Archinect - Features 2014-10-23T09:08:01-04:00 http://archinect.com/features/article/80085213/student-works-building-soft-takes-on-the-l-a-river-s-infrastructure Student Works: Building Soft takes on the L.A. River's infrastructure Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-08-23T21:30:00-04:00 >2013-08-30T18:51:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fu/funuz1l0icjb0tqe.jpg" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> SWA&rsquo;s <em>Summer Student Program</em> challenges students to reconfigure established systems of infrastructure and landscape, adapting regional developments within a preexisting cultural environment. In its fifth year, the program has dealt mostly with California&rsquo;s diverse terrain, and now turns its focus to the bedraggled yet beloved Los Angeles River. Seven students from universities worldwide join SWA for four weeks of on-site practice, followed by five weeks of internship in an SWA studio.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/2041367/what-is-a-park-landscape-or-infrastructure What is a Park - Landscape or Infrastructure Nam Henderson 2011-04-07T00:13:00-04:00 >2014-08-11T05:19:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kx/kx4l0rm9z4p6eoez.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> How can a park be designed to serve as infrastructure(s)? Thinking not in terms of metaphor alone. But rather a park as the architecture for numerous designed outcomes. Park as infrastructure, means park as platform not only designed object/scape. From a singular tool to multivalent toolkit. It is important in such discussion to think of the less immediate impact. Of social design, the design of relationships. Such a platform-as toolkit-may result from more efficient, and stack(ed) programming. Thus maximizing urban spaces, suburban spaces, available spaces, that are under-performing. In essence, we should think about the best ways to maximize our various infrastructural corridors: utility, transportation, waterways et al.</p>