River LAndingThough seasonally unsafe, the banks of the LA River represent one of the cities greatest remaining unoccupied open spaces. River LAnding is a prototype for safe, summer-long park installations on the banks of the river. The underlying purpose is to organically develop a culture of use prior to the river’s permanent re-design by the Army Corps of Engineers. The bottom-up project subverts existing legal restrictions to accessing the channel by making a “movie” and taking advantage of the tradition of relatively lax film permitting (Grease, Terminator, Them!, etc.) By employing the production tools of Hollywood to create a full-scale prototype and film the project seeks to jump-start a lively culture of riverbank inhabitation to balance the upcoming project focused on river “restoration” and habitat.
Movie Pitch (youtube)
Finalist in 2013 Goldhirsch $100k Ideas Competiton, published on LA Curbed & Daily Trojan
Made in collaboration with the “River LAnding Collective”