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re. weave. a proposal for the los angeles historic state park graduate landscape architecture studio, spring 2010 school of architecture, university of southern california robin abad ocubillo


Instructor: Gerdo Aquino Juorors: Julia Czerniak Adrian Geuze Robert Harris Ying-Yu Hung Mia Lehrer Travis Longcore Michael Maltzan Janet Owen Driggs Simon Pastucha Alexander Robinson


30%

Diet / Physical Inactivity 70%

25%

50%

ages 12-19 15%

overweight

40% overweight

10%

0%

0%

1980

$100k +

Firearms

$80 - 100k

2000

$60 - 80k

Drug Use

20%

ages 6-11

5%

Alcohol

Motor Vehicles

30%

10%

farm / farmer’s market

Tobacco

60%

20%

obese

obese

1980

2000

$40 - 60k $20 - 40k

Child and Adolescent Obesity

Overweight and Obese Adults

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2002). “National Health Examination Survey” and “National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.” National Center for Health Statistics

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2002). “National Health Examination Survey” and “National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.” National Center for Health Statistics

- $20k

Causes of Premature Death National Alliance for Nutrition and Activity (2001). “Obesity and Other Diet-and-Inactivity Related Diseases: National Impact, Costs and Solutions.”

oranges AUSTRALIA 8,600 mi

blueberries NEW ZEALAND 6,800 mi

garlic CHINA 7,300 mi

grapes, raspberries CHILE 5,900 mi Sustainable Economic Enterprises of Los Angeles (SEE-LA) (2008).

bell peppers NETHERLANDS 6,000 mi

tongva villiage of yangna SUBSISTENCE pre-1769

el pubelo de los angeles SUBSISTENCE HORTICULTURE 1769-1848

ranchos and farms MAIZE and WHEAT 1821-1890s

CATTLE 1848-1860s

VITICULTURE and SHEEP 1860-1930s

CITRUS 1890-1930s

OIL, INDUSTRY, REAL ESTATE 1940s-present

“Certified Farmer’s Markets in Los Angeles County” farmernet.com, retrieved 1/31/2010 “Median Income in Los Angeles by Zip Code” realestate.aol.com, retrieved 1/31/2010

rice THAILAND 8,200 mi

asparagus Peru 4,200 mi

tomatoes MEXICO 1,200 mi

LOS ANGELES

agriculture history

wheatfield . agnes denes

south central farm


detail section B . river channel . scale 1”:500’

trapezoidal channel profile deeper and steeper riverbottom excavation irregular riverbed profile shifts every season

modern fill floodplain

historic grade

cathedral high school

modern grade

detail section A . slope . scale 1”:500’

Zanja

approx. elevation of Tongva Village

open space

st. peter church

hills / bluffs

cut present grade of Broadway Blvd.

residential cultural light industrial roadway railway

modern fill

watershed

buried Zanja Madre river

present Metro LA right-of-way

flood plain

site section . scale 1”:1,500’ 500”

400”

300”

200”

2050 1950 1850

first impression sculpture

A

n c


metro gold line

warehouses and railyards

site inventory + analysis

solano canyon

broadway bridge

spring st. bridge buddhist temple

LASHP

downey rec. center

women’s bldg

Gumprecht, Blake (1999). The Los Angeles River. Baltimore: The Hopkins University Press. p59

cathedral high school

lincoln heights

st. peter church

main st. bridge

conservation corps nick’s cafe

warehouse district

warehouse district river

Gumprecht, Blake (1999). The Los Angeles River. Baltimore: The Hopkins University Press. p72

B

photo: Frederick Foto Service (date unknown). Los Angeles Public Library Historic Photograph Collection


The act of weaving is one of humanity’s most practical and spiritual arts. The technology of textiles is a legacy passed between generations; and the loom itself is an artefact of artistry, industry, and love. A strong and beautiful weave can be made from the coarsest scraps or the finest threads; or both. Woven fabrics wrap newly born babies and cushion aerial performers when they fall from the sky. When human flesh is injured, the seams of our skin are stitched back together. When deep in thought, it is said that one’s brows are knit. Weaving is also a sacred ritual; rendering patterns and designs evolved through the centuries, which sometimes tell parables, histories, and myths. Cloth connects us to our cultures, loops us with a sense of belonging and sews the strata of our society into legible seams. Just as an analysis of tapestry can reveal our ancient and primal origins, the science of ecology studies webs of relationships. These natural networks cradle and protect us, challenge and nurture us, stretch in times of stress and contract to fit humanity’s ever-changing form and feelings. A weave is where vectors overlap, conjoin, and mesh into a multi-dimensional venue for fulfilling our hopes, visions, and dreams of sustenance.


(c)irculation (o)pen space

(cu)ltural (h)abitat

(ra)il (s)tormater / (ri)ver


(c) (ra) (cu) = human (o) (h) (r) = productive

productive = metabolic / food forest (o) (cu) = interpretation / ritual

metabolic = filtration food forest = picnic / recreation / relaxation ritual = volunteerism / harvest / worship / gratitude


explorations in

form and circulation


explorations in

form and circulation


34 5

productive parks

cultivating / community

310

535

heritage horticulture

320

330

340

stormwater storage

310

345 5

34

333

floodplain // food

335

325

290

5

300

31

295

5

30

340

26

gastronomic activism

5

30

290

0

305

283

335

riparian freakologies

0

30

305

325

288

320

economic self-sufficiency

297

330

30

315

0

C

310 298

305

agriculture urbanism 300

300

5

29

re-making local markets 5

29

295

295

325

0

30

294

progressive polyculture

288

B

283 288

5

31

5 30

265

295 282

29

5

295

29

5

0

30

288

288

281

A

295

275

300

280

5

29 5 29

279

285

278

277

29

0

295

276

275

274 260

273

272 271

0 29

re. weave. grading plan

280


re. weave. site sections

350” 350” 340” 340” 330” 350” 330” 320” 340” 320” 310” 330” 310” 300” 320” 300” 290” 310” 290” 280” 300” 280” 290” 280”

