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Issue 1.2

Actualizing

In the fall of 2016, architect Thom Mayne, in conjunction with UCLA’s Now Institute, unveiled a proposal for housing an additional 1.5 million people along the Wilshire Boulevard corridor in Los Angeles.1 Mayne’s pitch was that a corridor of dense urban development could sustainably absorb the region’s expected population growth by 2050 on just 1% of the land surface of Los Angeles County. But this vision did not just rest on architectural drawings. Like an increasing number of architectural proposals, Mayne’s brief leaned heavily on data visualization: graphs, maps, and important numbers in big fonts. This strategy makes sense…