LOS ANGELES: RE-IMAGING WASTEWATER
In 2018, Mayor Garcetti of Los Angeles vowed to recycle all of the city’s wastewater into potable water by 2035 as a necessity to reduce L.A.'s growing need for imported water supplies.
Our societal “flush it and forget it” mentality simply does not work in an era defined by having either too much or too little water.
How we design 21st century infrastructures holds a foundational role in reimaging “waste”water.
The studio's site occupies the cross-section of The Hyperion Water Reclamation Plant, Vista Del Mar, The Dockweiler State Beach and the Pacific Ocean, just south of LAX. Onsite, automobile, wastewater, recreation and dune preservation infrastructure have hard boundaries, running North-South down the Pacific coast. Partipants were asked to interrogate the tendency to separate and hide infrastructure through proposing a set of inside-out, hybridized structures, programs and processes that reframe Angelenos relationship to and experience of wastewater. The collection of proposals suggest that the delights of recreation combined with infrastructal networks of care offers a reevaluation 'waste'water towards a healthier and more accessible future for water on our planet.
“THE DUNE HUG”
"The Dune Hug" encaptualates the LAX Dunes Preserve with a recreational nature center that utilizes infrastructure to revitalize surrounding ecosystems and reconnects disparate infrastructures onsite. Focusing on the preservation of the interior dunes so that endemic species can flourish, the center acts as a destination for visitors to educate themselves while volunteering at the preserve. Visitors are reconnected to the dunes along biking and walking paths that reveal an infrastructure of care. Black water from the local Hyperion Wastewater Reclamation Plant is ecologically filtered through a series of tanks that irrigate a greenhouse for growing plants that will be reintroduced to the dunes ecosystem, assisting in its revitalization.