LA River Urban Agriculture Green Infrastructure Plan

Los Angeles, California
Imagining a Healthy, Sustainable Future for the LA River

The Los Angeles River, reengineered from the late 1930s to the 1960s into a concrete channel for flood control and industrialization, has recently been the focus of revitalization efforts. Our Urban Agriculture Green Infrastructure Plan seeks to transform a known “food desert” along the river into a series of healthy, resilient neighborhoods capable of growing and cultivating their own food.

Stretching 660 acres, this urban agriculture hub would build community; provide greater access to healthy food among residents in the area; and stimulate economic development. New industries could include farming, insect farming, beekeeping, animal husbandry, aquaculture, and fungiculture. And, such sustainable business enterprises could set up shop in what are currently abandoned or underused lots, community gardens, or even on rooftops. Ultimately, the plan provides a vision for a future LA—and a future LA River—that is healthy, connected, and equitably prosperous.

Connecting people and communities.

Our plan proposes strategies for weaving a post-industrial area of Los Angeles into the greater urban and social fabric of the city. It also establishes opportunities for creating a greater, more meaningful connection between people and the LA River.

What makes it cool
Underused, underserved sites along the LA River would become robust urban agricultural zones.
We conceived of the Avenue 26 Community Food Hub as an accessible place for residents to work, learn, socialize, and affordably shop for fresh, healthy, local produce.
“This project pushes the definition of mixed use, almost creating a new typology. This part of urban Los Angeles needs a plan like this—one that proposes community action and provides many uses in one area for multiple constituents.”

—Jury Comments, AIA Los Angeles, “Next LA” Design Awards

The Cornfield Cultivation Hub would intensify the park-to-river connection by providing commercial agriculture and community garden spaces and productive streetscapes.

Project Team

Leigh Christy