April 5-6 2013

Metro Boardroom
One Gateway Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90012

International Conference by
Bauhaus University Weimar &
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Art Program by Goethe-Institut Los Angeles

The new science of streets

and the form of the future city

The new science of streets

and the form of the future city


The first session looks at the urban street as a living environment, that when viewed from various angles can identify the social, cultural, and economic behavior of its users, its occupants, and its transients. These observations include congregational behavior, new social conditioning based on environmental preservation strategies, and a full sensory experience in a place of social and cultural interaction. Read more


re:engineering the street will address the technical environment of the thoroughfare. This involves aspects of developing an infrastructure with regard to various disciplines and local politics. The session investigates the interplay between policies, urban engineering, vehicular infrastructures, and the occupants. Discussions will revolve around transportation models, policy making, advocacy structures, and their environmental impact. Read more


Following an interest in modalities, session three focuses on the design challenges of local urban environments. It will focus on design autonomy versus design as service, the conditional responsibilities and challenges in the creative development of urban hard- and landscapes, and architectural infrastructures. This session investigates the role of crowd-sourced design strategies, activism, and community interaction with the design environment. Read more


Session four concludes by looking at the future of urban streets, their integration into the larger metropolis, and the roles of (social) media. Re:thinking the street invites a vision towards a networked, fully oscillating, intermodal structure, redefining the street as an infrastructure, social place, and economic resource. Read more


At present, we are experiencing a phase of re-urbanization of the ills of modernism that is encompassing the most important parameters of the city: living, working, mobility, consumption, recreation, entertainment, education, families and not least architecture and urban design.

This is the starting point for the re:street conference: focusing on urban development patterns in Europe and the USA, we offer the hypothesis that the inner cities are the actual urban laboratories for the future of the urban planet! These places have the privilege of being invested with memory, with forces of centrality, density and with capital, innovation and culture.

However, the developments afoot in our inner cities are seldom the product of a clever plan or the work of charismatic master planners – further evidence that the rational modernism of the Bauhaus era is dying. But what remains of the Bauhaus, and is still as contemporary as ever, is the search for a “spirit of the times” and for ways in which technology, society and art can be united in architecture and the city. Cal Poly Pomona, one of two polytechnic State Universities in California and with an emphasis of interdisciplinary teaching is the ideal partner for this effort of relating and integrating multiple professions to face new, contemporary challenges. Read more

The conference took place on 5 and 6 April 2013


The collaborative workshop between Cal Poly Pomona and Bauhaus University Weimar master students of the programs of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Urban and Regional Planning, will explore Los Angeles along 3-4 urban conditions of the city that speak to issues of local saliency. From an investigation into each of these 3-4 conditions (one per day), students will reorganize them to imagine each as a resilient system and potential community.

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