DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES – Architecture wonks, urban planning enthusiasts and Los Angeles history nerds have some 600 new reasons to sit enthralled in front of a computer.
That’s because the Southern California Institute of Architecture today launched a massive new online media archive of lectures recorded at the school since 1974. It includes some 600 videos that span more than 3,000 catalogued topics and more than 1,000 hours of footage.
Organized by speaker, year or topic, videos include talks like a 1979 spiel by Frank Gehry that covers Santa Monica Place and a renovation of his home. Or you can listen to a bow-tied David Hockney discuss a documentary project while he intermittently smokes a cigarette at the podium.
There’s even a set of videos on the topic of Downtown Los Angeles, including a 2002 panel discussion with developer Tom Gilmore, City Councilwoman Jan Perry, former developer Dan Rosenfeld and SCI-Arc director Eric Owen Moss envisioning the Downtown of the future, er, today.
The school will host a public reception on Sept. 28 starting at 7 p.m. to celebrate the launch of the site, which was funded by grants from The Getty Foundation as part of the Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture initiative. Additional support was provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.
More information at sciarc.edu.