Renewing the Dream: The Mobility Revolution and the Future of Los Angeles

California, once the epitome of car culture, is now leading the green movement, transitioning away from the internal combustion engine and to some extent the car—and having to rethink how we live, as this extraordinary urban planning manifesto explores.

Drawing together original research, design studies, and cultural essays, Renewing the Dream offers the first comprehensive look at the changes remaking the mobility landscape of Southern California—and the opportunities to reappropriate vast tracts of the city for new uses. Edited by James Sanders and produced with the global architecture studio Woods Bagot, this book explores the forces propelling this shift as well as its controversial impact on Los Angeles, as a city once famed for its car-oriented, low-rise landscape is transformed into a more diverse, more dense, more complex place.

This many-sided portrait offers essays by a distinguished group of writers, designs for the city’s future, and studies of how the new mobility might allow areas now dedicated to parking and gas stations to be reimagined. Rounding out its portrait are historic photographs, maps, Hollywood images, and the artwork of David Hockney, Catherine Opie, Ed Ruscha, Wayne Thiebaud, Carlos Almaraz, and stills from La La Land to Chinatown. The book is a thought piece on the future of American cities, with lessons that will carry resonance all around the globe.

About The Author

James Sanders, FAIA, is an architect, author, and co-writer with Ric Burns on the PBS series New York: A Documentary Film. Nik Karalis, CEO of Woods Bagot, possesses a diverse portfolio of civic, architectural, and interior projects. Frances Anderton is a curator, public speaker, and writer on architecture and design. Eric Avila is Professor of History, Chicana/o Studies and Urban Planning at UCLA. Greg Lindsay is an author and contributing writer for Fast Company. Michael Manville is associate professor of urban affairs at UCLA. Donald Shoup, FAICP, is Distinguished Research Professor of Urban Planning at UCLA. Mark Valliantos is a policy expert based in LA.

  • Publish Date: September 12, 2023
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Category: Architecture - Urban & Land Use Planning
  • Publisher: Rizzoli Electa
  • Trim Size: 10 x 11
  • Pages: 260
  • US Price: $80.00
  • CDN Price: $110.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-8478-7329-6


"Glossily illustrated, lucidly written, and thoroughly reported, [Renewing the Dream: The Mobility Revolution and the Future of Los Angeles] makes an argument that is simple yet — pardon the expression — seismic...a catalogue of specifics elegantly laid out by the New York architect and writer James Sanders [with a] collection of essays by Sanders, Nik Karalis, Frances Anderton, Donald Shoup, and Mark Vallianatos, plus interviews, paintings, photographs, sketches, and renderings... making the case that L.A. is finally ready to give up on the failed strategy it has clung to for so long." — Justin Davidson, Curbed/New York Magazine
"Renewing the Dream paints the portrait of a city whose history—and future—is intrinsically linked to that of urban mobility." — Fast Company

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