Playa Vista began the visioning process for the community master plan after Howard Hughes died in 1976, and it went through many iterations and design teams before the community moved forward in 1989 with what at the time was the largest mixed-use urban infill project in the United States. The original 1,087-acre community plan included more than 13,000 residential units, over 5 million square feet of office and production support space and soundstages, a retail town center, and a marina. What began with Howard Hughes as a birthplace for innovation has now been transformed into a hub for tech and creative Innovation, with YouTube, Yahoo, 72 and Sunny, Facebook, IMAX, Google, ICANN, and USC Creative Technology calling it home.
The tour will include a recap of the project, its challenges over the past 28 years from acquisition to near completion, and what has led to its high-profile success. That will be followed by a tour of the Brickyard Creative Office and the Collective by Tishman Speyer, and finally a tour of Google’s redevelopment of the Spruce Goose hangar by Wayne Ratkovich and his design team.
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