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The Los Angeles River must be reconnected to the city of Los Angeles (read the post about The Los Angeles River Revitalization Master Plan) and The Art Bridge, designed by Why Architecture associated with Judith Baca of SPARC ,could be an interesting example of a sustainable infrastructure because of the smart use of recycled materials. It could become a symbol of regeneration. In fact the bridge structure is built from trash salvaged from the river itself : concrete, plastic bottles , shopping cart and recycled cans, glass and tire. Moreover Photovoltaic panels on the canopy will generate electricity during the night.
From the bridge it will be possible to admire the Great Wall of Los Angeles mural by artist/muralist Judith Baca , and ,walking across this bridge, visitors may experience in a different way the Los Angeles River and read about the history of the city. This mural is one of the most spectacular murals in Los Angeles and it portrays the history of California from pre-history to now, placing more emphasis on the history of minorities and civil rights.
Not a simple bridge but an absolute symbol of sustainability and an example for the challenges that MEGALOPOLIS like LOS ANGELES have to face.
I think this bridge is more of a street furniture. To connect the LA River with the City is a much more complex project than coming up with a buzz word backed rendering that has no information on its urban design merits. Where are the connective aspects of a particular location and context and other studies? As someone who does urban design projects with students in this area I find this project as incomplete as a cheeseburger with the beef patty missing. I am sorry Donato, you need much more than that to address LA River and the City, keep it up.
Donato also needs to hire a professional copywriter. That was a cringeworthy read.
it's just a post, I don't pretend to write a complete article.
I think there is a misconception here. This is not near downtown LA. The Art Bridge is in the San Fernando Valley adjacent to Los Angeles Valley College and Grant High School, my old high school, in North Hollywood. The Great Wall, a multi-year mural project on the walls of the 'Wash' as the locals call it, has a pedestrian path alongside and is a very popular walking destination. It has been there for decades. So what connection are you talking about making?