First, can we briefly give it up for the History Channel? They’ve managed to orchestrate a full-on design competition, on television, with national attention and big old sponsors like I to the B to the M. “The City of the Future” pits three cities, envisioned by three architects, against each other. Voting for one city over another seems like comparing apples and, um, watermelons, but the proposals are intriguing. Cast your vote for NY/ARO: Architecture Research Office, Chicago/Urban Lab, or LA/Eric Owen Moss Architects. Daniel Libeskind presides over the whole thing as a host/juror kind of thing.
Now, on behalf of the entire city of Los Angeles, a few words about LA:
Los Angeles, City of the Future. Sounds good, doesn’t it? It sounds good because it feels good. And it feels good because LA is already home to one city of the future. That city is called Tomorrowland. And since LA is already home to Tomorrowland, why shouldn’t LA be the home to all cities of the future? LA: Land of Tomorrow, City of the Future. Paid for by UnBeige Editors for Los Angeles, City of the Future.
Steve has been allotted equal time to argue for his fair city of Chicago. If someone would like to campaign for the obvious underdog, New York, UnBeige welcomes your counterpoint.