Virtual City Walks: International Edition
The Los Angeles Conservancy is teaming up with five architecture organizations located in Copenhagen, Chicago, Boston, Prague, and New York City, to bring you virtual glimpses into their cities.
We’ll go beyond the most well-known icons and discover some surprising historic and contemporary buildings. Tour a different city each Saturday morning and meet the architectural experts and local guides who know their cities best.
All tours take place at 9 a.m. Pacific Time.
Copenhagen: Scandinavian Cool
Danish Architecture Center
Join the Danish Architecture Center (DAC) as we virtually explore four of Copenhagen’s most exciting new buildings and public spaces. Often ranked high among the world’s most livable cities, we’ll discover what makes this Nordic capital so special and surprising: sustainability, biking, playgrounds, and a revitalized harborfront. With our DAC Guides, we’ll visit Copenhill, a waste-to-energy power plant topped with an urban ski slope (BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group, 2018); Nørreport Station with parking for 2,500 bicycles (Cobe, 2015); Park ‘n’ Play, the playground/fitness course high atop a parking garage (JAJA Architects, 2016); and BLOX, DAC’s home along the harbor (OMA, 2018).
Tour hosted by DAC guides.
*In light of recently enacted COVID-19 restrictions across Denmark, the Virtual City Walk tour of Copenhagen originally on January 23 must be postponed to a later date. Copenhagen currently remains in this six-city tour package, as we hope restrictions will be listed in time to offer it on Saturday, March 6. If Denmark’s restrictions are still in place in early March, then we will work to find a suitable make-up date in the spring as a one-off tour.
January 30, 2021
Chicago: City of Architecture
Chicago Architecture Center
Chicago is the quintessential city of modern architecture and home to a stunning collection of skyscrapers. Take a stroll around just one block and you’ll discover a century of architectural innovation. Join the Chicago Architecture Center (CAC) for a glimpse inside their tall buildings exhibition before venturing outside for a virtual walk along the Chicago River with CAC Docent Mary Jo Hoag. We’ll visit Aqua Tower (2009, Studio Gang); Trump Tower (Skidmore Owings & Merrill, 2009); AMA Building, formerly IBM Building (Office of Mies van der Rohe, 1971); Marina City (Bertrand Goldberg, 1967); and the famed Tribune Tower (Howells & Hood, 1925) whose international design competition shaped the look of modern cities worldwide.
Tour hosted by CAC docent Mary Jo Hoag.
February 6, 2021
Boston By Foot
Boston has been changing and remaking itself, district by district, since it was founded in 1630. Join guides from Boston By Foot for this virtual tour as they uncover some of the city’s most surprising layers of architectural change. We’ll visit a lively new linear park where an elevated highway once cut through the city. Explore new commercial and residential districts that replaced maritime buildings along the waterfront. And in this city of prestigious universities, we’ll see a new collection of striking academic and research buildings. It’s a glimpse into Boston’s past, present, and future in the making. Sites include Boston City Hall (Kallmann McKinnell & Knowles, 1968), John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse (Pei Cobb Freed & Partners,1999), and the Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building (Mecanoo and Sasaki Associates, 2015).
Tour hosted by Boston By Foot guides.
February 13, 2021
Prague: Old Meets New
Center for Architecture and Metropolitan Planning (CAMP)
In Prague, Renaissance and Baroque landmarks effortlessly shake hands with Modernist, Brutalist, and contemporary architecture. Join the Center for Architecture and Metropolitan Planning (CAMP) architecture critic Adam Gebrian for this virtual exploration into Prague’s surprising layers. We begin at Spork, an 18th century Baroque palace with two radical reconstructions (Josef Gocar, 1920s and Stanislav Fiala, 2017). We’ll visit the Federal Assembly National Museum, originally a stock exchange (Jaroslav Rössler, 1928) and later home to the communist-era parliament. Along the riverfront, explore galleries and cafes tucked inside old circular ice vaults (Petr Janda, 2019). The tour ends at CAMP’s headquarters housed in a modernist cube within the shadow of a Gothic monastery.
Tour hosted by CAMP staff member Adam Gebrian.
New York's SoHo neighborhood (an acronym for South of Houston Street) has a long history of inspiring New York’s creative communities. Today, the same lofts that used to house manufacturing factories in the 1950s are home to photo studios, fashion houses, and art galleries. Join AIA New York I Center for Architecture with Arthur Platt, AIA for this virtual tour focusing on breakthroughs in 19th century building prefabrication, hard-fought preservation campaigns, the adaptation of manufacturing “lofts” into artists’ space, and SoHo’s current allure for luxury dwelling and retail. Tour sites include the Haughwout Building (a cast iron masterpiece by John P. Gaynor and Daniel D. Badger, 1857); the Little Singer Building (Ernest Flagg, 1904); 101 Spring Street (Donald Judd residence and studio, designed by Nicholas Whyte in 1870; renovation by Architecture Research Office, 2010); and XOCO 325 (DDG, 2016), a notable modern intervention approved within the landmark district. At the tour’s end, SoHo’s relevance as a sustainable model for a post-COVID world will be explored.
Tour hosted by Arthur Platt, AIA.
February 27, 2021
Los Angeles: Vintage Cool
Los Angeles Conservancy
Pink hotels and swimming pools. Convertibles and Googie diners. Palm trees and endless freeways. Citrus and celebrities. But Los Angeles’s urban fabric is much richer and more varied than the stereotypes. Throughout its history, LA has encouraged architectural innovation, creative design, and lavish development, creating stunning—if polarizing—results. Discover a different side of Tinseltown as we explore some rebellious icons, including: the Pacific Design Center (Cesar Pelli and Norma Merrick Sklarek, 1975, 1988, 2011); Los Angeles Theatre (S. Charles Lee, S. Tilden Norton, 1931); Bradbury Building (Sumner P. Hunt and George H. Wyman, 1893); and the Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites (John Portman & Associates, 1976).
Tour hosted by LA Conservancy staff members
This six-part series is sponsored by the Association of Architecture Organizations (AAO), in collaboration with program partners: Danish Architecture Center, Chicago Architecture Center, Boston By Foot, CAMP (Center for Architecture and Metropolitan Planning) in Prague, AIA New York/Center for Architecture, and the Los Angeles Conservancy.