Office of Outdoor Research, 
Landscape Morphologies Lab

Los Angeles River Integrated Design, Bowtie

Design of the Los Angeles River, and other regional water flood control structures, is highly restricted due to challenging hydraulic requirements and the health and safety issues embedded in such systems. In order to understand and capitalize on the often small window of opportunity within these infrastructures a design process must work within a rich representation of critical site conditions. In collaboration with civil engineers, I developed a landscape design methodology that integrates  physical hydraulic modeling into a landscape design process. This allows designers to respond to specific fluvial opportunities and constraints and seek transformative, yet viable, designs.  This work is done with funding and collaboration with the Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering as well as assistance from USC Viterbi School of Engineering.

Los Angeles City Hall Bridge Gallery, Curated by City of Los Angeles, Sponsored by City Council Member Mitch O’Farrell, Los Angeles, August 2013


Jillian Waliss & Heike Insa Rahmann, Landscape Architecture and Digital Technologies: Re-conceptualizing Design and Making, Routledge, 2016

Nadia Amoroso, Representing Landscape: Digital, Routledge, 2015

Bradley Cantrell & Justine Holzman, Responsive Landscapes: Strategies for Responsive Technologies for Landscape Architecture, Routledge, 2015

Carren Jao, “L.A. River Design Proposals that Can Handle the Floods,” KCET, September 7, 2013

Partnering Agreement Between USACE and USC School of Architecture, 2014

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