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LA River: Pop-up Plaza

idea by phe02004
LA River: Pop-up Plaza

DESCRIBE YOUR IDEAL CAR-FREE DAY IN LA.

My proposal creates an entirely new public pedestrian space: a pop-up plaza on the concrete river bed of the Los Angeles River at the Arroyo Seco confluence site. The plaza engages Los Angeles' largest and most-conflicted icon--its river--to showcase the grandeur of the industrial infrastructure and to create a new public plaza that wields a capacity to surprise and awe. The plaza is a destination that creates its own itineraries: angelenos can bike to it from the LARiver bike path, or arrive on foot from the 81 bus at Ave 26 and N Figueroa. The plaza makes a great starting point for exploring the Glendale Narrows immediately to the north.

I will use build the plaza using wooden pallets and populate it with moveable chairs and shade umbrellas to create a space elevated mere inches above the quiet, persistent trickle of the summertime Los Angeles River. The plaza is a temporary space: its modular design makes it easy and affordable to assemble and dissasemble.

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You've discovered beauty in hidden LA; a very powerful and provocative proposal.

by deborah.torres
about 2 years ago | Reply

I love this idea. What an awesome way to interact with one of the city's most interesting features. This is LA's High Line.

by jfcincotta
about 2 years ago | Reply

Thank you Peter. There is beauty in all things, and a keen mind and eye will always find it.

by jonbemissboyden
about 2 years ago | Reply

smart, counter-intuitive,and clever reimagining of the river!

by flm4
about 2 years ago | Reply

Here's a better image! http://underperformingasphalt.blogspot.com/2012/05/la-river-pop-up-plaza.html

by phe02004
about 2 years ago | Reply

That's the idea! There's a lot of beauty here. This is also the only idea that creates a NEW car free public space--rather than a tour or otherwise. Not that those don't sound fun either! But let's reimagine, shall we?

by phe02004
about 2 years ago | Reply

The beauty of the LA river is often forgotten-- what a great way to remember. Also, as the plaza will give pedestrians a closer view of the river, perhaps it will encourage some stewardship of not only the water resources of LA but also the infrastructure that supports the city. yeah!

by kboysen
about 2 years ago | Reply

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