This lecture discussed the rise and fall and rise again of infrastructure—this time privately produced—and its promise for architecture's return to agency in cities.
Roger Sherman, AIA, is principal of Roger Sherman Architecture and Urban Design in Los Angeles. His work has been featured on CNN, Newsweek,Fast Company and Metropolis. His Duck-and-Cover and Playa Rosa projects were exhibited at the 2009 International Architecture Biennale in Rotterdam and the 2010 Venice Biennale, respectively. He is currently at work on the design of Providencia, a new town in the Ecuadorian Amazon and HYPO-PARK, a new high-density prototype of urban public space.
Sherman is also co-director of cityLAB, an urban thinktank at UCLA, where he is also adjunct professor. He is the author of several books, includingLA Under the Influence: the Hidden Logic of Urban Property (Univ. of Minn., 2011) and Re: American Dream: New Housing Prototypes for Los Angeles (Princeton Arch'l Press), and co-editor, with Dana Cuff, of Fast Forward Urbanism: Rethinking Architecture's Engagement with the City(Princeton Architectural Press, 2011). Sherman has taught and lectured widely, including at Zocalo Public Square and New York's Museum of Modern Art.