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  • Week 1 - Development Potentiality

    Week 1 - Development Potentiality

    Different from lots of eastern coast rivers, most of which are characterizedm by thriving ecologies and vegetation, LA
    River looks like a giant-dry grey dragon waving around on this coast-desert area, connecting lands with various usage,
    from residential to industrials, from high-value Hollywood to low-value East Los Angeles , from the partly ecological
    upstream to seemingly none ecological downstream ect.
    Different from lots of eastern coast rivers, most of which are characterizedm by thriving ecologies and vegetation, LA
    River looks like a giant-dry grey dragon waving around on this coast-desert area, connecting lands with various usage,
    from residential to industrials, from high-value Hollywood to low-value East Los Angeles , from the partly ecological
    upstream to seemingly none ecological downstream ect.

  • Week 2 - The Landscape Project Part I

    Week 2 - The Landscape Project Part I

    My design site is located on the 6th bridge and its adjacent areas. There exist multiple barriers such as railroads and property fences; what’s more, given the countless industrial warehouses, although some of them has been abandoned or unutilized, this area has little ground space to really intervene the existing conditions in a traditional landscape approaches. Interestingly as a response, the land value section profile from east side(downtown Los Angeles) to west side(East Los Angeles) is represented as a flipped parabola – which means, the more you get closer to LA River, the lower land value and the more undervalued degree will be.
    My design site is located on the 6th bridge and its adjacent areas. There exist multiple barriers such as railroads and property fences; what’s more, given the countless industrial warehouses, although some of them has been abandoned or unutilized, this area has little ground space to really intervene the existing conditions in a traditional landscape approaches. Interestingly as a response, the land value section profile from east side(downtown Los Angeles) to west side(East Los Angeles) is represented as a flipped parabola – which means, the more you get closer to LA River, the lower land value and the more undervalued degree will be.

  • Week 3 - The Landscape Project Part II

    Week 3 - The Landscape Project Part II

    The existing urban grid has resulted in the degradation of LA River and isolation from common people. New design challenge existing urban grid by employing a new 3D grid that not only direct fashion art development with a new concentration on LA River canopy area, but also closely link the river channel with the canopy that gathers people from surrounding places.
    The existing urban grid has resulted in the degradation of LA River and isolation from common people. New design challenge existing urban grid by employing a new 3D grid that not only direct fashion art development with a new concentration on LA River canopy area, but also closely link the river channel with the canopy that gathers people from surrounding places.

  • Week 4 - LA River as Fashion Art Park

    Week 4 - LA River as Fashion Art Park

    The overarching goal to revitalize the river is not only open the river to the public, but also create some interventions that could endow the river with economic, culture, ecological and aesthetic value. However, the site conditions along LA River is quite diverse, some parts are featured by the emergent ecology, some parts are featured by arising low-income communities, some parts are featured by industrial occupations and so on. Thus it is necessary to propose a flexible protocol that could be applied in different conditions. The permeable canopy proposed in downtown post-industrial area aims to create a fashion art center based on the initial post-industrial art transformation evidence.
    The overarching goal to revitalize the river is not only open the river to the public, but also create some interventions that could endow the river with economic, culture, ecological and aesthetic value. However, the site conditions along LA River is quite diverse, some parts are featured by the emergent ecology, some parts are featured by arising low-income communities, some parts are featured by industrial occupations and so on. Thus it is necessary to propose a flexible protocol that could be applied in different conditions. The permeable canopy proposed in downtown post-industrial area aims to create a fashion art center based on the initial post-industrial art transformation evidence.

Binbin Ma

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I am a second year MLA student at Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Before that, I finished my Bachelor of Landscape Architecture at Beijing Forestry University in China, where I became interested in the relationship between landscape and urbanism. I was fascinated by the fact that landscape could function as a platform for multidisciplinary subjects to be synthesized and optimized.

In overlapping these different layers, landscape could provide an ideal approach for urbanism. Landscape is not an accessory for urbanism, on the contrary, it has full potential to drive the urbanization process under the circumstances of energy crisis, waste pollution, temperature and sea level rises. By designing with time, flow, and process instead of pure space, landscape as infrastructure might be able to not only address work to better direct urbanization process.

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