Office of Outdoor Research, 
Landscape Morphologies Lab

River LAnding

Though 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

LA Curbed & Daily Trojan

Made in collaboration with the “River LAnding Collective”

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