Imagine Los Angeles
Los Angeles, a city historically challenged by water issues, is undergoing a modern infusion of infrastructure investment to secure its position as the Gateway to the Pacific.
Our event explored how the second largest city in the United States is re-shaping its relationships with the Los Angeles River, its ports, and underground aquifer to create a meaningful connection to its water, while enhancing water quality and achieving water security. As we Imagine Los Angeles in 2060, how will an enhanced, equitable and environmentally sensitive relationship with Water propel the city into its position as the American Capital of the Pacific Age?
At Imagine 2060: Imagine LA, local and international experts addressed how Los Angeles is re-shaping its relationships with the LA River, its ports and other resources to ensure the city’s vitality and resiliency in the decades ahead, and Imagine Los Angeles will explore how the City can ensure its role in the global economy while improving the quality of life of its citizens and protecting and enhancing its environment.
Speakers and Panelists
DR. HILDA BLANCO
UWE S. BRANDES
DR. PAUL BUNJE
DR. PATRICK CONDON
DR. RICHARD DROBNICK
DR. KIAN GOH
DR. MARK GOLD
JOHN F. KWANT
DR. MICHAEL MEHAFFY
DR. N. BRUCE PICKERING
EDUARDO PEREZ REYES
DR. SHAN WENHUI
DR. BRIAN D. TAYLOR
DR. JONATHAN WOETZEL
Highlights from the 5th Annual PCSI Forum
The Los Angeles metropolitan region, which is comprised of five adjoining counties, is the second largest city by population in the United States and is one of the world’s largest urban areas. One of the most critically important financial, commercial, industrial and cultural centers in the world, Los Angeles, like other major cities, is experiencing a population explosion as people are drawn to the city for its economic and cultural opportunities. The Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, as well as Los Angeles International Airport, also act as a channel for most of the international trade goods moving to and from the U.S., especially from Asia.
As urbanization continues in Los Angeles, the city is facing new opportunities and challenges to secure a sustainable and environmentally friendly urban future. In the decades ahead, Los Angeles will need to continue to improve accessibility, air quality, and mobility for all. The city’s commitment to redesigning the urban landscape, while investing in technology and transportation, positions it as a shining example of what cities should be doing to ensure their futures.
This year’s Pacific Cities Sustainability Initiative (PCSI) Annual Forum was organized in association with Imagine 2060: Delivering Tomorrow’s Cities Together and examined Los Angeles’ place among the world’s great megacities as an economic and cultural hub, in large part because of its role as a waterfront city. Imagine 2060 is an original three-year global discourse series co-organized by Asia Society and AECOM designed to inspire a new way of delivering the cities of tomorrow.
The Forum brings together experts in urban planning, civil society, the private sector, academia, government, and NGOs from around the U.S., the Asia-Pacific region, and elsewhere for high-level interactive and engaging dialogues to share best practices and explore promising new approaches to developing cities that are liveable, innovative, and vibrant. The Forum is a unique opportunity to think critically, ask questions, share tools, identify new solutions, examine best practices, and build long-lasting partnerships.