Smout Allen

#LATBD at USC Libraries

#LATBD at the Treasure Room, USC Libraries, Los Angeles, Oct 15 2015 - Jan 31 2016.

For the 2015 USC Libraries Discovery Fellowship, architecture and design writer Geoff Manaugh, in collaboration with Smout Allen developed L.A.T.B.D., an installation for the University of South California exploring diverse narrative futures for the city of Los Angeles. Incorporating elements of speculative fiction, game design, and a series of 3D urban models, L.A.T.B.D. depicts hypothetical future moments in this unrealized Los Angeles to come.  

The project’s ultimate goal is to reveal some of the key forces that helped to shape Los Angeles, from its coastal ecologies to the rise (and future fate) of the city’s freeway system, from the region’s outsized role in the history of global astronomy to L.A.’s complex array of alternative religions. L.A.T.B.D. will allow exhibition visitors to look years, decades, even centuries into the future and generate their own unique visions of a Los Angeles yet to be determined.

Photos of the L.A.T.B.D. installation by Stonehouse Photographic.

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