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  • Week 1 - Can We Embrace Diversity?

    Week 1 - Can We Embrace Diversity?

    The divide of neighborhoods and demographics exist for multiple reasons; income, cultural conformability, and fear. People who have wealth can turn their back on social issues and find clean and protected places to go. The LA River is an opportunity to become a place that the diverse populations can all enjoy. It runs against the dirty, the forgotten and numerous neighborhoods that are split. The research focused on the social aspect, to read the river’s both sides from demographic perspective, population and ethnical condition to understand what makes LA River unique.
    The divide of neighborhoods and demographics exist for multiple reasons; income, cultural conformability, and fear. People who have wealth can turn their back on social issues and find clean and protected places to go. The LA River is an opportunity to become a place that the diverse populations can all enjoy. It runs against the dirty, the forgotten and numerous neighborhoods that are split. The research focused on the social aspect, to read the river’s both sides from demographic perspective, population and ethnical condition to understand what makes LA River unique.

  • Week 2 - The Landscape Project Part I

    Week 2 - The Landscape Project Part I

    I was interested in the biggest parcel next to Union Station. It is adjacent to the central LA transportation Hub, however it is the hardest place to get to because of the negative influences of a county jail and other big industrial places. The opportunities lie on this particular location. As a large parcel owned by city, it has potential to gather large amounts of people, especially with the new development from future high speed rail commuters. There is an urgent need of public green space for this density of people. To develop this area into LA’s central park where it can provide large tree space in the heart of the city, and bring people directly to the river.
    I was interested in the biggest parcel next to Union Station. It is adjacent to the central LA transportation Hub, however it is the hardest place to get to because of the negative influences of a county jail and other big industrial places. The opportunities lie on this particular location. As a large parcel owned by city, it has potential to gather large amounts of people, especially with the new development from future high speed rail commuters. There is an urgent need of public green space for this density of people. To develop this area into LA’s central park where it can provide large tree space in the heart of the city, and bring people directly to the river.

  • Week 3 - The Landscape Project Part II

    Week 3 - The Landscape Project Part II

    Built from a combination of data that looks at site, transportation and demographic aspects, as well as a reasonable assessment on design assumption, a video was produced. It shows how people can approach the site at different access points by four major types of transportation; train, vehicles, bicycles, and pedestrian access. The size of the dots quantifies the population of the different demographic groups. Their movements react to the neighborhood conditions, the river edge, and the design intention. This analysis suggests circulation systems and programs that are generated by the gathering of people.
    Built from a combination of data that looks at site, transportation and demographic aspects, as well as a reasonable assessment on design assumption, a video was produced. It shows how people can approach the site at different access points by four major types of transportation; train, vehicles, bicycles, and pedestrian access. The size of the dots quantifies the population of the different demographic groups. Their movements react to the neighborhood conditions, the river edge, and the design intention. This analysis suggests circulation systems and programs that are generated by the gathering of people.

  • Week 4 - L.A. River Central Park

    Week 4 - L.A. River Central Park

    The physical model helps me clear about the main concept; to development a new circulation system that can works to bring people into the site from different directions. Analysis and animation on exiting circulations system and population provided the valid results for decision making. The data that gathered from the last two weeks informed the design process, suggesting movement on the site. Through the analysis and assumption, the program emerged; a center corridor with rich activities to bring people from the city to the river. Sketches of views helped show special experiences at particular places of the site.
    The physical model helps me clear about the main concept; to development a new circulation system that can works to bring people into the site from different directions. Analysis and animation on exiting circulations system and population provided the valid results for decision making. The data that gathered from the last two weeks informed the design process, suggesting movement on the site. Through the analysis and assumption, the program emerged; a center corridor with rich activities to bring people from the city to the river. Sketches of views helped show special experiences at particular places of the site.

Chunlan Zeng

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I am a dual degree student at University of Pennsylvania pursuing a Master of Landscape Architecture and Master of Architecture. So far, I have finished two years of the landscape program and one year in the architecture program. Before this, I studied Environmental Art Design in China which focused on fine arts, and then worked for several years afterwards.

Through my multidisciplinary study and working experience, I enjoy the moments of design that pair rational and analytical thinking, that is full of imagination and inspiration. My passion is in the creation process; I think designers like artists that make amzazing and beautiful things and have an impact on the social remediation process.