Doug Suisman addressed an audience of German and American architects, planners, and students at the two-day symposium called “re:street.” The public conference, held at Metro headquarters in downtown Los Angeles, served both as an introduction to the new science of streets and as a basis for discussion about the form of the future city. It was jointly organized and hosted by the Bauhaus Universitaet Weimar in Germany and California State Polytechnic University in Pomona.
Students of both universities conducted a hybrid workshop led by faculty members of the Departments of Architecture, Urban and Regional Planning, and Landscape Architecture. The Goethe-Institut Los Angeles will organized and curated an art program that brings artistic positions on the subject matter into the conference. Suisman spoke at the first session, which looked at the urban street as a living environment which, when viewed from various angles, can identify the social, cultural, and economic behavior of its users.