[Re]generative Design for the Los Angeles River
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My proposal for this thesis studio will focus on a section of the Los Angeles River in the heart of downtown Los Angeles. The architectural intervention will be sited on a vacant parcel of land near Union Station, on the west side of the river channel. Here I am proposing an urban river interpretive center, a community gathering space with the focus of river habitat and flood education, and an urban playscape for the city. Its location, near the cultural neighborhoods of Chinatown, El Pueblo, and Little Tokyo allows it to access and celebrate the diverse history and culture of the area. This proposal will also take into account the larger urban context and could potentially become a key link in a network of parks and green-space and an important demonstration site for sustainable water management and multipurpose flood mitigation.