Re: Sam Hall Kaplan's March 16 column:
The stated purpose of the Los Angeles Prize is to commemorate exemplary achievements in the pursuit of ideas in architecture. It is an international competition, open not only in the architectural profession, but science, engineering, and related artistic and technological disciplines, all of which contribute to what will eventually affect the state of the art of architecture.
As to our chosen inaugural theme, "Visions of Architecture in the Year 2010," what's wrong in trying to see--or foresee--what architects will have to work with in the not-so-distant future? We're already into some of the most important changes in the where, how--and even how long--we live.
What's wrong with planning ahead, which is what architects/planners are trained to do, so as to be in the forefront of architecture in space, under the sea or yes, even here on earth? Does that make architects, and in particular, Los Angeles architects, "spaced out?" Does that make them "irrelevant?"