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This new exhibition explores the history of proposed urban innovations that have never been realized in Los Angeles and asks why the city is lacking in architectural innovation.

From the A+D website:

The show looks at visionary works that had the greatest potential to reshape the city, from buildings to master plans, parks to follies and transportation proposals any of which could have transformed both the physical reality and the collective perception of the metropolis. The stories surrounding these projects shed light on a reluctant city whose institutions and infrastructure have often undermined inventive, challenging urban schemes.

Many of these schemes--promoting a denser, more vibrant city--still have relevance today, and many could inspire future projects. The projects beg the question: Why were they never built?

For some background on the exhibition, which runs through Oct. 13, check out Nathan Masters' article on SoCal Focus. The A+D Museum is open Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday-Sunday, noon-6 p.m.