Commercial Development

Broadway Greenstreet

Chapparal Bluff

Historic Zanja

Metro ROW

Meadow

Zanja

Promenade

Bosque - Parking Lot

Zanja

Meadow

Zanja

Sidewalk

Commercial Development

Broadway Greenstreet

Chapparal Bluff

Historic Zanja

Metro ROW

Meadow

Zanja

Promenade

Bosque - Parking Lot

Zanja

Meadow

Zanja

Sidewalk

Commercial Development

Broadway Greenstreet

Chapparal Bluff

Historic Zanja

Metro ROW

Meadow

Zanja

Promenade

Bosque - Parking Lot

Zanja

Meadow

Zanja

Sidewalk

site section A . scale 1”:20’

350” 350” 340” 340” 330” 350” 330” 320” 340” 320” 310” 330” 310” 300” 320” 300” 290” 310” 290” 280” 300” 280” 290”

Chapparal Bluff

Broadway Greenstreet

Chapparal Bluff Historic Zanja

Metro ROW

Chapparal Bluff

Grand Walk

Meadow

Zanja

Promenade

Zanja

Meadow

Zanja

Meadow

Zanja

Sidewalk

280”

Chapparal Bluff

Broadway Greenstreet

Chapparal Bluff Historic Zanja

Metro ROW

Chapparal Bluff

Grand Walk

Meadow

Zanja

Promenade

Zanja

Meadow

Zanja

Meadow

Zanja

Sidewalk

Broadway Greenstreet

Chapparal Bluff Historic Zanja

Metro ROW

Chapparal Bluff

Grand Walk

Meadow

Zanja

Promenade

Zanja

Meadow

Zanja

Meadow

Zanja

Sidewalk

site section B . 1”:20’ Chapparal Bluff

350” 350” 340” 340” 330” 350” 330” 320” 340” 320” 310” 330” 310” 300” 320” 300” 290” 310” 290” 280” 300” 280” 290” 280”

Broadway Greenstreet

Stormwater Storage

Historic Zanja

Pool

Metro ROW

Waterfall

Deep Pool

Promenade

Meadow

Sidewalk

Broadway Greenstreet

Stormwater Storage

Historic Zanja

Pool

Metro ROW

Waterfall

Deep Pool

Promenade

Meadow

Sidewalk

Stormwater Storage

Historic Zanja

Pool

Metro ROW

Waterfall

Deep Pool

Promenade

Meadow

Sidewalk

site section C . 1”:20’ Broadway Greenstreet


the park

weaving neighborhoods, watersheds, habitats and open spaces of the surrounding areas, the park stitches together a long gap in the urban fabric. the main axis and tree groves refer to historic rail alignments, figuratively and literally pointing the way towards downtown. a landbridge connects the solano canyon with the park and neighborhoods below, facilitating circulation and flow of water.


the grand promenade

ten yards wide and nearly a mile long, the grand promenade passes through agricultural fields and a picnic bosque in the southwest (pictured in the foreground), meadows and orchards; finally ending in the cultural forest of sycamores and willows that embrace the los angeles river. the broadway bridge presides over the the head of the promenade like a crown, itself forming another overlook for viewing the landscape.


the grand walk

a broad walkway slopes gently up the chapparal slope, connecting the low meadows, bosques and food forests with a lofty overlook. thus the park frames a vital pedestrian link between Broadway and Solano Canyon above with the new neighborhoods below.


solano canyon watershed approximately 120 acres from ridge to ridge, the solano canyon watershed opens directly onto the park. at an average local rainfall of 14 inches, solano canyon captures up to 48 million gallons annually. given a runoff coefficient of .74 and immediate first-flush infiltration of .75 inches, almost 35 million gallons of stormwater becomes availble to supply the agricultural program. a subgrade cistern with a 32 million gallon capacity excavated under the foot of the canyon stores water during the year. overflows supply a shallow infinity pool perched above the park, emitting stormflows down a waterfall into an open retention pond. a system of wiers around the pond regulate the flow of water into surrounding irrigation ditches. further south, a vernal pool grassland in the centre of the meadow further animates the rainy winter and flowering spring seasons. finally, a wide grassy corridor forms the backbone of a neighborhood storm, grey, and blackwater treatment strategy.


cornfields community center + farmer’s market

adaptive reuse of the historic womyn’s building and warehouse provide a venue for a community center hosting educational programs, a coop organic restaurant and farmer’s market, seed bank, art galleries and other public spaces


the

upper orchards

surround a length of the grand promenade near the bridges and cultural forest


grand promenade

the orchards, fields and bosques

gestures southwest to downtown as it passes over waterways and pools, through


sycamores and willow groves spread below the iconic beaux-arts bridges at broadway and spring street. oriented on the same axis as the grand promenade, the groves echo historic rail lines and frame the view towards downtown. only one portion of the forest is accessible to visitors, otherwise serving as protected habitat.

bridge overlooks + cultural riparian forest

re.weave  

this site in downtown los angeles - also known as the 'cornfields' - is the historic locus of a native american Tongva settlement // later,...

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