"How can the water-starved city of Los Angeles have an elaborate system of drains and pipes to collect the rain that does fall - often in brief, intense torrents - only to discard it in the Pacific instead of storing it?"
"...morning coffee brewed with recycled water, cities designed to return rainwater to the ground - these aren't just symbols, they are how you handle water when you understand its value." ... See MoreSee Less
So, the Times buried the lede here. Gehry is window dressing. Henk Ovink is the real news.
If what the Dutch did in Nijmegen with their Room for the River project, and their collaborative "climate to the top" approach to planning could take hold here, it would be a real game changer. ... See MoreSee Less
Frank Gehry and the Los Angeles River: It's a combination that makes zero sense (if you're looking strictly at Gehry's resume) and follows a natural logic (if you think about the interest the architect's work has long shown in L.A.'s linear infrastructure and its overlooked, harder-to-love corners).
"In a city that is already stereotyped for choosing celebrity over substance, this is hyping fame over function. It’s a decision that will come to haunt us—perhaps just as much as the 1930s choice to cement the river over in the first place." ... See MoreSee Less
Last month Los Angeles was promised $1.3 billion in federal funding to transform its river from a cinematic cement chute to an honest-to-goodness urban waterway. That great news has been tainted by today’s puzzling announcement that the city has tapped architect Frank Gehry to lead the redevelopment…