L.A. Cleantech Corridor and Green District Competition Winners

A reimagining of the city's infrastructure, Umbrella would employ a point-based renewal strategy to gradually, rather than instantly, green the city grid and create a more attractive public space. Solar evaporators in the form of mushroom-like structures interspersed around the district would collect and purify the waste water from the surrounding blocks and redistribute the cleaned water locally through the process of evaporation and condensation, cultivating a network of lush landscapes. The concept could be applied on both large and small scales, depending on the desired impact radius.

The design team's intent was to create a cleantech corridor with a distinct local character that will attract residents and new green companies that prioritize high standards of living for their employees over the bottom line. By establishing a local rail line, compressing the 4-mile-long site, and rezoning certain areas to give pedestrians precedence, the plan negates much of the need for cars within the corridor.

This scheme builds on the corridor's existing infrastructure with a program of reuse and remediation that reprograms industrial buildings into usable real estate and by creating a landscape of crop plantings of bamboo, hemp, and poplar that are both environmentally regenerative and harvestable commodities for manufacturing.

Drawing on the idea that error can lead to progress, MessyTECH harnesses the inherent imperfections of the existing layers of city grid and infrastructure and the creative solutions that have been devised to overcome its inefficiencies. A new light rail system would link newly designated districts and public amenities, which would include a new MessyTECH Innovation Hub intended for use as commercial, laboratory, and commercial spaces, as well as a community workspace.

A four-layered design system integrating converse production, transverse conveyance, micro conveyance, and non-production activities, this plan enables a system of social activities and relationships between the creative industry areas and the city's other industrial parts. Residences and small exhibition spaces are integrated with distribution areas, and communal spaces are created between production lines, fostering social interaction among residents, visitors, workers, designers, and artists.

This concept would implement a series of agritech businesses within the corridor's existing industrial areas, revolutionizing food production and consumption through applied technology and economic development, according to the team. An urban agricultural network and fish farming system would form the basis of a local food production system, delivered by a network of mixed-use trucks to distribution points within the community.

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