SaveLACMA
The Govan/Zumthor plan will give us a new building but leave the collection in the dust.

TAKE ACTION NOW TO SAVE LACMA, THE GREATEST ENCYCLOPEDIC MUSEUM WEST OF THE MISSISSIPPI
Four existing LACMA buildings will be demolish and replace with a single building. But is the current proposal good enough?
We think not.
In fact, after careful study of the available documentation we believe the new building will ultimately destroy LACMA: the institution and collection. Read on to learn why. 
When 'smaller' is just not big enough
and other things we will loose
The Truth about the building size and how much Square Feet we really loose
Govan admins that the proposed building replacing the four buildings slated for demolition is 'slightly smaller,' but that is a gross understatement. Read on see how much space we will truly loose.
We will loose the collections and get 'shows' instead
Hidden in storage, dispersed to satellite locations 
Living on a big footprint and squandering Land
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When transparency is nothing but a catchy phrase
Michael Govan uses the term transparency often. Unfortunately, neither was the process transparent, nor will the project be.
The Project
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The Process
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The Money
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When 'smaller' is TOO small
While Govan admins that the proposed building replacing the four buildings slated for demolition is 'slightly smaller,' this is an understatement so extreme that one could call it NOT TRUE. And while bigger might not always be better, the true reduction in size happening at LACMA threatens the collection: the largest encyclopedic museum west of the Mississippi will have to go mainly into storage or be dispersed to satellite locations. The 'mothership' will be weakened and no longer function like an encyclopedic museum, a collection that takes strength from variety of examples.
When transparency is nothing but a catchy phrase
Michael Govan uses the term transparency often. Unfortunately, neither was the process transparent, nor will the project be.
THE PROCESS:
- Michael Govan selected the architect himself, without public process, without a competition amongst peers.
- Govan and Zumthor are working on the project since 2008, almost exclusively behind closed doors. 
- after over a decade of planing, they are still not ready to release the floor plans to the public, only a "draft site plan" was released. What do they have to hide?
THE BUILDING:
- Govan claims to achieve "transparency" by offering floor to ceiling glass windows on the elevated exhibition area. But curtains will be needed to regulate the light, should they indeed use the area for exhibitions.
- Fences are shown in the technical documents, which were missing from the renderings released around the same time to the wider public.
Standing on shaky grounds: taking on debt and squandering opportunity
Thanks to decades of careful planing and smart decisions, LACMA is currently in a strong financial position. But this will likely change with the construction of the planned building, not because of the steep construction cost, but because:
- The county of LA has not only agreed to pay $125,000,000 of construction and soft cost of the new building but also agreed to up to $350,000,000 in bonds. This debt could proof to high for an institution that is planned to serve the same amount of visitors, and not more in the future and has no expansion options. 
- Operating cost of the museum are likely to increase because spanning Wilshire makes it an easy terrorist target and security needs to control the sites to both sides of Wilshire and the bridge above 24/7.
- The planned square footage could easily be build north of Wilshire only, saving the Spaulding site for a later expansion or for a commercial project that would create additional income to LACMA, supporting the collection and programming. Instead, a financial opportunity is wasted on a museum too small to serve the needs of the collection.


Time to ACT
Do not allow LACMA - the collection and public institution - be destroyed by a flawed plan driven by ego, not necessities. Act now. Speak up now. Here is how:
1. Sign the petition.
2. Call your local council man.
3. Follow us on social media and help spreading the news.