The Architecture of Transportation - Join the Discussion with Curtis Fentress, FAIA

Last Updated: June 14, 2011

The Architecture of Transportation - Join the Discussion with Curtis Fentress, FAIA

"The Architecture of Transportation" Design Symposium
Presented by Parsons Brinckerhoff
Friday, June 24 (8:30 AM - 5:00 PM)
Los Angeles Convention Center, West Hall

Please CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

On June 24th, as part of the annual AIA|LA Design Conference at Dwell on Design, we are coordinating a series of candid discussions about how to design transportation systems that will support and strengthen healthier, more functional and more livable neighborhoods.

In an effort to inspire advance dialogue, Will Wright reached out to several of the participating speakers to hear their thoughts.

Here is an in-depth response from Curtis Fentress, FAIA, RIBA - Founder, Fentress Architects.

Curtis Fentress, FAIA, RIBA
Founder Fentress Architects

Curtis Fentress, FAIA, RIBA, is an internationally acclaimed architect with a design portfolio totaling over $26 billion in architectural landmarks worldwide. With nearly 52 million square feet and over $13 billion of airport experience, Fentress Architects has been on the forefront of planning and sustainable design for over 30 years, creating some of the world's most admired terminals, including:

  • ICN - "Best Airport Worldwide" for the past six years (ACI)
  • DEN - "America's 4th Favorite Architectural Landmark" (AIA)
  • LAX - Under construction, creating a 21st century Gateway to the World

Fentress has been honored with over 360 awards and accolades for design excellence and innovation. In 2010, the American Institute of Architects selected Curtis Fentress to receive the highest award for public architecture, the Thomas Jefferson Award. He is the eighth in the private sector - and the first airport architect - to be honored with this prestigious award. Fentress was also recognized in 2010 with the top award in the AIA Western Mountain Region, the Silver Medal.

From a regulatory framework, what needs to change so that we can facilitate a transportation system that supports healthier, more functional and more livable neighborhoods?

"Los Angeles' current property zoning is the primary hurdle that must be overcome in today's challenge to create a more functional and more livable neighborhood. Mixed-use developments are the future of sustainable living: they enable people to dramatically reduce their reliance on cars and they are a means of combating the public transportation last mile challenge."

How can we maximize our investment in the next round of transportation improvements?

"To maximize our investment in transportation improvements, change must simultaneously happen on three fronts: behavioral, operational and physical. The concept 'If we build it they will use it' would be a costly catastrophe if there is not parallel behavioral change. If you would like people to abandon the mode of transport they have been using for years, education and incentives must encourage that change. On the operational front, zoning may need to change in order for more integrated mixed use development. And the physical changes, of course, are obvious. You can build the best light rail system in the world, but if it drops people a mile from their destination, the project is a waste. To have a well used transportation system, the process must be well integrated and well planned, from start to finish."

From a global perspective, how far behind/ how far ahead is California?

"I believe the healthiest city is one in which people can get around conveniently on foot, bike or public transportation for the majority of their daily activities. I believe Los Angeles, in particular, has a ways to go to become a truly healthy city."

What is your vision for the year 2050 ? Share a glimpse of a day-in-yuour-life as it relates to your personal mobility.

"In 2050, I envision California will have a completely integrated, affordable, carbon neutral public transportation system that serves anyone, anywhere, at anytime."

Describe one of your more memorable mobility experiences, i.e., a specific bike-ride, walk, train ride, urban hike, road-trip, plain-trip or sea-faring adventure that still resonates even after all these years. What made it special? How can we create equitable opportunities for others to enjoy these types of experiences?

"Last Christmas, I was in Hong Kong for both business and pleasure. Every day, I was impressed with how easily I navigated the city without renting a car. From hotel to business meeting, recreation to dining, I was able to move from one place to another with reasonable speed and convenience. After spending time in a city that has a well integrated, truly multi-modal transportation system, I appreciate the potential for all cities."

Join the Discussion, Share Your Perspective

You're encouraged to share your own perspective with AIA|LA. Answer the following six questions: (or feel free to add your own)

  1. From a regulatory framework, what needs to change so that we can facilitate a transportation system that supports healthier, more functional and more livable neighborhoods?

  2. How can we maximize our investment in the next round of transportation improvements?

  3. From a global perspective, how far behind/ how far ahead is California?

  4. What do you most enjoy right now, when it comes to our current transportation system? What's working well? What's the 'baby' you don't want to throw out with the murky bathwater?

  5. What is your vision for the year 2050? Share a glimpse of a day-in-your life as it relates to your personal mobility.

  6. Describe one of your more memorable mobility experiences, i.e., a specific bike-ride, walk, train ride, urban hike, road-trip, plain-trip or sea-faring adventure that still resonates even after all these years. What made it special? How can we create equitable opportunities for others to enjoy these types of experiences?

The author of the most compelling response will receive a complimentary pass to the "Architecture of Transportation" Design Symposium.

Share your perspective by writing Will Wright at will@aialosangeles.org with "The Architecture of Transportation" in the subject line.

"The Architecture of Transportation" Design Symposium
Friday, June 24 (8:30 AM - 5:00 PM)
Los Angeles Convention Center, West Hall

Please CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

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