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  • Week 1 - Development Potentiality

    Week 1 - Development Potentiality

    Once flowing down meandering courses, the now channelized LA River has lost many of its ecological functions. Sprawl across its floodplain and the concrete paved highway for the water have literally transformed the river into a storm drain. The former riparian corridor is revealed for a few miles, a hint of what the river might have looked like.
    Once flowing down meandering courses, the now channelized LA River has lost many of its ecological functions. Sprawl across its floodplain and the concrete paved highway for the water have literally transformed the river into a storm drain. The former riparian corridor is revealed for a few miles, a hint of what the river might have looked like.

  • Week 2 - The Landscape Project Part I

    Week 2 - The Landscape Project Part I

    Reveal, yes but; like in a magic show, never unvealing the trick, hidden behind the scenes
    A river that not just puts on some make up to go on stage, but that keeps on performing in the backstage a river that takes advantage of its changed physical conditions to PERFORM at a MULTILAYERED level
    a river that embraces its former STACKING of FUNCTIONS; from social gathering to economic impulse, from hydrological performance to flood conveyance, from ecological corridor to habitat refuge
    Reveal, yes but; like in a magic show, never unvealing the trick, hidden behind the scenes
    A river that not just puts on some make up to go on stage, but that keeps on performing in the backstage a river that takes advantage of its changed physical conditions to PERFORM at a MULTILAYERED level
    a river that embraces its former STACKING of FUNCTIONS; from social gathering to economic impulse, from hydrological performance to flood conveyance, from ecological corridor to habitat refuge

  • Week 3 - The Landscape Project Part II

    Week 3 - The Landscape Project Part II

    At the core of the LA-Vernon Industrial zone, no parks or open space within a 3-mile radius and isolated in terms of ecological habitat, the old Crown Coach site presents itself as a poor prospect for public space. Add to it the polluted soil and ground water, and the fact that the river runs at the fastest speed during this reach and it sure looks like it can’t get any worst. But, on the contrary, I would like to argue that there is potential for the site to become a respite within this desolated landscape.
    At the core of the LA-Vernon Industrial zone, no parks or open space within a 3-mile radius and isolated in terms of ecological habitat, the old Crown Coach site presents itself as a poor prospect for public space. Add to it the polluted soil and ground water, and the fact that the river runs at the fastest speed during this reach and it sure looks like it can’t get any worst. But, on the contrary, I would like to argue that there is potential for the site to become a respite within this desolated landscape.

  • Week 4 - Let the Show Begin

    Week 4 - Let the Show Begin

    Crown Coach site can be the point were ‘landlocked’ residential neighborhoods get to ‘touch’ the river by facilitating pedestrian and bike access. It has potential to be an incubator for CleanTech Business, which could then spread along Santa Fe Ave as the new motor for LA’s industry. Moreover, a change such as diverting low flows from the LA River into the site, would allow recreating an inundated floodplain – a patch for new marsh habitat. Giving place to a river that performs at its best both while carrying large amounts of water through the concrete channel and minor quantities around the site – being again an ecological refuge and oasis in the deserted Los Angeles landscape.
    Crown Coach site can be the point were ‘landlocked’ residential neighborhoods get to ‘touch’ the river by facilitating pedestrian and bike access. It has potential to be an incubator for CleanTech Business, which could then spread along Santa Fe Ave as the new motor for LA’s industry. Moreover, a change such as diverting low flows from the LA River into the site, would allow recreating an inundated floodplain – a patch for new marsh habitat. Giving place to a river that performs at its best both while carrying large amounts of water through the concrete channel and minor quantities around the site – being again an ecological refuge and oasis in the deserted Los Angeles landscape.

Marta Gual-Ricart

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I am currently pursuing a Masters in Landscape Architecture at UC Berkeley. Prior to that I studied Architecture at the Escola Tecnica Superior d’Arquitectura de Barcelona at the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya. Before arriving to Berkeley I worked for two years at the Mateo Arquitectura office in Barcelona. Landscape Architecture has always been at the back of my mind as an option and from observing the close relationship between the two disciplines in professional practice drew me closer to the idea of pursuing a Masters in Landscape Architecture.

I see landscape architecture as the possibility of positively influencing ecosystems and tackling social issues by means of dynamic designs and innovative techniques. Apart from design, I enjoy diving into the streets of any new bustling city or inside the walls of any old bookstore, to find my way.