LA River Urban Agriculture Green Infrastructure Plan
The Los Angeles River, reengineered from the late 1930s to the 1960s into a concrete channel for flood control and industrialization, has recently been the focus of revitalization efforts. Our Urban Agriculture Green Infrastructure Plan seeks to transform a known “food desert” along the river into a series of healthy, resilient neighborhoods capable of growing and cultivating their own food.
Stretching 660 acres, this urban agriculture hub would build community; provide greater access to healthy food among residents in the area; and stimulate economic development. New industries could include farming, insect farming, beekeeping, animal husbandry, aquaculture, and fungiculture. And, such sustainable business enterprises could set up shop in what are currently abandoned or underused lots, community gardens, or even on rooftops. Ultimately, the plan provides a vision for a future LA—and a future LA River—that is healthy, connected, and equitably prosperous.
Our plan proposes strategies for weaving a post-industrial area of Los Angeles into the greater urban and social fabric of the city. It also establishes opportunities for creating a greater, more meaningful connection between people and the LA River.
—Jury Comments, AIA Los Angeles, “Next LA” Design Awards