Matias Cena

Matias Cena

Upland, CA, US


Urban Synthesis

The project introduces the merging of two communities with a typology creating a focus point on this sunken division line in Los Angeles as a key component in the masterplan. The contrast between the permanent and temporary program creates the necessary instability to keep these spaces evolving. The program is becomes a catalyst providing the site with constant activity throughout the day. The living space, public markets, park space, and small business venues are responsible for providing the built environment, yet the user will manifest his/her daily schedule to reflect a river’s changing conditions through a range of activities. The environment will consistently change with the season to bring a range of color palettes, scents of produce and seasonal flowers, as well as hide and reveal open spaces with the change in water height.

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Status: School Project
Location: First Street Bridge, Los Angeles, CA