3rd LA: Pump to Plug Symposium

Friday, December 11, 2020 at 1:00pm to 5:30pm

This is a past event.
Virtual Event

Gas stations have been symbolic of Los Angeles and an incubator for innovative architecture across Southern California for the better part of a century. But as parity between electric and gas-powered vehicles approaches and climate change accelerates, this building type is overdue for reassessment in a number of ways.

Pump to Plug is a unique effort to address the challenges and opportunities posed — in urban, architectural and environmental terms — by the transition to electrified mobility. Teams of architects and landscape architects accepted our challenge to produce forward-looking proposals in three categories: the design of charging stations, the future of gas station sites across L.A., and charging facilities for an electrified long-haul trucking fleet. These proposals will be presented and discussed for the first time at this virtual symposium.

Organized by Christopher Hawthorne, Chief Design Officer for the City of Los Angeles, in collaboration with the 3rd LA public-affairs series at USC's Academy in the Public Square and the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator.

Participating teams:
Abalos + Sentkiewicz AS+
Inaba Williams Architects
MOS Architects
Perkins + Will
Spiegel Aihara Workshop (SAW)
Woods Bagot

The Design of Charging Stations | 1pm – 2:30pm
The Future of Gas Station Sites | 2:45pm – 4:15pm
The Design of Electrified Long-Haul Trucking Depots | 4:30pm – 5:30pm

Join us after lunch at 1pm and plug in and out throughout the afternoon! We will also unveil a newly commissioned set of photographs by Janna Ireland of architecturally significant gas stations across Los Angeles.

Any guest who needs disability-based accommodations should contact thirdla@usc.edu to make the request. Please notify us at least seven days prior to the event. We will work together to make sure that effective accommodations are put in place.

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Dornsife College of Letters, Arts & Sciences


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