Future of Work: DTLA


In a 3-year collaborative effort between cityLAB + Gensler Los Angeles, the Future of Work project evokes a new conversation about the future of office work, office buildings, and their impacts on downtown Los Angeles.

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This investigation takes place during an era of urban resurgence in the city and increased mobility in contemporary life. Office work in Los Angeles has been sheltered by multiple versions of the mono-functional office building, both high and low-rise, situated within many different settings; from the office parks and low-rise industrial buildings of the San Fernando and San Gabriel Valleys, to the landscape of logistics that is the Port of Los Angles, to the autotopia of Century City, to the creative offices spaces of the Westside, and to work-live spaces in a re-imagined downtown. The variety of Los Angeles’s office landscape is the result of decades of architectural experimentation, and, according to some boosters, has contributed to its resilience to broad economic change.

Student Projects


Open Expo

Slip City

Urban Desk

Project Type:    research, design
Participants:    Gensler LA
Timeline:    2012-15
Themes:    postsuburban city
Volume 1:  How We Got Here

Volume 1:

How We Got Here

Volume 2:  Re-Wiring Work

Volume 2:

Re-Wiring Work