Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti

Building Forward LA

LogoBUILDING FORWARD LA is a new initiative that the Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti is launching in partnership with local and national organizations. It supports refreshing and “futurizing” policies and processes that influence how we design and build our city’s buildings. Our aim is to help LA grow to be more sustainable and resilient.

We are seeking input from experts in all fields to create a framework for identifying and prioritizing potential changes to policies and processes. The aim of Building Forward LA is to encourage buildings of all types to integrate advancements and innovations in design, engineering, and construction, and take full advantage of our buildings’ ability to improve our environment.

 

PRESENTED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH

  • The Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti
  • Rebuild by Design
  • American Institute of Architects LA Chapter
  • US Green Building Council - LA
  • Structural Engineers Association of Southern California
  • The Museum of Architecture+Design
  • The Now Institute at UCLA
  • Mayor's Fund for Los Angeles

UPCOMING EVENTS:

July 12 at the A+D Museum, 6:00–8:00 PM – Building for the Future: Final Discussion
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Join us for Building Forward LA's final outreach event, at which City agencies will discuss what they are doing to encourage advanced, sustainable design. Representatives from Building & Safety, Fire, Water & Power, Engineering, Sanitation, and City Planning will be on hand to share their perspectives on the codes, processes and policies that inform our buildings, and the opportunities and challenges they're exploring.

You will hear short presentations from each agency, followed by a moderated discussion and an opportunity for audience Q&A.

We’d like to hear from you! Please submit questions with your RSVP, or bring them with you to the event.

Can’t make the event? Please share your questions and comments.

Past Events:

  • June 15 at the LA Cleantech Incubator - Town Hall Discussion
  • May 24 at the A+D Museum – Town Hall Discussion
  • April 25 at the A+D Museum – Panel Discussion
  • March 23 at the A+D Museum – Kick Off and Knowledge Exchange 

ABOUT BUILDING FORWARD LA

The City of Los Angeles, a member of 100 Resilient Cities, has established bold sustainability and resilience goals in recent years with the release of Resilience by Design and the Sustainable City pLAn. These efforts challenged government, technical experts, property owners, and commercial and residential tenants to come together and find solutions that would help us to meet our sustainability and resilience goals.

Building Forward LA is an initiative that the Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti has launched in partnership with local and national organizations to further the City's efforts to achieve our vision of a truly resilient and sustainable Los Angeles. It supports refreshing and “futurizing” policies and processes that influence how we design and build our city’s buildings. 

Building rules and processes are designed to protect public health, safety and the environment, but they also govern design choices. Even as science, technology, engineering, and architecture innovations advance sustainability, resilience, and creative design goals, existing policies or procedures may make these advancements difficult, time consuming or costly to implement.  

We are seeking input from experts in all fields in order to identify and prioritize potential changes to policies and processes. The aim of Building Forward LA is to encourage buildings of all types to integrate advancements and innovations in design, engineering, and construction, and take full advantage of our buildings’ ability to improve our environment.

Over the course of six months, we will undergo a collaborative research and design process to collectively uncover opportunities to innovate around current building regulations and then apply that understanding to create policy recommendations. These recommendations, developed in conjunction with government and industry stakeholders, will be informed, innovative, and implementable.

For questions, please contact buildingforward@lacity.org

 

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