Cooling The Los Angeles River

Jing Sun, MLA +3 ’20

ARCH 698B: MLA Advanced Design Research

Gallery: The Los Angeles River

Instructor: Alexander Robinson

There is flowing water, but it is confined to a small low flow channel in the center of the concrete expanse. Given the Metro’s master plan for bike path and other plans to bring people into the channel, there is a real need to improve the river’s microclimate. While adding shade via trees or structures may seem it is an obvious solution, the extreme stormwater flows make these typical approached impractical. My proposal is to cool the channel’s intermittent microclimate without adding trees of structure shade and create a cooling station for travelers on the proposed paths.