The Mediated City Los Angeles Conference
Wednesday, October 01, 2014,
Burbank, CA - Woodbury University campus: 7500 N. Glenoaks Blvd.
The Mediated City Los Angeles Conference 

Officially endorsed by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti – is the second part of a two-stage gathering that began at London’s Ravensbourne University earlier this year. Marking the 50th anniversary of Marshall McLuhan’s book Understanding Media, the event will bring together leading intellectuals and practitioners from various disciplines to explore how their work, ideas and practices complement and inform each other.  Among those in attendance: architects, urban designers, filmmakers, animators, theorists, academics, artists, web designers and programmers. The conference was organized by Woodbury University in collaboration with Architecture_MPS and its Amps Journal.

Shaping the agenda will be some 40 presentations – culled from more than 100 abstracts submitted—and 22 guest speakers from around the globe.  The conference will welcome theoretical examinations of the cinematic city; practical debates on the architect’s role in filmic production; conversations on the use of apps to navigate “metropolis”; considerations on the simulation of the urban environment; debates about the nature of the “virtual” building; and discussions on the digital mapping of the world by companies like Google – and much more.

Among the speakers:
Mike Gatto – Member of the California State Assembly, 43rd District
Wil Cashen – Chairman, Tesla Foundation Group
Frances Anderton – Host, “DNA” on KCRW-FM
Eames Demetrios – Charles Eames Historian and filmmaker
Paul Debevec – Chief Visual Officer, Institute for Creative Technologies, USC
Dr. Richard Jackson – Chair, Environmental Health Science, UCLA
Mia Lehrer -  Landscape architect, Los Angeles River revitalization projects
Mear One -  Street mural artist
Marc Cucco – Gensler
Joe Flores – Public Information Officer, Burbank Water and Power

Select abstracts and conference presentations will be published online and in print.