Los Angeles River Urban Agriculture Green Infrastructure Plan

Los Angeles, California

Project Info
Los Angeles River Urban Agriculture Green Infrastructure Plan
Los Angeles, California
Completion Date: 2015
Size: 660 acres
American Architecture Award, 2016
The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies
Urban Design Merit Award, 2015
AIA California Council
Next LA Merit Award, 2015
AIA Los Angeles Chapter
Urban Design & Planning Award, 2015
Southern California Development Forum

This master plan envisions the creation of a healthy, sustainable Los Angeles River neighborhood through the lens of urban agriculture. It identifies specific strategies, locates potential interventions, and suggests means of project implementation.

The study area is located in the City of Los Angeles just northeast of Downtown LA and bridging the LA River. Its extents coincide directly with those of the 660-acre Cornfield Arroyo Seco Specific Plan (CASP) area. By explicitly allowing urban agriculture as a zoning type, the CASP provides the foundation for this project, while the Los Angeles River Revitalization Master Plan helped create the vision.

The expansive area was reimagined through a combination of district-wide and site-specific strategies. The district-wide strategies propose ways to weave the CASP back into the greater urban and social fabric of Los Angeles—including connection to the LA River. The site-specific strategies focus on key areas (nodes) within the CASP that present themselves as particularly suited for catalytic investment and sustainable development. Both address needed public realm green infrastructure improvements as well as private property modification opportunities.

The client for this study was the Los Angeles River Revitalization Corporation. In addition to Perkins+Will, the project team included DakeLuna, Project Finance Advisory Ltd., and Jesse DuBois.