The influential Los Angeles Upper River and Tributary Rehabilitation Program (ULART) was awarded Azure Magazine for its “plan to realign natural urban waterways by deploying nature-based solutions to create new community spaces and help correct decades of neglect” The prestigious Global 2021 AZ Award awarded. “
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In an international competition commissioned by the Santa Monica Mountains Conservation Association and the Mountain Recreation and Conservation Agency (MRCA), Studio-MLA’s ULART program stood out for its comprehensive vision of more than 300 project site opportunities in the upper Los Angeles River and its tributaries , Won the competition in the urban design vision category. The competition received more than 1,200 entries in 10 designated categories from 57 countries.
The design meets the needs of poor people up and down the Los Angeles waterways, and aims to reverse the trend of paving natural spaces, rather than planning a green belt. “This comprehensive response to climate change through the new green infrastructureAnd to update the city’s fair social infrastructure is urgently needed,” said Marc Ryan, juror of the AZ Award of Public Work, a Toronto-based design company.
The ULART project is led by Los Angeles City Councilman Monica Rodriguez, Sarah Rascon of the Mountain Recreation and Conservation Bureau representing the Santa Monica Mountains Conservation Association, and Mía Lehrer of the landscape design company Studio-MLA. This combination of interests and skills ultimately formed a plan to support the local community and the environment.
“It’s an honor to lead this effort to start solving the problem. Environmental justice The problem of communities that have historically suffered from underinvestment. The plan identified more than 300 opportunity locations for open space facilities for more than 625,000 residents living within half a mile of a tributary of the river,” said ULART chairman and councillor Rodriguez.
Rascon, MRCA’s environmental justice officer, said that the team relied on the opinions of various local representatives from municipalities, community leaders, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and elected officials throughout the Upper Los Angeles River Basin area.Representing six cities from Los Angeles County and dozens of Los Angeles urban communities in the upper reaches of the Los Angeles River Watershed.
In addition to its contribution to human entertainment, the plan also works with natural systems to solve historical problems. drought In that area. It includes the possibility of catching 8,695 acre-feet of rainwater each year.
Jan Dyer, Head and Director of Studio-MLA’s Infrastructure Department, said: “The ULART program also provides more than 1,000 miles of tree-lined streets and trails, while protecting and strengthening more than 6,000 acres of the city. wild animals Ecology. “
The pictures of Studio-MLA and MRCA are from v2com