Los Angeles, February 2009–The Department of Architecture at Woodbury University held recently its Valley Summit II—”Designing the SFV”, and Doug Suisman was invited to discuss the urban history and form of the San Fernando Valley. The conference brought together a group of scholars and community design experts who presented strategies on how residents and officials might begin to understand and, potentially, augment the 345 square miles that constitute the San Fernando Valley. The Valley epitomizes suburban sprawl, but surprisingly little scholarship exits about its architecture and urban design. The event was seen as a first step in that direction, and was well attended by faculty, students and practitioners.
February 15, 2009