolve quickly. As vast and immovable as they appear they are unbelievably dynamic and alive - and given the developments in technology they are transforming faster than we realize. In many parts of the world, a city today is palpably different than what it was just twenty years ago. Because of this architects have to invent new urban strategies if we want humans and non-humans to fully thrive. The Urban Strategy studio addresses the urgent challenges facing continually shape-shifting cities and envisions new urban environments.

Each year we look at the contemporary city through a chosen lens to gain a new perspective for improving the quality of urban life. This year we are looking at it through the lens of fire. Using Los Angeles as our test site, we are proposing alternative ecologies that acknowledge the threat of repeated mega-fires. Fires along the Wildland-Urban Interface are larger and more intense year after year, not just in California but throughout the world. The studio is designing bio-diverse environments that lessen the damage from fires and expand the outdoor living space of the city.

Organized as part of ArcDR3, an eleven-university initiative dedicated to urban regeneration led by UCLA’s xLAB, the studio’s work will be presented in an international exhibition in Tokyo followed by a major book publication of its collective findings.

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