Divert LA River Water (Tillman Reclaimed Water) Downstream!

It seems as if one of the water resource ideas LML developed with students in 2014 is being picked up by Gehry Partners and Co. It is not rocket science. Quite simply, 

let the Tillman reclaimed water run through the river, before diverting it for other beneficial uses. 

Distribute advanced water reclamation (like the La Noria waterwheel) downstream of where the water can provide multiple uses and still be practicably reclaimed. Of course this is a much more complicated scheme than just piping the water directly to Pacoima from the Tillman Plant for "Advanced Water Treatment", but the potential benefit of having a watered river far exceeds the cost. The River we now know is far from irrepressible. It has been re-materialized by reclaimed water, a resource now in the city's crosshairs.

  Distributed Downstream Water Recycling via the LA River:  Integrate LA River in Water Recycling to Maintain Maximum Habitat and Recreation by Allowing Tillman Outflow to Run Through the River before Diverting to Water Recycling Facilities (Qiong Peng)

Distributed Downstream Water Recycling via the LA River: Integrate LA River in Water Recycling to Maintain Maximum Habitat and Recreation by Allowing Tillman Outflow to Run Through the River before Diverting to Water Recycling Facilities (Qiong Peng)

The River is now effectively a fountain that we will someday turn off unless it becomes integrated with our water resource management practices. 

See this study and other River re(source) integrations here. 



"Feast of the Picturesque. Act X" is currently exhibited in the Cinque Mostre 5 show at the American Academy in Rome

A (flood) door for the Tiber. #cinquemostre

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Alexander Robinson (with Anthony Baus), Feast of the Picturesque, Act X. Porto Ripetta, Tevere. 2016. Mixed media model & 2-channel Film.
The embankments in Rome constructed in the 1870s introduced a different kind of river and city edge; the only remnant of the “old” Tiber remains when we cross bridges, where we savor the long views, but it remains dislocated from a languishing public realm. Recovering the traditions of Rome in crafting elegant movement, physically, visually, and spiritually with a recuperation of the Picturesque ideas of mixture, power and wholeness, Feast of the Picturesque, Act X, is the first in a series of interventions to awaken the river. Placed at the end of an eon of Tevere "acts" an animated architecture model stages a new and antique composition of space, time and movement. At minimum, the aim is to create easy transversal physical and visual links between the city fabric and River without disrupting the fundamental modern infrastructure of the levee or the Lungotevere.

Rome Prize!

Alexander Robinson was awarded the 2015-2016 Prince Charitable Trusts Rome Prize in Landscape Architecture. LML & he will be headquartered in the American Academy of Rome from September 2015 until July 2016. 

Invited to join One Water LA 2040 Plan Advisory Group

"The goal of the One Water LA 2040 Plan is to maximize resources by creating programs and projects that provide multi-beneficial functions making Los Angeles a greener, and more water sustainable city. These efforts will be performed in two (2) phases. Phase I consists of three (3) stakeholder workshops that will help develop the initial planning baselines, and establish guiding principles for coordinated water management and citywide facilities planning."

One Water Webpage

Re-Sourcing the River, USC Integrated IRP LA River Studio Online

Los Angeles River as an Integrated Water Resource?
For this studio USC graduate landscape architecture students studied the Los Angeles Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) and the potential impacts that a range of progressive water measures will have on the Los Angeles River. Increasingly the water that feeds the river (and fuels the revitalization) is being targeted by water managers for re-use or treatment and the river is increasingly being seen as a water user or “feature” that must be allocated water that could otherwise be supplying users. This studio examined how the future River, planned as an ecological open space, can be best integrated or adapted to these future measures.