Samitaur In the News

January 2002

Culver City Renaissance – Metropolis Magazine

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Ten years ago there was no reason to visit Culver City, a dried-up industrial section of Los Angeles that surely challenged Gertrude Stein’s Oakland for lack of a "there." As Architect Eric Owen Moss says, "There’s that old joke about L.A.: you get off the freeway at the wrong place or you get off at the right place, and it doesn’t make any goddamn difference." But something remarkable has happened to this community in the interim. A line of indiosyncratic buildings-mostly radical reconfigurations of existing warehouses, but recently entirely new large-scale structures-has grown along a diagonal strip that cuts through the neighborhood. Property values in the immediate area have soared 500 percent; every spring and summer thousands of design students come from all over the world to study it.

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