River LA, the organization behind efforts to revitalize the concrete waterways that funnel the Los Angeles region's stormwater into the Pacific Ocean, launched a new website on Tuesday. The site, called the LA River Index, so far contains little in the way of architecture or landscape architecture proposals, instead focusing on laying out information about the 51-mile L.A. River: Graphic presentations illustrate data about the river, its sources, and its potential in what is conceived of as an open-source forum. As L.A. Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne reports, Frank Gehry, FAIA's touch on the project is barely evident from the materials presented on the website. But a section titled "Open Space and Parks" suggests the possibility of creating up to 2,300 acres of new park space along the river. While the site contains few details of what this space would look like, Gehry has spoken about drawing influences from Amsterdam to design tiered flood-resistant amenities such that park users could always be close to the water's edge no matter what level the river; in the region's dryer months, there would simply be more exposed park surface as water levels from storm surges receded.
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