10 Visions Of The Los Angeles That Could Have Been

10 Visions Of The Los Angeles That Could Have Been


Los Angeles isn’t generally famous for its innovative urban design. But there have been many attempts to transform the city into a modern metropolis through visionary architecture and transportation projects. In their exhibition Never Built: Los Angeles, the Architecture and Design Museum is showing off the coolest of what might have been.

Frank Lloyd Wright Huntington Hartford Sports Club, 1947


Picture: Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation

B+U Downey Office Building, 2009


Picture: B+U Architects

Goodell Monorail, 1963


Picture: Courtesy Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Research Library and Archive


John Lautner Griffith Park Nature centre 1972


Picture: Getty Research Institute

KiribatiKelker & DeLeuw Subway Plan, 1925


Picture: Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Research Library and Archive


Lloyd Wright Civic centre Plan, 1925


Picture: Eric Lloyd Wright

OMA LACMA proposal, 2001


Picture: OMA


Pereira and Luckman, LAX original Plan, 1952


Picture: LAWA Flight Path Learning Center


Santa Monica Offshore Freeway, 1965


Picture: City of Santa Monica


William H. Evans, Tower Of Civilisation, 1939


Picture: Huntington LIbrary


Never Built: Los Angeles will be on view from July 13 – September 29. [via Untapped Cities]