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Buro Happold
Mia Lehrer & Associates
Elizabeth Timme
Jim Suhr

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The Cleantech corridor is a perfect site for a case study in creating a modern, performative landscape. There is a great deal of latent potential energy in the corridor, from the landscape and streets to the footprints of outmoded industrial buildings. The river to the east of the site is an enormous asset that if accessed appropriately could be a powerful input within a system that renews and recycles energy, water and waste for the greater Los Angeles area as a whole. We have also been interested in challenging the notion that a productive, urban, manufacturing district is inherently anti-pedestrian and unsafe. Some of the best examples of exuberant public space in Los Angeles can be in the industrial environs. Plus, the redevelopment of the corridor offers an opportunity to raise the social and literal performance of the current infrastructure through reorganization and reuse.

Our proposal is to reprogram infrastructure for a localized response to specific program needs and develop flexibility in how resources are managed and used. Specific solutions including water reuse and while acknowledging the existing river channel as a flood protection mechanism. Additionally, reusing the footprints of outmoded industrial buildings as high performance ruins as a stabilizing factor in this typology of urban form and creates a tangible demand for real estate east of downtown. Essential to this narrative of reuse and remediation is the notion of creating a productive landscape. Crops such as bamboo, hemp, and poplar can be used as tools for remediation and also as tangible commodities, used for industrial manufacturing and production. When thinking of urbanism and sustainability, it is also important to note that the conversation is focused into the technical ramifications of what is tangibly green or environmentally viable. As designers we would also like to counter that there is an enormous benefit to designing communities that are socially sustainable and programmatically flexible. Targeting the bridges as conduits for pedestrian activity and access across the site, we chose to relocate our cleantech manufacturing, research, and industrial facilities parallel to these bridges.

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An exhibition of the winning projects is on view in the Library Gallery at SCI-Arc through October 27.