On Monday, April 8, 2019, Fast Company released the projects and concepts selected in its third annual World Changing Ideas program. The contest, which focuses on ideas aimed at bettering both society and the planet, named SUPERSPACE’s MORE LA study as both a Finalist in the “Spaces, Places and Cities” category and an Honorable Mention in “AI and Data.” The research focuses on how areas of Los Angeles, shaped mostly by vehicle ownership, can transform underutilized parking into places.
Using the advanced data capabilities of the group, the MORE LA study explores the potential repurposing of surface parking lots found across the metropolitan area. The report precisely maps the amount of surface area given over to parking in the core of the Los Angeles metropolitan area—over 25.4 square miles, or more than the entire size of Manhattan. Ultimately, the effort leads to an extraordinary conclusion: that the Los Angeles region could accommodate at least from 750,000 to 1.5 million new inhabitants if its surface parking were substantially unlocked for more valuable purposes (thus underscoring the first and most obvious sense of its name, “MORE LA”).
According to Fast Company, the magazine drew nearly 2,000 submissions across 17 categories from around the world. Its reporters and editor created lists of honorable mentions and finalists which were then presented to a 31-person panel of judges with diverse backgrounds in technology, business, sustainability, transportation and other areas of expertise.