Future Traditions of Nature: Bonaventure 2076

SP. 20

ARCH 793B: Architecture Directed Design Research

Instructor: Amy Murphy

“Postmodernism is what you have when the modernization process is complete and nature is gone for good.” –Fredric Jameson

Every piece of architecture registers the designer’s attitude towards nature – whether the designer is conscious of his/her attitude or not. Working in this technologically-centric, politically-bankrupt, and ecologically-challenged age, architects can no longer remain neutral. Through redesigning John Portman’s Bonaventure Hotel in downtown Los Angeles for its centennial year of 2076, each student will not only develop their own attitude regarding architecture’s future relationship with nature, but also its ideal relationship to our future city itself.


Minehli Petrossian, M.Arch+2 ’20

Class of 2020 M.Arch Outstanding Directed Design Research Award