Los Angeles River "Bow Tie" Section Hydraulic Model
With technical and financial support by the City of Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering’s Los Angeles River Project Office and the Department of Water and Power and assistance from the Army Corps of Engineers and the USC Viterbi School of Engineering we developed a physical hydraulic model for the Bow Tie section of the Los Angeles River.  This section, currently under design for a pilot project to remove concrete, offers our greatest opportunity to re-define how we design the river for future generations. The model enables designers to develop design proposals that are adapted to the particular hydraulic conditions (large storm events only) of this section and maintain flood protection. The model was used by a USC graduate landscape architecture studio in Spring 2012.

Los Angeles River "Bowtie" Section Hydraulic Model
1"=30' with 2x vertical distortion

Model in use as part of 2012 USC Studio

Model in use as part of 2012 USC Studio

Source: Photographs, Flood of March 1938. To Accompany Report on Engineering Aspects of Flood of March 1938. Dated August 1, 1938. Inclosure I.

Source: Photographs, Flood of March 1938. To Accompany Report on Engineering Aspects of Flood of March 1938. Dated August 1, 1938. Inclosure I.

Until now few landscape architecture design proposals for the Los Angeles River have been tested to ensure that they maintain flood management functions in addition to providing multiple-performances, such as open space amenities, design aesthetic, or improved habitat.

LML is developing future research that will facilitate the design of more sections of the Los Angeles River that creates a common ground for civil engineering, landscape architecture, and the public constituents.

Find more information about the exhibit on this work here.