The City of Los Angeles has grown from urban sprawl, and evidentially inherent pockets of under-utilized, un-planned, or mis-used voids throughout the City. Setting up a kit of parts for reinvigorating/regenerating these spaces, this research attempts to inform and formulate different design strategies in approaching these urban voids. Whether the spaces can be enhanced in social connectivity, or improved in ecological performance, the study showcases a closer look in-between, and aim to enrich the potential growth of Los Angeles.
To explore various urban voids in central Los Angeles and identify their correlation to its surroundings and potentials.
To explore design interventions that increase the usage of inactive urban spaces and promote social interactions with its urban setting.
To recognize natural process and enhance the ecological performance in their urban voids.
Meet this one-of-a-kind international planning and design firm that practices it’s very own quadruple bottom line philosophy – one that balances economic, environmental, social and spiritual aspects for every project. HM Design is a multi-disciplinary modern-renaissance practice that respects animals, native plants, local people and the spirit of the place.
Appreciate how development in this global age of heightened cultural and environmental sensitivity needs to be holistic in nature and sustainable in all aspects of the planning and design process.
Learn the techniques that integrate Physical and Metaphysical Analysis/Planning.
Understand the importance of cultural immersion and participation in planning methodologies and processes.
Explore out-of-studio techniques on how landscapes can be seamlessly merged with exterior and interior architecture to create all-encompassing experiences.
Metropolitan Park in Athens, Greece, at 500 acres, will be the largest contemporary urban park in Europe. Part of an icon, this park has one of the greatest settings on earth—the cradle of Western civilization. Incredible archeology, culture, and ecology are the foundations for this truly Greek park.
Learn about programming and design in a complex urban context in a culture without a tradition of large urban parks.
Understand the site’s technical challenges, especially building over an abandoned airport and a site with historic and contemporary (2004 Olympic facility) ruins.
Learn how construction of the park in phases occurs in tandem with adjacent development. Strategies to share cut and fill includes phasing and brownfield mitigation measures.
Examine the role of the landscape architect as part of a complex international design team.
!melk is a dynamic, internationally recognized landscape architecture and urban design firm specializing in the creation of highly experiential public spaces as well as large-scale urban interventions. Founder Jerry van Eyck will address his firm's growing reputation for a refined focus on context, identity, strong narrative, pragmatism, and detail.
Re-evaluate landscape architects as orchestrators of economic development and arbiters of change, and thereby address the strengths or weaknesses of our own design approach.
Appreciate a poetic narrative-based design methodology that produces engineered solutions rooted in the context of the site: history, geology, culture, and economics.
Draw inspiration from an interdisciplinary design team, which, by blending skills and attitudes, generates fresh perspectives to reveal hidden opportunities and produce truly unique designs.
Learn how a project's resilience is measured by economic, social, and programmatic sustainability.
Ditch or Dutch? Increasing coastal water levels have begun to affect the very idea of shared responsibility. This panel will present the many adaptation options from examples worldwide that include coastal industries and private interests to manage the increasing risks of living on the seaboard.
Determine how to design infrastructure, buildings, and public spaces that can resist flooding without compromising other values.
Understand flood resistance as a zoning, planning, and architectural problem.
Learn about research on the performance of structures in floods and violent winds
Recognize how to interweave design, communication, and participation strategies that are not top-down techno-managerial solutions.