USC Landscape Architecture exhibit in City Hall

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USC Landscape Architecture exhibit in City Hall

August 10, 2013

Master of Landscape Architecture Design Research Exhibition
Los Angeles River & Los Angeles Urban Mosiac
Los Angeles City Hall Bridge Gallery - Open through August 29, 2013
 

On the eve of a landmark decision from the US Army Corps of Engineers on the future design and funding of its Los Angeles River Ecosystem Restoration Study, a new exhibition on view at Los Angeles City Hall Bridge Gallery explores significant opportunities showcasing concepts and designs for the river, each hydraulically tested to respond to changing seasonal conditions.
 
Organized by Alexander Robinson, Assistant Professor at the USC School of Architecture, and his Landscape Morphologies Lab, working in collaboration with the City of Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering’s Los Angeles River Project Office and the Department of Water and Power, the designs demonstrate how the river can be effectively designed for multiple values while accommodating the river’s complex infrastructural functions.
 
Using physical hydraulic modeling (complete with running water), graduate-level USC landscape architecture students developed new visions that are responsive to the river’s dynamic water flow conditions. Included in the exhibition is a selection of twelve-foot-long foam model river inserts and videos documenting the dynamic hydraulic tests.
 
The USC School of Architecture’s commitment to developing the compelling and sophisticated responses necessary to enrich our urban condition comprises a second section of the exhibition. A selection of landscape architecture design studio projects represent consequential initiatives for transforming challenging sites across the City in numerous Council Districts.
 
Under the direction of Robert Harris, FAIA, Hon. ASLA, the accredited USC Landscape Architecture Program now offers three curricula within its Master of Landscape Architecture degree. The focus of the program is landscape architecture as a natural and urban phenomenon; integral to the quality of human experience, essential for reclaiming degraded places and cities throughout the world, necessary for sustaining all of nature. For more information, visit http://arch.usc/mla.
 
The USC School of Architecture exhibition at LA City Hall is generously supported by the City of Los Angeles and the University of Southern California School of Architecture Graduate Program in Landscape Architecture.
 
The exhibition is on view in the Bridge Gallery at Los Angeles City Hall to August 29, 2013. Please contact alexander.robinson@usc.edu for exhibition questions.