Future Histories: Los Angeles’s Film Industry by Morgane Copp & Wei Qiu

Future Histories: Los Angeles’s Film Industry by Morgane Copp & Wei Qiu

Developed within the context of UCLA, the project at hand speculates on the future of abandoned movie studios in Los Angeles, while challenging present norms and assumptions of historic preservation and adaptive reuse. By flipping the figure ground of the Warner Brothers Studio, in essence removing the roof of the obsolete sound stages, and building program in between these containers – we imagined a new urban fabric.

One in which the interiority of sound stages are turned into large open themed courtyards; each curated with remnants of film making techniques, equipment and set designs. Ultimately, the outcome is a maze-like scenario, walking from one world into another through portals – in essence simulating a cinematographic experience.

With “Future Histories: LA’s Film Industry,” Morgane Copp and Wei Qiu (both MArch ‘22) speculate on the future of abandoned sound stage typologies of movie studios in Los Angeles due to the emerging technologies for digital scene-making, which will eventually render the currently required physical spaces obsolete.

Instead of imagining a clean slate to exercise yet another version of tabula rasa towards a generic urban patterning, the project, very conscious of resource scarcity of our moment, speculates on an alternative form of urbanism that challenges present norms and assumptions of zoning, historic preservation, adaptive reuse, landscape, public space, urbanism and architecture as they are broadly practiced.

By flipping the figure ground, in essence removing the roof of the obsolete sound stages, and building program in between these containers, Copp and Qiu imagine a new urban fabric.