Never Built: Los Angeles

  • 22 Dec 2012
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  • Exhibition

Never Built: Los Angeles will present a thorough compendium of projects by some of the worlds most celebrated architects that never made it past the drawing board. After two years of extensive research, countless untold stories and hundreds of beautiful designs – many promoting a denser, more vibrant – have been unearthed. Co-curated Sam Lubell and Greg Goldin and designed by Clive Wilkinson Architects, Never Built: will present the most visionary designs that had the greatest potential of reshaping the city and question why they were never built. Forgotten, yet innovative projects from Frank Lloyd Wright, John Lautner, Rudolph Schindler, Frank Gehry, Thom Mayne, and more, will be presented.

The research and exhibition design is complete. However, they need your (tax deductible) donations to help make Never Built: Los Angeles a reality. Learn more and support the exhibition on Kickstarter!

The exhibition plans to open this spring at Los Angeles’s A+D Architecture and Design Museum.

Frank Lloyd Wright, Huntington Hartford Athletic Club, 1947 (Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation)
Cite: Rosenfield, Karissa. "Never Built: Los Angeles" 22 Dec 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 22 May 2015. <>
  • Fabio

    it’s a very interesting project to show into a museum. I’d like to see something similar for other cities.

    • Mario

      Never built in LAX aged something like 200 years or so…could you imagine how many dreams belongs to Rome?

      • Fabio

        I imagine Venice with the hospital of Le Corbusier, the building by Wright along the Canal Grande and the ship terminal designed by Gehry at the Marco Polo airport!
        for Rome? now i’d like to see the Sport city of Calatrava arrive to an end of the works… instead i think the finish of the complex is very very far.

      • mario clima

        As usual here, unfortunately. Maybe long processes brings better things…but I’m not so sure.
        Anyway, I believe that here in Rome we mainly need better housing objects for better life quality. Don’t forget the city counts something like 3 million of inhabitants…..

    • Nathan

      Perhaps but LA is very special in this regard. Unlike so many other cities, LA lacks civic monumentality. Its “The City where dreams go to die,” for so many reasons, architecture surprisingly chief among them. LA has excellent examples of domestic architecture and even some major projects like the Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Theme Restaurant at LAX. But it will forever lack a cohesive urban plan that will lend it an aesthetic.